Thinner, Lighter, Stronger

Samsung taps Arconic’s Power Plate for  its Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones

“Power Plate is the perfect fit to create the phones that our customers want: thinner, lighter, and stronger.”

DJ Koh | CTO and Executive Vice President of Mobile Communication Business at Samsung Electronics


Photo courtesy of Samsung

When global electronics giant Samsung wanted a thin, lightweight, durable material for their best-selling Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge mobile phones, they tapped Arconic for a solution. Our aerospace grade aluminum—called Power Plate—fit the bill. 

Power Plate is 70 percent stronger than standard aluminum used in similar mobile devices, allowing for a thinner, lighter phone design that’s as durable as it is good-looking.

The Samsung S6 Edge specifically needed to upgrade its ‘edge’ functionality from the previous Note Edge, which was designed as a separate piece of the phone’s structure. With aluminum’s flexibility, Samsung was able to easily line the new screen and ‘edge’ with a protective frame, without affecting user functionality.

Developed by our materials science experts, Power Plate combines advanced strength and corrosion resistance making it perfect for products such as mobile phones that require superior durability. The automotive and defense industries are also testing Power Plate.

The future of the Galaxy is here—and it’s lighter and stronger thanks to our aluminum.