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Galaxy S5 to come with metal body made by the company behind HTC One and iPad mini's chassis

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Galaxy S5 to come with metal body made by the company behind HTC One and iPad mini's chassis
One of the largest economics publications in Taiwan is reporting that the local metal chassis producer Catcher has been tasked with making bodies for the upcoming Galaxy S5. The first time we heard that Catcher is in the mix for Samsung's 2014 flagship, was back in September, when firms were supposed to submit their bidding so Samsung can choose suppliers.

That moment has apparently resulted in Samsung leaning towards Catcher for the December production of Samsung Galaxy S5's metal chassis, as the publication is reporting that the premium material is now a done deal, marking a huge change for Samsung, and perhaps the beginning of its Design 3.0 phase. Last time we heard Catcher was allegedly been asked for procuring 10 to 30 million chassis units, and now we learn that the rest will be eventually going to the Chinese BYD and Taiwan's Ju-Teng companies.

Catcher is the company behind masterpieces like the aluminum unibody of the HTC One, which just got our Design of the Year Award, plus Apple's iPad mini 2 and MacBook Air housings, so we can rest assured that Samsung is in good hands, and can't wait to see the upcoming Galaxy S5 design. There are rumors of two versions, depending on the processor - Snapdragon or 64-bit Exynos - thus it's possible that the more premium S5 version will carry the metal frame, so the next two or three months should form a true leak bonanza.

source: UDN (Translated) & RBMen

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posted on 03 Dec 2013, 08:03 3

1. giani (Posts: 269; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)

'Sammy' to copy the design and materials of the iPad and Htc one ?! Nooo way..
Wonder if they done this more to cut supplies for HTC..

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 08:09 1

4. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

That's why Sammy is doing this. More cool stuffs are coming.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 03:46

48. chocolaking (Posts: 494; Member since: 22 May 2012)

they are definately copying htc for sure..
as what samsung always does at best

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 08:33 15

6. Finalflash (Posts: 3085; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)

Well to be honest, that mock picture looks more like a padfone infinity (A80) than either iphone or htc one, but who cares. All that whining and moaning about GS 3/4 being plastic and now that they are actually going to go metal they're "copying". You hypocrites need to decide what you want them to do. It is the same tired excuse made against Apple about them "copying" features. Did you not ask for them or make fun of them for not having it? Then why are you screaming "copy" when they do give it to you?

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 14:21 4

36. donfem (Posts: 646; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)

Great post. The only reason they claim "copy" is because they always in denial about very good products Samsung brings to the table. No other explanation aside from ...ehm... they are haters

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 13:12

50. oister85 (Posts: 493; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)

@finalflash (Hypocrites) well said

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 08:44 15

9. tech2 (Posts: 3453; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

I drank coke from an aluminium can yesterday. Does that mean I am cutting supplies for HTC ?

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 12:29 1

31. dratomic (Posts: 483; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)

good one

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 09:13 2

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

I will ask you something:
1-Do you really belieave the menial media, that Samsung will leave the winning trand of their build materials, that thay nocked down Apple and killed HTC, to switch to cheap sealed aluminum tin-can????
2-Do you really think that Samsung have never used metal bodies for their phones?(long before Apple)
3- Do you really think that normal ppl like sealed tin can(see what happen with HTC One~ lol)?

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 12:18 5

29. Sauce (unregistered)

1- Winning trend? Most people on this site and users abroad complain about this "garbage plastic design".

2- Can you ask a random person what phone they remember from Samsung that has an alluminum body? I'd be surprised if anyone remembers on the spot; that phone must of been a huge hit like the iPhone.

3- Again, majority users biggest complaint is the plastic. It should be triggering a bell in your head saying something that makes sense, not some rabble rabble about your "tin can" shenannegans. And lest you forget that 6+ million people bought the iPhone 5s (you know, the one with the alluminum design) within 3 days of its release. (9million including 5c purchases, but we are looking at alluminum, and not plastic). How many people do you hear complaining about the HTC design? I haven't heard One (giggity) person talk trash about its design.


Alluminum is what a lot, if not most, Samsung Galaxy users WANT.
WHY put a great phone in a plastic body when you can put a great phone in a stylish and classy body that makes your phone look even sexier?

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 13:42 4

34. wilsong17 (unregistered)

no its just you and the apple fans

i buy a phone for whats inside no the outside all you dummy cover your phone with a plastic

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 14:25 2

37. buccob (Posts: 2564; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)

1.- Most users in this site that complain about the plastic materials do not own the phone... Most users of this websites account for the minority of phone consumers.

2.- The plastic criticism is really overstated, plastic can have better properties than most metals... I wouldn't mind an aluminum Galaxy, but I do not complain about their material selection either... My current phone is made of some pretty tough plastic that doesn't show cuts, scratches and wear like aluminum would...

3.- The majority biggest complain today is Battery life, not plastic... You cannot compare Apple fans (apple targets) to the rest of phone buyers... And while I agree that the design of the iPhone 5s and HTC One is great, it does not mean that using a high class plastic material is a bad decision. Either way they have their own set of advantages and cons.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 15:15 1

40. Pancholo (Posts: 380; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

Not really. Your "most people on this site" and "users abroad" really complain about battery. I, for one, am one of those that still prefer a plastic that feels nice on the hand. My girlfriend has an HTC One and I don't like how it feels at all without the case (and of course, she has it in an OtterBox, lolol). I own a Note 2 and I like its feels; the same goes for the Nexus 5 at the Best Buy nearby and the Lumia 1020 in the Microsoft Store.

I'd rather the ergonomics while maintaining the feel that compliments its comfort for me. The iPhone 3G felt good, and now the 5S feels awkward and blocky.

Just my opinion and preference. Don't be hatin' for liking something different, kids.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 15:16 1

41. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

1- Plastic design wasn't the winning trend of the Galaxy series, it was a combination of brand recognition, marketing, and (to an extent) product quality. Apple still gets more sales per device than Samsung by far, by the way, Samsung can't touch Apple in that sense, they have to flood the market with 30+ devices to compete with Apple who only has only 3 phones on the market at a time.

2- They have used metal bodies before, but not on their recent flagship devices. The last one I remember was the Captivate from the original Galaxy S line, but that was only one variant of the Galaxy S only available on AT&T.

3- Every single reviewer praised HTC for the One's design, and called it the best designed and most well built device out there. You seem to only be concentrating on sales, but sales =/= quality. Even if we focus on sales, Apple crushes Samsung in sales with the iPhone 5/5S versus the Galaxy S3/S4.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 14:58 2

38. Pancholo (Posts: 380; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

I often enjoy mocking mentally-challenged passers by from the internet. In your case, I will refrain to do so. Why this sudden urge for pity, you may ask? Well, it's quite an easy answer:

You are closed-minded. You will never understand anything outside of your bubble.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 08:04 14

2. McJobs (Posts: 107; Member since: 08 Jul 2012)

faux aluminum is coming

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 09:00 20

11. tedkord (Posts: 11629; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

Butthurt is already here.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 09:02 3

12. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

I love aluminum on my HTC one. Let's see what Sammy bring on table. Just want to see fresh cool design of galaxy S5.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 10:03 1

19. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)

How do you get to the battery on your aluminum body HTC? Frankly, I have a stock pile of failed batteries from HTC phones past that needed to be replaced before contract was up.

John B.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 11:16 2

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

Because "so many ppl" like you and PA, love the sealed tin-can brick HTC One, that's why HTC One is "best seller" and HTC is dead now. LOL
Remember, - HTC is not Apple to have zomies buying chep aluminum "premium" crap.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 12:36 1

32. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1116; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

If people love the phone there must be a reason don't you think? If the One is a tin-can brick what are other phones? Garbage container plastic? Pickle jar glass? Do you see how stupid your complaining sounds?

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 17:26 1

42. amats69 (Posts: 1432; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

Wow judging on your comments in this article youre already over qouta dude...go claim your payment from samsung and buy some sleep.lol

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 08:05 2

3. toiletcleaner (Posts: 224; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)

Is this the new iS5? or iS5One?

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 08:29 9

5. NexusPhan (Posts: 625; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)

Boooo. I want high quality polycarbonate plastic. Metal is a terrible material choice for a mobile phone.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 08:39 8

8. Finalflash (Posts: 3085; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)

True that, but people don't "think", they just feel. Metal is by far the worst choice because it limits all sorts of things like connectivity and such. But hey, people are vain, they go for looks more than substance.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 09:02 5

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

Which people are you talking about?
Hundreds of millions of people don't want tin-can, and don't think sealed cheap aluminum is "premium". See the Samsung sale.
Few loud iboys from the menial tech media, make this huge noise, and pretend that "all the ppl want tin-can").
If you are talking about the izombies that love aluminum tin-can, wrong again- they would love even cardboard made phones with Apple logo.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 10:13 1

20. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)

Really? How is polycarbonate a terrible choice for mobile phones? If it was a terrible choice, why has it been used for so many years without complaint until now?

I think brainwashing has become second nature for manufacturers within the industry and the consumers are losing control due to it.

John B.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 18:31 1

43. PBXtech (Posts: 1032; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)

Agreed. Too many tech sites giving unjustified rankings based upon their own opinions about what a "premium build quality" really is. Tons of people read those articles and suddenly the comments sections are over run with negative comments about polycarbonate. People need to do the research and start thinking for themselves. Plastic of various types have been instrumental in a wealth of inventions and is vital to a ton of devices people use every day, and would be missed sorely if its use was discontinued.

Aluminum doesn't make a build have quality, great designs and engineering does, no matter what material is chosen.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 08:37

7. ReZaNeXus7 (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Dec 2013)


posted on 03 Dec 2013, 08:47

10. eq5555 (Posts: 64; Member since: 03 Dec 2013)

Samsung in next Galaxy need:
Not PENTILE screen
optical stabilization
Sensor at least 1/2.3
aspherical lens
4K video recording
Metal body only need mentally ill freaks, fetishists and hypocrites

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 11:10 2

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

"Not PENTILE screen"???
This is just superstition now.
You have old information. Pentile is not anymore what it was before.
Pentile or not, it doesn't matter at all, for the eye anymore.
Besides see how Note 3 have best "under sunlight" viewing.
More important to consider is screen battery consumption, and screen life

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 09:15 1

15. datphoneguy (Posts: 154; Member since: 15 Sep 2013)

Sounds promising...looking forward to seeing what Samsung has in store!

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 09:21

16. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

That's a horrible idea, in think aluminum is a great mistakes, with enough time we will see people getting electrocuted by their phones and the aluminum sealing doesn't hold water better than plastic... I think what Sammy needs to to its make their plastic more premium, sturdy plastic is better at withstanding damage than most metal phones

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 09:23 2

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

" HTC One, which just got our Design of the Year Award, plus Apple's iPad mini 2 and MacBook Air housings, so we can rest assured that Samsung is in good hands, and can't wait to see the upcoming Galaxy S5 design."

PA do you really read what you write? Should we believe you that you want to save Samsung from bancrupcy ???? Come on:)
Ohhh, we see what happen with HTC when follow Apple with sealed tin can "premium" desigh. They are dead.
Samsung is winning more and more. Apple go down and down. No matter how hard you support them. Right?

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 09:28 1

18. _Bone_ (Posts: 2154; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

The smartest thing Samsung ever pulled was covering their rounded devices by shiny poly-carbonate. While critics call it a design misstep, it turned "that Other popular smartphone" into "Samsung Galaxy", a brand now as recognizable by the general public as the Apple iPhone.

You see we had classy looking phones before, premier build material matching your suit and tie, industrial design for geeks and rough coating against the elements, but Samsung did something bold, introducing a form factor with unisex mass appeal, suggesting YOU can have flagship phone too not just rich kids and yuppies.

Now that they achieved that goal, they can now choose whatever design and build they want, it's time for a metal body anyway. But putting your average looking metal frame around the S3 and they might not have achieved this kind of market share.

Phase one was differentiating, now it's about keeping all those Galaxy users in-house.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 10:21 2

22. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)

Well, if it's about keeping galaxy users "in-house", then it would be wise to retain accessibility to sd cards and batteries while incorporating a metal design. This accessibility is what led me to purchase the S4 after owning HTC products for years.

John B.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 15:12 1

39. _Bone_ (Posts: 2154; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

Sure thing. Although I won't be complaining if they indeed include a 4000mAh battery and 32/64/128GB versions with everything sealed, making battery and SD card replacement a non-issue.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 19:06

45. Pancholo (Posts: 380; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

They'd have to be really careful and smart in the way they choose a "metal" back as that could be prone to bending and breaking easily.

Maybe they'll re-incorporate those slide-in/out backs like in their past? Hey, that could work! I'll take anything that isn't the side pulling of the whole back, which makes me cringe everytime I try to open it (or maybe I'm way too cautious!).

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 06:08

49. Ishmeet (Posts: 111; Member since: 16 Sep 2013)

True, the sliding metal panel of wave 3 was one of the best designs by samsung to be executed on a metal body. While it gave access to a removable battery and an sd card slot, the phone was still intact in one piece all the time

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 10:15 1

21. darkkjedii (Posts: 21204; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Smart move by Samsung. The more premium their flagships are, the more people will want them. Good move if Samsung does this.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 10:32 3

23. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)

Samsung has had no problem selling their products to consumers the way they are built as of current. I switched to Samsung after years supporting HTC. Accessibility to key ingredients such as sd cards and batteries is crucial. Anode/cathode rechargable battery technology hasn't changed in roughly 40 years. Materials to increase user time and eliminate memory issues has improved, but each time the battery is charged, the life span degrades.

It amazes me that cheaper mid-lower end phones retain accessibility to augment yet the high end phones become practically useless under fails or outgrown storage and failed or weak batteries.

John B.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 13:34 1

33. Killertech2099 (Posts: 148; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)

The aluminum has its pros and cons but i think Samsung is smarter than that. I would just make one plastic and another aluminum both sides are happy. But i wouldn't get your hopes up if they do this it better have plenty of storage space with a kickass battery. Slammer is correct when you have aluminum phone battery life can become a big issues and i don;t think Samsung wants that type of negativity. Not only that what about the sd card slots? Thats why i love samsung but That's the two main things that i would personally be worried about

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 11:18

26. Loubielou (Posts: 508; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)

Now this choice as been made by Samsung a Metal Body phone,will we get the same functions as on the S3 an S4 removable batteries an micro sd card slots,as Samsung said they were not Happy with the Sales of the S4,but if they remove these to main features that alot of consumers liked,then alot might not be Happy with the S5 an switch to a Alternative Smartphone that offers these functions,so alot of pressure will now be put on Samsung an they know they need to Offer really High Class Functions on the S5 or they might struggle again

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 11:21 1

27. Chris_Bakke (Posts: 235; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)

Instead of shiny polycarbonate, can it be textured like the GS2 was so long ago? I loved the back of my GS2.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 18:58

44. Pancholo (Posts: 380; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

I agree! The only problem I'd see with such exposed textured backs is the way dirt gets into it, but knowing me, I'd be cleaning and polishing my phone weekly!

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 11:48 1

28. jeroome86 (Posts: 1124; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)

When it's all said and done we put it in a case. Still rocking a S3 in a Otterbox commuter. Serves it's purpose and can take a fall.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 12:19

30. lallolu (Posts: 471; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)

The phone in the picture loos like the Asus Padfone infinity

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 13:45 1

35. wilsong17 (unregistered)

it better bring sd and battery

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 20:45

46. taikucing (unregistered)

Aluminium? Boring. Why don't they make it from Steel?

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 01:35

47. zachattack (Posts: 621; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)

Crap phone with a nice exterior. Still will get more attention than superior phones like the G2. RIP samsung you kinda suck!

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