January 10, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
Corning made Gorilla Glass a brand name in tech circles. Though the company and its durable material aren’t the only names in the reinforced glass industry, they are among the most recognizable. Gorilla Glass 2 is the latest effort from Corning to further cement itself as a sought-after feature in phones.
Gorilla Glass 2 is very similar to the original. The damage-resistant glass is can withstand scratches from keys, falls from your hand, and remain unscathed. It is not damage proof – you can break the glass if it is dropped from a high enough point or enough weight is put on it – but a serious amount of force is required to scratch, crack, or dent it. So much force that we actually had to see a demo of it in place to get a good understanding of just how tough is Gorilla Glass.
Corning gave us a demo here at CES and you can watch below to see the durability with your own eyes. And while you’re watching, be sure to note that Gorilla Glass 2 is 20 percent thinner than the original, but about as effective. Corning recognized the writing on the wall as phones will trend towards becoming thinner, so it followed suit to enable thinner glass. Products containing Gorilla Glass are expected to start showing up later this year.