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Watch HTC zap its One S smartphone casing

HTC shares an promotional video on the "micro arc oxidation" process it uses on the finish of its One S smartphone.

Does Mr. Wizard work at HTC these days?
Screenshot by Christopher MacManus/CNET

When the HTC One S smartphone debuted at Mobile World Congress this year, CNET's Jessica Dolcourt mentioned the HTC One S features "a soft-touch surface created by a micro arc oxidation technique."

What does this fancy oxidation term mean, though? If one could sum it up in a simple phrase: mega blasts of raw electricity. Earlier this week, HTC shared a promotional video (below) of this electrocution process in action.

During production, 10,000 volts strike the aircraft-quality aluminum casing in the HTC One S. The repeated blasts cause "a microscopic transformation which creates a super-strong ceramic case that is almost five times stronger than aerospace aluminum," according to HTC.