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iPhone 6 sapphire screen ultimate stress test (hint: it is not unbreakable)

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iPhone 6 sapphire screen ultimate stress test (hint: it is not unbreakable)
The Apple iPhone 6 is expected to arrive with one fascinating new feature - a sapphire display. While nearly all current smartphones use reinforced Gorilla Glass to resist scratches and even drops, a sapphire screen is expected to be much less prone to damage and show much less damage after use.

How tough sapphire really is, though? Just a few days ago, YouTube’s favorite MKBHD uploaded what he called a ‘stress test’, but what seemed like mostly a very gentle, not-so-stressful pressure to the new sapphire display panel part that has leaked out.

It was interesting to watch, but we needed something much tougher to really put the screen to the test, and now we get it, courtesy of a Chinese tester ready to twist, bend, drop, run over and even put the alleged 4.7-inch iPhone 6 display on fire.

How does the new iPhone 6 sapphire display stand its ground? Take a look below.



source: NoWhereElse (translated)

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posted on 10 Jul 2014, 03:33 1

1. SIGPRO (Posts: 508; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)


Bullsh!t test, i can hit every phone like that with an hammer and the glass wiil not brake.
Come on put more pressure!

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 04:45 1

11. sam_tek (Posts: 91; Member since: 18 Feb 2011)


Sorry, but i don't find any of these drop/stress tests scientific. I don't think they should be tested this way and some of these are pretty misleading. (it's ridiculous how many of them there are!)

I only clicked to see if they were really going to hit the nail on its head on the screen!

anyways, now I'm soo looking forward to finally being able to give my phones along with my toolbox to my pet monkey Marcel to play with!

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 07:24

13. Ashoaib (Posts: 2428; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


pet monkey? :)
thats cool

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 06:20

12. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1462; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


You have to admit that display has some kind of strength by itself. Even though it was lied on a rubber mat while being hammered, it still held its own. This test isn't accurate however since a lot of force is transfer directly from the screen to the rubber mat. I am impressed wit the scratch test though. It seems like it held up really well.

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 12:38

18. TBomb (Posts: 171; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


My problem is that with all the hitting of it, it was against a flush surface that wasnt going to break... so when you hit it with a hammer, the energy gets dispersed through the whole table/floor/anything and not through the glass as it would if there was a phone attached to it. I'm not a scientist by any means, so someone correct me if i'm wrong.

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 03:35 5

2. tech2 (Posts: 2450; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Even GG3 is pretty scratch resistant and those fire and running it over the car are stupid and unnecessary as it would rarely happen.

I am more interested in an 'actual' drop test (not just dropping the screen alone but) with an dummy attached to it.

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 03:37 1

4. SIGPRO (Posts: 508; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)


Yes you are right because the screen is light in weight, proper drop test is with the whole phone, this will make it heavier and the glass will break faster!

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 04:19

8. vincelongman (Posts: 1702; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Exactly, I don't have a scratch on my Nexus 5's screen
But I've seen many Nexus 5s with shattered screens (or any other smartphone)
So if its also more shatter resistant than GG3, then I'm all for sapphire glass
But right now no one has tested it
Sapphire is usually more likely to shatter as its more brittle compared to glass
So I still have doubt about sapphire, until some people test it

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 07:56 1

14. nctx77 (Posts: 576; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


Current iPhones use the same gorilla glass dude. There is no Android gorilla glass lol. This is obviously going to be better. Otherwise, why even bother spending the money? That's a lot of money for a marketing stunt.

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 03:36 6

3. HugoBarraCyanogenmod (Posts: 402; Member since: 06 Jul 2014)


without chinese assembler, Apple is nothing

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 03:37 8

5. SIGPRO (Posts: 508; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)


Apple is crap! Chinese are the best haha

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 04:15 4

7. HugoBarraCyanogenmod (Posts: 402; Member since: 06 Jul 2014)


+1 for that

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 04:27

9. Iodine (Posts: 509; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


We live in a capitalistic world so cheaper workforce means more orders.

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 14:38

20. mrmessma (Posts: 68; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


Aye, komrad!

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 03:51 1

6. eggimage (Posts: 68; Member since: 19 Jan 2012)


well, I've gotta point out that this is Taiwanese instead of Chinese. And still, I worry more about the battery life more than the durability of the screen, even though it sure is important

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 04:29

10. alumoyo (Posts: 237; Member since: 26 Aug 2013)


"While nearly all current smartphones use reinforced Gorilla Glass to resist scratches and even drops..."

NEARLY ALL??? REALLY!!!??? More facts being invented on phonearena! They're getting very good at this.

posted on 12 Jul 2014, 08:34

19. Jmerithew87 (Posts: 5; Member since: 29 Mar 2014)


Just curious, but how is this a false statement?

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 08:16

15. na7noo7 (Posts: 274; Member since: 29 Mar 2014)


The Sapphire Screen only failed at the car. Maybe gonna get a Sapphire Screen Protector on my Galaxy S5.

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 10:25

16. isprobi (Posts: 230; Member since: 30 May 2011)


I need to see the test with the full weight of an assembled phone. When the phone is dropped and the body flexes is usually when the screen breaks.

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 12:06

17. mrmessma (Posts: 68; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


If it held up to the Spyderco then I'd be happy to be able to put them both in the same pocket for once.

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