Smart phones have always been and still are a design puzzle. How to put so many components inside while maintaining the light weight of the phone and, at the same time, keep them durable. Since very little can be done to change the materials used in the manufacture of circuit boards and other components, some OEMs turn their attention to the frame and materials used abroad. In fact, based on this presentation of brands, Samsung could be using its new alloy "Metal12" for future smartphones and even portable devices.
"Metal12" might not be new, but it's a new marketing term for Samsung. It refers to the light magnesium-aluminum alloy that the manufacturer used for its newest Notebook 9 laptop. That weighs only 1 kg (2.2 lbs) while packing high-end specifications and a 13.3-inch screen.
Of course, using it on a laptop and using it on a phone are two different things that require two different ways of thinking about design. Samsung may already be thinking about it, if this registered trademark in the EU intellectual property office is an indication. In fact, Samsung may not stop just on smartphones. You can use that same "Metal12" in wearables, including smartwatches and even "3D glasses".
As a patent, a trademark is less an indication of actual use and more of intention. Or, to be specific, more as a way to "reserve" use. It is unlikely at this time that Metal12 will be used in the Galaxy S9, which seems to differ very little from last year's Galaxy S8.
In fact, it will diverge so little that it is now reported that the Galaxy S9 and its larger brother Galaxy S9 + have even the same battery capacity as their predecessors. That means 3,000 mAh for the Galaxy S9 and 3,500 mAh for the Galaxy S9 +. Samsung has been widely criticized for being petty with the size of the battery and it seems that it will not change course in the short term.