Kyocera shows us how tough its Sapphire Shield display is

Kyocera shows us how tough its Sapphire Shield display is
Last week, Kyocera and Verizon released the Brigadier, the first smartphone in the US to use a sapphire crystal display. The new handset’s screen has a special name - Sapphire Shield - and is exclusively manufactured by Kyocera.

To show us just how tough the Sapphire Shield display is, Kyocera today released a video that compares a Brigadier featuring this display to a version of the device that comes with “impact-resistant glass” instead. Both variants are scratched with granite, and also dropped onto granite. The Sapphire Shield survives with no damage whatsoever, but the impact-resistant glass is seriously damaged in both cases. Kyocera doesn’t say exactly what “impact-resistant glass” means, but it doesn’t seem to be Gorilla Glass (which may have fared better during the tests).

While the Sapphire Shield display is a Kyocera exclusive, this doesn’t mean that other companies can’t make different types of sapphire screens. Apple will most likely use sapphire for the display of the upcoming iPhone 6, making the new handset significantly tougher than previous models. Anyway, until the new iPhone is announced, take a look at Kyocera’s Sapphire Shield display below - for a peek at what seems to be one of the toughest smartphone screens ever.



1. bachir8k

Posts: 153; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

Ok this is a nice comparison video between sapphire crystal and normal glass, but what about sapphire crystal vs gorilla glass 3? As only low-end phones use a normal glass these days.

5. vincelongman

Posts: 5723; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Also still no drop test, e.g. dropping from pocket height or higher Gorilla glass usually shatters from drops higher than pocket height I want see if sapphire is more shatter resistant If not then I'm not interested in paying more, I'd prefer if the extra cost went into 32/64GBs of storage or a bigger battery

6. tedkord

Posts: 17410; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Corning Gorilla Glass VS. Sapphire:

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5723; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Not sure I trust this video since its from Corning However that video is probably true Sapphire is harder than gorilla glass (e.i. sapphire is more scratch resistant) But Sapphire is also more brittle than gorilla glass (e.i. easier to shatter and less resistant to strain) But still have to wait for a drop test with a real iPhone 6 since Apple's sapphire isn't natural sapphire, so it might be slightly better or worse

8. Busyboy unregistered

Yeah, Sapphire my A$$ Clearly it is an advertisement promoting GG Like GG is stronger than real Sapphire, give me a break

2. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I'm impressed. No need for a screen protector anymore...

3. sriuslywtf

Posts: 297; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

Hmm.. I cant see the video just yet due to my office preventing me.. but can anyone tell me if the screen is still working? I know its tough but the chipset inside the phone could be broken with that kind of drop.. In most cases,, the outer screen is still ok but the inner LCD was cracked.. I'm worried if this is like a bullet proof vest scenario wherein the bullet was prevented entry but the internal organs are destroyed..

9. p51d007

Posts: 705; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Drop it on the CORNER, bet it would shatter, just as every other GLASS device would.

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