What Materials Are Used to Make Cell Phones?
Cellphones contain a variety of materials, all used to make your phone durable, flexible and open to getting a signal when needed.
The next time you grab your cellphone, take a second to marvel at its incredible construction. While it may look like any other high-tech gadget, a cellphone is made up of an array of materials, with glass, plastic and metal as the most common components.
Sapphire, a material manufactured from aluminum oxide, may take the place of glass in some smartphones due to it being three times harder than Gorilla Glass, says MIT Technology Review While the expensive material is not yet commonly used in cellphones, Apple does use sapphire to give added protection to its iPhone 5 camera, according to MIT.
A cellphone is made from a variety of metals, with the most common being aluminum alloys, lightweight materials commonly found in the phone case. Lithium cobalt oxide and carbon graphite are used to make the batteries. Elements like gold, copper and silver are used in the wiring of the phone. Platinum and tungsten are used in the circuitry.
The metals in your cellphone also include rare metals of which 97 percent are mined in China, says writer Dr.