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Report: HTC might produce a smartphone with Liquidmetal casing by the second half of 2013

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Report: HTC might produce a smartphone with Liquidmetal casing by the second half of 2013
A published report on Tuesday morning says that Taiwan based manufacturer HTC might be considering building a smartphone with a casing made of Liquidmetal in the second half of 2013. Fellow Taiwanese firm Jabon International would provide the supply of Liquidmetal chassis to the smartphone manufacturer. Liquidmetal is an alloy that defies the aging process and has strength along with resistance to wear.

Meanwhile, Apple has signed another two year pact with U.S. based Liquidmetal Intellectual, and has started hiring people with chassis building experience. Last year Dr. Atakan Peker, one of the inventors of the alloy, said it would take several years and $300 million to $500 million for Apple to make Liquidmetal usable as a casing on the Apple iPhone.

HTC's current chassis partner, Catcher Technologies, says it has not heard anything about HTC using a Liquidmetal chassis. Right now, the aluminum unibody chassis, like the one used on the sleek HTC One, is in demand, so despite the report, it still could be quite some time before we see a Liquidmetal casing on a smartphone.

source: DigiTimes

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posted on 28 May 2013, 00:14 30

1. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Sounds cool! Bring it on HTC!

posted on 28 May 2013, 01:20 1

10. wendygarett (unregistered)


Metal doesn't sound cool to ne

posted on 28 May 2013, 02:07 23

14. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Nobody cares.

posted on 28 May 2013, 04:43 6

24. polrt (banned) (Posts: 73; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)


The liquid plastic that samsung uses sound very COOL!

Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone combusts out of the blue and burns off while owner is asleep
http://blog.gsmarena.com/a-samsung-galaxy-s3-smartphone-combusts-out-of-the-blue-and-burns-off-while-owner-is-asleep/

posted on 28 May 2013, 10:13 3

28. roldefol (Posts: 3124; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Plastic is fantastic, baby! Bring on the polycarbonate!

This message brought to you by the year 2007.

posted on 28 May 2013, 11:08 2

31. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6689; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


better than plastic and GLASS

posted on 28 May 2013, 14:35 1

34. TheBitterTruth (unregistered)


Don't feed wendy.

posted on 28 May 2013, 02:26 19

16. sharks (Posts: 167; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)


Innovation never stops at HTC!!

posted on 28 May 2013, 04:39 9

23. kvk066 (Posts: 18; Member since: 27 Feb 2013)


True...now Sammy will come up with the same ocncept on the border and cheap plastic at the back as usual

posted on 28 May 2013, 00:16 24

2. tiara6918 (Posts: 1502; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


I like how htc cares so much about build quality on their phones, they're definitely one of the best out there!

posted on 28 May 2013, 00:20 3

3. blackice214 (Posts: 163; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)


Yes im up for an upgrade in october

posted on 28 May 2013, 00:24 4

4. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


With a side of delay, problems and poor quality control.

posted on 28 May 2013, 10:19 3

30. chocolaking (Posts: 461; Member since: 22 May 2012)


any of what you said is better than a company who fakes their product making up lies.

posted on 28 May 2013, 14:34

33. TheBitterTruth (unregistered)


HTC hater I guess?

posted on 28 May 2013, 00:31 11

5. belovedson (Posts: 832; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


i just did some research on liquid metal.

negative:

liquid metal deems the end of consumer ability to repair the product

it will most definitely be one seamless shell.

positive

corrosion resistance
scratch and damage resistance.. i mean liquid metal is going to be harder than titanium!
true water resistance.

i wonder what and how samsung will combat this? apple is well ahead of the competition in terms of liquid metal. htc is just now working on it

posted on 28 May 2013, 00:34 2

6. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


Water can still enter through any of the ports/ the massive holes in the front from the speakers.

Also would NFC work with liquid metal? How would it hurt the wifi/cell signal strength.

I wish them luck because its not going to happen, the inventor of liquid metal himself predicted it costing hundreds of millions and 3+ years to make a phone with liquid metal. The only companies with that kind of R&D money/ time are Apple and Samsung

posted on 28 May 2013, 00:44 10

8. TruPatriot (Posts: 92; Member since: 27 May 2013)


Did you design one of these? No? Then don't tell us what it can or can't do.

posted on 28 May 2013, 01:17 1

9. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


Even if HTC wanted to they can not afford liquid metal research.

posted on 28 May 2013, 01:24

11. deacz (Posts: 157; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)


No but the guy that did said, it cant be done.

posted on 28 May 2013, 01:33

12. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


It will be possible eventually but not anytime soon. If HTC has atleast 1 intelligent person working on the design they will choose steel alloy over cheap weak alumnium.

posted on 28 May 2013, 08:31

26. rgxVOiD (Posts: 435; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)


Sony did it with their speakers, I'm sure HTC will find some way to protect it. The only port that no one can protect it without covering it with flaps are the headphone jack and charging port

posted on 28 May 2013, 00:42 4

7. TruPatriot (Posts: 92; Member since: 27 May 2013)


Codename: T-1000

posted on 28 May 2013, 01:41

13. red_fox (unregistered)


I have feeling that HTC is going to pull an htc one + on there fans.

posted on 28 May 2013, 02:21

15. Larry_ThaGr81 (Posts: 294; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Liquid metal casing sounds cool. Now how about a sd card expansion slot and a bigger battery that it removable.

posted on 28 May 2013, 02:42

17. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


Hm... I don't know... Apple's liquid metal tend to bend... How would any liquid metal be any different?

posted on 28 May 2013, 03:07 5

18. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 370; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)


HTC seems to be going to the right direction. Keep it up and give us a solid reason to switch from Galaxy line up.

posted on 28 May 2013, 03:19 10

19. cGmC11 (Posts: 115; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)


And Samsung is working in a liquid-plastic casing?

posted on 28 May 2013, 04:07

21. MCrapp (Posts: 312; Member since: 07 Apr 2013)


Not liquid-plastic but flexible-plastic case! (Still prefer flexible Note4 not metal case)

posted on 28 May 2013, 22:36

35. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


plastic is already flexible

posted on 28 May 2013, 03:46 6

20. darkskoliro (Posts: 995; Member since: 07 May 2012)


In love with htc, physically ;)

posted on 28 May 2013, 04:23 1

22. PermanentHiatus (Posts: 267; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)


Galaxy Note III killer indeed.

posted on 28 May 2013, 04:45

25. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


T-1000 is coming

great...but it's a distant future....not a chance to see something like this in the forthcoming years

posted on 28 May 2013, 10:09 1

27. rawbow (Posts: 428; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


here's hoping for liquimetal to be solid \m/..Go HTC!!!

posted on 28 May 2013, 10:15 1

29. roldefol (Posts: 3124; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Hey I'll take some Liquidmetal on that Butterfly S/DNA 2 due for Q3. I played with a One yesterday and while the design is fantastic, the phone already had dents and dings.

posted on 28 May 2013, 11:11

32. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6689; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Let's hope the DUMB FRUIT don't patent this liquid metal

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