Report: Use of sapphire glass in smartphones to surge next year

Report: Use of sapphire glass in smartphones to surge next year
According to Taiwan-based sapphire producers, we should see a surge in the use of sapphire glass for smartphones, starting next year. This could include the use of the material to protect the screen, the camera, or other fragile parts of an intelligent handset. The only material on earth that is harder than sapphire, is the diamond.

The Kyocera Brigadier is now offered via Verizon, and the display on the mid-range handset is protected by sapphire glass. Apple has used sapphire glass to cover and protect the camera lens on the iPhone, ever since the release of the Apple iPhone 5. It has used the material to protect the fingerprint scanner embedded in the home button, since Touch ID launched with the Apple iPhone 5s last year. Speculation has Apple using sapphire glass in replace of Gorilla Glass 3 on the display of selected  4.7 inch Apple iPhone 6 models this year. If Apple does launch a 5.5 inch phablet as rumored, certain versions of that model are expected to also feature screens made of sapphire glass.
LG is using the material to protect the camera lens on certain smartphone models. Expected to do the same shortly, are ZTE, Huawei, Xiaomi, and Samsung. At this moment, the number one use of sapphire glass on smartphones is indeed, as a covering for the camera. If Apple does use the material to protect the displays on some of its iPhone models this year, you can expect to see more manufacturers following Apple for 2015, and that would explain the surge in sapphire use expected by the Taiwan-based sapphire producers.

source: DigiTimes



2. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Those Apple fanboys will whine that the others are copying Apple for using sapphire glass.

4. Jobayer

Posts: 167; Member since: Feb 22, 2013

It's kind of true, only few companies use sapphire now; Apple will do it and everyone will follow . Just like the 64bit ach processors.

6. AlikMalix unregistered

I was going to say the same thing. I bet secretly most Android users hope Apple embeds an NFC chip, so that the world finally embraces it (at least commercially). Say what you want, but NFC isn't where it should be considering the effort and time android manufacturers pushed for it.

8. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

64bit was a natural step, it is googles fault that android wasn't ready for it. The only android builds that are ready for prime time with 64bit are for Intel CPUs.

19. vincelongman

Posts: 5745; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Also ARM already announced their ARM v8, and A53 cores months before the A7 Even if the A7 had come first, its still obvious there would be 64-bit CPUs sooner or later anyway, like how almost all Intel/AMD CPUs are 64-bit now Also you could argue that sapphire replacing gorilla glass is also another natural step Just like how gorilla glass replaced normal glass And how all highend watches how sapphire instead of glass

12. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

why not apple fanboys whine that the others including apple are copying vertu and kyocera?? basically kyocera is the trend setter which apple and others are gonna follow

3. Sprissy

Posts: 193; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

I would hope sapphire glass would at least be on all the flagship phones.

5. Lt.Green

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Poor Corning.

7. AlikMalix unregistered

I think Corning will adopt even if all phones adopt to sapphire screens. I would love to have stronger but lighter windshield in my car for example.

9. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Or corning will just make Gorilla glass 4 equal/better than sapphire?

10. AlikMalix unregistered

Very possibly...

11. nithyakr

Posts: 161; Member since: Jun 20, 2014

Another huge leap in smartphones thanks to Apple.

14. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

thanks to kyocera and vertu man for setting the trend of sapphire which even apple is gonna follow... give credit to rightful deserver


Posts: 436; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

more like a trend started by kyocera and vertu, but made popular by apple. there is no denying if apple does use sapphire, it will inevitably be more common because of apple

23. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

ofcourse usually things get popular when main stream company offer it, same like note series, main stream company made a large phone then there was full haleluya and everyone followed the phablet craze, even apple is looking forward to launch a phablet... it is always like this, thats not difficult to understand


Posts: 436; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

yes its not difficult to understand. Apple should be given credit for (possibly) making this a mainstream, and (possibly) standard feature in future flagship phones. kyocera and vertu wont get the credit for making it popular, at most the "1st to..." claim

13. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

All credit goes to apple To force others to go for better quality

15. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

you guys seriously lacking knowledge.... all credit goes to vertu and kyocera to force apple and others to go for better quality

16. AlikMalix unregistered

You guys have to explain how anyone is "forced now" to use better quality. Besides, who said that Apple will even use Sapphire screens in phones or at all, all we know the joint venture with GT, was to build wind-chimes. Vertu was an exclusive phone that catered only to top 5% rich people - it cost $11,000 USD and is way to expensive for the specs and software that it offered for that price. For that money they should include a screen made out of diamond. Kyocera Sapphire phone is not out yet either, I believe. What makes them different from iPhone sapphire scree rumors?

20. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

kyocera is already out and up for sales, update your information please... well I am giving example of vertu just to clear the false illusion or misconception in some users mind that apple is doing this "innovation"... which is infact like defiying those brands who originally brought this idea but they are not famous unlike apple in media reports... no one can force no one, it is the market trend in business which force the manufscturers

22. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

Kyo rushed a s*** show phone to the market after they herd about apple doing sapphire. Jeeze, what a troll.

24. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

wa wa wa, so you were watching kyocera rushing and they came rushing to you "Mr. Blahblah, apple gonna launch sapphire so we should run n make it first"... thats great, you are a witness in what happen at kyocera facilities

17. troutsy

Posts: 383; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

Sapphire isn't glass, Alan. You said it like a million times...

18. Bozzor

Posts: 248; Member since: May 02, 2012

Am being a bit pedantic but really, it is wrong to say that "The only material on earth that is harder than sapphire, is the diamond." There is boron and various boron inclusive minerals which are harder than sapphire, but just below a diamond. And now we have stuff like nano-crystalline diamond, which is actually harder than 'normal' diamond. Good luck working with that!

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