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Galaxy Note 7 Display With Gorilla Glass 5 Just One Step Above Plastic by Shawn Knight
Review by Charles Mohapel,, Android, News  ISBN/ITEM#: CM160821GORILLA
Date: 21 August 2016

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If you plan on buying the new Samsung Galaxy Note 7, it is known to be among the first smartphones to ship with Corning's latest hardened glass, Gorilla Glass 5.  Touted as being more shatter resistant than Gorilla Glass 4, tests conducted by Zack from JerryRigEverything produced the shocking result that Gorilla Glass 5 apparently scratches as easily as plastic, leading some to say that you should purchase a screen protector and install it immediately before using it.

Update: Samsung and Corning have semi-officially responded to this, more information here.

"The glass is designed to improve the drop performance and not necessarily designed to improve the scratch performance", Amin told me.  He went on to say, "When we consider all hardness tests, GG5 is actually harder than GG4.  Based on our testing, for scratch performance as well as the hardness testing we do that's widely used in the industry, we believe that GG5 should be performing similarly to GG4."

In the early days of smartphones, owners were just as concerned about scratches to the display as they were damage from drops.  This has largely been mitigated thanks to continued refinements to hardened cover glass which has allowed companies like Corning to turn their attention to better protecting devices against gravity.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 is among the first (known) smartphones to ship with Corning's latest hardened glass, Gorilla Glass 5.  The handset has been receiving rave reviews online but according to YouTube channel JerryRigEverything, you'l almost certainly want to outfit your new Note 7 with a screen protector.

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