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"Sapphire's got three problems," Rob Enderle, principal analyst at Enderle Group, told Benzinga. "1) It's very expensive. 2) It's very brittle. It's hard on one side, but on the other side it's very brittle, so it won't take any flex at all without shattering. 3) If you introduce a flaw, if you are able to chip it -- much like a diamond or any other jewel -- that flaw turns into a critical problem in the integrity of the crystal. Those three things are really keeping it out of large form factor devices."
Enderle noted that sapphire still remains the favored substance for watch-sized devices, including select models of the Apple Watch.
"It doesn't seem to be growing much because large form factor devices are gonna have to flex a little bit because there's no material that's going to be as rigid as a crystal and you don't want your screen to be the most rigid element in a device," Enderle added. "Otherwise it's just going to break."
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