Corning unveils Gorilla Glass 7i for mid-range smartphones

Corning has introduced its latest innovation, Gorilla Glass 7i. This new glass variant is specifically designed for low- and mid-priced devices and promises improved durability and scratch resistance compared to previous models.

Four years after introducing Gorilla Glass Victus, which targeted premium devices but also began appearing in some mid-range models, Corning recognized the need for a more cost-effective solution. Gorilla Glass 7i addresses this gap and brings the latest in glass technology to a wider audience.

Gorilla Glass 7i is part of the seventh generation of Corning’s glass series, a continuation of Victus’ innovations. The ‘i’ in 7i stands for ‘leading innovation for intermediate devices’, highlighting its role in bridging the gap between older glass models and the top-end Victus.

This new glass can survive falls from up to 1 meter onto rough surfaces such as asphalt, doubling the drop resistance of comparable alternatives. Additionally, Gorilla Glass 7i has twice the scratch resistance of competing products, making it a rugged choice for mid-range smartphones.

Corning’s focus on sustainability is evident in the design of Gorilla Glass 7i, which aims to support the growing mass market demand for high-quality displays. This is especially relevant as more and more mid-range phones sport advanced displays, including 10-bit and 12-bit OLED screens, which are significantly larger than those of just a few years ago.

The need for Gorilla Glass 7i stems from the continued use of older glass technologies in current devices. Popular models like the Nothing Phone (2a) and Poco F6 Pro still rely on Gorilla Glass 5, which was launched in 2016.

Even newer devices like the Pixel 8a use Gorilla Glass 3, dating back to 2013. As the market evolves, there’s a clear need for more modern, durable glass that fits modest budgets without sacrificing quality.

Oppo will be the first manufacturer to include Gorilla Glass 7i in its upcoming smartphone releases. This collaboration underlines the market readiness of the glass and sets a precedent for other manufacturers to follow. The 7i isn’t just limited to smartphones; it is also suitable for smartwatches and other devices that require superior scratch and drop resistance.

As more details emerge from Oppo and other partners, the introduction of Gorilla Glass 7i marks a pivotal moment in the advancement of mid-range smartphone durability, setting new standards for what consumers can expect in both performance as well as sustainability.