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Infographic: Smartphones are made from these critical metals

February 2, 2022

Infographic: Visual Capitalist

In an increasingly connected world, smartphones have become an inseparable part of our lives.

More than 60 percent of the world’s population owns a mobile phone and smartphone adoption continues to rise in developing countries around the world.

While each brand has its own mix of components, most smartphones can roughly 80 percent of the stable elements on the periodic table.

The infographic above, based on data from the University of Birmingham, details all the critical metals that you carry in your pocket with your smartphone.

Of the six main sections that make up a smartphone – touchscreen, microphone/speakers/vibration unit, battery, electronics, display and casing – nickel is found in four of the six. 

Looking ahead, smartphones will naturally evolve as consumers demand ever-more useful features. Foldable phones, 5G technology with higher download speeds, and extra cameras are just a few of the changes expected.

As technology continues to improve, so will the demand for the metals necessary for the next generation of smartphones.

Text and infographic are courtesy of Visual Capitalist

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