According to a new Digitimes scoop, HTC is planning to launch one or several smartphones made of Liquidmetal by the end of 2013. These will likely be virtually unbreakable and highly resistant to corrosion and scratches.
I think you can all agree with me when I say it’s been a nightmarish past couple of years for HTC, with the Taiwanese bleeding money fiscal quarter after quarter and losing touch with the current smartphone kings – Apple and Samsung.
But at the same time, the worst seems to be behind HTC. True, the last couple of financial reports have still looked pretty bad, but the tables are likely to be turning by the end of the year. The One, the company’s latest flagship phone, plus the soon to be unveiled One Mini should considerably drive sales forward and put HTC back on the road to financial stability.
There are also rumors of a top-notch “phablet” being prepared for the fall, though for the moment we know very little about that. Basically, its codename has been the only thing revealed so far, while the display size (6 inches) looks easy to guess.
Thankfully, Digitimes is lending us a hand today in fitting a very juicy piece of the puzzle into place. Specifically, word has it HTC is planning to use a brand new build material for its H2 2013 smartphones – Liquidmetal.
Brand new as in never before used for manufacturing a mobile device, HTC-made or from any other OEM. That is, if you don’t count Vertu’s luxury phones.
Naturally, as the intel comes from Digitimes, it has to be taken with a lot of caution and a pinch of that proverbial salt. But if it proves legit, it raises a very intriguing question – will HTC manage to steal Apple’s thunder?
The iPhone makers have been reportedly working on a Liquidmetal device ever since early 2012. It’s even been rumored that Cupertino had exclusive rights over the technology, initially developed by a Caltech research team and now marketed by a small company called Liquidmetal Technologies.
Well, that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore, but let’s forget about these petty “I started it, they started it” wars for a second. And instead see what this Liquidmetal is all about.
For starters, as the name suggests, a phone with a casing made of this material will feel as smooth as a liquid. Sounds cool, I know, but here’s the even coolest part – Liquidmetal is thought to be twice as strong as titanium, so HTC’s upcoming smartphones may be essentially unbreakable.
They could also have very high resistance to corrosion, as well as scratches, bumps and hits, not to mention they’ll likely look sizzling hot. One little question though – won’t that drive the phones’ production costs higher? Only time will tell.