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The world's first sapphire display smartphone is not an iPhone

By Alex Wong - on 1 Aug 2014, 11:03am

The world's first sapphire display smartphone is not an iPhone

The Sapphire Shield display on the Kyocera Brigadier can be operated with gloves or wet fingers. <br>Image source: Verizon.

It looks like Kyocera has beaten Apple to the market with the release of the world's first smartphone with a Sapphire Shield display. Launched in the U.S. with telco partner Verizon, the Kyocera Brigadier is an Android smartphone that's armed with a quad-core 1.4GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB expandable internal storage. In addition to its 4.5-inch (720 x 1,280) screen size, the Brigadier includes an 8MP rear camera and NFC capabilities.

According to PhoneArena, the Brigadier is a rugged device that meets the MIL-STD-810G standard, protecting it against shock, vibration, low pressure, solar radiation, temperature extremes, blowing rain, salt fog, dust, humidity and water immersion (IP68 certified).

For those living in the United States, Verizon currently offers the Kyocera Brigadier for US$99 with a two-year contract. The standalone device is sold for a price of US$399 (approx. RM1,282).

Source: PhoneArena.