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Kyocera Brigadier’s Sapphire Shield Glass Passed Through A Torture Test With Flying Colors

August 11, 2014 - Written By Kristijan Lucic

Gorilla Glass is kind of a standard these days when it comes to smartphones. Most known smartphones use it and today’s flagship’s rock Gorilla Glass 3, the latest version of this protective glass. When it comes to protecting your smartphone display Gorilla Glass is the way to go, or so we thought. There has been some talk for a while now that sapphire is coming in strong and that it will be sturdier than Gorilla Glass. You might have seen some people doing tests on sapphire screens, MKBHD for example who did some tests on a sapphire crystal display in one of his videos by stabbing the thing and trying to break it, among other things.

Sapphire crystal displays are used in camera lenses these days and we kind of knew it was great, but you can’t really appreciate the thing until you see it in action. The iPhone 6 is rumored to sport a sapphire display (or screen over the display rather)  but Kyocera Brigadier actually beat Apple to it. Yeah, that rugged mid-range phone that is currently available at Verizon Wireless. The Kyocera Brigadier sports a Snapdragon 400 1.4GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and an 8MP camera. The device comes with 16GB of internal storage which is expandable via MicroSD card and is powered by a 3100mAh battery. On the front you’ll find a 4.5″ 720p display and over the thing a Sapphire Shield display. Well, Phone Arena decided to do a little torture test of their own. They took a Kyocera Brigadier and tried to scratch the screen in numerous ways, from scratching it with keys, a butter knife, a corkscrew and concrete (you read that right) to actually throwing it on concrete face down. The screen did great, scratches were visible but only until you wipe the screen off, after which you can’t see a thing anymore. Gorilla Glass is about to get some serious competition in the near future if smartphones start using sapphire on a larger scale. Anyhow, you can check out the video yourself down below if you want to see the testing of the screen strength for yourself.