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Video shows why you want sapphire glass on your next smartphone

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Video shows why you want sapphire glass on your next smartphone
There have been rumors about sapphire glass being used for smartphone displays for quite a while. Sapphire is the second hardest known material on Earth, just behind diamond; and luckily, sapphires haven't had monopolies historically driving up prices, so sapphires are far less expensive. It makes sense in general, and a new video is showing why you may want sapphire glass.

The big selling point of sapphire glass is that the material is essentially unscratchable (unless you attack it with diamonds), and a company called Aero Gear wants to show that off what sapphire glass can do in the video below. It is a fairly basic test. An iPhone has been fitted with an Aero Gear sapphire glass screen protector, then it has a concrete block dragged over the surface. Of course, since the video is used to show off the Aero Gear screen protector, there is no damage found at the end. 

The majority of the rumors around sapphire glass have come from the Apple mill. Word has it that Apple wants to expand the use of sapphire glass, which is already used as the home button cover on the iPhone 5s. The latest rumors say that the iPhone 6 will feature a full sapphire glass display. We've already seen Apple getting a patent for producing sapphire glass displays to be used in electronics; and, there has been talk that Apple is setting up a sapphire glass production facility in Mesa, Arizona. 


source: Aero Glass via BGR

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posted on 05 Feb 2014, 13:23 6

1. Amir1 (Posts: 274; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


DAAAAAAMMMMNN NIIIIIIICE! hey, it's not me, it's sony. sony, will you start using sapphire on your gorgeous z line glass design. would be super awesome.

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 13:42 6

3. KINGJUAN27 (Posts: 196; Member since: 02 Jul 2012)


The Z line will become hell pricey if they do! Hahaha. But yes, Sony should! Front and back of the next Z phones should be sapphire glass!

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 14:25

10. Miracles (Posts: 560; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)


Agreed!!!

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 14:43 5

12. Feanor (Posts: 329; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


I'd rather pay €650 for my smartphone and have to take care of it, rather than have to pay €1200 in order to be careless. Also, what's good in having an unbreakable screen if the rest of the construction is still prone to damage? (scratchy aluminium back cover for the iPhone, scratchy aluminium frame for the Xperia Zs)

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 14:51

13. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2700; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Excellent point. I'm in agreement. +1

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 15:33

14. Android4Ever (Posts: 86; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)


Exactly!

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 23:20

23. Edward_bly (Posts: 206; Member since: 11 Dec 2013)


Stick with Gorilla Glass

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 16:51

17. neops (Posts: 204; Member since: 28 Jan 2014)


Looks pretty scratched to me in the middle of the right side of the phone, in the end of the video, after wiping. Also the video is 480p. If you want to prove that is unscrached go 720p or 1080p. And don't hide the phone during prosess

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 13:37 1

2. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1458; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Nothing is unscratchable... teehee :P

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 14:21 2

8. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2700; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


True story. Even diamonds can be scratched by other diamonds.

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 14:26 1

11. Miracles (Posts: 560; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)


Try rubbing two iPhone 6s together when they launch :D

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 06:35

21. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1458; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Now I'm just lost :P but I know if you rub two Android phones together, they will go into hyper speed mood XD

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 13:53 1

4. SIGPRO (Posts: 507; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)


Euhm PhoneArena please do some research when you post something.
For your information Diamond is not the hardest material in the World.
Carbyne is the strongest but its not Natural.
If you talk about Natural material Diamond is probably nr 1 but natural materials wurtzite boron nitride and lonsdaleite are respectively 18% and 58% harder than diamond! However, they have yet to be tested in laboratory settings due to their rarity!

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 13:53 3

5. mrblah (Posts: 549; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)


neat! so i wanna see it to drop test and a will it blend test!

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 14:12 9

6. Finalflash (Posts: 1901; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Show the shatter proofing, that's what matters in this case. We have scratch resistant glass already.

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 14:24 5

9. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1883; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


That's what I was wondering about. I can use a screen protector to stop most scratches, but if sapphire is so rigid that it cracks easily due to shock or impact, I'd want something else. A scratched screen is still completely usable, a cracked screen usually isn't.

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 07:03

22. JonBjSig (Posts: 176; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


Exactly, something can be scratch resistant but still brittle.

Diamonds for example may be hard to scratch but will shatter when hit with an ordinary hammer.

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 14:15

7. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2010; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


This might make it the phone thicker

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 15:36 2

15. Android4Ever (Posts: 86; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)


I'll keep buying phones with Gorilla Glass then just slap a piece a tempered glass on top.

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 15:55

16. Edward_bly (Posts: 206; Member since: 11 Dec 2013)


Gorilla Glass 3 for me!

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 17:34

18. alaahershy (Posts: 34; Member since: 02 Jan 2013)


Who cares

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 19:21 1

19. Glim12808 (Posts: 393; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


That's nice. But if it drives up the price of the phones by much, no thanks. Scratches on the screen after all are just a minor irritations which can be easily remedied with inexpensive screen protectors.
But this will probably be over-hyped by Apple in the iPhone 6 and will give them a reason to jack-up prices even more.

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 20:45

20. whysoserious (Posts: 317; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


gorilla glass gtfo!

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 23:21

24. Edward_bly (Posts: 206; Member since: 11 Dec 2013)


http://www.corninggorillaglass.com/news-events/Corning-Gorilla-Glass-vs.-Sapphire

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 02:35

25. ImperialDynamics (Posts: 16; Member since: 30 Nov 2012)


Not so fast doc. Sapphire may be unscratchable but it breaks easily. Watch: bcove.me/l0kytjca

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 07:44

26. Edward_bly (Posts: 206; Member since: 11 Dec 2013)


Exactly, and saphire is more expensive to put in products and replace.

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