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Sapphire glass is nearly three times tougher than Gorilla Glass, might be on future smartphones

0. phoneArena posted on 21 Mar 2013, 07:23

The Samsung Galaxy S 4 was just unveiled as the first phone coming with Corning’s new Gorilla Glass 3, and as tough as Gorilla Glass is, in the near future we might have much tougher glass on our devices…

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posted on 21 Mar 2013, 09:44

23. cdgoin (Posts: 565; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)

I'm willing to bet HTC or Nokia get it first.

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 11:13

27. howardbarrett (Posts: 45; Member since: 11 Jan 2013)

My bet is on Apple or Motorola.

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 10:15 3

25. nak1017 (Posts: 328; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)

FYI, this is the same stuff using watches

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 15:14

33. Penny (Posts: 1667; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)

Yep. My first thought was that all of my watches use Sapphire Crystal, and they can take a beating without getting scratched or cracked.

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 13:57

29. dgreekstallion (Posts: 14; Member since: 16 Nov 2012)

What would be awesome if one could just buy this and replace the existing glass on their phone with it.

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 13:58

30. Zero0 (Posts: 592; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

The price difference is big, but it might be worth it after it comes down a tiny bit. Think about it. What phone/tablet part breaks most often? Probably the screen. A screen that's three times stronger is one third as likely to be replaced.

It's hurts margins, but I could see a strong marketing campaign around a screen like this. "Three times stronger than the -INSERT COMPETITOR-."

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 15:01

32. MartianMe (unregistered)

oh snap it looks like gorilla glass got some competition.

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 16:58

35. NE_BE (Posts: 19; Member since: 21 Mar 2013)

Sapphire is also used in certain high end watches.
Either way if that sapphire ends up with a coating that scratches easily there's not much of a point :/

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 20:31

38. ddeath (Posts: 169; Member since: 14 Apr 2012)

Is this even supposed to be news? Sapphire glass has been in existence for the longest of time. In the company I worked in, we used it for certain production applications, but changed it with a replacement many years back due to the high cost. Phone manufacturers don't use it simply because it is expensive and adds to the production cost.

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 04:52

41. JC557 (Posts: 1788; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)

I have to mil-spec watches, one using sapphire glass, the other a special mil-spec Gorilla Glass. Both hold up great under extreme abuse so at this point I don't think I would have a preference when it comes to phone application. Sapphire will add to the cost of a phone though, a bit more than mil-spec Gorilla Glass.

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 05:58

42. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

I've got a watch with sapphire glass (Nite MX 50) and it's not scratchproof. It is hard but not totally scratchproof, even though I've cared of it (it also depends on the thickness of sapphire and I bet they gonna use the cheapest ones).

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 11:13

43. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

Ah that's something interesting to look forward for

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 05:18

44. ubuntu (Posts: 40; Member since: 11 Jan 2013)

too expensive

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 00:41

45. dansun (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)

in my experience gorilla 3 glass don't get scratched as easily as gorilla 2 but breaks just as often. As for sapphire glass perhaps they are not commonly used just yet, but I didn't have to replace one yet.

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