Samsung is using high-strength, aerospace-grade aluminum for its latest smartphones — the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge. The aluminum sheet for the phones will be supplied by Alcoa in the form of 6013 Power Plate™, which is 70% percent stronger than standard aluminum used in similar devices, creating a thinner, lighter, sleeker design. Smartphones with metal frames are expected to grow almost 250% by 2016 from 2014, creating stronger demand for aluminum to protect mobile devices.
“When we designed the metal framed Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, it was important to find a strong yet light metal that would create a device capable of exciting our customers,” said DJ Koh, CTO and executive vice president of Mobile Communication Business at Samsung Electronics. “Alcoa’s Power Plate is the perfect fit to create the phones that our customers want: thinner, lighter, and stronger.”
Developed by Alcoa Technical Center scientists, innovators in metal science, the Alcoa Power Plate aerospace-grade aluminum combines advanced strength and corrosion resistance for products that require superior durability. “Alcoa’s Power Plate has been battle tested across aerospace, automotive, and military uses, proving it can withstand the heavy use and tough treatment endured by mobile devices,” said Ray Kilmer, executive vice president and chief technology officer of Alcoa. “Samsung’s leading designers wanted to develop a thinner, sleeker device without sacrificing durability. Innovating with Samsung, Alcoa’s metallurgists identified a solution that gives the Galaxy one of the strongest and most durable aluminum bodies available on the market.”
The Samsung Galaxy S6 phones with Alcoa Power Plate are now available globally.