Meet the world's first smartphone with Sapphire Shield display (no, it's not an iPhone)
posted by Florin T. / Jul 31, 2014, 12:28 PM
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.
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and this phone matters because??
posted on Jul 31, 2014, 12:37 PM 0
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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.
posted on Jul 31, 2014, 12:44 PM 17
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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.
posted on Jul 31, 2014, 12:45 PM 2
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"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.
posted on Jul 31, 2014, 12:46 PM 9
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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).
posted on Jul 31, 2014, 12:50 PM 3
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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
posted on Jul 31, 2014, 2:02 PM 6
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I'm going to suspect that the Vertu Constellation is not considered an smartphone :)
posted on Jul 31, 2014, 12:59 PM 0
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Sapphire glass. Because calling it alumina silicate would be telling the truth, which is boring.
posted on Jul 31, 2014, 12:47 PM 2
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Tim Cook, "Don't worry guys. We'll still call the iPhone as the first smartphone with Sapphire Glass and get away with it."
posted on Jul 31, 2014, 1:25 PM 7
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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.
posted on Jul 31, 2014, 1:27 PM 4
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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...
posted on Jul 31, 2014, 1:32 PM 1
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Looks like a Sony Ericsson
posted on Jul 31, 2014, 3:16 PM 0
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I believe that it more closely resembles the Casio G'z one Commando 2. http://www.phonearena.com/phon
posted on Jul 31, 2014, 6:02 PM 1
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