Anonymous, 22 Apr 2018PET is not PET or Polyethylene terephthalate is not as easy degradable as it promised at first. It takes 120 years to degrade PET. It won't be a good choice of material.
Three less common casings are Leather (E.g. LG G4), Wood (E.g. Moto X 2nd gen) & Kevlar (E.g. Motorola Turbo). Unfortunately these never got popular... The Faux Leather & Wood backs looked real good. I have friends who still use these phone & their phones look really good. :D
Doesn't carbon fiber interfere with radio waves? That'd be the reason it isn't used.
Oh and, let's not forget the kevlar used in OnePlus's sandstone.
AnonD-510098, 22 Apr 2018I hate glass phones. A solid metal one is the wayProblem with metal bodies is they block the signal, so you need specially designed slots and even then they never receive as well as plastic or glass bodies.
Glass phones are stupid. They're way too delicate & expensive to repair in case of damage.
Full aluminium phones are far better but are slowly being discontinued.
A lot of new trends are just stupid but get popular because of aesthetic value.
My BlackBerry Bold 4 9900 had a Carbon Fiber battery door... It wasn't a structural panel though..
nothing more than classical full unibody metal clad.a HTC M8 like approach
I hate glass phones. A solid metal one is the way
There is just one choice - to use cover with leather, ultimate material, on top - as its best for grip and temperature, and phone hw stays safe and shiny thx to glass/metal used with cover on top.
Still to change plastic in everything is not possible.
It's not about what material is used , but more importantly how well a material is used which matters.
Have appreciated unibody polycarbonate bodies of Nokia and Motorola phones ( include LG Nexus 5x). Similarly SONY and Apple have been good in terms of materials like glass and metal.
Motorola has experimented with Kevlar.
Apple has always been great as far as material and design is concerned ( notch trend is recent example).
However, I have never liked Samsung's use of Steel ,glass. I don't know but overall look and feel is never appealing to me at least. In fact thier plastic phones from Corby series was way better.
But unfortunately 'copycats' literally make mess out of good materials.
Hence, there is never an ideal material, but it depends on how ideally it's designer uses it.
I'd like to see carbon fiber :) .
Android Authority, 22 Apr 2018Its for us to choose actually, if you want wireless charging then phones with glass panel is t... moreHear that so often. Polycarbonate, ceramic and cork are better alternatives to glass. I cant stand phones designs that use glass, such a nasty substance to make a daily multi use device from. I'd take a yellow or grey polycarbonate phone, like the old Lumias.
I personally like the glass design with a metal frame, but I can understand if somebody doesn‘t like it, for example when he/she uses his/her phone without a case.
Maybe a phone made from Vibranium same material like Captain America shield has been made from. But that material doesnt exist but from all we know so maybe Darwin bark spiders’ silk?
But for real: 1. GRAPHENE
One-atom-thick sheets of carbon are 200 times stronger than steel. It would take an elephant balancing on a pencil to break a sheet as thin as Saran wrap. As an allotrope of carbon, a one atom thick sheet is 200 times stronger than steel. Although it looks like saran wrap…good luck busting through it. You’d have to balance a school bus on top of a pencil on top of the graphene in order to poke a hole in the sheet!
Nanotechnology material made from tube-shaped carbon molecules 50,000 times thinner than human hair. It’s 500 times stronger than steel and 10 times lighter.
3. METALLIC GLASS
Palladium microalloy glass has the best combination of toughness and strength. It’s thought to be the most durable material on the planet.
High-performance polythene marketed as the strongest fiber in the world. Lighter than water, it can stop bullets and is 15 times stronger than steel.
Developed at Caltech, this substance is very well rounded in terms of strength. It’s basically a jack of all trades but a master of none. It has high levels of hardness, tensile strength, and resistance to fatigue.
Made out of wood pulp, this new wonder material is stronger than steel! It’s also cheaper. In fact, Nanocellulose has been considered as a less expensive alternative to glass and carbon fiber.
7. Maraging steel
This substance combines extreme strength and toughness without losing malleability. It finds many uses in aerospace and tooling technologies.
High-performance polyethylene is basically really strong plastic. This lightweight, strong thread can withstand an incredible amount of tension and is ten times stronger than steel (pound per pound). Similar to kevlar, Spectra is also used for ballistic-resistant vests, helmets, and armored vehicles. Also we can try to make a phone frm this material for a durability beyond believe.
9. Metallic microlattice The world’s lightest metal, metallic microlattice is also one of the lightest structural materials on Earth. Some claim that it is 100 times lighter than Styrofoam! As a synthetic and porous, yet extremely strong material it has uses in many fields of engineering. Boeing has mentioned using it in the fabrication of planes, mainly in the flooring, seat frames, and walls.
Also known as graphene aerogel, imagine the toughness of graphene combined with unimaginable lightness. You can’t imagine it can you? Well, let’s make it even more unimaginable…it’s 7 times lighter than air! This incredible material can recover completely after more than 90% compression and can absorb up to 900 times its own weight in oil. There’s hope that this material could be used to mop up oil spills.
In spite of just being a single chain of atoms, carbyne has twice the tensile strength of graphene and three times the stiffness of diamond.
12. Wurtzite boron nitride
This natural substance is produced under the intensity of volcanic explosions and is 18% harder than diamond. It is one of only two naturally occurring substances that have recently been found to exceed diamonds in terms of hardness. The problem is that there isn’t much of this substance out there and it is hard to actually test it.
Also known as hexagonal diamond, this substance is also made of carbon atoms, but they are just arranged differently. Along with wurtzite boron nitride it is one of two natural substances that are harder than diamond. In fact, it is 58% harder! As with the previous substance, however, it is in relatively short supply. It is sometimes formed when meteorites containing graphite impact the Earth.
Well for last two on the list i cant even imagine the price because these materials are rarer than a seeing albino Panda in wildrens. Rarer than win a jackpot 10 times in a row. So a phone made from these materials will cost probably more than is the USA loan.
But anyway it could be fun to carry ay of theses.
Even a spider silk made phone could be funny.
It would be nice to see Nokia's polycarbonate unibody.
Plastic is basically a byproduct of oil. So, unless we want to destroy the environment, is better to use materials like metal or glass or any other than plastic.
Metal&glass since my Z3 Compact. Carbon sounds interesting
They should make it out of CFRP (carbon fiber), stronger & lighter than steel, attractive IMO, can b textured or smooth but won't b good 4 wireless charging.
PS, checkout the Xiaomi Mi 6X retail box image leaks.