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2014 Samsung phones to be made out of aluminum, Galaxy S5 might be the first

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2014 Samsung phones to be made out of aluminum, Galaxy S5 might be the first
All Samsung Android phones currently look alike. Plastic, sharing a same rounded-edge square form, with buttons all located identically - all, from the very bottom with the Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo to the highest heights with the Samsung Galaxy S4. This might change altogether next year when Samsung is rumored to kick off a new design language for its handsets, according to Korean publication ET News. Samsung 2014 phones may use magnesium, aluminum and metal in their body, instead of the now traditional polycarbonate.

The most likely candidate to kick off that redesign? The Samsung Galaxy S5, of course. The redesign is expected to first land on premium models, and slowly trickle down the line to more affordable lines.

Samsung is allegedly working on the new designs and materials at its factory in Gumi, South Korea, and some of the work might be carried out in Vietnam. All this is based on whispers about a big group of Samsung engineers dispatched to Vietnam.

Let’s keep in mind that this is far from official and you should definitely take it with a grain of salt. It does sound logical however. HTC’s 2013 flagship, the One, is made out of a unibody aluminum shell, and that was largely seen as a big advantage over the polycarbonate Galaxy S4. It only sounds logical for Samsung to address this shortcoming of its design, don’t you think?

source: ET News (translated)

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posted on 29 Aug 2013, 09:25 25

1. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Oh finally! Welcome to the premium family, Samsung!

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 09:30 41

6. _Bone_ (Posts: 2139; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Plastic handles bending and scratches better though, as well as removing the back cover over and over and over again. It's lighter, at the same thickness it's more durable (yes it is, thin aluminum is very injury prone) and it supports wireless charging.

I'd go with kevlar or tougher carbon cause they can act as versatile as plastic, just use matte finish and new design. Metal body may look good, but it comes with compromises and you'll put a case around it, I wouldn't drop the SD card, removable battery and Qi charging just for that.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 09:41 32

18. joey_sfb (Posts: 3227; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


I prefer plastic for their light weight and easy handling, I have to put in extra effort to protect my iPad and MacBook aluminum surface otherwise they would look worse than cheap plastic.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 09:46 11

23. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Plastic has many advantages.
- Removable back cover.
- Removable battery.
- Wireless charging.
etc.
While Aluminium, metal have less advantages.
- Premium.
- Better design.

But more advantages doesn't mean it's attractive to consumers, because many consumers want a good looking phone and the premium feel on the phone. Don't just love the cold aluminium feeling in your hands when you wake up in the morning?

Kevlar? If I'm not wrong, Motorola is the only one who's using kevlar on their phones.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 09:52 17

26. nlbates66 (Posts: 314; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)


I absolutely hate the cold feeling of metal devices in the morning, my house is freezing as it is. :P

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 09:56 5

28. pwnarena (Posts: 974; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


nothing wrong with plastic especially if it's recycled. it's more flexible and it's an insulator. you're unlikely to get electrocuted with a plastic phone while it's charging. also, it's cheaper.

samsung can try doing aluminum devices once. if it does not keep or attract customers, they have to go back to plastic. it's way better practically although not as beautiful

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 10:48

47. Purnama (Posts: 6; Member since: 29 Aug 2013)


yeah, you dont get electrocuted, but blown up...

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 20:17

94. nlbates66 (Posts: 314; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)


Samsung have used aluminium before, in the Samsung Wave S8500, S8530 and related devices but comparing the feel of that thing with my later plastic devices I prefer the plastic.(Samsung did however still have a removable battery, sim AND microSDcard slot in these devices.
oh yeah, it wasn't entirely unibody, though I consider that a meh.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 10:09 4

34. _god_ (banned) (Posts: 47; Member since: 13 Aug 2013)


There are actually people online selling battery doors of GS2 and GS3 made of aluminum . Pretty awesome !

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 18:48 3

92. Damo579 (Posts: 218; Member since: 18 May 2013)


I agree. I love the polycarbonate body of my Lumia 920. Plastic is better to have on a phone because it can handle day to day wear and tear better than metal. IN my opinion I think Samsung should continue with plastic but make it feel like a high quality product. Also they should be less conservative with their designs.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 09:52 4

25. SellPhones82 (Posts: 565; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


I completely agree with your carbon fiber and/or Kevlar statement. Aluminum seems to only add a premium feel but then you get into a whole bunch of other issues. I mean Goolge "bent iPhone" and you can find ways to fix then since thin aluminum does what a coke can does when you bend it so what good is that? It also normally mean uni-body which is something I'm not a huge fan of. Then you have the usual chips and dents from it being a soft metal so you then throw a plastic case on it to protect it so what's the point...still holding a phone with a plastic outside in the end.

What do the truly high-end premium cars use for their body? Carbon fiber. BMW is even releasing an "affordable" carbon fiber car. Now it is more expensive to product and buy that aluminum but is at least a true premium material.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 12:46 1

77. akki20892 (Posts: 3652; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


N8 is great device except removable battery.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 13:32 1

81. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


If it's like the plastic on the Nexus 7, bring it on.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 21:23 1

97. heyhi (Posts: 126; Member since: 19 Feb 2013)


agreed
aluminum = premium fell, beauty
aluminum = bends (the worst), scratches
the cons to me wins.
i would take kevlar or the tempered glass.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 09:31 2

8. Kurai (unregistered)


Finally premium materials! but please remove the S-bloatwares

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 09:47 9

24. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)


And you call aluminum tin-can "premium"??? Well it could cut down the production price, but it's terrible.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 11:57 5

63. willard12 (Posts: 883; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


Aluminum costs 40 cents a pound.
That's not a premium price.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 09:39 2

13. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1022; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


The only con I see in Samsung smatphone is the cheap plastic glossy look.
dont get me wrong its good to hold in hands but look cheap for a flagship phone.
now

Now everything will be great...

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 11:58 4

65. takeja (Posts: 35; Member since: 16 Aug 2013)


Only very limited people think like this......design, design, design.......yIheep

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 09:43 7

20. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)


You call aluminum tin-can "premium"???
ROTFL

If Samsung start with aluminum tin-can , this would be to cut down the production price(see production price of iphone 5 and GS4 , even GS3)

But I don't believe BGR or other iMedia.
Well, about magnesium, I could agree somehow. Or carbon fiber.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 09:53 2

27. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Of course aluminium tin-can is premium. Especially aluminium tin-cans with coke in it. That's not just premium, that's premium awesomeness!

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 10:06

32. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


What about taking the industry to the next prestige level:
Titanium
Sapphire glass
Ceramic
64 layers Stainless Steel

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 10:16 3

38. tech2 (Posts: 2436; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


LOL.........are you talking about a phone or a bunker to protect oneself from nuclear attacks ?!

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 11:28 3

55. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3024; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


There should be a catch phrase like, "We've got your phone covered with titanium...just in case the battery explodes."

posted on 31 Aug 2013, 03:25

106. Trex95 (Posts: 571; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)


You mean Tanks not a phones Titanium body a lone cost more than whole phone Lol.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 11:26

54. rd_nest (Posts: 822; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


Let me just tell you to search for Samsung Wave.

It's not like they didn't use any metal in any phones. Look at their Series 9. They do know how to use metal.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 12:26 1

71. Taters (Posts: 3597; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


The Tab 7.7 was nice too but it didn't really add much, it kind of detracted because it got hot easier. Their plain old Tab 10.1 design was much nicer IMO. We will see if anything comes to fruition about this rumor. I doubt they would. They might use some kind of new age plastic though.

I had this Sony Walkman NSW745 mp3 player that felt incredible but the sides were glossy plastic. Maybe something like that.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 11:42 12

58. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1289; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


I actually want the plastic case along with removable batteries and sd cards. If a metal design was number one on the must have list the HTC One would have outsold the S4.
I also like the feel of some of these premium cases. I don't want to hold metal all day and what's the point in buying a metal phone just to cover it up.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 11:54 8

61. takeja (Posts: 35; Member since: 16 Aug 2013)


No oooooo, we need a replaceable battery, we need to travel!
Only limited people care about design more and are loud like gypsy or Americans! You have great sales with sgs4, you don't need to change that!

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 20:21 1

95. almostdone (Posts: 130; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)


Metal has many disadvantages.

* Scratches easier and is far more noticeable once scratched
* Dings and dents easily
* Does not flex back to its original shape
* Heavy
* Needs to be thick thus heavy to be strong
* More likely to electrocuted if there is a fault or malfunction
* You are likely to lose on memory card expansion and removable battery due to the rigid nature of metal.

I have owned plenty of so called preminum metal laptops, phones etc. They all suffer badly including cars!

Give me plastic or other materials any day.

And the funny thing is most people who carry around their iPhones or HTC One all use plastic cases!

posted on 30 Aug 2013, 07:28 1

104. ashdch99 (Posts: 14; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


using metal next year, they should also redefine the phone designs, because seriously, it is becoming very annoying getting the same design in different sizes everytime one buys a samsung device...

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 09:27 1

2. amilcarmz86 (Posts: 95; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


Just add the waterproof feature on top of that and i will buy the S5..

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 09:28 2

3. wicpromd (Posts: 266; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


Thats something really Great....
Samsung you will rock 2014 too if u come up with Premium materials...
keep it up

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 10:42

45. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Like they use to build good quality phones with metal back 2003+ to 2009

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 09:28 2

4. zig8100 (Posts: 143; Member since: 13 Dec 2012)


Only for certain markets? Only for Exynos models? We sill see. Samsung always has a way of making it half true.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 09:29 3

5. Rorschach (Posts: 41; Member since: 26 Apr 2013)


As long as they reserve a spot for the SD card and keep their battery removable, I'll be happy.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 09:30 5

7. fouadqr (Posts: 315; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)


S5 /S6/S7/S8.. will still look ugly ..compared to HTC & Nokia !

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 09:39 15

15. _Bone_ (Posts: 2139; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


There won't be an HTC or Nokia when the S6/S7/S8 come out.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 10:03 8

31. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)


Agree.
If HTC and Nokia don't stop making sealed, handicap, apple-ish bricks, they will be out .

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 10:09 6

35. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


That's why they lost lots of customers following I phones! HTC Android users need SD card, if no removal battery, provide with a battery like 3000Mah, not 2200+.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 12:28 2

73. _PHug_ (Posts: 395; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)


@ _Bone_

Best
Line
Ever!

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 09:42 3

19. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1022; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Are you from the future?????
hate as much as you want but this king ain't retire any time soon...

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 09:31 3

9. apple4never (Posts: 974; Member since: 08 May 2013)


Is about time, now for the touch wiz

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 09:32

10. brrunopt (Posts: 552; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


make metal and plastic versions ; 16 S5 models ;)

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 09:37 2

11. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)


If Samsung start with aluminum tin-can , this would be to cut down the production price(see production price of iphone 5 and GS4 , even GS3)
But if they realy change the material, better to be magnesium.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 09:38 4

12. HTCOE (Posts: 514; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)


i see a lack of innovation coming ahead for samsung, and just things being made to teem masses

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 09:39 7

14. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 4150; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


About time. The cheap plastic is a turn off for many.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 09:40 21

17. _Bone_ (Posts: 2139; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Which is why they are selling the most phones... wait what?

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 10:38 2

44. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Not cause of plastic! Due to providing great specs™

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 09:44 6

21. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1022; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


About time. The cheap plastic is a turn off for SOME.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 09:57 6

29. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)


No . It doesn't turn off anybody, iboy.
Or you want the brainwashed, tin-can izombies to switch to Samsung????
Really?? Is that your dream?

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 10:36

43. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Well said Mxzy®+1
It feels skatty, ultra low quality, very cheap to build! Looks degrading, no prestige!

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 19:42

93. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


So aluminum gives u better org@sms? hmmm

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 09:39 3

16. duder52 (Posts: 27; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


And not too long ago carbon fiber was projected to be what they'll use on next years models. It still may and hopefully will be. I don't want metal. I don't understand why metal is equated with "premium" and "polycarbonate" the thing that's used in the manufacture of bullet proof windows and aircrafts is considered cheap.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 09:45 1

22. doubler86 (Posts: 320; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)


magnesium would be the best, lighter and more scratch resistant and feels better than aluminum, but it unfortunately cost more.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 15:11

87. Kan_wha (Posts: 88; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)


But magnesium doesn't take coloring too well.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 09:57 2

30. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


this should've been addressed with the S4.
too little too late Samsung.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 10:07 5

33. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)


WHAT???
LOL

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 12:29 1

74. Taters (Posts: 3597; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Lol don't bother, he is hopeless.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 13:22 1

80. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i wonder who's really hopeless here...

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