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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23. cdgoin (Posts: 535; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)
I'm willing to bet HTC or Nokia get it first.
33. Penny (Posts: 1653; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)
Yep. My first thought was that all of my watches use Sapphire Crystal, and they can take a beating without getting scratched or cracked.
29. dgreekstallion (Posts: 14; Member since: 16 Nov 2012)
What would be awesome if one could just buy this and replace the existing glass on their phone with it.
30. Zero0 (Posts: 592; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
The price difference is big, but it might be worth it after it comes down a tiny bit. Think about it. What phone/tablet part breaks most often? Probably the screen. A screen that's three times stronger is one third as likely to be replaced.
It's hurts margins, but I could see a strong marketing campaign around a screen like this. "Three times stronger than the -INSERT COMPETITOR-."
32. MartianMe (unregistered)
oh snap it looks like gorilla glass got some competition.
35. NE_BE (Posts: 19; Member since: 21 Mar 2013)
Sapphire is also used in certain high end watches.
Either way if that sapphire ends up with a coating that scratches easily there's not much of a point :/
38. ddeath (Posts: 169; Member since: 14 Apr 2012)
Is this even supposed to be news? Sapphire glass has been in existence for the longest of time. In the company I worked in, we used it for certain production applications, but changed it with a replacement many years back due to the high cost. Phone manufacturers don't use it simply because it is expensive and adds to the production cost.
41. JC557 (Posts: 1544; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
I have to mil-spec watches, one using sapphire glass, the other a special mil-spec Gorilla Glass. Both hold up great under extreme abuse so at this point I don't think I would have a preference when it comes to phone application. Sapphire will add to the cost of a phone though, a bit more than mil-spec Gorilla Glass.
42. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
I've got a watch with sapphire glass (Nite MX 50) and it's not scratchproof. It is hard but not totally scratchproof, even though I've cared of it (it also depends on the thickness of sapphire and I bet they gonna use the cheapest ones).
43. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
Ah that's something interesting to look forward for
45. dansun (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)
in my experience gorilla 3 glass don't get scratched as easily as gorilla 2 but breaks just as often. As for sapphire glass perhaps they are not commonly used just yet, but I didn't have to replace one yet.