Nexus 6P owners report shattered glass

Manny Pham
November 9, 2015

In a post nearing 2000 upvotes, Reddit users have been reporting their new Nexus 6P is shattering of it’s own accord. 

It was reported earlier that the Nexus 6P has design flaws, leading to some vulnerabilities. The Nexus 6P has only been out for a couple of weeks now, earlier in other regions, and already a major flaw is being discovered by users.

Reddit user RedHeadedMenace gave an interesting explanation for the flaw, stating that it could be Corning’s method of strengthening their Gorilla Glass. Gorilla Glass 4 is the latest in Corning’s screen technology and is on the 6P.

RedHeadedMenace posted:

“This could be caused by the method they use to temper the glass. I’m by no means an expert, but the method used to temper Gorilla glass involves giving the glass ion baths to strengthen it. The strength comes at a cost though – due to the strong attraction of the glass particles to one another and compression of the whole, the glass develops lines of internal torque and stress, leading to explosive results if the glass is impacted or pressed from the wrong angle. Because most of the potential damage to your screen comes from the face of the glass, they temper it to resist head on impact, at the cost of durability in sheer impacts. To make up for this, most screens (including the 6P’s) have a very small plastic shock ring between the case and the screen. The visor does not appear to have one of these.”

It all basically means the screen is built for impact damage but very vulnerable to gradual damage, which explains why it seems the screens seem to be spontaneously combusting.

Google have yet to comment on the issue but are dealing with those who are experiencing the issue. Hopefully it’s a case of a bad batch.


For more on Google, visit What Mobile’s dedicated Google page.

Via Reddit.

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