Is your new smartphone really scratch resistant?

Updated: Jun 9



Have you ordered your new iPhone 13 Pro yet? Or have you ever wondered if the brand new smartphones that you’re buying are scratch resistant? Over the years, dozens of smartphones have been released and different features have been made, but one thing in particular is missing and that is if these smartphones are scratch resistant.


Buying the newly released iPhone cost thousands of dollars with its top notch design and upgrades. At this premium price, you would want it to be protected from falling or scratches to resell it in the future. But with the sleek and thin design it has, are the glasses used really scratch resistant?


Gorilla Glass made by Corning is the most common type of glass used in most of the smartphones in the market. There is a huge demand for the Gorilla glass to create a thinner and lighter glass for these smartphones, but as they become drop resistant, it’s resistance to scratches fall short. As the Corning’s VP of Gorilla Glass noted, they are prioritizing the drop resistance.


In order to achieve a more drop resistant Gorilla Glass, the glass is treated them with a chemical salt bath. While this process makes the glass become more sturdy and drop resilient,, it also makes the glass thinner and prone to scratch as the glass is put into a compressive state internally . Another process they use is tempering, wherein, the glass goes through an intense heating process. But as these glasses go through a strenuous process, their surface becomes more vulnerable to scratch easily.


Smartphones have become thinner and smaller over the years and with this, the demand for a thinner Gorilla Glass to become drop and scratch resistant is a challenge. In 2016, Gorilla Glass tested its product through the Taber tests. Shockingly, ater conducting the test, it showed that the Gorilla Glass 4 is MORE scratch resistant than the newer versions 5 and 6. The New Gorilla Glass generations have a thinner and sturdier surface, but it still remains prone to scratches. This still poses a problem to the growing industry. Reselling a phone with scratches significantly lowers the price and grade of a phone, no matter what brand it is.


"There’s no better protection from scratches than a screen protector" says CEO Brad Bacigalupi “we always recommend some sort of screen protection to keep the phone glass protected from drops and scratches, however, for those phones that don’t have a protector we fill the gap by offering a solution to repair the most common scratches and nicks”


If you’re looking into reselling your phone, but worried about the scratches. You may want to check out your local repair shop and look for Red Wolf Technology’s first desktop scratch removal and glass resurfacing system, Primo Polishing System (™). The Primo machine restores your scratched phone screens and improves the glass 1-2 grades. You now have a new alternative to total glass replacement. . Before you resell your old smartphone, head to your local repair shop first and have your phone's screens restored with Primo Polishing System (™). This will give you a more competitive reselling price and increase your phone's grade.


If you liked this article, you may also want to read more on the Verge’s article on, “Why your brand-new smartphone will scratch just as easily as your old one”. For more info, you can also check Reliance Digital’s article on, “What can a Corning Gorilla Glass Withstand”.


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