Meet the world's first smartphone with Sapphire Shield display (no, it's not an iPhone)

Meet the world's first smartphone with Sapphire Shield display (no, it's not an iPhone)
Apple’s iPhone 6 is expected to sport a sapphire display, likely being the first widely available smartphone to offer such a screen - which, as we saw not long ago, is extremely durable (though not indestructible). But Apple won’t be the first to officially launch a smartphone with a sapphire screen in the US, because Kyocera and Verizon today released the Brigadier, an Android handset that features a Sapphire Shield display.

According to Verizon and Kyocera, sapphire “is virtually scratchproof and protects from a screen-first drop onto rocks, where tests show it less likely to break than strengthened touch-panel glass.” The screen of the Brigadier is a 4.5-inch one with 720 x 1280 pixels, and can be operated with gloves and wet fingers.

As we told you earlier this week, the Brigadier is a rugged device - that’s why it looks the way it does (see the slideshow below). The handset meets the US Department of Defense Military Standard 810G, being protected against shock, vibration, low pressure, solar radiation, temperature extremes, blowing rain, salt fog, dust, humidity and water immersion (IP68-certified).

Ruggedness aside, Kyocera Brigadier features Android 4.4 KitKat, LTE, NFC, an 8 MP rear camera, 2 MP front-facing camera, quad-core 1.4 GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of expandable internal memory. The smartphone comes with a 3100 mAh non-removable battery that supports wireless charging.

If you think the Kyocera Brigadier is a handset for you, you can get it at Verizon for $99.99 with a 2-yr contract agreement, or for $399.99 outright.


source: Verizon

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33 Comments

1. HTCOE

Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

and this phone matters because??

5. na7noo7

Posts: 278; Member since: Mar 29, 2014

The touchscreen can be used underwater.

7. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

Because iPhone It looks like a Vertu knockoff.

26. engineer-1701d unregistered

Right vertu did sapphire glass first not this

2. jeff327

Posts: 87; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

This phone matters because it meets a need. Maybe not the everyday smart phone users needs but it definitely meets a need. Construction companies and the like need a phone like this.

31. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Exactly. I have a coworker who only buys ruggedized phones. He fishes and hunts a lot, and truth be told, I've seen him drop it more than once.

3. redbaronk12

Posts: 99; Member since: Dec 14, 2013

This would be a great phone for use on a motorcycle or bicycle, as long as the screen brightness is sufficient for outdoors. I'm hesitant to place my Nexus 5 in a mount on the motorcycle, but this would be perfect.

4. smallworld

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

"Meet the world's first smartphone with Sapphire Shield display (no, it's not an iPhone)". But the Vertu Constellation has a sapphire display since last year.

8. Florin.T

Posts: 318; Member since: Dec 16, 2013

But Vertu's isn't "Sapphire Shield" - Kyocera named the screen this way because it's built differently (likely being better than previous sapphire screens, though we can't be sure of that yet).

10. justsayit

Posts: 256; Member since: May 09, 2013

still is a sapphire

17. Florin.T

Posts: 318; Member since: Dec 16, 2013

Well, that's why the title says "the world's first with Sapphire Shield display", not "the world's first with sapphire display."

25. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

That was pretty weak Florin. Another misleading headline by PA, really.. the typical reader will see "worlds first sapphire display" Click bait.

20. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

But "Sapphire Shield" is a brand by kiocera, if Sharp make a "Sapphire plus" in 2041, then you will say "Meet the world's first smartphone with Sapphire plus display (no, it's not an iPhone)"?? That do not make sense

21. Foramex

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

lol +1 for adding (it's not an iPhone) in 2041

12. Rhade

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 31, 2014

I'm going to suspect that the Vertu Constellation is not considered an smartphone :)

18. smallworld

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

It runs Android so it is.

19. Rhade

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 31, 2014

i was looking at the 2011 model :) which has symbian os :)

6. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Sapphire glass. Because calling it alumina silicate would be telling the truth, which is boring.

11. troutsy

Posts: 383; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

They didn't even call it Sapphire glass in this article, they left at just Sapphire... so they're getting better?

23. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

Hi, can you explain better? Because as far as I know, they are using man made sapphire which is identical to the natural sapphire. Or they are doing something else?

9. justsayit

Posts: 256; Member since: May 09, 2013

good phone,acceptable specs + great build quality

13. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

I actually like it! I'm not fetish on thin phones! This one is so cool!

14. 8800-Arte

Posts: 50; Member since: Jun 05, 2014

Tim Cook, "Don't worry guys. We'll still call the iPhone as the first smartphone with Sapphire Glass and get away with it."

28. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Agree+1

15. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

This deserves a proper PA review. Gigantic battery, isn't that ugly for its super ruggedness, loudspeaker seems to face forward, decent midrange specs, display and pricing, KitKat out of the box.

29. Furbal unregistered

I'd buy it if it was useable on att =\

16. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

I wonder what's the secret behind using the screen with wet fingers. My Xperia works fine with gloves, but when there are a few drops of water on it, it goes crazy...

30. Furbal unregistered

an added resistive layer along with the capacitve maybe

22. Dee79

Posts: 307; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Looks like a Sony Ericsson

27. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

I believe that it more closely resembles the Casio G'z one Commando 2. http://www.phonearena.com/phones/Casio-GzOne-Commando-4G-LTE_id7906/photos?image=41623

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