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Report: Metal Samsung Galaxy S5 'unlikely'

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Report: Metal Samsung Galaxy S5 'unlikely'
The old saying "where there's smoke, there's fire" is being challenged by Taiwan-based chassis manufacturers. We have recently seen a number of stories about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 and if there is one constant in all of them, it is that a metal version of the phone is coming. While the Samsung Galaxy S4 remained the flagship Android model this year, and will most likely end up number one in sales among Android smartphones, sales still fell flat after a terrific start with many criticizing Samsung for not turning to a metal chassis like HTC used with the HTC One.

With all of these rumors and rampant speculation about a metal Galaxy S5, the days of plastic are over for Samsung's top of the line Android phone, right? Uh, not exactly. A published report on Wednesday cites the aforementioned Taiwan-based chassis manufacturers as saying that it is "unlikely" that Samsung will offer a metal version of the Samsung Galaxy S5. This is based on the notion that the new model will be unveiled late in February 2014, and still there have been no mass produced metal chassis for the phone.

And while these same sources say that the Korean based OEM is still evaluating the use of metal, the company has become the largest smartphone producer on the planet using plastic, leaving Samsung with no reason to make the change. The report says that in order to save costs in the future, Samsung might turn to a compound material like fiberglass/plastic or carbon fiber/plastic for its smartphones.

On the other hand, while not mentioned in the report, the tepid reaction to the plastic bodied LG G2 could give Sammy something to think about. Named by us as one of the top smartphones of 2013, the LG G2 is a powerful handset, highly spec'd and with a wonderfully thin bezel. Still, the phone has sold only 2.3 million units and the plastic body used for the device could be partially to blame for the less than enthusiastic consumer response. There is no denying that LG's flagship model has many similarities in design with the Samsung Galaxy S4 and as a result, this would be a perfect time for Samsung to differentiate itself from LG with a new metal designed Galaxy S5.

source: DigiTimes

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posted on 18 Dec 2013, 04:26 3

1. Teja171 (unregistered)


I never wanted a metallic device.

I hope the S5 come with some sought of glass front and back like the xperia z1.

posted on 18 Dec 2013, 04:29 2

4. seret6 (Posts: 40; Member since: 14 Aug 2013)


i changed from s4 to htc one for the same damn reason
the black htc one is elegant and classy
wanted to trade in iphone5 for metallic s5
sammy dont make me force to choose golden iphone5s
sh'it company, worse strategy ever

posted on 18 Dec 2013, 06:43 2

11. remtothemax (Posts: 234; Member since: 02 May 2012)


if samsung has the worst strategy ever, i am very curious as to which company has the best, as it has been some time since samsung was anything but first or second in both sales, profit, and ratings.
what is the secret company that is selling more than eleven million of its devices?

posted on 19 Dec 2013, 08:42

25. seret6 (Posts: 40; Member since: 14 Aug 2013)


point conceded
i want a next level device with best of the best android but the elegance, yes elegant looking phone
htc, lg, sony, sammy
is it so hard to make something like htc one?
no
whereas on the other hand if iphone 6 is launched in a 5inch mettallic body then i dont know how many potential s5/note4 customers will choose iphone6

btw due to extremely high unsubsidised prices (16gb=800 us dollars) the iphone5s ( as was the case with all previous models in the past, is preferred over any robust flagship like htc1, s4, note3 , as people call it "status symbol" in pakistan, india, etc

posted on 18 Dec 2013, 08:05 3

18. Tommy1960i (Posts: 99; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)


I wonder who will be the first? Apple with a 5 inch iPhone or Samsung with ametallic body?

posted on 18 Dec 2013, 04:27 4

2. tech2 (Posts: 2054; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


I highly doubt that. Everyone knows Samsung likes to test the water first before releasing any new technology in its flagship product. They've done that with Flexible OLED.

Similarly, Galaxy J with aluminium built is released in their local market is to test the product. Its highly unlikely they would release a non-flagship product with aluminium built and a flagship product with plastic.

P.S. - I would personally want a carbon-fibre built rather than a metal/aluminium, which has several disadvantages for the sake of 'aesthetics'

posted on 18 Dec 2013, 06:38

10. SleepingOz (unregistered)


I agree with the last part of your comment. Metal has more disadvantages than actual advantages(feels premium in hands, seriously!).
Give us composite material like kevlar or carbon fiber, Sammy!

posted on 18 Dec 2013, 06:45

12. remtothemax (Posts: 234; Member since: 02 May 2012)


the only problem with carbon fiber is it is so freaking ugly
the motorola devices on verizon are so tastelessly macho with there stupid carbon fiber weave.
carbon fiber is only acceptable if they can get rid of that ridiculous military look.
or at least offer some other finish options.

posted on 18 Dec 2013, 04:28 2

3. seret6 (Posts: 40; Member since: 14 Aug 2013)


i changed from s4 to htc one for the same damn reason
the black htc one is elegant and classy
wanted to trade in iphone5 for metallic s5
sammy dont make me force to choose golden iphone5s
sh'it company, worse strategy ever

posted on 18 Dec 2013, 09:32 1

20. electrophage (Posts: 36; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)


Isnt it more important that the thing be light in your pockets rather than how "elegant and classy" it looks. Don't you put it in some sort of case anyway, which hides most of what its composed of anyway?

posted on 19 Dec 2013, 08:43

26. seret6 (Posts: 40; Member since: 14 Aug 2013)


having handed both s4 and htc1, the difference in weight was not even slightly noticeable

posted on 18 Dec 2013, 04:35 8

5. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4022; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


I don't care if it's metal or not. Please, just anything but that horrid glossy plastic.

posted on 18 Dec 2013, 04:51 2

6. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 938; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


Agreed. That's the thing I hate most about my G2. That it is the best phone on the market, in my opinion, is ruined somewhat by horrible aesthetics. Give me the G2 with OG materials and updated specs in 2014 (G3?), and I'll be a happy camper.

posted on 18 Dec 2013, 05:04

7. _Bone_ (Posts: 2128; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Don't let companies brainwash you into thinking one material is better than the other. It all comes down to build quality, and I've owned great plastic phones before and not so good, metal bodied minidisc that only took one hit, a walkman that took dozens, rubberized Nokia phone and now a glass covered Nexus 4 that pretty well built, but not planning dropping it.

One is not superior to the other, it's all about the care companies put into construction, and if Sammy finds more durable plastic or other coating material, it's perfectly fine with me, so should it be for you.

posted on 18 Dec 2013, 05:17 1

8. Slammer (Posts: 1030; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


Blaming low LG sales based on being plastic, is quite a stretch. Another manipulation by the media.

Samsung is plastic and sales have been awesome. Rather the fact that a good percentage of consumers still wish for removable batteries and the ability to expand their own memory, is a selling feature.

I have written to Samsung and commended their direction to retain the above needs in a high end device. It is common sense that high end should allow more accessibility while lower end limits this. Not the other way around.

John B.

posted on 18 Dec 2013, 06:52

13. remtothemax (Posts: 234; Member since: 02 May 2012)


i don't think it is batteries and memory
the only people i know who even think about that kind of thing are the one or two power users i know
everyone on this website keeps siting this as if the masses were raving for removable batteries and expandable storage, but i can hardly think of anyone among my smartphone using friends who even have more than ten or fifteen apps they have installed on their phones
the reasons lg has low sales and samsung has high sales has far more to do with the fact that samsung spent 5 billion dollars, roughly, on advertising
no one likes to admit it here, i think, but in reality samsung relies on the mindless, wooly, baaing mammal effect just as much as apple does.
it has nothing to do with the superiority of their devices in performance, aesthetics, custom features, or price.
i'm not saying they make bad devices. quite the contrary, they make excellent devices, but i think it is completely false to say that removable batteries and expandable storage are the make and break feature.
if a majority of users really wanted those things, apple would not exist. not only do they not have expandable storage, they charge insane amounts for higher internal storage. there is no way they could function if this actually mattered to people.
and if you counter that samsung customers are smarter, i would challenge you to find any data proving that. because everyone i know with a galaxy device uses them with only a single battery and no expandable storage. vocal power users on internet forums and polls do not accurate representation make.

posted on 18 Dec 2013, 05:27

9. Loubielou (Posts: 216; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


We are always going to get different rumours about what Samsung are going to release with the Galaxy S5,with Samsung not having enough time to produce the Metal version,we might get the Samsung Galaxy S5s a couple of months later in Metal,one stumbling block for Samsung with the metal body will we get the Removable Battery an Micro Sd Card Slot as HTC couldn"t with there Top Smartphone

posted on 18 Dec 2013, 07:06 1

14. taikucing (unregistered)


King of plastic

posted on 18 Dec 2013, 07:28

15. geeknot (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Dec 2013)


The bottomline: Its the buying public that make the sales, not the tech writers/reviewers!!!!

posted on 18 Dec 2013, 07:45

16. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2650; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Oh no...

posted on 18 Dec 2013, 07:59

17. E.S.1 (Posts: 289; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


Metal or not who cares... it is going in the case anyways

posted on 18 Dec 2013, 09:14 1

19. darkkjedii (Posts: 11335; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Raffi says, plastic is good.

posted on 18 Dec 2013, 09:46

21. Mube007 (Posts: 95; Member since: 24 Sep 2013)


What ?samsung dnt have a time for metal body ,totally nonsense

posted on 18 Dec 2013, 12:32

22. Slammer (Posts: 1030; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


Remtothemax,

1) I never claimed removable batteries and expandable memory waw make or break. I claim they are selling features. If you Google "People prefer removable batteries in phones", will find many articles explaining the relevancy.

2) Apple is the exception because, well.....it's Apple. I frankly get a little annoyed with the Apple example. People wished for MMS, cameras, Flash, larger screens etc. Yet, most always repeated their purchases because it is an Apple product.

3) Where did I claim Samsung purchasers are the smart shoppers? I reviewed my post and found no indication that intelligence was a basis for Samsung sales. I do, however, have certain pre-requisites when purchasing a high end phone. I like to change my own battery when it fails. I shouldn't have to pay someone to do it. I like expanding my own memory when I need to. I have a Galaxy S4 that currently has enough on board memory. However, I like saving the info to the card in case of total device failure where I can't retrieve the info from on board memory. I also, like knowing I can expand when I do outgrow the provided memory. I've owned cellphones for far too long and more so computers to know that inability to expand or access key compnents, is poor consumer advocacy.

While you can tout that you know of no one that askes about removable batteries or expandable memory, I can equally claim I know of many that do. Many of us left HTC for the exact reasoning.

John B.

posted on 18 Dec 2013, 12:49

23. RandomUsername (Posts: 464; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


I once had an aluminium Samsung smartphone...

posted on 18 Dec 2013, 14:26

24. applesucker (Posts: 81; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


using plastic as a material for smartphone does not mean its cheap, in fact it offers way better protection on both physical and environmental effects than the aluminum made phones

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