Taiwanese manufacturer HTC released a short video today explaining the process used to create the One S' unique, durable body. For those who need a refresher, the One S is 1/3 of HTC's new 'One' line of phones, debuted at MWC this year.  The One S is just below the One X, and just above the One V spec-wise, carrying a 4.3" Super AMOLED display, 8MP camera, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, and a super slender 7.95mm profile.

HTC's video shows off a process called Micro Arc Oxidation, or MAO, which one HTC representative compares to "lightning striking the phone." As 10,000 volts hit the aluminum body, a microscopic reaction takes place, forming a ceramic surface on the metal. The video explains that the result is a body 5x stronger than aerospace aluminum, and 3x stronger than stainless steel, theoretically eliminating the need for a protective case. While some are questioning why the process wasn't used for the One X – the new trio's obvious flagship – there's no doubt that the One S' durable body is something unique, and adds a nice touch to an already well-designed device. Without further ado, here's the video:

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  • whargharbl

    Nice to see that they're actually put work and thought into the material of their phones, unlike Samsung who just keep rolling with plastic. But I don't give a damn about all the fancy talk and it sure as hell doesn't convince me. I want to see extensive drop tests, throw that phone on the floor, only then you'll be able to prove how durable your phone really is.

    • http://www.thepixelpuse.com aj

      Dude. I love Samsung, but goddamn their devices feel cheap. I can't help but wonder how great my Nexus S would've been if it wasn't made out of glossy plastic, but some kind of matte metal. Also, yeah. Some kind of ultra stress-test would've been cool to see.

    • Luly

      Guess what do most people do to their 'expensive looking' non-samsung phones, put a PLASTIC cover to it!


  • Ken

    Wow, impressive! They obviously are a smart group of people there, who are hopefully going to change the exceptionally low build quality standards among phones. Sigh, if only they'd be smart enough to get rid of Sense, but that's what rooting is for I guess...

  • http://bioserge.com wolfkabal

    Now to wait another year for Sprint to come out with their version of one of these devices. *sigh*

  • Ben B

    Honestly, it just sounds like they're anodizing the back plate. If so, it's nothing special, just marketing for people who aren't in the know.

    • Reverend T

      It's not anodizing. Not at all.

      Aluminium normally has a thin oxide layer on its surface, that's why it's not shiny. Anodising using electricity to make the oxide layer slightly thicker, so a little stronger and more durable.

      MAO (plasma oxidation - same thing) is next level. It actually creates a very thick layer of crystalline oxide. Which in the case of aluminium is ridiculously strong.

      • cordell507

        first of all true plasma oxidation is currently impossible and second of all it would be insanely expensive.

  • omnom

    I found it ironic that HTC, a Taiwanese Company would use a process called Mao :P

  • Mike Smith

    They should concentrate on keeping their current customers and update their current line of phones to ICS before trying to lure in new customers. PC's, Macs, Iphones and other Computers get their updates shortly after a new OS release. I am sick of Android manufacturer's forcing us to buy new phones if we want the new OS. Totally rediculous.