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HTC and LG to use sapphire on next year's flagship models?

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HTC and LG to use sapphire on next year's flagship models?
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, LG and HTC must be heaping praise on Apple. According to a published report, both manufacturers plan on adding a sapphire home button to their 2014 flagship models, similar to the Apple iPhone 5s. The Cupertino based tech titan uses the sapphire to protect the home button from scratches, because that is where the Touch ID fingerprint scanner.

Sapphire is one of the most scratch proof materials available, and the latest speculation includes the use of sapphire on the home button of both the HTC One 2 and the LG G3. That could mean that both rumored flagship models will come with a fingerprint scanner in the home button. The HTC One max is available with a fingerprint scanner on the back, one that requires the user to swipe a finger over the screen. The Taiwan based manufacturer could decide to switch to a scanner similar to the one on the iPhone 5s, that doesn't require the user to move his finger. Additionally, a rumor popped up last week, stating that Korea based LG would employ a fingerprint scanner on its next flagship phone.

Thanks Anonymous Tipster!

source: Ubergizmo

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posted on 29 Dec 2013, 17:21 3

1. MojoDojo (Posts: 82; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


Ohh... remember when my Nokia 8800 Sirocco had a screen made of sapphire.. good times back then... :)

posted on 29 Dec 2013, 17:35

3. ihavenoname (Posts: 1338; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Good times, indeed. I used to own some Nokia model made of titanium. It was top of the line model (8-series also, I guess). I loved it, too bad I can't remember what model it is.

posted on 29 Dec 2013, 17:38

4. MojoDojo (Posts: 82; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


8850 or 8890? I had the 8850 :)

posted on 29 Dec 2013, 17:50

5. ihavenoname (Posts: 1338; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


8890, I just Googled it. Damn, now I seriously want one again ;)

posted on 29 Dec 2013, 18:28

9. MojoDojo (Posts: 82; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


I really hope Microsoft do with Nokia like Google did with Motorola. Keeping the Nokia brand.. To classic as a company to be dropped.

posted on 29 Dec 2013, 17:31

2. MrKoles (Posts: 307; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)


for HTC: countless people have that special ability to live without sapphire-covered displays, however they find hard to do the same with Ultrapixel madness...oh come on, just once put the focus on something really useful what could make everydays truly a bit easier.

posted on 29 Dec 2013, 17:59 2

6. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3523; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Well, Nokia was working on Photovoltaic displays... This is where the screen has a transparent film sandwiched under the glass, and lets the phone trickle charge the battery in all kinds of light.. Basically, a solar charging screen. Keeping our devices powered up effortlessly all day should be a huge focus in 2014..

http://www.wpcentral.com/nokia-bring-solar-charging-windows-phones

posted on 29 Dec 2013, 18:38

10. WindowsiDroid (Posts: 108; Member since: 22 Jul 2013)


That is what I call a Innovation not renovation.

posted on 29 Dec 2013, 18:41 2

11. MrKoles (Posts: 307; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)


And who cares? This article has nothing to do with Nokia, thanks God.

posted on 29 Dec 2013, 18:51

12. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3523; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


It's not about Nokia, numb neck❕ That's besides the point.. The dude was saying that we need to see something that people could really use on their phone in everyday life.. I'm just mentioning what's being worked on.. If you don't like whose working on it then I can't help you there.. Grow up❕.. And, what kind of idiot is going to dismiss new technology just because it's made by whoever❔.. If you don't like the comment then ignore it, fool.

posted on 29 Dec 2013, 19:59 4

18. MrKoles (Posts: 307; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)


Your behavior towards people is deeply disgusting, not to mention the fact, that you spam nearly every news with your cheesy fanboyism. Move on, find some forums about Nokia and stop acting like a child. Last, please don´t call me on names like you did in your first sentence because we are neither friends or relatives.
(Ps. It can be really useful to train your brain, seems to me you are not able to understand simple and clear sentences.)

posted on 29 Dec 2013, 20:03 3

19. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7743; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Exactly... It's great that he likes Nokia and WP8, that's cool - but spamming ever single article is so fu----g annoying. My question is, how is he still not banned?

posted on 29 Dec 2013, 20:06

20. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


I thought the technology was originally developed by Nokia but it didn't
http://sunpartnergroup.com/sunpartner-group/expertise/energie-innovante/

And the good thing is I don't need to use a Nokia phone to be able to enjoy this technology

http://wattnow.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/wysips-gizmag.jpg

posted on 29 Dec 2013, 18:09 2

7. kevkyle (Posts: 62; Member since: 21 Oct 2012)


LG 2 already uses Sapphire Glass - on its 13MP RF Cam with OIS.....', )

posted on 29 Dec 2013, 18:23

8. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3523; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


What kind of OIS does the G2 have❔Digital, or mechanical❔

posted on 29 Dec 2013, 19:08

14. Carlitos (Posts: 310; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Mechanical

posted on 29 Dec 2013, 19:23

16. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3523; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Ok.. Thanks❕

posted on 29 Dec 2013, 20:38

24. LoveHater (Posts: 116; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


I read somewhere Lumina have Digital Ois

posted on 29 Dec 2013, 19:01

13. hafini_27 (Posts: 241; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)


Can someone explain how sapphire glass is better than what htc and lg are using now

posted on 29 Dec 2013, 19:28

17. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7743; Member since: 14 May 2012)


If you read the article...

posted on 29 Dec 2013, 19:09 4

15. npaladin2000 (Posts: 128; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)


HTC One 2 is a really dumb name. Hopefully it's actually something else if they're still in business.

"Which phone do you like?"
"Oh, I like the One Two."
"Which one?"
"Two."
Third base. :)

posted on 29 Dec 2013, 20:06

21. HASHTAG (unregistered)


Lol. That made me laugh.

posted on 29 Dec 2013, 21:16

25. Fuego84 (Posts: 264; Member since: 13 May 2012)


Agree HTC One 2 is stupid. They should name it the HTC One 2 punch. Lol

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 00:39

26. GeekMovement (Posts: 1499; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


I like the HTC One (too)!

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 08:01

29. npaladin2000 (Posts: 128; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)


Maybe they could call it the "HTC Second One."

Then again, I think the One Max should be the "Big One." :)

posted on 29 Dec 2013, 20:09 1

22. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1047; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


But will it shatter? Scratches arent even a problem now. I want durability.

posted on 29 Dec 2013, 20:30

23. Taters (Posts: 2682; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


I am surprised the HTC and LG fanboys trashing Samsung and Apple for using a home button are not commiting mass suicide right now. According to them home buttons and capacitive buttons are garbage and primitive, although in reality, home buttons are totally superior because they act as a power button that can't be accidentally pressed and is much closer to your thumb than the power button. In the rest of the areas it is just as functional so they really have no disadvantages.

This is odd too because LG's knock on feature is a great home button substitute and adding both knock on and a home button is redundant.

As far as suck TC goes....lol. I have no idea what kind of gong show this is going to be with their really poorly placed and thought out two button system used on the HTC One. Are they going to put a sapphire home button to the right of the handset like how the power button is on the HTC One? I have no doubt HTC is clueless when it comes to design and ergonomics but I am not even sure that even they are dumb enough to put a physical home button to the right....although HTC does suck so who knows. I know the HTC fans will somehow justify or simply ignore the poor button placement and declare it the best android phone ever despite the rest of the population realizing how poor the handset actually is and understanding fully why HTC handsets never sell.

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 08:51

31. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 776; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


You never fail to amaze me with your childish rants. Had a good laugh reading that.

posted on 31 Dec 2013, 01:14

35. Taters (Posts: 2682; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


What's the matter? Is what I am saying too close to the mark for you?

posted on 31 Dec 2013, 09:50

37. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 776; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


I had a genuinly good laugh at what you wrote there, you need to apply that rage elsewhere than on a pathetic comment section of a website lmao, you still don't get how childish you act around here don't you?

posted on 31 Dec 2013, 10:17

38. true1984 (Posts: 586; Member since: 23 May 2012)


"home buttons are totally superior because they act as a power button that can't be accidentally pressed "
that is the exact reason why people DON'T like home buttons because they CAN be accidentally pressed. Also, in all honesty, some people really don't care if there is a physical home buttons or not at all since very few oems like samsung and apple actually use one.

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 00:41

27. GeekMovement (Posts: 1499; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


This is interesting. If they all start adding physical home buttons with sapphire glass, I'd definitely say that idea is somewhat inspired from the iPhone. It is a feature that I liked on the iPhone 5S to begin with too.

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 06:53

28. Diazene (Posts: 123; Member since: 01 May 2013)


LG uses software buttons, HTC uses capacitative buttons, that's just stupid

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 08:02

30. npaladin2000 (Posts: 128; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)


Which part? Oh, and LG's used "me too" copies of Samsung's hardware home button on a few models, until they went to the whole rear-mount volume control thing.

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 09:10 1

32. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


LG first android phone
http://www.feedberry.com/wp-content/uploads/lg-gw620-blue-black-8.jpg

vs

Samsung first android android phone
http://cdn2.gsmarena.com/vv/pics/samsung/samsung-i7500-galaxy-white.jpg

Now can you tell me wich one is the copycat???

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 15:13 1

33. RandomUsername (Posts: 434; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


Please LG, keep the software buttons...

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 19:52 1

34. Altair (Posts: 323; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


Ahh Korean OEM copycats on the road again!

All praise Korean modern design method:

"Don't waste your energy & money for designing anything by yourself, because you can steal your opponent innovations for free!"

posted on 31 Dec 2013, 01:15 1

36. Taters (Posts: 2682; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


HTC is Taiwanese and they are already paying Apple....

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