This is the new generation of materials for tablets and smartphones
January 23, 2018 at 11:00
Yesterday we did a review of those materials for tablets and smartphones that fell into oblivion after living their small golden age. As we mentioned, the changes that happen in consumer electronics are very fast, and the trends that at one time are the most used by manufacturers and the most demanded by consumers, in a short time may be outdated due to the appearance of others.
Today we will see what are the elements that in recent years have taken a lot of weight and that are now fundamental in components of devices as disparate as the housings, the screens or the batteries. Will we see mere evolutions of the most popular of the past, or will they be something really novel that is destined to mark a before and after in the sector? Next we will try to check it out.
In the list of materials for tablets and smartphones that we showed you yesterday, we saw that an element called "Flexible ceramics" had experienced a small boom and then disappeared. At first, their destiny was the chips and other internal components that would see their dimensions reduced, and therefore, would make the media thinner and lighter. However, the first one we will show you today seems to be in good health.
It's about the ceramics that we all know, that we can now see in the covers of the new mobile phones of firms like Elephone, which combine it with others. In theory, this material not only offers greater resistance, but also gives more elaborate finishes to the terminals in which it is incorporated. So far, its end has been reduced to the merely aesthetic. Do you think it is striking and that it can be profitable for manufacturers and comfortable for the public?
In the second place we find a metal that sometimes appears mixed with ceramics or other elements, and sometimes it goes alone. Like the first one that we have presented, it is present in the covers of a large number of models in both the tablet and smartphone format. Its main attractions are two: It is easy to obtain and relatively cheap when extracting it, and very malleable, which ultimately translates into the fact that the models that incorporate it, weigh less and are more slender. At the moment, it seems that it is still on the crest of the wave and an example we see in the transition that Chinese manufacturers that were limited to low cost, have left behind the plastic to welcome aluminum.
3. Materials for rugged tablets
On other occasions we have talked to you more about a series of devices that are now trying to gain more visibility both among the audiences to whom they have been directed since its inception, and for the rest: The rugged ones. These models are characterized by very well withstand extreme temperature changes, the entry of water and dust and also, blows, falls and scratches. In them, we find two elements that can be somewhat rare: rubber, which can serve as a shock absorber if it is placed on the decks even though benefits in thickness or weight are sacrificed, and the magnesium, which as with aluminum, is combined in many of these terminals but also in conventional ones. Are they necessary to provide the devices with more durability?
This element has been essential in consumer electronics since its inception. However, it has undergone significant variations and the crystals that have appeared recently are very different from those that existed not so long ago. Now, it is not only on the screens, but also covers the rear aluminum housings and other components of many terminals to give them more brightness and aesthetic appeal. The glass used in the diagonals, is now thinner, more resistant to bumps and scratches, and offers greater clarity of the contents that are displayed through the panels. Corning Gorilla Glass, DragonTrail or 2.5 D They are some of the most powerful technologies in this field.
We close this list of materials for tablets and smartphones with one of which there are still many unknowns. The siliceno has been called as the graphene competitor than yesterday we told you more. Its main benefit related to consumer electronics is the fact that, in theory, it is somewhat cheaper to produce and implant than graphene. Its application, if made global in the devices, would be in the batteries, since, incorporated in lithium, it could improve its connectivity, extend its useful life until 5,000 cycles load, and also reduce its dimensions, with the consequent decrease in the size of the devices in which it was present. Will it be one of those revolutionary elements or will it be forgotten?
What do you think about all these components? Do you think they have managed to displace the oldest, or is there still time for their definitive consolidation? What other elements could have gained weight in the devices in recent years? We leave you with related information such as a compilation on what the best material for tablets can be so you can learn more.