by Matt Margolis
A few weeks ago I tracked down Jeff Van Camp (Twitter) (Digital Trend) and had an “epic” discussion with him over Twitter messenger. Jeff interviewed GT’s COO Jeff Squiller last February during the Mobile World Congress. Jeff was given a rock and an opportunity to destroy a piece of Gorilla Glass, a task he completed with ease. He then took the same rock and “made his mother proud” for Jeff Squiller and delivered substantially more force on the sapphire screen, the end result was not surprising , the rock got destroyed by the sapphire screen. Dan Squiller seemed confident over a year ago that the mobile adoption of sapphire screens would not slowed down by price. The link to Jeff’s article and the 4 minute video interview with GT’s Jeff Squiller and sapphire screen product demonstration can be found here courtesy of Digital Trend. The video interview and product demonstration within Jeff’s article are worth the click!
How tough are GT’s sapphire screens compared to Gorilla Glass?
According to Jeff Van Camp’s discussions (full quote below) with GT’s COO Dan Squiller on the toughness of sapphire screens, “you cannot scratch it , it doesn’t break, so if you drop your phone, or abuse it, it won’t break. You could throw this phone against a cement wall and it won’t break. Well, the phone might break but the screen will stay intact”.
“Gorilla Glass is still glass, so the way that you break glass is that you score it, and then it breaks. So when you scratch your mobile phone, that’s why when you drop your mobile phone it breaks – because there are scratches in it,” Dan Squiller of GT Advanced told us as he let us scratch up a Gorilla Glass screen with a rock. “So, with sapphire, because you cannot scratch it, it doesn’t break. So if you drop your phone, or abuse it, it won’t break. It’s very very rugged. It won’t scratch; it won’t break … You could throw this phone against a cement wall and it won’t break … well, the phone might break, but the screen will stay intact.”