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Apple iPhone 5C set to be first to ship with LiquidMetal scratch-resistant coating

Apple’s iPhone 5C could be the first of the firm’s products to have the revolutionary LiquidMetal scratch-resistant coating with increased durability giving it another string to its bow in the mid-range smartphone sales battle.

Taiwan-based Apple Daily carries a video that reportedly shows the upcoming device surviving an onslaught of coins, keys, screws and various other objects inside a Ziploc bag.

It gets worse for the iPhone 5C as the tester then removes everything from the plastic bag and attempts to scratch the device’s plastic shell by dragging coins across the surface and also takes a key to the smartphone.

Even after all this rigorous treatment the blue iPhone 5C emerges without a visible scratch on its plastic shell and everything points to the LiquidMetal technology being utilised on an Apple device for the first time.

Apple and LiquidMetal first signed a licensing agreement in 2010, which was then extended by another two years in 2012 and it allows Apple to have exclusive rights to technology created or acquired by LiquidMetal until 5 February 2014.

The iPhone 5C, which is rumoured to be dropping for the first time on 10 September, is targeting the mid-range smartphone market where it currently has no device to compete against a number of Android manufacturers including Samsung.

The device, if released, will come in a range of different colours with various videos suggesting that green, white, blue, red, and yellow will be among those released. Under the hood it will have a dual-core CPU, tri-core GPU, and an 8-megapixel camera with the phone’s specs coming close to the current iPhone 5.

Rumour has it that it will be priced at around $300 [£194] for an unlocked version and become available around a month after the expected 10 September unveil date.