Mar 14 AT 8:36 AM Nick Gray 32 Comments

A closer look at the micro arc oxidation treatment of the HTC One S

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HTC has been experimenting with various materials to give their handsets a unique look and feel since the introduction of the HTC Hero. They started with a simple Teflon coating to give the handset a soft-touch feel which eliminated smudges and finger prints and then moved on to a uni-body aluminum shell which encased the handsets components in a single piece of crafted aluminum.

The latest evolution in HTC’s choice of design materials was unveiled at Mobile World Congress with the HTC One S. ItĀ features aircraft 6,000 series aluminum which is treated with micro arc oxidation by blasting it with 10,000 volts of energy. This gives the metal a ceramic feel and causes it to become five times harder (that’s three times stronger than stainless steel).

The shell of the HTC One S is so durable that HTC claims that it does not even need a protective case. While most other OEMs are still pushing out Android phones which are encased in cheap plastics, HTC is paying attention to the details and delivering unique devices which are a lot more than a screen and a dual-core processor.

Do you think other OEMs should pay as much attention to the production material used on their devices as HTC does?

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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