The Samsung Galaxy Note7 is the first phone to launch with the new Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The main improvement in this version over the previous Gorilla Glass 4 is increased resistance to shattering when the phone is dropped.
Shatterproof glass, however, isn’t known for being particularly scratch resistant due to the use of softer, more flexible material. So when the Note7 went through the now famous JerryRigEverything torture test, we were curious to see how it would stack up in the scratch test.
And sure enough, the Note7 didn’t do so well. While every phone with a Gorilla Glass 4 manages to survive up to level 6 on the Mohs scale of hardness, the Note7 Gorilla Glass 5 display managed to get scratched at a level 3. To put this into perspective, the Note7 display will get scratched with metal such as iron, steel, copper, nickel, and even other kinds of glass, materials we find in everyday objects.
This means that while the Note7 display will be able to survive a drop better than phones with a Gorilla Glass 4 display, it is far more likely to be scratched in everyday use unless some sort of screen protector is applied.
Of course, this critique isn’t limited to the Note7, and should apply to all future phones that have Gorilla Glass 5 display.
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