Sapphire displays, although not yet mainstream, have managed to grab the attention for its scratch resistant capabilities. Huawei is the latest company to get on the bandwagon, with its latest Ascend P7 with sapphire display.
This news comes from none other than the company chairman Yu Chengdong who uploaded a photo of the sapphire glass-totting Ascend P7 on his Weibo account. It was spotted by GSMArena. The company is set to steal some thunder from Apple, by taking the wraps off the updated Ascend P7 at IFA 2014. Sapphire displays are more strong, hard to crack and less fragile than glass, easing the problem of damaged phone screens. The hardware and software on the phone is expected to remain the same as no news of any change has come to the fore yet.
The current Huawei Ascend P7, was launched in May, and comes with a 5-inch Full HD display with 1080p resolution protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3.The phone is powered by a 1.8GHz HiSilicon Krin 910T quad-core Cortex-A9 processor paired with Mali 450 GPU and 2GB of RAM. Also included is 16GB of internal storage that can be expanded using a microSD card.
The device also features a 13-megapixel rear camera with Sony BSI sensor and f/2.0 aperture, a massive 8-megapixel front-facing camera with a BSI sensor and 5-pieces lens that can take wide-angle photos.
The trend of sapphire displays was started by Apple, who will reportedly unveil a limited edition iPhone 6 with sapphire display at its event on September 9. Following suit, even Xiaomi is said to have ordered 50,000 sapphire displays from unknown Korean manufacturers.
YouTuber Marques Brownlee, got hold of a sapphire display cover and decided to put it to test. Here’s how it faired: