Keys, a corckscrew, and concrete can't even scratch Kyocera's Sapphire Shield display

Keys, a corckscrew, and concrete can't even scratch Kyocera's Sapphire Shield display
If you happen to do a Google search on just “sapphire display,” chances are you’ll get results pertaining to rumors regarding the next-generation Apple iPhone. Heck, there’s so much buzz surround it already, which is pretty astounding. Interesting enough, however, there’s another phone that currently packs along the sturdy piece of glass over its display – the Kyocera Brigadier.

Now, we’ve applauded the phone for its ruggedness, but in the back of our mind, we were a little skeptical about its Sapphire Shield display. In fact, Kyocera goes on to claim boldly that it’s "virtually scratchproof", so we decided to challenge that claim with our very own scratch test. And boy did we try out darndest to try and mess up its clean looks!

As you can guess, we put the display through a ton of cringe worthy procedures – some simple, some extensive. From a quick test to see how it handles the butt end of a key, to being dropped, we’re astounded by how resilient the sapphire shield glass really is on the Kyocera Brigadier. Heck, it pretty much makes us forget about that thing called Gorilla Glass. Just don't forget to check out the video and see how the sapphire shield display is able to endure some serious punishment!

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14. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

I guess proof reading is no longer require before you post articles lol. Good job for posting this though, cant wait for Sapphire to become the main trend for companys. Way too many cracks screen phones out there, the industry to fix crack screen is making bank.

12. Furbal unregistered

Why is this verizon only =\ Get me a GSM version please. That concrete test was kinda cringe worthy.

8. JMartin22

Posts: 2426; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

It's really hard to scratch tempered glass with most mainstream objects phones come face to face with. Be it the car keys, change or laying your phone flat on a table. Sapphire glass might have some real good situational benefits and will thwart off minor scratches over time, but that's not enough to justify the current price tag of Sapphire glass or how brittle it when braced with impact. It would cost a tremendous amount to repair a cracked sapphire screen; especially considering that it's more fragile than tempered glass with absorbing shock. I don't know whose going to take their phones and rub them up on cylinder blocks and corkscrew anyway.

7. na7noo7

Posts: 278; Member since: Mar 29, 2014

We've all seen Gorilla Glass stand up to this pressure, sharpness doesn't matter. Rub sand on it!

11. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Yup. Besides THIS IS NOT SAPPHIRE DISPLAY. They say that this is only "sapphire COATED" glass. Knowing that sapphire technology don't allow coating, this is just another BS , using the apple's propaganda buzz.LOL Could be some semi-sapphire material, though. Soon we will know.

4. TheCellX

Posts: 50; Member since: Nov 08, 2011

Gorilla Glass was never resistant to anything really. even your nails can do a scratch. So this sapphire testing is really really impressive.

5. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

Whatever will help the consumer, even if it costs more, I'm all for it. It's time for Gorilla Glass to resign :)

6. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Its almost like you hate GG? 8) I agree though we need improvements in display glass.

9. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

I see what you did there hehe :) I don't hate it. I just strongly believe that our screens need a glass upgrade since we have the technology now.

3. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Corcksrew or Corkscrew,... Title?

2. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

John, Scorkscrew...Idk my ears maybe heard it wrong or what. But made me chuckle.

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Nokia 3310 is proud.

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