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- Dec 30, 2010
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Here's a story that will probably not be very surprising when you read all of the facts. One of Apple's smaller suppliers just beat them to the punch in creating a smartphone with a full sapphire display. A Chinese company named Desay just announced their new smartphone called the Magical Mirror X5, and it's primary "selling" feature is the aforementioned display made entirely of sapphire.
Here are all of the specs:
- 5 inch 720p HD display protected by sapphire glass
- Quad-core MediaTek processor with 1GB of RAM
- 16GB of internal storage
- 13MP rear facing camera
- 5MP front facing camera
- 2050mAh battery
- 4G LTE
- Android (probably 4.4 KitKat)
Finally, to be clear, this is NOT the first sapphire display smartphone. That honor goes to a special version of the Huawei Ascend P7, which was a very limited edition model. Regardless, we aren't sure this marketing gimmick makes much sense anymore.
Despite all of the hype from last year regarding sapphire displays possibly coming to the iPhone, it has been shown that the various forms of Gorilla Glass might actually just be better overall. While the sapphire glass is harder and less likely to scratch than Gorilla Glass, it is also a bit more brittle and less flexible. A smartphone with a sapphire glass display is more likely to have a cracked/broken screen from a drop than is one with Gorilla Glass 3 or 4. Which is more relevant to you?