Polycarbonate has been used to put together a core part of the brand new Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone, creating a significant amount of buzz all over the mobile industry.
Samsungs third-generation Android flagship device has been put together with a polycarbonate chassis, replacing the traditional plastic, which illustrates a significant shift from the materials used to put together Samsungs previous phones, the Galaxy S and Galaxy S II devices.
Furthermore, Samsung reiterates the fact that the polycarbonate is not just used for the phones chassis but also the rear battery cover as well.
Samsung clarified this in a statement:
“Polycarbonate is used on the battery cover. Polycarbonate is lightweight, solid and is already being widely used in the mobile industry.
“It was chosen as the best material to represent the minimal organic design of Galaxy S III. Using three layers of high quality, pure and clear polycarbonate, not only is the phone’s aesthetic elevated, but the durability and scratch resistance is maximised.”
The latest model, which is available in the UK from May 30th, has impressed reviewers however the majority of them assume that the device has a plastic outer cover.
Polycarbonate is a type of plastic in its own right, but also its more durable and scratch-resistant than many other polymers, thus making it extremely useful for mobile casing.
Polycarbonate extrusions and polycarbonate tube are also used in many other industries, such as engineering and electronics.
Furthermore, the use of polycarbonate is backed by the mobile website PhoneArena who state that the material could be as much as 300 times stronger than average plastic.
Polycarbonate has the same sort of strength as a material like Kevlar fibre, the brand name for para-aramid synthetic fibre that is most commonly used in phones such as Motorolas Droid RAZR and Droid RAZR Maxx smartphones.
The decision by Samsung to use polycarbonate to design the casing of its latest model is an indication that manufacturers are seeking premium materials that give the models a traditional plastic look but gives the consumer something that is much more durable.
The Galaxy S IIIs unique selling point is the fact that it uses natural interaction allegedly allowing users to give commands by using their voice and gestures.
“When your phone alarm goes off but you need a little extra rest, just tell the Galaxy S III “snooze” and it snoozes,” Samsung further added.