HTC is mighty proud of its new One series of smartphones and it has been ‘subtly’ pointing out their benefits. We’ve already seen images taken from the new ImageSense camera module found in the 4.7-inch quad-core HTC One X and the 4.3-inch dual-core HTC One S, but what can demonstrate anything better than watching a piece of aluminium getting hit by 10,000 volts of electricity?
The HTC One S case is made of one piece of aluminium metal that first undergoes a brutal treatment, called micro-arc oxidation, giving it an extremely durable finish. The case is made of aircraft-grade aluminium and the process involves 10,000 volts hitting the metal like lightning. This treatment creates a metal oxide coating that is typically thicker than by other methods, like anodizing, and results in a ceramic-like finish.
The coating created by micro-arc oxidation makes the case five times stronger, according to HTC, giving it increases protection against wear and a premium finish. This is certainly not your simple coat of paint, as the treatment affects the molecular composition of the metal, it makes it very hard wearing against scratches and bumps.
Now to give you a quick refresher on the HTC One S, you’re looking at a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED 540×960 resolution display with a 1.5Ghz dual-core Snapdragon S4 SoC, 1GB of RAM, 8-megapixel f/2.0 lens ImageSense camera and 16GB of built-in storage. The smartphone is running Android Ice Cream Sandwich and should start shipping in April to Europe and T-Mobile in the U.S.