HTC to shift from aluminum unibody construction into using more plastic for its phone shells
HTC has been playing around with a new concept for designing its acclaimed phone chassis that have earned it a reputation of the upscale ride among smartphone makers.
Back in June we reported that the Taiwanese are toying with the Nano Molding Method (NMT), which fuses the plastic area against the etched metal of the chassis, disposing of the numerous latches, slots and overlapping layers that were needed so far to keep things together in a metal-plastic bond.
Now the share price of Catcher, a company that does the aluminum unibody chassis of HTC, fell yesterday on rumors from investment sources that HTC is planning to use more plastic and less metal in its phone shells construction.
We don't know how the new design of HTC's future phones will look like, but a change was definitely needed, as they were starting to look very similar to each other with the current way of building the unibody shell. It's nice to hear rumors about innovations for a change, rather than report on the next litigation scandal between cell phone manufacturers.