Look at your cell phone. Chances are he already has at least a few scratches on the sides of the screen. And the material used in its manufacture, for the most part, was plastic or a few pieces of aluminum.
And who has never seen a device break easily? Whether it is after a fall or simply opening the battery cover, small, delicate pieces break easily. Is there any way to avoid this?
Using different materials to make cell phones
Motorola recently launched its Razr handset, bringing a breakthrough with the Kevlar rear. This material, besides being very flexible is very resistant and even used in the manufacture of bulletproof vests. Aluminum has been used with a certain frequency, creating bodies more resistant to the handsets and beautiful aesthetically. Plastic is still a leader, with several companies trying to manufacture sturdier plastics or even venturing with other materials, such as Samsung.
Mobile phones made of carbon fiber: an investment from Samsung
Samsung has announced that it will make a joint investment with SGL Group focused on the use of carbon compounds in the manufacture of electronic devices. Analyzing the Korean giant’s focus on handheld electronics, we can assume they are looking for more resistant alternatives to plastic and other less efficient materials.
For those who do not know very well, carbon fiber is an ultra-resistant material and used in environments where durability is highly needed. We can see carbon fiber pilot helmets, airplanes with carbon fiber parts, cars with carbon fiber items and many others. The great advantage of this material is that in addition to being ultra tough, it is also ultra light compared to other materials, does not corrode and can be molded in any format. Couple this with carbon being a practically infinite material of sources on Earth and we have a nearly perfect product.
Will I have a carbon fiber phone soon?
Not wanting to discourage you, it should still take a while for affordable carbon fiber portable electronics to hit the market. Initially, we will be able to see prototypes, as we have seen Samsung’s flexible OLED screen phones. These prototypes can reach the market, with very high prices. Maybe they will not even hit the market. The idea of an investment like this is to experiment with the material and create a way to manipulate it and make it economically viable to use with mobile devices.
Knowing that other companies have risked with Kevlar and other materials, and Sony and IBM / Lenovo have already risked with the carbon fiber in laptops of their lines, it is not a very impossible dream to think that in the near future, you will have a Galaxy with carbon fiber. The hope of never having a cell phone broken by unexpected crashes never dies, does it?