Posts tagged with: sapphire
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    Smartphones with scratch-resistant sapphire crystal protecting their displays are no longer the stuff of bank-breaking luxury phones; with the launch of the Kyocera Brigadier, they're soundly within reach of the average smartphone buyer. Still, sapphire's arrived with more of a whimper than a bang, and it remains to be seen if efforts from big names like Apple will be what the material needs to really go mainstream. Another manufacturer has just stepped forward with news of a sapphire-screened handset of its own, as Huawei confirms rumors about its plans for a sapphire-covered version of ...

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    It's one of the top buzzwords of the year in mobile technology: the sapphire screen. More appropriately called a sapphire crystal display, its remarkability lies not in clarity or resolution or thumb-feel ... but in saving us from our oafish, clumsy-handed selves. Sapphire crystal is hard, see – harder than anything on the good 'ole Mohs hardness scale except diamond (as we discussed in a piece last year on why sapphire is awesome). And since we don't generally carry diamonds in our pockets on the regular, the thinking goes that a sapphire screen would be harder than anything that could ...

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    Apple has a tough challenge in being able to differentiate the iPhone 6 this year. With competing devices like the HTC One (M8), the rumored Galaxy Note 4, and the LG G3, Apple needs more than just another iPhone hitting the market. We've heard diverse rumors pointing to the company using sapphire in order to boost the durability of its offering, but some new official news make that highly unlikely. Apple's sapphire partner, GT Advanced Technologies, has just posted its quarter results and has discussed the current status of its Arizona plant. If you remember, this is the facility that's ...

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    The technology world is a fast moving one, and hence, there are more than 100 stories we publish on a weekly basis here on Pocketnow. Those include reviews, videos, editorials, news, and more. With this new, weekly series, we're making it easier for you to look back at the most interesting, exciting, and popular topics of the week, in case you missed anything. Look for the Pocketnow Week in Review every Saturday morning. It contains the most popular ten stories of the week printed on the portal, as well as top videos from our YouTube channel. Additionally, you can also find our Pocketnow ...

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    Kyocera's Brigadier first leaked back in the spring, and at the time, there wasn't much reason to be excited about it. The phone seemed like it would just be the latest in a long series of ruggedized Androids that may offer exceptional durability, but with little in the way of real stand-out features, nor high-end specs. And so we largely forgot about the phone until it popped back on our radar earlier this week, as a source leaked some Verizon documentation to us that identified the Brigadier as the first Kyocera model to use the company's Sapphire Shield – its branding for a highly ...

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    What's next for OnePlus, following the launch of its One handset? Another smartphone is probably a safe bet, but what about other form factors? There was that rumor earlier this month about a OnePlus Tab tablet, but that one quickly turned out to be a fake. Today we're checking out another leak – and hopefully one that will stand up to a little more scrutiny – as a OnePlus smartwatch is seemingly revealed. According to these design sketches, this “OneWatch” would offer some of the hottest features from the most anticipated smartwatches at the moment; those include things like the ...

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    As we get closer to September, the amount of rumors regarding the future of the iPhone 6 will only get stronger. There's been a continuous debate over the possible launch of both the 4.7-inch and the 5.5-inch models of the iPhone 6 that are being rumored, some assuming a simultaneous launch, and others a separate one. Today we get some additional rumors from China, some of which are credible, some of which are questionable. Two separate sources are claiming that the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will not receive any sapphire display love when launched in September. According to one of these sources, ...

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    A couple weeks back, we saw Kyocera release a video teasing some upcoming tech we'd be finding in its smartphones. Normally, this isn't a company we expect to see pushing many limits, but this time we were intrigued, as it was talking about sapphire screens. As we look forward to see if Apple's really delivering its next-gen iPhones with sapphire protection, Kyocera teased its own Sapphire Shield, a “truly affordable, pure sapphire display.” But just how would that arrive? We may have the answer, as one of our sources clues us in to the coming availability of the Kyocera Brigadier on ...

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    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 ...

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    As we get closer to the launch of Apple's next-generation iPhone, which we continue to dub the iPhone 6, more rumors emerge on what to expect. We've heard that Apple might bring a sapphire crystal panel to at least one of the alleged iPhone 6 models, though if you're wondering why this is worth it, you can watch our extensive introduction to sapphire. Still, it seems that Sonny Dickson got his hands on one of these panels and decided to show you just how durable it is. Sadly, even though Dickson does mention the word sapphire in the title of this video, that doesn't confirm that what he's ...

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    Apple's making sapphire. Or rather, GT Advanced Technologies is handling the production in its Arizona plant, but these materials are destined for Apple products. The only questions, really, have concerned just which devices might end up with sapphire, and what it would be used for. And while it might be nice to see sapphire protecting the displays on all of Apple's upcoming gear, could there really be enough to go around? We've already heard rumors that production issues could limit the availability of certain models, but a new analyst report says we shouldn't be fretting, and claims that ...

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    People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones - but what about people with glass smartphones? Pocketnow Power User is a series of videos and articles aimed at the "average Joe", explaining core concepts that might seem confusing, even daunting. On this episode of the Pocketnow Power User, we're going to talk about the glass that covers your smartphone, tablet, or wearable. Almost all of our smartphones, tablets, and wearables have a screen. Some are very small, like on your smartwatch or Google Glass, others are very large, like on your iPad or Surface. Still more are somewhere in ...

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    We've seen very mixed rumors regarding the future display of the iPhone 6. While some have speculated that the actual glass of the display will be replaced by sapphire, others have predicted that this will be a screen protector of the higher-end iPhones with more storage. Whatever the case may be, we know that Apple has done its best to reduce the cost of each sapphire display in order to be able to complete in costs with other companies, though it seems not enough has been done. Reports indicate that the sapphire production costs are still too steep for Apple to be able to deliver enough ...

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    One of the more compelling rumors to attach itself to discussions of Apple's next generation of iPhone handsets has been that of Apple introducing a synthetic sapphire display. Actually, this is a bit more than rumor at this point, since we know about Apple's deal with GT Advanced Technologies and the sapphire furnace plant out in Arizona, leaving us just looking for confirmation that the iPhone 6 in particular will be a product that takes advantage of this material. Today we check out a new analyst report that discusses the latest happenings with GTAT and its sapphire production, claiming ...

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    With so many rumors of Apple bringing a sapphire display into its next iOS device line-up, we've heard of the continuous efforts the company is doing in order to guarantee it'll be able to deliver. The company has slowly begun to incorporate sapphire glass into things like the glass surface of the camera, or the glass surface of TouchID, but these are small steps when compared to building every single display from sapphire. Still, Apple's need to differentiate its products is big, and we're hearing more rumors of how the company plans to make this happen. Even though we still haven't seen ...

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