Three plastic materials from SABIC have been selected for use in the latest range of smartphones that boast thinner, more durable walls, and an antenna-integrated frame.
To develop its Mi2A smartphone, mobile internet company, Xiaomi, selected SABIC’s LNP Thermocomp compound, LNP Thermocomp LDS and Lexan EXL resin to create a smartphone that is said to meet complex technical specifications without sacrificing design and aesthetic appeal.
“As consumers continue to seek out smaller, thinner smartphone devices that are multi-functional, manufacturers are increasingly looking for new ways to consolidate parts while ensuring that the materials comprising the more compact device remain compatible,” said Matthew Gray, Global Marketing Director, Consumer Electronics, Innovative Plastics.
“SABIC delivered a combination of materials which enabled Xiaomi to integrate the antenna into the frame of the phone, which helped to reduce the part space and weight of the phone without sacrificing design or performance,” Gray added.
The new smartphone frame uses SABIC’s new grade of LNP Thermocomp compound and LNP Thermocomp LDS for stiffness and impact resistance, as well as the integrated antenna. Additionally, SABIC’S Lexan EXL resin is used for the rich, jewel-toned colours for the backing of the device.