1. ClixT's Avatar
    Ok so one, materialistic reason, I've been waiting for a Surface phone is because it may come with a magnesium case (and the possibility that it may run desktop software). But since both 950s have removable cases, why not make our own magnesium case?.. I would if I'm not tied up with school projects right now lol. Mozo should do this!

    Just a random thought since I just pre ordered my 950xl.
    11-24-2015 11:11 AM
  2. RumoredNow's Avatar
    Great CAD/CAM project.

    If someone puts it together I'd love to see a video. Many would like the make files, I'm sure.
    William Sanderson likes this.
    11-24-2015 12:00 PM
  3. darth furious's Avatar
    IF you don't care about sacrificing Qi wireless charging then a mag case would be really nice. I wonder if it would interfere with the antennas. The iphone has those ugly plastic bands in the aluminum for the antennas. It might significantly hurt reception
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    11-24-2015 12:38 PM
  4. ClixT's Avatar
    Yeah I think it'll be a good DIY project this winter break. But yeah you do have a good point Darth.
    11-24-2015 07:11 PM
  5. badMojo69's Avatar
    I plug in the old fashioned way so I'd buy it.
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    11-24-2015 10:06 PM
  6. Likwidz's Avatar
    I'm a wirelessly charging homer, but with rapid charge probably end up being wired more, so I'd dig that type of case too
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    11-24-2015 10:15 PM
  7. rhapdog's Avatar
    IF you don't care about sacrificing Qi wireless charging then a mag case would be really nice. I wonder if it would interfere with the antennas. The iphone has those ugly plastic bands in the aluminum for the antennas. It might significantly hurt reception
    I'm not trying to rain on anyone's magnesium parade here, but I think it should be pointed out that darth is correct.

    Yes, it will totally sacrifice Qi wireless charging.

    Yes, it will interfere greatly with the antennae. The only way to prevent antennae interference is to ground the antennae itself to the metal casing, which is not possible as it is embedded with the plastic part of the phone.

    There are several reasons that Microsoft goes with the Polycarbonate case for the phone. One is that it does not interfere with signals and allows the antennae to operate at peak efficiency. All metal cases interfere with and impede greatly the cell signal, Bluetooth signal, Wi-Fi signal, FM Radio signal, yep. Every type of radiation/signal produced is dampened by a metal case. This is why the iPhone has plastic strips in place of metal where the antennae is located. Check it.

    Another reason that polycarbonate is used is due to its durability. Did you know that polycarbonate is used for bullet-proof glass? Did you know if you drop your phone, the polycarbonate absorbs and spreads out the impact to minimize damage to your phone and prevent breakage?

    Polycarbonate is actually more expensive than aluminum. While aluminum can currently be purchased at 6.5 cents per cubic inch, polycarbonate is purchased at closer to 41 cents per cubic inch. The polycarbonate price arrived at here is from converting sheets of polycarbonate to what they would be for the same amount in a cubed inch instead of a 1/32" thin panel. Polycarbonate is 6 times more expensive to purchase in raw material than is the aluminum, and it is also more expensive to mold into the desired shape.

    The issue with metal interfering with reception/transmission is also why the Mozo cases only have metal on the outer rim, and use leather for the backing. It's a nice premium trade-off for not being able to put metal across the back of the case.
    11-24-2015 10:44 PM
  8. PepperdotNet's Avatar
    Excellent explanation.

    I would definitely buy a back cover designed to look and feel like magnesium but actually made from nonmetallic material such as polycarbonate.
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    11-25-2015 12:37 AM
  9. Marc Cupido 44's Avatar
    What about the same mozo covers but they use uctual aluminum and not plastic for the rims? Wil that also interfere with the radios?
    11-25-2015 01:25 AM
  10. pvcleave's Avatar
    What about the same mozo covers but they use uctual aluminum and not plastic for the rims? Wil that also interfere with the radios?
    My understanding is the Mozo back covers are plastic, made to look like metal.
    11-25-2015 01:43 AM
  11. rhapdog's Avatar
    What about the same mozo covers but they use uctual aluminum and not plastic for the rims? Wil that also interfere with the radios?
    The antennae is in the "back" of the phone, where the leather is stretched over polycarbonate plastic. Whatever they use for the metal rim, even if it is aluminum, steel, magnesium, whatever, will not interfere because it doesn't cover the antennae, if you'll pardon the pun.
    11-25-2015 09:55 AM
  12. ClixT's Avatar
    I guess the only way to do it is similar to what Mozo did: Polycarbonate with magnesium like exterior. Hopefully MS releases a basic back cover, so i can have it powder coated hahaha. Maybe even some kind of metal plating lol
    11-26-2015 11:55 AM
  13. Marc Cupido 44's Avatar
    I just wish they would release the same back as the mozo covers but instead of leather they use polycarbonate plastic. Or just the same stock back covers as the 950's but in colors
    01-04-2016 04:37 AM
  14. beman39's Avatar
    tell me this wouldn't make a sexy phone! and if MS would/could do a typecover like this depicted in the pic then MS would OWN the phone market!!! hands down!!

    01-04-2016 09:42 AM
  15. Krystianpants's Avatar
    tell me this wouldn't make a sexy phone! and if MS would/could do a typecover like this depicted in the pic then MS would OWN the phone market!!! hands down!!

    http://images.techhive.com/images/ar...7980-large.png
    The black Lumia 950xl looks great. Add some magnesium case and bam. Maybe an accessory provide will make them hehe
    01-04-2016 09:51 AM
  16. Pete's Avatar
    As much as I'd love a "Surface" bodied phone, I agree with the limitations above.

    The rim also has to flex in order to get it on and off the body.
    01-04-2016 09:53 AM

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