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New Kyocera Sapphire Shield video suggests sapphire glass is ready for prime-time

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New Kyocera Sapphire Shield video suggests sapphire glass is ready for prime-time
Last week, we saw a lab video that showed Japanese manufacturer Kyocera testing the strength of sapphire displays. The video came as a surprise, as screens from this extra-durable material have been notoriously hard to produce and still aren't up for production in mass quantities. But the company followed up with an official announcement that puts the last claim to doubt. 

The following video from Kyocera pitches the Sapphire Shield as a product coming from a company that has "over 41 years of experience in synthesizing sapphire" and using it in electronics, LED lighting, and luxury watches. In the mobile world, the firm is mostly known for its rugged smartphones.

So what is the Sapphire Shield? The details are extremely vague at this point, but it seems the product stands for an actual protective display covering for manufacturers, instead of a screen protector for customers. The announcement indirectly suggests that Kyocera is ready, or at least up to the task to deliver large quantities of sapphire displays to smartphone and wearable manufacturers.

Will Kyocera be the one to convince those loyal to Gorilla Glass that the time and place to switch to sapphire is already upon us? We're genuinely curious, because from what we know about sapphire glass, using it for anything bigger than a watch-face is impractical, to say the least. For example, those in the know say that the low yield of sapphire will push Apple to restrict sapphire coverings to higher-end iPhone 6 models.

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posted on 18 Jul 2014, 03:44

1. rantao333 (Posts: 267; Member since: 21 May 2013)


sapphire FTW!

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 10:04 1

4. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


DragonTrail Ftw

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 13:23 1

5. na7noo7 (Posts: 269; Member since: 29 Mar 2014)


DragonTrail only has 7H Hardness. Sapphire has either 9H or 10H.

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 17:58

9. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Better than GG3

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 14:24

7. Ashoaib (Posts: 2371; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


so kyocera is going to steal lime light from apple... where are those ifans who were calling use of saphirre in iphone is a real innovation... now kyocera has done this innovation b4 apple

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 04:01 1

2. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3176; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


I hope this comes with the Z3

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 23:05

10. Busyboy (Posts: 391; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


Why? I doubt you would replace your Z2 for it anyways

posted on 19 Jul 2014, 02:49

11. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3176; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


I know. I will probably have the Z2 for two years. But of course I still hope to see Sony doing their best in their phones.

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 05:04 4

3. DillWeed (Posts: 81; Member since: 14 Mar 2014)


Apple has to erase the "the only one to offer sapphire" from their september presentation.

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 17:31 1

8. Daboss (Posts: 42; Member since: 27 Sep 2013)


Hope it makes you sleep better at night. Hate apple all u want the iphone 6 will still be the best selling phone ever. None of ur powerful driods could even beat the 9 months old 5s :)

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 13:30

6. engineer-1701d (Posts: 1138; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


i just wish kyocera would have higher specs then they would sell like the tourque low specs great phone hard core just low screen and slow cpu and ram

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