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Watch HTC zap the One S smartphone casing

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HTC has shared a promotional video on the "micro arc-oxidation" process that it uses on the finish of its One S smartphone.

When the HTC One S smartphone debuted at Mobile World Congress (MWC) this year, CNET's Jessica Dolcourt mentioned that the HTC One S features "a soft-touch surface created by a micro arc-oxidation technique".

What does this fancy oxidation term mean, though? If one could sum it up in a simple phrase: mega blasts of raw electricity. Earlier this week, HTC shared a promotional video (below) of this electrocution process in action.

During production, 10,000 volts strike the aircraft-quality aluminium casing in the HTC One S. The repeated blasts cause "a microscopic transformation, which creates a super-strong ceramic case that is almost five times stronger than aerospace aluminium", according to HTC.


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hamlichr posted a comment   
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This stuff is great. We should see more companies using it and I'd like to see Apple go for it because my iPhone is all scratched up and reading up on this MAO/PEO coating ( appear to be the leaders) it doesn't scratch or scuff and is harder than glass, stainless steel and even sand. Who wouldn't want their phone covered in space materials!!?

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