A smartphone is accepted as a safe purchase when it is protected not only from the inside but also from the outside. The durability of a smartphone is one of the top priorities that is taken into consideration while buying almost any device.
With a normal glass, there is no guarantee on whether your phone will be scratch-resistant or that it wouldn’t break. Around 2013, a new version of glass, Gorilla Glass 3 was released. It was officially launched in the year 2007 and within six years about 35% of phones were using Gorilla Glass.
Gorilla Glass is more like a toughened or tempered glass manufactured by Gorilla Inc. This glass is a better scratch and damage resistant and provides extra protection that your smartphone needs. Read more to understand the in-depth details of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and what makes it better than a normal glass.
How Corning Gorilla Glass 3 got made
Most of the glasses have a constitution of alumina silicate which is made up of aluminum, silicon, and oxygen. The point where Gorilla® Glass differs from the normal glass starts from sodium ions which are spread uniformly across the glass. The glass is then heated to about 400 degrees, in a bath of molten potassium.
This process results in the replacement of sodium ions with potassium ions. More of sodium ions are replaced at the surface of the glass and they get fewer as you move further into the glass.
This exchange between the ions is the reason why Gorilla Glass is extremely strong. When both the Glass and Potassium react, because of the larger size of potassium atoms, sodium atoms get replaced.
Consider it in this way, if you remove the top layer of a box filled with tennis balls and instead place larger softballs then adjusting them would be difficult and hence they will be squeezed much more tightly.
Same is the case with Gorilla Glass as well. Just replace tennis balls with Glass (Sodium ions) and softballs with Potassium ions. The potassium ions being bigger in size take the place of sodium ions and since they take more space they create compression in the glass due to which the surface becomes rigid and tough to break, resulting in a strong, scratch-resistant glass, which is ideal for the rough and tough daily usage that our smartphones go through.
So if you are looking to buy smartphones then you should definitely add Gorilla® Glass to your checklist. Smartphones with Gorilla® Glass in an affordable price range can be found with Gorilla® Glass 3 which has improved damage resistance and toughness compared to former glass compositions.
Many phone brands like Panasonic India (Panasonic Smartphone’s Eluga Ray 700 priced at INR 9,999/-), Lenovo (Lenovo K8 Note priced at INR 11,999/-), Moto (Moto M priced at INR 11,999/-) have Gorilla® Glass 3 as their glass.