Sapphire glass is nearly three times tougher than Gorilla Glass, might be on future smartphones
0. phoneArena 21 Mar 2013, 07:23 posted on
The Samsung Galaxy S 4 was just unveiled as the first phone coming with Corning’s new Gorilla Glass 3, and as tough as Gorilla Glass is, in the near future we might have much tougher glass on our devices…
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28. troutsy (Posts: 311; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)
This whole article and all of its comments are just a big troll on anyone who knows the difference between scratch resistance and fracture toughness.
Sapphire crystal weighs a ton compared to glass, and it STILL won't help if you drop it.
34. Penny (Posts: 1653; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)
Sapphire crystal tends to be heavier in application because to take full advantage of its properties, you need a thicker layer of it (3 mm or so). That being said, if you take full advantage of it, it will definitely help you if you drop it. According to a quick Wikipedia search, Sapphire crystal is the next hardest natural mineral after diamonds. It's so tough that they use it in bulletproof glass of armored vehicles, body armor, etc.
37. jcarrigan (unregistered)
Although Sapphire glass is amazing and would drastically improve the druability of the displays on phones, I am torn on this because I fully believe that ppl should be able to purchase a high end device with a 2 yr agreement for only $200.....not $500 because it has sapphire glass on it.
2. rustyimtiaz (Posts: 44; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)
Hope the next Nexus phone will use it!!!
9. _Bone_ (Posts: 2154; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Yeah sure, it barely breaks even with manufacturing and shipping costs yet they'll use a 10 times more expensive cover?
3. jade272727 (Posts: 62; Member since: 10 Dec 2011)
If you want a phone with Sapphire Glass, just add $30 more!
5. asulect (Posts: 131; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)
adding $30 to a phone's bill of material will actually add about $100 to final cost to consumers.
7. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
And Apple will charge you $100 more.
14. jade272727 (Posts: 62; Member since: 10 Dec 2011)
But if you want an iPhone with Sapphire Glass, add $100 more!
40. bayusuputra (Posts: 963; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)
No, add $300. They are very good with marketing, as well as marking up prices.
4. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Hope the Motorola X will have this on it.
6. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
It's nothing new!
Nokias 8800 Arte series have them also there Vertu brand are equipped with them.
10. feres13 (Posts: 306; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)
Is it the same thing that's covering the iPhone 5's lens? I heard them talking in the conference about a Sapphire cover lens
15. feres13 (Posts: 306; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)
39. vincelongman (Posts: 4522; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)
The Vertu Signature S from 2007 had a sapphire screen, I don't know if there was one before that, but since then there have been many phones by Vertu with sapphire screens.
11. palmguy (Posts: 551; Member since: 22 Mar 2011)
He's alive! He was shot in the shirt pocket. His smart phone was in it. :)
12. Captain_Doug (Posts: 997; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
$30? If it does its job well enough, absolutely.
16. SuperNexus (Posts: 127; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)
ok..... So,we get tougher glass that's totally cool. (Scratch Problem solved)
But what about battery most irretating problem...why I am not seeing any phone with 4000mAh+ battery.
When the hell battery problem is going to be solved. This area really need improvement.
31. Zero0 (Posts: 592; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
If I recall correctly, a breakthrough in graphene batteries should come pretty soon. Those will be really, really good.
A lot is going into battery research. Part of that is for huge batteries to make solar/wind power more practical, and the other is for mobile.
18. siluro (Posts: 46; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
Looks like it's very thick too, how well will it work when it's as thin as Gorilla Glass. Otherwise screen sensitivity will take a bit of a hit.
19. AamirSIII (banned) (Posts: 187; Member since: 04 Oct 2012)
this is all bulls**t crap! Gorilla Glass was "supposed" withstand high pressures and scratch resistant and blah blah blah... but it didn't do any of this thing! i my self got a crack on screen of my Galaxy S3 when it dropped just from bed height... these things are just gimmicks and nothing but! i insist these huge companies to work on narrowing the bezels and making phones look and work better rather than deceiving people by these gimmicks...
21. eliasafram7 (Posts: 83; Member since: 18 Mar 2013)
are u sure????? my samsung galaxy note 1 was dropped from the kitchen table height on its face and nothing happened to the screen
22. taikucing (unregistered)
My motorola xoom has a microscopic scratch on the surface of gorilla glass.. It can be seen clearly when the display is turned off. I have never dropped my xoom. Initially I thought it was just a dirt. But after cleaning the glass, the scratch still exists.. I don't know why there is a scratch on its glass. Perhaps my nail caused it. Yeah eventhough it's just a very thin & short scratch, but it's very annoying
24. OpTiMuS_BlAcK (Posts: 418; Member since: 04 May 2012)
My phone(which has been dropped plenty of times front-first) is on GG1 and it's still pretty clean. Scratches are only visible with strong lighting. Is it just me or is GG2 worse than GG1?
26. blazee (Posts: 410; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)
Its scratch resistant not scratch proof. No1 ever claimed that gorilla glass will save your phone from all damages smh. If your phone was made out of regular glass that screen would have shattered