The new material: sapphire to come where there was plastic and glass in smartphones before
posted by Victor H. / Oct 15, 2013, 3:49 AM
Sapphire is the world’s second-hardest stone after diamond and is used to cover camera lenses, buttons and displays. Sapphire ingots are measured by the kilometer, and the increased use in electronics has contributed to a massive spike in demand. From 32 kilometers in 2012, by the end of this year total demand is expected to reach 54 kilometers. And by 2016 that number will grow even higher to a whopping 84 kilometers.
Sapphire is mostly used for LEDs, but its use in smartphones is expected to grow from 5% of the total demand to a whopping 20% in 2014.
Now, sapphire is touted to be more scratch resistant than glass and generally a stronger material. Corning however challenges that with its Gorilla Glass 3 technology as it claims it has achieved similar and even better scratch resistance. Either way, sapphire is the new material used in Apple’s home key to protect the fingerprint scanner, and it’s also on smartphone camera lenses.
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Yeah Yeah... Once Apple has it... Everyone will have it...
posted on Oct 15, 2013, 3:56 AM 3
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It was first decided that it will be implemented on ubuntu edge. Too bad that project didn't got refunds. Now apple implemented this on their phones. So I wouldn't really call it copy from apple, but rather apple copied from ubuntu edge.
posted on Oct 15, 2013, 4:05 AM 13
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Yeah, they have been used in the super high-end smartphones (Vertu) for a while. And apple and a few others have been using it in their camera lenses since before the ubuntu edge even became a thing. But you know...you could just make stuff up.
posted on Oct 15, 2013, 12:50 PM 0
Nobody copied anyone. All major firms are looking to implement the newer technologies, but some choose to wait until that technology has matured and/or is cheaper. Sapphire is more fragile than Gorilla Glass, meaning worse for drops. Apple may get away with fragile phones while Nokia would face a hellstorm for losing their durability reputation.
posted on Oct 15, 2013, 4:23 AM 6
what do you mean by this. apple since the day mac made something bought and stole and copied patents in the 70's and 80's that's how all tech company's work on that case i loved apple before all the law suits now i would not be caught dead with any apple device.
posted on Oct 15, 2013, 7:27 AM 0
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I think 920 had it too, on its back, around camera because people complained about 900 getting easily scratched around camera. I might be wrong though.
posted on Oct 15, 2013, 4:10 AM 4
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Here, "...outstanding, sturdy build quality, which includes a sapphire coating on all of the external buttons and the frame around the camera lens." http://m.cnet.com.au/nokia-lumia-920-339341626.htm?redir=1
posted on Oct 15, 2013, 4:14 AM 1
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The argument of copying is pointless. If no one was allowed to copy, we wouldn't have smartphones and everyone would be stuck on the traditional dialer phone. It's not like Apple doesn't do it anyways: look at the notification bar, big screens and Samsung's tacky plastic.
posted on Oct 15, 2013, 4:27 AM 2
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good lord.......do any of u nerds own a real WATCH?!?!?!? most wathces have a saphire crystal , NOT glass, covering the face. sad day when, i ask 4 the time and everyone looks @ a damn phone....... its a watch people, buy a decent one and u might actully GET LAID fo once.....christ......(sigh)
posted on Oct 16, 2013, 4:23 AM 0
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Nokia had it long time ago. It is only used in its luxury brand vertu. Check it out. It is a phone worth for investing as it's value will rise with the diamond or gold or anything on that phone which are valuable
posted on Oct 15, 2013, 5:35 AM 1
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