Dropping steel balls on Gorilla Glass 3

When it comes to chemically-hardened glass, we smartphone types are definitely fans. When it comes to making our glass-fronted smartphones more durable, Corning has always been at the forefront, and their latest revelation in the form of Gorilla Glass 3 will prove to be even more of a protective force between our LCDs and the harsh world we live in.

We dropped in on Corning to check out their new Gorilla Glass 3, and in their demonstrations it lived up to the pre-show announcement hype. Gorilla Glass 3 is tougher in all forms when compared to its competition and even its predecessor in the form of Gorilla Glass 2. It can withstand greater impact force, is harder to scratch, and can stand up to forces that are capable of denting equally-thick steel. It's tough stuff, folks.

Now, Apple has admitted to using Gorilla Glass in the iPhone, but as always, they never mention specifics. If we get an iPhone 5s sometime this year, what are the odds it'll be fronted by Gorilla Glass 3?

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Derek Kessler

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Dropping steel balls on Gorilla Glass 3


I like all the reports from CES. But as a former CBS News photog, I must say, don't forget the basics guys (composition, focus, editing, maybe even some storytelling).

If I could do it three times a day with a 40lb betacam, tape to tape editing and a microwave truck, I feel confident that you can do it with an Internet connected, iMovie wielding iPad!

G-glass 3 is kinda matt (at the end of this video). I guess it's because the glass is thicker than in final products (phones,tablets..), so we'll see the real durability later:)

Pretty cool. I would've liked to have seen them drop the ball on the screen directly from above, and perhaps drop the glass to the counter, but a good demo nonetheless.