Gorilla Glass 4 announced, adds a smidgen of credibility to Lumia 940 rumour

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One of the knocks against the credibility of the recent Lumia 940 rumour was that it specified Gorilla Glass 4, which has not even been announced yet.

Right on cue however Corning has stepped up and has announced the latest version of their  aluminosilicate glass, which offers even more protection, especially against drops.

“Corning Gorilla Glass has outperformed competing materials such as soda-lime glass and other strengthened glass, since it was introduced in 2007, and we’re always innovating to push the limits of what glass can do,” said Corning GM James R. Steiner. “With Gorilla Glass 4, we have focused on significantly improving protection against sharp contact damage, which is the primary reason that mobile devices break. Dropping and breaking a phone is a common problem, and one that our customers have asked us to help address.”

Corning says Gorilla Glass 4 will survive 80% of sharp drop impacts from 1 metre on a concrete surface, twice as good as Gorilla Glass 3.

“I won’t say we’ve wiped it out, but we’ve taken a real large chunk out of it,” said Cliff Hund, president of Corning East Asia, talking about broken screens due to drops, but  “there are no downsides” to the new product.

The rumoured specs of the  Lumia 940 include:

  •  5? 1080p display with Gorilla Glass 4
  •  2.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor
  • 3 GB of RAM
  • PureView camera generation with 24 MP resolution, capable of 4K video recording with 60fps
  • 5 MP front- facing camera l shooter with 1080p video.
  • 137 x 71 x 8.9mm, weighing 149 grams
  •  Windows Phone 10

Gorilla Glass 4 is already shipping to partners, and will start showing up in devices before the end of the year.  Has its announcement made believers  of more of our readers? Let us know below.

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