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Huawei launching sapphire-clad Ascend P7

Huawei is said to be releasing a sapphire version of their popular Ascend P7 smartphone. It will come in limited quantities, but is it worth your money?
August 26, 2014

Sapphire displays are becoming the new standard in high-quality screen materials. This mighty material boasts a powerful medium with unparalleled scratch resistance and crack performance. Huawei simply couldn’t keep their hands behind their backs, and while they are not going all in on the material, they are ready to give it a test.

The Chinese manufacturer is said to be releasing a sapphire version of their popular Ascend P7 smartphone, a Huawei representative tells Engadget. This Ascend P7 iteration would come in limited quantities, with the first batch due this September and the following one coming in November. No price was mentioned, but you can expect to see a higher tag attached to this version.

Sapphire Glass GTAT

Are sapphire displays all that?

Of course, all this talk about the transition to sapphire displays makes us wonder just how much these are worth all the hype. Previous tests prove Sapphire displays are great for protecting against scratches, but contrary to common belief, these are not shatter proof (though they are strong).

Gorilla Glass maker Corning states sapphire is brittle by nature, and not able to best Gorilla Glass 3. This comes from a company with vast experience and reputation in the industry, but we have also seen Marques Brownlee give an iPhone 6 Sapphire display quite the beating.

Sapphire Glass

Furthermore, big names like Apple and Kyocera (known for their rugged devices) are signing up to join the sapphire party. We can’t know just how strong sapphire crystal is yet, but you can be sure we will put it to the test. As usual, you can expect some drops to come!