Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 12th May 2013 23:38 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Last week our HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S4 head-to-head concluded that Samsung no longer makes the best Android phone. But after developments this week, I wonder whether Google wants Samsung to continue making Android phones at all." Yup.
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RE: HTC One
by unclefester on Mon 13th May 2013 06:57 UTC in reply to "HTC One"
unclefester
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2007-01-13

Too many people brainwashed into thinking that aluminum is a 'premium' material, when it really isn't.


Aluminium costs <$2/kg. They use it to make disposable packaging. How premium is that?

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RE[2]: HTC One
by gan17 on Mon 13th May 2013 08:18 in reply to "RE: HTC One"
gan17 Member since:
2008-06-03

Well, all phones (and almost all everything, for that matter) use an aluminium alloy of some sort, so it depends. HTC didn't (afaik) disclose the alloy of aluminium used, so it could well be slightly more "premium" than those used in other phones. Who knows.

Aluminium/alloy can be as premium (motorsport) or as cheap-ass (smartphones) as you want to make them.

Edited 2013-05-13 08:21 UTC

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RE[2]: HTC One
by bowkota on Mon 13th May 2013 08:34 in reply to "RE: HTC One"
bowkota Member since:
2011-10-12

Costs have more to do than the raw materials.
The constituents of carbon fibre are usually fairly cheap, it's the process of weaving it that makes it expensive.

You have to factor in many variables; ease of handing and manufacture, assembly, further processing such as brushing etc...

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RE[2]: HTC One
by tylerdurden on Mon 13th May 2013 18:48 in reply to "RE: HTC One"
tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

... and silicon is dirt, literally, cheap. And yet some high end chips cost thousands of bucks.

Edited 2013-05-13 18:49 UTC

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RE[3]: HTC One
by unclefester on Tue 14th May 2013 03:52 in reply to "RE[2]: HTC One"
unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

... and silicon is dirt, literally, cheap. And yet some high end chips cost thousands of bucks.


Yeah and a diamond is just a lump of coal /sarc.

Aluminium cost a mere $2/kg in the refined, ready to use state. It is actually cheaper than many so called "cheap" polymers.

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