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Galaxy S5 to come in metal body, Samsung probes the iPad mini and HTC One chassis maker for it

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Galaxy S5 to come in metal body, Samsung probes the iPad mini and HTC One chassis maker for it
With the Galaxy S4, analysts believe that Samsung was "taking its last steps in Apple’s shadow", hinting that what started as a direct response to Cupertino's smartphone success - the Galaxy S line - will get a complete revamp in the 5th edition next year.

One of the big changes Samsung is said to introduce, is a radical departure from the plastic builds to premium look and feel, involving metal casings, and there is even a whole project in the conglomerate, dubbed Design 3.0, that revolves around decisions on the next flagships exterior. About a month ago, Korean publications said that Samsung is equipping a production line in Gumi, near Seoul, for making smartphone bodies from magnesium, like on Microsoft's Surface tablets, and aluminum, like, um, almost everybody else.

Now a Taiwanese publication is pouring more water into that particular metal body rumor mill, citing local Barclays analysts team note to clients, which was created after supply chain channel checks. The analysts say that Samsung tasked the locals from Catcher with the chassis for a "flagship Galaxy series" phone readied to launch in "the first half of next year". Interestingly enough, the publication also cites that Catcher will be making the aluminum part of the chassis for the new iPhone 5s, starting next year, meaning Apple is diversifying suppliers, too.

Now back to that purported metal casing for the Galaxy S5 - you might not have heard about Catcher, but the Taiwanese company is so good at moulding premium metal alloys, that Apple has trusted it with producing the thin and light bodies of the iPad mini and MacBook Air franchises, plus HTC's famous unibody aluminum designs are also its job, including that of the HTC One.

If true, this all means that Samsung is in good hands when it comes to the exterior looks of the Galaxy S5, and we are finally going to see it drift away from the all-plastic builds, which have traditionally been one of the few viable criticisms against its flagship handsets. The Gumi factory, Catcher, and a production line in Vietnam - these are all said to be alternative suppliers for speculated batches of an order in the tens of millions for a metal chassis, which is planned to go into a phone scheduled for Q2 release, and such a quantity can only mean a flagship handset. 

Actually, the analysts directly say: “Our checks suggest Catcher has been qualified as one of the major sources on the total metal casing smartphone volumes at 10 [million to] 30 million next year from Samsung. The final order allocation is to be confirmed in early first quarter 2014, subject to price bids by approved vendors," meaning that the eventual magnesium/aluminum body for the next Samsung Galaxy bestseller might already be a done deal, and the company is now only quibbling over supply chain auctions on its production.

With yesterday's other hint that the Koreans are almost ready with their own 64-bit Exynos chipset, it seems there's plenty to look forward to with the Galaxy S5. Oh, and it looks like it's time to buy some shares in Catcher, as Samsung's orders are advised to more than offset lost business from HTC's diminishing sales.

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posted on 24 Sep 2013, 02:39 9

1. bohdan4ik13 (Posts: 81; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Just one more rumor about metal body before Samsung's flagship announcement. Like the flexible screen one.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 03:16 1

9. PunyPoop (Posts: 624; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


Now this is interesting, I would consider buying Samsung phones if their materials are premium, bring it on Samsung!

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 03:24

11. bohdan4ik13 (Posts: 81; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Very interesting, but there is no metal SGS4 or Note 3. Even if TaipeiTimes has some kind of prototipe - it's not a final device. I'm waiting for more reliable information.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 04:01 13

18. jan25 (Posts: 370; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)


Dont care much for metal body, i'ld rather they spend their resources on trying to redesign Touchwiz and polish the experience of using a Samsung.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 06:22 2

28. Lifengineer (Posts: 38; Member since: 15 Dec 2011)


100% Can't add a word to what you said!

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 07:14 3

31. XaErO (Posts: 106; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)


Agreed !!

Additionally, I want someone to bring heavy improvements in Battery department to keep up with the power demanding processors & GPUs.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 04:08 1

19. djHidroid (Posts: 9; Member since: 18 Sep 2013)


Coming from someone who passed on the GS4 because it was almost identical to the GS3 and having the htc one now makes me realize how Sammy needs to step it up if they want to be considered the face of Android. Even the iPhone 5c feels less more solid and durable then the latest Sammy and LG offerings. I'm not an iPhone at all but even when they make a plastic version of the 5 it's built better than the GS4. Love my One

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 02:46

2. androiphone20 (Posts: 1114; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


Sammy your fanboys claim iphones are tin cans are you going that way too?

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 03:22 21

10. sriuslywtf (Posts: 62; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


Iphone fan boys said that Sammys phones are plastic too. Iphone 5C goes that way..

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 03:58

16. PunyPoop (Posts: 624; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


The first iPhones up to 2g are plastics FYI..

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 04:39 1

23. hadouken (Posts: 17; Member since: 12 Dec 2012)


The first iPhone was aluminum. But yeah, iPhone has been plastic before, 3g and 3gs.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 04:12

20. djHidroid (Posts: 9; Member since: 18 Sep 2013)


That's what I was saying till I activated a few for my customers and apple managed to actually make the 5c a sturdy phone. I was surprised when I actually got to play with one as a Verizon rep. Now if Apple could only manufacture phones or something that goes into their products in the US.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 02:53 5

3. maccess (Posts: 478; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)


why did samsung ask another company just to make metal body?? they did a good job on making the wave series body before..

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 02:55 5

4. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


Finally! No more cheap looking polycarbonate.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 03:01 2

5. taikucing (unregistered)


Imagine, same stupid & childish looking design with metal body.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 03:02 5

6. promise7 (Posts: 223; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


2014 will be pretty epic for smartphones. A metal Samsung Galaxy S5, and most likely a bigger screen Apple iPhone 6. Both features fans of each have long been longing for. Who knows what else, maybe a octa-core, flexible screen, 64-bit S5 and a quad-core, 2GB-3GB RAM, NFC iPhone 6.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 10:41

41. iDroid8 (Posts: 155; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)


Expandable memory, bluetooth file sharing and nfc are some things you should not hope to see in an iPhone as yet.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 10:43

42. iDroid8 (Posts: 155; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)


Expandable memory, bluetooth file sharing and nfc are some things you should not hope to see in an iPhone as yet.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 03:13 3

7. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2095; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Great... The phone in the pic still looks lovely as I was hoping this as S4, though it might come as S5 or something else can't say right now.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 03:14 5

8. bloodline (Posts: 686; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


if the s5 looks like the phone above I would be happy

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 03:29 7

12. shy2papa (Posts: 195; Member since: 23 Jan 2010)


Nice move Samsung, a company that listens to its fans will always succeed.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 10:14

35. Samsungadroidrules (Posts: 104; Member since: 28 Jul 2013)


Yeah. They listens to their Consumers. Unlike Poor, jealous iSheeeeeps. I mean Look at them, those features, and Design of their phones from iPhone 4-5S are all the same with very MINOR Changes and Sticking with those Useless boring features. hahaha

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 03:31 1

13. alexfiran (Posts: 40; Member since: 13 Jun 2013)


2014 the most innovative smartphone industry year since the first iphone release. and i mean for all companies. Imagine sony xperia z2 (which in my opinion it's going to be the first well made sony smartphone), galaxy s5 with flexible screen 64 bit chip with compatible apps and metal (magnezium/aluminium) body and probably a new and refined touchwiz, an epic iphone 6 with 4,3-4,5 inch displays, htc one next gen, MOTOROLA MOTO X 2 perhaps available worldwide, windows phone 8,1 smartphones with quadcores made by microsoft&nokia. 2014..EPIC!!!

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 03:52 6

14. emadshiny (Posts: 1085; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Note 3 showed that Sammy's starting to have a futuristic view for the design of its new products.
Hope to see some good and beautiful products next year.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 03:59

17. PunyPoop (Posts: 624; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


Note 3 is a bigger S2 I don't think it's futuristic.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 04:27

21. emadshiny (Posts: 1085; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Its design is way better than S4 and also its beautiful back cover shows some signs of change in Sammy's design language.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 05:45 3

26. alexfiran (Posts: 40; Member since: 13 Jun 2013)


i have a two years old s2 and still looks great when put near other devices..it's just so elegant

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 03:54

15. tacarat (Posts: 87; Member since: 22 Apr 2013)


If this means I can't change my own stinking batteries, then there's no chance of me getting that phone. I hate planned obsolescence guised as "design".

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 10:04 1

34. Android4Ever (Posts: 86; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)


I'm with you 100%! If Sammy makes the S5 with no removable battery and/or no expandable memory, I'm out. Personally I will never understand what all the crying about what the phone is made out of because I never take the case off my phone anyway...

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 04:32 3

22. Sprissy (Posts: 53; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


I had no issues with plastic bodies.....I am only interested in the specs!

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 05:19 1

24. rodkurt (Posts: 128; Member since: 29 Nov 2012)


this would make it heavier, thicker, non-replaceable battery and more expensive.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 05:20 2

25. SonyFindOneDroidple (Posts: 441; Member since: 11 May 2013)


If theyll find a good way maintaining replaceable battery, then boom!
Add the new sensor.. i just want a fresher UI Look!! Samsung i know you can deliver..

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 06:11 2

27. twens (Posts: 443; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


Reason why Samsung is best.
1. No company listens and strives to give their customers what they want like samsung(4' 640p tiny iphones.lol)
2. No company out there has better hardware like samsung period( even your iphone is part samsung)
3. No android fon has features more than a galaxy note series( jealous people call it gimmick)
4. flexible screens anyone??
5. 64 bit true octa core chips??
6. full RGP 1080p Samoled screens??
7. Fast updates and support
A samsung galaxy just feels like a w8 in your pocket. i don't know what my galaxy can't do???
so yes this is the best tech company ever and when they switch to metal we will see what the haters will have to criticize now.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 06:25 1

29. Lifengineer (Posts: 38; Member since: 15 Dec 2011)


6. full RGP 1080p Samoled screens??

Where did you get that from!? It's Pentile and Amoled!

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 07:41

32. Shatter (Posts: 1763; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Does the Note 3 have a pentile or an RGB screen?

http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x371/lscrb102985/note2-s3-rgb-pentile.jpg

The Note 2 was RGB.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 07:00

30. SonyFindOneDroidple (Posts: 441; Member since: 11 May 2013)


I hate the way you sounds like lol..
Super duper oozing fanboyism with mere opinions and guesses ;)
I like Samsung but hmmm

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 07:46

33. dexter_jdr (Posts: 996; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


will s5 put finger print scanner too?
5s.s5.5s..s5. lol

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 10:17

36. Samsungadroidrules (Posts: 104; Member since: 28 Jul 2013)


Nah, S5 doesn't need that USELESS Feature. Samsung can put another more Useful and cool Feature than that. lol

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 10:21

37. Samsungadroidrules (Posts: 104; Member since: 28 Jul 2013)


Woahh! I can't wait for this one. Gosh, Samsung really listens to their customers. Woah! Even though it will be expensive, as long as it has Premium Built and Great Design, Plus Great Specs and features, I WILL DEFINITELY Buy it. I love my S4 so much, but if the S5 will be what I've said then Boom. Looking forward for this one. Woah 2014 is getting exciting for smartphone world. Way to go Samsung, the face of android!

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 10:36

38. deathgod (Posts: 106; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)


Just out of curiousity, how many of you DON'T use cases with their phones? I never understood this whole 'premium feel' arguement as everyone I know who uses an iphone or a high end galaxy phone always uses it with a case.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 12:30

40. zachattack (Posts: 435; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)


So true, my G2 feels so sexy in hand and yet so fragile. With no insurance i am no way in hell not using a case, which is why incipio needs to hurry their butt up because i am sick of waiting for a drop to happen. Not paying 600$ for another phone no sir

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 12:29

39. zachattack (Posts: 435; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)


Design looks cool but they should have been on this side of the smartphone spectrum before anyone else. They claim to be premium but lack the proof. So while this is a step in the right direction for them, i remain unimpressed. This is what their phones should look like

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