Android OEM teases sapphire screens


What company springs to mind when we’re talking about smartphones with extremely scratch resistant sapphire crystal displays? Apple, with its big investment in sapphire and the multitude of rumors pointing to such a screen coming to its next-gen iPhones? Or maybe even last year’s failed effort from Ubuntu, and its plans to deliver the sapphire-screened Edge? We’ve got one more name you should add to that list, as Kyocera drops a teaser for what sure sounds like a sapphire-screened phone of its own.

We’ve already covered ruggedized Androids from Kyocera in the past, so it’s not the biggest leap to see the company expressing interest in jumping on the sapphire bandwagon. Though to hear Kyocera tell the story, as you can see in the teaser video below, it’s been involved in sapphire production for decades, so bringing that tech to a phone is only the next logical step in a long line of experience working with the material.

Leaks from earlier this month seemed to reveal the company testing sapphire screens in a smartphone-sized frame, and today’s teaser gives us a name: Kyocera Sapphire Shield. It’s still not clear just what form this phone will take (or honestly, if it’s a phone at all and not something like an add-on screen protector), nor when it might become available, but we’re likely looking at another Android device, and the company promises that more info is coming soon.


Source: Kyocera (YouTube), CNET

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Stephen Schenck
Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!