Hands On with the Kyocera Brigadier: Is the Sapphire Display Really that Tough?

August 13, 2014 - Written By Alexander Maxham

Today, Kyocera sent over their newest smartphone, the Brigadier. This is the first smartphone with a Sapphire Display, and they want us to take it for a spin. So along with the phone they sent over a jar which has a ton of rocks, coins, and wool inside to test out the screen. Oh there’s also a pocket knife with it all. There’s nothing more we love than attempting to destroy a smartphone. Well it didn’t work. We put all kinds of materials to the test, which you can see in the video below.

The Kyocera Brigadier was pretty good with the drops. Only seeing scratches on the actual frame of the device and nothing on the Screen. When we got to the wool, keys and knife, we could see the scratches, but wiping off the device, and it was all gone. Amazing, right? But we couldn’t get rid of the gouges and scratches on the frame of the smartphone, unfortunately.

As far as specs go, we’ve got a 4.5-inch 1280×720 resolution display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.4GHz, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage with a microSD card slot, 8MP camera, and a 3100mAh battery inside. So it should have great battery life, although we haven’t had enough time to test that just yet. To be clear, this isn’t a review, but just showing off how much of a beating the Sapphire Glass can take and still look good. We should start seeing Sapphire Glass in most of the upcoming smartphones, and the iPhone 6 is even rumored to have it. Which we’ll find out next month when Apple announces it.

Obviously, this isn’t a gorgeous device like the HTC One M8, Galaxy S5 or LG G3, it’s not even a high-end device. But as far as durability goes, it’s probably one of the best. Now we didn’t do all of this with the Galaxy S5 Active, but the Active didn’t have a Sapphire Glass display.