Back in July, Corning announced their latest Gorilla Glass product in the form of the Gorilla Glass 5. Naturally with every iteration of Gorilla Glass, Corning has made it tougher to shatter, but unfortunately it seems that the company might not have paid the same amount of attention to scratches.
Having your phone shatter when it drops sucks, but getting it scratched is just as bad since you’d have to live with it. In a recent scratch test conducted by YouTuber JerryRigEverything, it seems that the Gorilla Glass 5 display used on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 can be quite easily scratched.
In the video, it was found that the Galaxy Note 7’s display can be scratched with a pick with a level 3 hardness on the Mohs’ scale. This is versus older Samsung devices like the Galaxy S7 Edge that can withstand a level 5 hardness. Of course this by no means is a deal-breaker, nor does it indicate that the phone is bad in any way.
However given that its display is softer and more prone to scratches, if you are considering getting your hands on it, you might want to consider investing in a screen protector, like a tempered glass version if you’re hoping to keep your handset in as good a working condition for longer.