Xiaomi seeks sapphire glass for "premium" limited edition handset

Xiaomi seeks sapphire glass for
A report published out of South Korea on Monday, states that upstart smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi, is looking for sapphire glass displays. According to the report, Xiaomi is seeking 50,000 of such displays, which would be used on a limited edition high-end handset. The device could launch sometime before this year is out.

Sapphire is one of the hardest materials on the face of the earth, surpassed only by diamonds. Apple is rumored to be employing sapphire glass on some of its more expensive iPhone models this year. The reason for such a restriction is the cost of sapphire glass, which is said to be much more costly to use than Corning's Gorilla Glass.

Recently, Verizon launched the Kyocera Brigadier, which is the first smartphone in the U.S. to come with a sapphire glass display. The device "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," according to both Verizon and Kyocera. Big Red is currently offering the phone for $49.99, with a signed two-year pact. Despite the use of sapphire glass, this happens to be a mid-range device with a 4.5 inch screen featuring a 720 x 1280 resolution, powered by a quad-core 1.4GHz Snapdragon 400.

Using sapphire glass for some of its displays would seem perfectly in character for Xiaomi, which is known as the "Apple" of China

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source: TheTecholic

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22 Comments

1. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Copy Everything.

3. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

imitation is the best form of flattery :D :D

4. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

So, does this mean that Kyocera is a copycat too? Only Apple can use sapphire glass? BS.

5. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Nope. But Xiaoaoamim thing is famous for copying everything apple. that includes phones, UIs and tabets. literally everything.

9. moroninc

Posts: 193; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

says the guy with Galaxy S5 as his nickname... LMFAO

14. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Yeah. Note it. GALAXY S5. A Samsung. got a problem with that xiaoyoyomomo fan?

20. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

If apple really launches that rumored iWatch, the news will be "Apple has invented an all new device, iWatch". If xiaomi launches a smartwatch in coming future, the news will be "a new copycat gadget from xiaomi for poor people"

11. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

MIUI v5 was release before iOS 7. According to sources Apple is the copy cat. Xiaomi also just let it slips. I won't be surprised if iOS 8 has built in theme support just like Xiaomi MIUI. Besides miui v5 is still better now with theme support. User could download different theme from the online theme store.

13. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

so is the glorious MiPad and the 5s look alike. lmao "Apple" is going to copy xiaomimaomi? what the hll man?

16. Ashoaib

Posts: 3291; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

by the way he got a point... MIUI v5 did released months before ios 7, so how we can call it a copy? hmm... if we accept false accussition of copy then we have to accept that xiaomi has a magic or may be fortune teller or may be a globe where it can see the future

18. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Everything which is good, is proprietary of apple. If somebody sells it at lower price, is the biggest copycat.

6. Ashoaib

Posts: 3291; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

wow... all hail to xiaomi... they are really quick to pick up any new trend in the industry... but I feel sad that they try to follow each n every foot step of apple

8. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Copy everything but making it much better than actual. :)

2. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

xiaomi- the apple for not so rich people

7. Ashoaib

Posts: 3291; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

well said... and MIUI worth praise bcoz my friend purchased mi3 a week ago... MIUI is really very nice though its skin feels more like ios instead of android

12. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Yes. Agreed. They have many feature that both iOS and default Android lacks. Theme and build in security with apps permission control. E.g deny facebook app from accessing my location information and contact. I can still use the app as per normal without disclosing my personal information.

15. Ashoaib

Posts: 3291; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

yeah... I like permission control in chinese phones... I have permission manager on my huawei mediapad x1 and I restricted facebook too and many other apps as well... more or less almost all chinese brands offer low level permission control in their UIs

17. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Xiaomi is not devided into rich and poor, they just offer the best at a remarkably genuine price, whether it is phones, tv, power-banks, accessories etc.

10. Iodine

Posts: 1482; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Anti Apple consortium will keep telling you how many decades Apple is behind, but any time there is an RUMOR about what Apple will do next, people in other companies run around in panic to rush out that RUMOR before Apple. They created the wearable a market that way.... everybody is rushing out wearable like crazy, samsung is already has four of them, and third generation is already underway... All in a year.

19. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Apple worshipper.

21. tamchawk

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

There are plenty other compounds harder than Sapphire glass, like transition metal carbides and nitrides etc. So the statement that it's hardness only surpassed by diamond is untrue.

22. tamchawk

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

By the way Sapphire is not a glass. It's a crystalline material. Please write it as Sapphire not Sapphire glass.

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