After Apple, Samsung and LG might be exploring sapphire crystal displays, too

After Apple, Samsung and LG might be exploring sapphire crystal displays, too
Apple has been toying around with display panels made of sapphire crystals for a while now, and is even rumored to boost a volume production for said displays, as they might find a place in the upcoming iPhone(s) 6. Sapphire has many virtues as a mobile device touchscreen cover, and is a viable alternative to the Gorlla Glass franchise, even surpassing it in some aspects.

The issue is cost, of course, and it turns out this has been the main deterrent for Samsung and LG, not only Apple, to start utilizing sapphire displays. Until now. Korean media is reporting that both LG and Samsung are back to the drawing board, considering the employment of sapphire in their display panels, after previously dismissing them as too expensive to be mass-produced. Apparently Apple's experience with tooling and machinery might have given them a hint that sapphire can be used in a more cost-effective way, so the time we see this innovative material in a Samsung or LG phone, might not be far away.



source: ETNews via G4Games

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53 Comments

1. Ashoaib

Posts: 3298; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Law suit is coming... apple has a patent to use sapphire... apple invented sapphire, so no one can touch it if not purchased from apple in 1000 times higher price

5. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I do hope you are being sarcastic, since Apple has no patent to use sapphire but a patent on how to implement sapphire in combination with a touchscreen.

8. Ashoaib

Posts: 3298; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Just taunting

11. vincelongman

Posts: 5728; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Jokes aside... Vertu (was own by Nokia at some point) has been using sapphire glass in their phones for years So once again Apple wouldn't be the first

52. androtaku

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

speaking of vague comparison none of these companies, apple,samsung,Lg invented smartphone or even phone,so they deserve zero credit since they not the first

10. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Apple is mainly using it as a fackin marketing gimmick and now the whole damn industry is going to waste effort on it. Sapphire as it is now is garbage as shown in the following vid:http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=J-3c1NYF8Gw They will probably market the hell out of it to their army of tools just like touch id and 64 bit, then every other idiot will try to pointlessly copy it.

12. vincelongman

Posts: 5728; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Strange thing is that is scientifically impossible Steel is 5-6H, natural sapphire is 9H So steel shouldn't have been able to scratch the sapphire, maybe Apple's man-made sapphire isn't as hard/strong as natural sapphire

17. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

No it doesn't work that way, the pointy nature of the metal is what allows it to scratch something easily. The lattice of the sapphire versus a flat metal surface can be compared in hardness. That is why they have that video in the article where they move a concrete block over the glass, its pure propaganda. Unless someone is carrying bricks in their pocket (which all the iFans will now claim to do) it is a very unrealistic and pointless test.

23. vincelongman

Posts: 5728; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

What? It doesn't matter how "pointy" steel is, steel is still steel. Therefore it will still have a hardness of 5-6H on Mohs hardness scale, maybe up to 7H if its surgical steel Sapphire has a hardness of 9H, basically only diamond is harder than sapphire You can look up other measures of hardness, e.g. Vickers or Brinell, sapphire is still much harder than steel So technically, even if you spent a month sharpening a steel nail, it still shouldn't scratch sapphire Unless someone makes a diamond encrusted steel nail, then that will scratch sapphire

25. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Nail? That has moh of poop. You guys should look up steels like CM154, D2 tool, VG-10 and then not forget steel is crystalline and the cool one is obsidian..

26. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Also, transparent aluminum is possible too. Hint, it's used in planes that cruise on edge of space, mostly spy planes.

18. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Real Sapphire that is used on Rolex Breitling Rado Watches

53. androtaku

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

u better study more science before commenting on this kind of scientific term science does say material with 6 mohs scale can't scratch a 9 mohs scale material,it just meant it need 16 times the forces to scratch it

29. iCloud

Posts: 126; Member since: May 15, 2014

I agree. Stupid see stupid do...

45. applesucker

Posts: 81; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

sapphire was patented by vertu long before apple uses it on their iphones so get your stupid facts straight

2. KillerKeyboard

Posts: 372; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

Even a gradeschooler can come up with this idea and make an article from it. =D

30. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

LOL Yup. I wonder how those media know that Apple plan saphire displays, at all. Apple never said such thing. Same was with iWatch, iRing, iTV, liqud metal,........ Those media iFans make "rumors" about everything possible, so their lovely brand to look like "the first" always. Even if they overhear that some real tech company develope something, run fast with "rumors -articles" that Apple is doing it, too , before all.

43. ecmedic4

Posts: 520; Member since: May 02, 2013

Gotta love the conspiracy theories all the time from the Apple haters that roam....or maybe plague is the word i should use, phone arena. Its amazing, how ppl get so worked up and butthurt over Apple. Apparently they must be doing something right since so many ppl hate them and like to come up with so many conspiracy theories.

3. FingerMyApple unregistered

Eww android, nice sapphire glass but still android, eww!! :p

47. applesucker

Posts: 81; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

gay trolls are not allowed in this section

50. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Lmfao That was epic +1

48. applesucker

Posts: 81; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

your moldy apple, GROSS!!!!

4. Super3310

Posts: 91; Member since: May 06, 2014

And the cost?

13. vincelongman

Posts: 5728; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I saw a video last year from one of the major companies making sapphire glass They said gorilla glass cost ~$3 for each phone Their sapphire cost ~$30 for each phone, but they said that it should be ~$20 this year and under ~$10 next year (from memory, I might be slightly off with the numbers)

6. JMartin22

Posts: 2372; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

I also thought Sapphire was less translucent, meaning it wouldn't let as much light through from the backplane of display, resulting in either less bright displays or higher brightness outputs resulting in more poor battery life. Not to mention that it's also more fragile than tempered glass, it's breaks more easily and would cost a tremendous amount to repair. I hope Sapphire doesn't become another Apple-bandwagon trend if it's true

22. troutsy

Posts: 383; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

Sapphire is a very clear material to see through, but it refracts much more light than glass. So light hitting the surface of the display at an angle is much more likely to get lost than with glass. Fragile is a difficult word to use... Sapphire requires more force/stress to break, but it will break under much less deflection/strain. Still, I've only ever broken my screen by dropping it, and for that I would much rather have a tempered glass display.

7. Lt.Green

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Asahi and Corning should join forces and create 'GorillaTrail' Glass to compete with this.

9. willard12 unregistered

I think the companies are fully aware of how to employ sapphire glass and actually have experience selling devices using it. "If you’re worried about scratches diminishing the look of the Galaxy Gear, you can sleep easy knowing that it’s protected by the layer of sapphire glass over it – giving it a very slick feel to the touch." - Phone Arena

14. rockers123

Posts: 137; Member since: Sep 08, 2013

Nop, Samsung has graphene

15. iMemo

Posts: 113; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

I DIDN'T SEE THAT COMING!

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