kyocera claims. This phone has a full sapphire display, but there’s only one way to find out for sure at only 450. This should be interesting on the back of the phone. It says: class 1 division 2, which means this phone can be used in hazardous locations without causing explosions, got ta, love that let’s get Music started right out of the box. The phone feels smooth plastic almost fluffy, compared to the dense glass and metal phones we’re used to seeing it definitely still has that rugged, durable, look to it. Let’S get started with the scratch test. A phone with real sapphire on the display doesn’t come around very often, as we know, these mohs hardness picks. Tell the difference between different materials. Plastic would leave marks at a level three normal glass would scratch at a six, and sapphire should only start to scratch at level. 8. sapphire has a totally different composition than glass it’s. A crystal structure, that’s, actually grown in a lab and its hardness level is up. There, with precious gems and diamonds, an incredibly impressive, expensive and premium material, taking a look at the level 6 and 7 pick locations where glass normally starts to scratch. We see no marks. The screen of this duraforce pro 2 is still flawless. Let’S. Take it up to a level 8.. Finally, at level 8, we start to see some damage. This is exactly where we would expect sapphire to be it’s. What we saw in the htcu ultra sapphire edition, as well as the sapphire covered tiso, watches that i’ve used to explain sapphire in the past kyocera says the camera lens on the back of the phone is sapphire as well we’ll be verifying that in just a second A level 9 pick, of course, also leaves marks on the crystal as with diamonds at level 10, but i’m kind of fresh out of those.
At the moment, the earpiece up at the top is covered in plastic and can be scratched. The whole phone is designed to handle abuse, though, and keep working, so superficial damage is kind of irrelevant. There is a 5 megapixel selfie camera under that same sapphire display so definitely protected from scratches the thick knobby corners of this phone, though, are made from a softer slightly grippy plastic under the large flap. On the side, we have our sim nsd expandable memory slot and a dedicated camera button below that this could be programmed to be a google assistant or another app. Instead it’s super nice of kyocera to let us choose how to use our own buttons phenomenal idea. I hope samsung is watching. The bottom of the phone has a huge watertight, ip68 plastic flap, covering the usbc charging port. We have even more plastic along the sides with another large programmable button. On the left side, this button is supposed to be push to talk. A radio style button, but can also be remapped to literally anything else, i’m. A fan, the volume rocker is also made from plastic and look what we have up here: a headphone jack instant thumbs up it’s protected with the same water type flaps that cover the sd card and charging port. This durable smartphone’s turning out to be a winner. The power button doubles as a fingerprint scanner i’ll scratch that up to simulate a guy on youtube who scratches stuff.
But while adding my fingerprint, i would get constant fingerprint scanner as dirty messages, even when it finally did accept my fingerprint, the dirty little fingerprint scanner was not efficient at recognizing my finger, nor would it unlock the screen every time there is always other ways to unlock Your phone, of course, but the weaker fingerprint scanner is just something to keep in mind. The back of the kyocera duraforce pro 2 has four smooth hard rubber pads on each of the corners. Definitely an added perk for drop protection. Now, back to the sapphire it’s, a pretty incredible substance, the optically, clear stuff used in technology like on phone screens and camera lenses is lab grown fabricated in lab over weeks into a large, clear cylinder called a bool. This massive chunk of sapphire is then bored out and cut up to make watch faces or smaller bores to make camera lenses or sought into rectangular chunks and polished to make smartphone displays, like the one here on the kyocera it’s a fascinating process that i’d love to Show off in real life if anyone over there kyocera is watching the back panel covering the wireless charging pad is plastic. Not all sapphire is created equal one company who shall remain nameless uses. An impure version of sapphire just kidding. It’S apple apple is using junk sapphire. On their camera lenses, you can see here with the piece of sapphire that’s, covering the normal 13 megapixel camera and 8 megapixel wide angle lens great combo.
By the way, it does not scratch with a level 6 or 7 most pick it’s only when we reach levels 8 and 9 that the surface of the lens starts to get damaged. This is the good quality. Sapphire apple, on the other hand, has subpar sapphire lenses on every single one of their iphones. Those get scratched starting at levels. Six and seven, just like glasswood. There is a definite difference in quality i’m impressed with kyocera their product is behaving as advertised. Imagine that, like any rugged smartphone, this guy is supposed to work in extreme heat, which might just give us another reason for this burn test been struggling for years. Trying to justify this one, and mostly just like fire, the 1080p ips lcd, underneath the 5 inch slab of sapphire on the kyocera duraforce pro 2 lasted 30 seconds under the heat for my direct flame watch. How fast it recovers, though, it’s ready for round 2 with zero damage done to the display underneath impressive now for the bin test, a rugged smartphone with no structure would be rather dumb. Independent third party testing, though, is really the only way to tell this rock solid duraforce. Pro 2 has zero flex and passes my durability test. Kyocera has managed to make a durable rugged phone out of premium materials and i’m very impressed. It might even very well be the most durable phone of this year. Apple should be reaching out to kyocera to find a quality sapphire supplier should we be putting sapphire on all cell phone screens.