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

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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35 Comments

1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Sounds cool! Bring it on HTC!

10. wendygarett unregistered

Metal doesn't sound cool to ne

14. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Nobody cares.

24. polrt

Posts: 73; Member since: Dec 04, 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/

28. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Plastic is fantastic, baby! Bring on the polycarbonate! This message brought to you by the year 2007.

31. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

better than plastic and GLASS

34. TheBitterTruth unregistered

Don't feed wendy.

16. sharks

Posts: 236; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

Innovation never stops at HTC!!

23. kvk066

Posts: 18; Member since: Feb 27, 2013

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

2. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

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

3. blackice214

Posts: 168; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

Yes im up for an upgrade in october

4. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

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

30. chocolaking

Posts: 495; Member since: May 22, 2012

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

33. TheBitterTruth unregistered

HTC hater I guess?

5. belovedson

Posts: 1060; Member since: Nov 30, 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

6. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 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

8. TruPatriot

Posts: 110; Member since: May 27, 2013

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

9. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

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

11. deacz

Posts: 162; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

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

12. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 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.

26. rgxVOiD

Posts: 440; Member since: Aug 30, 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

7. TruPatriot

Posts: 110; Member since: May 27, 2013

Codename: T-1000

13. red_fox unregistered

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

15. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 545; Member since: May 26, 2011

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

17. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

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

18. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 575; Member since: Apr 30, 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.

19. cGmC11

Posts: 152; Member since: Apr 02, 2012

And Samsung is working in a liquid-plastic casing?

21. MCrapp

Posts: 318; Member since: Apr 07, 2013

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

35. yudi.nemesis unregistered

plastic is already flexible

20. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

In love with htc, physically ;)

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