In the future smartphones might be coated in industrial sapphire, one of the hardest natural minerals, instead of glass, a report has said.
The lab-grown substance, made by GT Advanced Technologies, is a natural for today's smartphones given its scratch-proof properties.
The firm claimed GT ASF Grown Sapphire is about two and a half times the strength and scratch resistance of the popular Gorilla Glass, which is currently used to protect iPhones and other high-tech smartphones.
Jeff Nestel-Patt, marketing director for the company said that the handsets are 'virtually scratch-free,' and added that screens wearing these gems may come as early as this year, Fox News reports.
According to the report, nearly unbreakable smartphone screens would definitely be welcomed in the market.
But it also pointed out that sapphire-fronted smartphones are likely to be even more expensive. (ANI)