Korean publication ET news is reporting that the next generation smartphones from Apple (likely iPhone 5) and Samsung will adopt “liquid metal” and that the next generation iPhone will be released in June this year. As a quick refresher, Apple has already signed an exclusive agreement to use the Liquidmetal Technologies’ IP in consumer electronic products such as iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, et cetera.
Despite the name it is not liquid, but solid at room temperature. Liquidmetal is a high-strength metal that can be processed like plastic. It is a special lightweight alloy, which is different from the traditional steel, aluminum and is resistance to scratches.
According to their sources that are well known with the iPhone 5 design plan, Apple will be the only company employing the liquid metal – Samsung also plans to use ceramics in the case of Galaxy III – or rather it will. The teaser image posted by Samsung for press invite confirms it too. We already know that Galaxy S III, also known as “Milky Way,” will debut on May 3rd in London.
According to industry sources, the next flagship phones of [Apple and Samsung] are expected to adopt unprecedented materials for their main bodies, that is, ceramic for the Galaxy S3 and liquid metal for iPhone5, both being thin, light and highly resistant to external impacts. The new phase of the rivalry is because neither one of them can get a decisive edge over the other solely with its OS and AP specifications, features or design.
The source further added that the new iPhone 5 will be presented to the public at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Franciscoin June. However, many technology pundits expect, that the iPhone 5 will be launched somewhere around September-October timeframe this year.
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