HTC considering Liquidmetal for new smartphones, sources say

“High Tech Computer (HTC) is reportedly considering adopting Liquidmetal for its new smartphones in the second half of the year and is set to cooperate with Taiwan-based chassis maker Jabon International for related supply,” Aaron Lee and Joseph Tsai report for DigiTimes.

“Since Apple has recently signed another 2-year contract with US-based Liquidmetal Intellectual and started hiring talent with chassis manufacturing expertise, the sources speculate that Apple may adopt Liquidmetal for its new products and HTC is trying to release similar products ahead of Apple,” Lee and Tsai report. “Commenting on the rumors, HTC’s chassis partner Catcher Technology pointed out that it has not heard anything about its client adopting Liquidmetal for smartphone chassis.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: If so, HTC needs to get a new translator, preferably one who understands the phrase: exclusively licensed on a perpetual basis to Apple for the field of use of consumer electronic products.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “thethirdshoe” for the heads up.]

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15 Comments

  1. The old agreement expires early 2014 and probably won’t be renewed and we still don’t have a Liquidmetal iPhone. The iPhone 6 (7?) won’t be out until fall 2014. Wouldn’t surprise me if both HTC and Samsung beat Apple to it next year. Jeez, Apple can be slow as molasses sometimes.

      1. That was before the whole consumer electronics industry lined up outside LMT’s door ready to cough up big bucks to get their hands on the stuff. The price tag is shooting through the roof. And knowing how cheap Apple can be, despite having more money than Italy, I doubt Tim will cough up the major cash it takes to keep it exclusive any longer.

        The Liquidmetal flood gates are ready to open by this time next year and Apple will be bringing it up the rear with a product that trails competitor offerings by months at the earliest. Watch and see.

        1. “Watch and see”? Is that an iWatch liquidmetal reference?

          Last time I think it cost $20 mill for the deal. Somehow I think they’ll find that — like under the couch cushions.

  2. HTC’s slogan is “Everything your phone is not”. Good, my iPhone does not get viruses, spy on me, has a better app selection, and looks great. My iPhone is everything those HTC AndyBot dumbphones aren’t.

  3. HTC, Samsung, Moto, Google and the rest have learned/proved that they can copy anything, and by the time the courts are able to respond years have passed, many product cycles have passed, and $Billions have changed hands. Blow back from IP theft is now just a line item expense for these guys.

  4. DigiTimes is tabloid garbage half of the time, so they made up this story. It is impossible for HTC to produce anything of LM at least until 2014. Also, LM is too pricey for now to make anything more than a pin for SIM-card drawer. (Even though it would be great if Apple could overcome the price issue, it is not very likely to happen soon.)

  5. It doesn’t matter. The HTC One is the most beautiful smartphone on the market hands down. There isn’t even a close number 2. If HTC stays the course (and they will), they could easily take %50 of the android market away from Samsung with in two years. There’s no need for them to worry about Apple, especially if Apple’s next iPhone will have that tiny 4 inch screen that won’t even support 720p properly much less 1080p which the HTC One does. I own an iPhone 5 and I love it but I’m not looking forward to another 4 inch screen that simply has better hardware under the hood. This Friday, this Apple fanboy is switching to the lovely and sexy HTC One running Android Jelly Bean. (Let the hate comments begin!)

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