Did you know that some phones already use a sapphire screen?

Did you know that some phones already use a sapphire screen?
Sapphire is the new buzzword in smartphones - the material, second only to diamond in terms of hardness, is almost impossible to scratch, and it’s expected to make a splash if Apple releases its iPhone 6 with a sapphire display.

But did you know that there are already phones with sapphire displays out there? It turns out that some luxury phone makers have used sapphire screens to set themselves apart from the competition, and one such device is the Vertu Ti.

An Android smartphone by luxury brand Vertu, the ‘handmade in England’ Ti costs north of $11,000 (£6,800) and offers a combinaiton of leather, stainless steel and sapphire glass for those swimming in pools of cash.

It’s in fact not a new phone - the Vertu Ti was released in February 2013, but even then its features seemed sub-par: a 3.7-inch display with a resolution of just 480 x 800 pixels, a 1.7GHz dual-core processor, an 8-megapixel camera and all of that running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Disappointing isn’t it?

One thing that’s not disappointing, though, is the fact that materials previously considered luxurious like the sapphire glass are about to become mainstream.

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40 Comments

1. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2262; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

this makes S5,G3,5S Z2,.LOOKING LIKE TOYS.

4. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Toys no way.. this vertu is just carry a premium price tag and great materials but it is not the best looking at all. For my taste Z2,5s,g3 is way better than this vertu. Premium materials does make device look premium but also many devices like nokia lumia 930,icon,HTC one x which are made of polycarbonate does look equally attractive.

12. malakas87

Posts: 8; Member since: Jun 25, 2014

Lumia 930 is aluminium...

19. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Only the frame..........................

36. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

One thing for sure . We knew all about vertu. We dont care about sapphire if its functionality is just crappy.

6. likemorethan1

Posts: 48; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

Z2, M8, Lumia 930/Icon, iPhone 5s are better looking than this phone.

7. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

I would say that a phone with a 3.7-inch display with a resolution of just 480 x 800 pixels IS THE TOY! LOL

9. garlic456

Posts: 251; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

Wvga at screens under 4 inch look like hd. It probably has 250 ppi or something. And dual core 1.7 ghz proccessor isn't bad, you can play most of the games w/out lag.

14. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

800x480 is just 250 dpi on 3.7" screen, so far from HD unless you go to a gargantuan 6-inch screen. And just the 3.7-inch screen makes sure it´s just a toy compared to the S5,G3,5S, Z2.

25. needa

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

252ppi edit: didnt see the tyler reply.

22. na7noo7

Posts: 278; Member since: Mar 29, 2014

Have you seen the Black Diamond iPhone 5? It is made out of more than 100 diamonds with a gold back plate, that makes the Vertu Ti look like a Phone from 50 cents. Besides, the Ti has a Huge Bezel, so the G3 looks much, much better.

39. thesims2customs

Posts: 61; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

But that iPhone not using sapphire yer. And agree with the rest, this phone maybe looks fancy, but excusme, for what I spend my money for thing that just have a good look? –I mean good materials

31. ikenvape

Posts: 308; Member since: May 28, 2014

No, its just business tactics. Price something ridiculously high for a specific consumer market and people will buy. I'm in retail and see it happen all the time. Sure some components are of high quality but with electronics, software and support is also key. Vertu is for people that have more money than they know what to do with.

35. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

Actually I think this looks more like a toy.

2. TheNeighbor

Posts: 370; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Sheesh. I'd rather stick to practical and versatility than spend $11k on something that can't do much.

5. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Yeah, this phone is not for average customers like us . I mean $11k for a phone?? lol . I wonder if this ever got updated to jellybean?!. Just premium metal no premium specs.

3. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Thumbs ups to Apple if they use sapphire glass on next iPhone as rumoured. True Apple is not the first company to bring new stuff like sapphire glass etc to phones even though many thinks they are which is kinda stupid, but they do execute things better also they popularise it better and make a trend in market. But i hope this sapphire glass don't increase overall cost too much . iPhone is already too damn costly.

8. Bozzor

Posts: 248; Member since: May 02, 2012

Tag Heuer Meridiiist Infinite also uses sapphire: believe a few other, very low volume (less than a few hundred built each year) high cost (a few thousand dollars) also use it...

11. malakas87

Posts: 8; Member since: Jun 25, 2014

Motorola AURA also has sapphire screen glass, but it's not touch.......

10. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

I thought I would be surprised but of course it had to be a phone that is really expensive

13. wilsong17 unregistered

I don't want your cheap aluminum no thanx

15. Genersis

Posts: 219; Member since: May 29, 2013

I really can't imagine sapphire screens becoming a thing any time soon without serious cost-cutting measures in other departments.

16. bhavya26

Posts: 8; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

u forgot vertu signature touch which has all the good specs with all premium material

17. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"Did you know that some phones already use a sapphire screen?" Yes, Victor H. and I already have informed people about that in this article: http://www.phonearena.com/news/Sapphire-glass-might-not-be-ready-for-prime-time_id58125 :)

18. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Victor H. you should update your article because not only Vertu Ti use Sapphire glass for screen protection! You should add those also: Vertu Signature Touch Vertu Constellation (2013 model) Vertu Constellation (2011 model) Vertu Constellation Quest Vertu is using Sapphire glass like a minimum 3 years already or maybe even for a longer time.

21. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I think Noka (who used to own Vertu) also made a phone (but not smartphone) with a sapphire glass about 10-5 years ago I cant remember what it was called, but it was also a luxury phone priced similarly to the Vertu phones

23. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

It could be true because Nokia was founder of Vertu back in 1998 and that's why Vertu was using only Nokia phones back in days. So basically Vertu was luxury line of Nokia. Later in 2012 Nokia sold Vertu so now we can see Vertu running Android OS.

24. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Also back in 2008 was released Motorola Aura which also had display protected with Sapphire glass.

26. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

I own a constellation quest. but it was not mentioned in the user manual that it uses sapphire glass

28. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Go to the page 9 --> Looking after your phone --> Ceramics and sapphire http://www.vertu.com/downloads/user-guides/Constellation_Quest-RM582V/RM582V_eng.pdf

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