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Half metal jacket - the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge reportedly have a metal frame covered in glass panels

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Half metal jacket - the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge reportedly have a metal frame covered in glass panels
According to the latest rumors from Samsung Town, those of you yearning for an all-metal Samsung Galaxy S6 this year will be up for a slight disappointment as the flagship smartphone and its curved screen Edge version won't be full metal unibody handsets. Instead, their designs will incorporate a metal frame as seen in the Galaxy Note 4, "sandwiched" by glass panels on the back and front sides. This will also make for a non-removable battery. 

Even though full-metal jacket smartphones is today's understanding of premium, a metal frame and glass construction can still look stunning, as evidenced by the Sony Xperia devices. So, relax, aesthetic perfectionists - Samsung is heading in the right direction. But if you demand an explanation of why the S6 will be "only" half-metal, the original report claims that Samsung wants to differentiate the Galaxy S-line from the mid-range Galaxy A line, which happens to offer three aluminum unibody beauties. Hopefully, the Galaxy S6 and its curved comrade will be prettier and more innovative than the Galaxy A, or the mid-range devices could end up eating into the flagship's monetary pie - which will be a spectacular own goal for Samsung.

Either way, the Galaxy S6 and the widely expected Galaxy S6 Edge are heading towards Mobile World Congress '15 in Barcelona, Spain, which happen between March 2-5. By that time, we will have a really good idea of what the next Galaxy S smartphone is about, and flagship offerings from HTC and Sony will be breathing down its neck.

Still, if you want to get a taste of Samsung's premium design prowess, it doesn't get much better than the Galaxy A7:


source: DDaily via G For Games

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posted on 19 Jan 2015, 05:33 6

1. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3702; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Bring the same design aesthetics of Alpha with some twists here and there.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 10:32 1

21. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3208; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


i think the glass like back would look great on a alpha body but i hope its not glass i hope its a resin compound or sapphire hardened to not break, cant wait to see the new look see if i change from my gs3 just got an update from sprint today with hd voice support and google patch. was praying it was lolipop hahahaha o well.
i would like to see samsung make a big change in look and feel to get people to buy the phone since they do all the r and d work for all the major companies they push the tech of the future more than anyone else its going to be hard gs6 htc m9 or z4 if its available in america on my network. not sure about switching networks.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 05:37 10

2. phljcnth (Posts: 479; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


I'd rather have a plastic or kevlar back cover for better grip. But good luck to that, I hope the Galaxy S6 won't look like anything iPhone and Xperia.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 09:06 2

20. talon95 (Posts: 419; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


Agreed, give people the option to have ultra durable and/or customized back covers like the Moxo X.

I don't actually care about removable batteries anymore, now that they last 2 days anyway. Put a big battery and lock both the battery and SIM card in the device for theft protection. Hardware lock is good but if the phone is just being stripped down for screen parts then i'd prefer something that can't easily be turned off or disconnected so that it can be tracked.

My M8 has no access to the power menu from the lock screen. Xposed only allows calling the numbers that I have programmed and Theftie takes a photo and alarms after 2 failed login attempts. They just need to start selling phones with 128 Gb internals so that they are encrypted system memory and can't be removed either.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 11:50

26. Jason78 (Posts: 234; Member since: 10 Apr 2013)


Lock the SIM card? You have to be kidding. The whole point of a SIM card is to allow the owner to easily change service providers swapping SIM cards.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 20:57

28. talon95 (Posts: 419; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


You're stuck on the crummy system we currently have. I want a system where there is not need to swap sim cards. I just want to register the one i have with a new carrier.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 05:43 11

3. thegeneral7010 (Posts: 315; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


well for my i prefer aplastic back with a removable battery.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 05:53 1

4. GeorgeDao123 (Posts: 423; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


Me too. (y)

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 07:35 2

10. maherk (Posts: 3351; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Same here. Still, i would like from Samsung to offer more materials and designs for the back cover, and let the buyer choose how he wants his phone to look like. And while they are at it, award your customers with 2 additional back covers, just like how Nokia used to do back in the day, a cover and a micro sd bundled with every phone we buy.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 07:35

11. maherk (Posts: 3351; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Same here. Still, i would like from Samsung to offer more materials and designs for the back cover, and let the buyer choose how he wants his phone to look like. And while they are at it, award your customers with 2 additional back covers, just like how Nokia used to do back in the day, a cover and a micro sd bundled with every phone we buy.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 21:39

29. drunkenjay (Posts: 856; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)


you will always have the s6 active. i think that model will be the new s6 model while the metal etc. model will be the premium version of the phone.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 05:54 4

5. frankg (Posts: 146; Member since: 14 May 2014)


Glass, was a fail on the iPhones, and glass will be a fail on the Samsungs. Sony manages to do it right, with dragontail, which has proven to be durable, but I don't like glass on the back because of the scratches...

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 11:08 1

24. roldefol (Posts: 4097; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


How exactly was it a "fail on iPhones" when it was present on four generations of bestselling models?

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 06:40 1

6. cocote177 (Posts: 20; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


I think Samsung is using glass over metal to provide to the S6 the same water resistant treatment as S5. For me this is the real reason on that.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 07:01

7. rantao333 (Posts: 322; Member since: 21 May 2013)


metal frame + sandwitch glass panel ? = xiaomi note?

samsung u are late.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 07:02 3

8. TAMARETTE (Posts: 182; Member since: 15 Jun 2014)


I doubt Samsung will use glass. I just don't think Samsung is stupid and giving up a removable battery will remove one of the line's biggest selling points.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 07:53 2

14. wando77 (Posts: 795; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)


Fairly sure that not many people ACTUALLY buy a spare battery for their phone (only us geeks on these sites). Samsung will know that from sales of spare batteries. Hope you can change battery myself but I wouldn't rule it out

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 08:24 3

15. TAMARETTE (Posts: 182; Member since: 15 Jun 2014)


A lot of people buy removable batteries. On a Samsung phone, if your battery begins to show signs of age such as not retaining a charge, or just giving out, you only need to pop one in. Unlike HTC or LG or Apple where you were basically screwed until someone repairs the phone and replaces the battery. Likewise removable storage, invaluable when your camera shoots 4K video. Sony and HTC and LG followed googles wishes and for a long time omitted them. When LG began offering a removable battery and storage their devices suddenly began to sell like wildfire.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 10:40

22. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3208; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


true but i really think its going to have both they will do without first get the new owners they still have s5 people with another year to upgrade and then 6 months maybe see a removable back version or maybe the back can still come off screwed down like old iphones they you can replace the backs samsung needs to understand that they need to sell factory interchangeable backs and other parts people will buy them and make more money just like apple get every penny out of the people.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 07:03 1

9. Anshulonweb (Posts: 430; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


i think it will be like xiaomi mi note design.....it has metal sides sandwiched between the glass panel on front and back...

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 07:38

12. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Is there a visual difference?

That looks like any other Galaxy?

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 07:43 2

13. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


That's not Galaxy s6.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 09:00

19. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


If thread didn't have a title, I'd be very hard pressed to cite a model.

Guess I'm only one.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 08:39

16. GeekMovement (Posts: 2135; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


Ditch the camera hump, though that's probably not possible with all the phones getting thinner every year.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 08:41

17. Islander99 (Posts: 11; Member since: 23 Nov 2013)


It would be very disappointing if the Galaxy S6 if there's no removable battery or SD card, or at least 4GB RAM and variations of storage 32GB, 64GB, 128GB incorporated in a 64-bit architecture.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 08:50

18. Islander99 (Posts: 11; Member since: 23 Nov 2013)


In today's smartphones, you need plenty of RAM, large power source, lots of internal and external storage.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 10:42

23. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3208; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


biggest think samsung needs is ram to 4, battery 3500 and up, big internal storage lighter tw. and they will have everything. again

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 11:48

25. 14545 (Posts: 1447; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


I agree with this except for the ram. Seems slightly unnecessary. 3 seems more than future proof for the next few years. However, they do need 32 gig internal and a 32-3500 battery or better. A personal preference on my part would be to also get rid of the front button and go capacitive. Anyway, that and lean out touchjizz, and unlock or make the bootloaders easily hackable again and they would get back to being on top of the android heap again IMO.

posted on 19 Jan 2015, 14:49

27. medtxa (Posts: 1103; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


32 gig is minimal 64gig should be standard now, unlike cheapskate google nexus phone

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