HTC and LG to use sapphire on next year's flagship models?

HTC and LG to use sapphire on next year's flagship models?
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, LG and HTC must be heaping praise on Apple. According to a published report, both manufacturers plan on adding a sapphire home button to their 2014 flagship models, similar to the Apple iPhone 5s. The Cupertino based tech titan uses the sapphire to protect the home button from scratches, because that is where the Touch ID fingerprint scanner.

Sapphire is one of the most scratch proof materials available, and the latest speculation includes the use of sapphire on the home button of both the HTC One 2 and the LG G3. That could mean that both rumored flagship models will come with a fingerprint scanner in the home button. The HTC One max is available with a fingerprint scanner on the back, one that requires the user to swipe a finger over the screen. The Taiwan based manufacturer could decide to switch to a scanner similar to the one on the iPhone 5s, that doesn't require the user to move his finger. Additionally, a rumor popped up last week, stating that Korea based LG would employ a fingerprint scanner on its next flagship phone.

Thanks Anonymous Tipster!

source: Ubergizmo

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38 Comments

34. Altair

Posts: 367; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Ahh Korean OEM copycats on the road again! All praise Korean modern design method: "Don't waste your energy & money for designing anything by yourself, because you can steal your opponent innovations for free!"

36. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

HTC is Taiwanese and they are already paying Apple....

33. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

Please LG, keep the software buttons...

28. Diazene

Posts: 129; Member since: May 01, 2013

LG uses software buttons, HTC uses capacitative buttons, that's just stupid

30. npaladin2000

Posts: 165; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

Which part? Oh, and LG's used "me too" copies of Samsung's hardware home button on a few models, until they went to the whole rear-mount volume control thing.

32. yudi.nemesis unregistered

LG first android phone http://www.feedberry.com/wp-content/uploads/lg-gw620-blue-black-8.jpg vs Samsung first android android phonehttp://cdn2.gsmarena.com/vv/pics/samsung/samsung-i7500-galaxy-white.jpg Now can you tell me wich one is the copycat???

27. GeekMovement unregistered

This is interesting. If they all start adding physical home buttons with sapphire glass, I'd definitely say that idea is somewhat inspired from the iPhone. It is a feature that I liked on the iPhone 5S to begin with too.

23. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I am surprised the HTC and LG fanboys trashing Samsung and Apple for using a home button are not commiting mass suicide right now. According to them home buttons and capacitive buttons are garbage and primitive, although in reality, home buttons are totally superior because they act as a power button that can't be accidentally pressed and is much closer to your thumb than the power button. In the rest of the areas it is just as functional so they really have no disadvantages. This is odd too because LG's knock on feature is a great home button substitute and adding both knock on and a home button is redundant. As far as suck TC goes....lol. I have no idea what kind of gong show this is going to be with their really poorly placed and thought out two button system used on the HTC One. Are they going to put a sapphire home button to the right of the handset like how the power button is on the HTC One? I have no doubt HTC is clueless when it comes to design and ergonomics but I am not even sure that even they are dumb enough to put a physical home button to the right....although HTC does suck so who knows. I know the HTC fans will somehow justify or simply ignore the poor button placement and declare it the best android phone ever despite the rest of the population realizing how poor the handset actually is and understanding fully why HTC handsets never sell.

31. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

You never fail to amaze me with your childish rants. Had a good laugh reading that.

35. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

What's the matter? Is what I am saying too close to the mark for you?

37. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

I had a genuinly good laugh at what you wrote there, you need to apply that rage elsewhere than on a pathetic comment section of a website lmao, you still don't get how childish you act around here don't you?

38. true1984

Posts: 871; Member since: May 23, 2012

"home buttons are totally superior because they act as a power button that can't be accidentally pressed " that is the exact reason why people DON'T like home buttons because they CAN be accidentally pressed. Also, in all honesty, some people really don't care if there is a physical home buttons or not at all since very few oems like samsung and apple actually use one.

22. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1258; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

But will it shatter? Scratches arent even a problem now. I want durability.

15. npaladin2000

Posts: 165; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

HTC One 2 is a really dumb name. Hopefully it's actually something else if they're still in business. "Which phone do you like?" "Oh, I like the One Two." "Which one?" "Two." Third base. :)

21. HASHTAG unregistered

Lol. That made me laugh.

25. Fuego84

Posts: 357; Member since: May 13, 2012

Agree HTC One 2 is stupid. They should name it the HTC One 2 punch. Lol

26. GeekMovement unregistered

I like the HTC One (too)!

29. npaladin2000

Posts: 165; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

Maybe they could call it the "HTC Second One." Then again, I think the One Max should be the "Big One." :)

13. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Can someone explain how sapphire glass is better than what htc and lg are using now

17. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

If you read the article...

7. kevkyle

Posts: 104; Member since: Oct 21, 2012

LG 2 already uses Sapphire Glass - on its 13MP RF Cam with OIS.....', )

8. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

What kind of OIS does the G2 have❔Digital, or mechanical❔

14. Carlitos

Posts: 706; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Mechanical

16. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Ok.. Thanks❕

24. LoveHater

Posts: 235; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

I read somewhere Lumina have Digital Ois

2. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

for HTC: countless people have that special ability to live without sapphire-covered displays, however they find hard to do the same with Ultrapixel madness...oh come on, just once put the focus on something really useful what could make everydays truly a bit easier.

6. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Well, Nokia was working on Photovoltaic displays... This is where the screen has a transparent film sandwiched under the glass, and lets the phone trickle charge the battery in all kinds of light.. Basically, a solar charging screen. Keeping our devices powered up effortlessly all day should be a huge focus in 2014.. http://www.wpcentral.com/nokia-bring-solar-charging-windows-phones

10. WindowsiDroid

Posts: 138; Member since: Jul 22, 2013

That is what I call a Innovation not renovation.

11. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

And who cares? This article has nothing to do with Nokia, thanks God.

12. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

It's not about Nokia, numb neck❕ That's besides the point.. The dude was saying that we need to see something that people could really use on their phone in everyday life.. I'm just mentioning what's being worked on.. If you don't like whose working on it then I can't help you there.. Grow up❕.. And, what kind of idiot is going to dismiss new technology just because it's made by whoever❔.. If you don't like the comment then ignore it, fool.

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