Samsung Galaxy S5 to be joined by a metal Galaxy F in 2014?
Korean website ETNews reports that Samsung has already developed a Galaxy F prototype in Europe. There isn’t much info about the new smartphone, but it’s said that it features a metal body and will stand higher than the Galaxy S5 in Samsung’s 2014 Android portfolio. Moreover, the Korean publication notes that the Galaxy F could be announced at about the same time with the S5 - possibly in March.
It’s unclear if the main difference between the Galaxy F and Galaxy S5 will be related to design only (design based on a metal construction on the former, and on a plastic body on the latter). However, assuming that their specs will be similar, the Galaxy F should be more expensive than the S5 - which, needless to say, will be quite expensive itself.
Of course, all this is pure speculation, as there’s no way of telling if Samsung indeed plans to release this alleged Galaxy F. The details revealed by ETNews do not come from official sources, but from unspecified industry insiders (which can always be wrong).
source: ETNews (translated)
1. jaytai0106 (Posts: 633; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)
Soon enough Samsung is going to have A-Z series. o.O too many series Sammy... Turn around while you can XD
4. xperiaDROID (Posts: 4667; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Sony is gonna sue Samsung for using alphabets on their Galaxy series. lol
11. jaytai0106 (Posts: 633; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)
That's very possible :P I just want to see Samsung to lighten its TouchWiz before I ever consider their phones. It's a bit too creamy for my taste.
27. jaytai0106 (Posts: 633; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)
I know, but GS4's spec can be topped by a lot of newer phone right now. So even the Google Play Edition, it's still not that attractive to me. I know it has removable battery and SD card slot. However, I prefer uni-body construction.
13. dratomic (Posts: 335; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)
meanwhile at phonearena hq :
lets merge 2 prevoius stories to make a new one
14. dratomic (Posts: 335; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)
meanwhile at phonearena hq :
lets merge 2 prevoius stories to make a new one
25. npaladin2000 (Posts: 32; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)
Galaxy S, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Tab, Galaxy Ace, Galaxy R, Galaxy Gear...what the bleep do you mean "soon?"
30. jaytai0106 (Posts: 633; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)
Well, that's S, N, T,A, R, & G. Not A-Z yet :P
2. fouadqr (Posts: 210; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)
Waiting for Z2..Lumia 930 with 3D touch and lg g3 ..samsung is lame
16. PapaSmurf (Posts: 5928; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Considering the LG G2 is a direct knock off of the S4 on the software side, is Samsung still lame?
22. loveHEAVYMETAL (Posts: 46; Member since: 19 Nov 2013)
direct knock off?
can you proof that?
37. MistB (Posts: 543; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
It's not just about marketing, it really is just better to use. I haven't the S4 so I don't know for sure, but from using the note 2/S3 and Note 3, nothing really comes close in my opinion, never been a fan of the Nexus series either. LG can keep trying and keep innovating, but Sammy will always be their inspiration, the Z2 better bring it's game cause the Z1 is boring, the Z Ultra, that's one sexy beast!
7. xtroid2k (Posts: 314; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)
Well. I'm convinced Samsung and Apple are Super Novas of the mobile Industry. As far as Hardware is concerned. If Samsung doesn't work on its software, its not going to matter what
The phone looks like. If Apple doesn't come out with a serious new product; no the IWatch is not impressive to me. I mean something genuinely unique and different. Windows phone is slowly inching its way in. Nobody sees what'shhappening here. I do
8. xperiaDROID (Posts: 4667; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
And BlackBerry is preparing for a comeback. Just sayin'.
10. Imaxxacre (Posts: 29; Member since: 23 Aug 2009)
You mean blaze of glory? Blackberry has a decent market share in parts of Europe, but it would take an enormous miracle for them to bounce back in the American market.
9. Slammer (Posts: 722; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)
Quite frankly, if Samsung does move to a metal body while eliminating removable batteries and expandable sd slots, I will return to HTC. I have written to Samsung in regards to to my feelings on this. The only reason for me migrating to Samsung was for the accessibility of the two ingredients.
However, the first manufacture that can implement metal AND retain accessibilty, I will jump on it.
Are you listening Samsung?
23. Commentator (Posts: 2088; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
(In the lane, snow is glistening Samsung.)
You should try calling them, it's far more personable when they can put a voice to the name.
35. gdogcal76 (Posts: 2; Member since: 31 Dec 2013)
Commentator, I have to give you a HUGE thumbs up...I'm at the office on New Years Eve (depressing enough), scouring for any nibblets of rumors in the mobile phone universe....and then this.
Thank you sir (or ma'am) for making me laugh hardily today!
15. Amir1 (Posts: 130; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)
doesn't matter. samsung design is lame. samsung android version is lame. externally and internally. booo.
38. MistB (Posts: 543; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
So are haters responses, quite frankly I'm sick of the underdog mentality just because Samsung excels where others have failed, it's not about the marketing, it's because they make everything unlike other OEMs who are either on the verge of dying or just make phones and nothing really more to contribute to the mobile technology spectrum.
45. DanielWalsh1294 (Posts: 18; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)
So true. They need to work on the hardware and software. Their phones feel cheap and they look bland. Touchwiz is ugly, slow, and it needs to be worked on. Most of the "extra" features are just junk.
24. loveHEAVYMETAL (Posts: 46; Member since: 19 Nov 2013)
isnot the metal (aluminium) is much cheaper to produce than plastic (polycarbonate,hyperglaze) ??
cheaper cost but sell at higher prices!
oem should use polycarbonate(matte finnish is better),kelvar body,tempered glass which is more premium, more tougher (some will glass is more easyer to break,look at sony xperia z1) more resistance to scratch
metal - heavy,easy to be scratch, most easy dirty by your finger print(except brushed aluminium) , can be rusty ,cause electric-shock (**cough** iphone ), so i personal think that aluminium is not the most premium material ,it just too overrated
31. faizan-sharif (Posts: 30; Member since: 26 Jun 2013)
for your infor, aluminium does nt pass elctricity
but alinimium is not scratch resistant, well other things depend on personal wish of a person, i like the sony glass usage and i would go with Xperia Z, for matte finished i wud go with ZR matte back, or else i wud go to other company
33. VZWuser76 (Posts: 896; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)
Aluminum doesn't conduct electricity? Are you kidding? Wiring to most houses from the power poles is aluminum, so it does pass electricity. If you don't believe me, search for issues transitioning from aluminum to copper wiring. While it's electrical conductivity isn't as good as copper (good), gold (better), or silver & nickel (best), the cost of aluminum is cheaper than the aforementioned materials.
34. VZWuser76 (Posts: 896; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)
I just did a little research, and aluminum is actually twice as electrically conductive as copper, but it apparently oxidizes twice as fast as copper. Once it starts to oxidize, it's electrical conductivity goes to hell but it's thermal conductivity remains the same, which is why it isn't used in interior house wiring, because it can't be replaced easily, unlike the underground wiring from the power pole to a house. If used in interior house wiring, as oxidization starts, the risk of fire increases.
So the risk of electrical shock on a phone with an aluminum body is twice as much as if it had a copper body.
28. cripton805 (Posts: 897; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
I can bet that if Samsung uses Metal Rectuangle shape, Apple will sue... They will probably sue because the iPhone 5C has a plastic back like the GS4. Even though the GS4 came out first ironically.
29. jibraihimi (Posts: 527; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)
What does F stands for in samsung's F series......????
36. Loubielou (Posts: 167; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
Just can"t wait to see what Samsung are to be Showing Off at the Mobile World Conference,o.k people are expecting them to Show an Announce the New Galaxy S5,but its the Premium Metal body phones that people will want to see most,as Samsung have been under pressure using Plastic,but its also the Curved or Flexi phones that Samsung will be showing off that will get people excited
42. Slammer (Posts: 722; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)
Who's pressuring Samsung on metal bodies? The only ones I hear celebrating the material, is tech blog editors and some brain washed tech geeks that read them. Everyone else I know, has not made one single comment on specifying a need for metal bodies.
For 30 years, phones have been made of polycarbonate type material without complaints. Since Steve Jobs marketed aluminum on the iphone, it seems some people can no longer accept this common element even though it is associated within all industries across the globe. Sad illusions. Modern autos are beginning to incorporate more plastic in designed products due to a more solid reputation to handle ecological minerals and acids within the atmosphere in which we breathe. Salt is a natural enemy to most metals and the human body is highly concentrated with salt. Aluminum is one of the most condusive to salt. Prolonged handling of an aluminum phone can promote tarnishing and discoloration.
However, since most consumers purchase cases for their phones, it negates the actual intent for the material used on devices.
With this said, I accept the qualities and durability that polycarbonate has provided over the many years.
40. techloverNYC (Posts: 182; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)
OK sammy is getting greedy now,I thought the S5 was suppose to be all metal and I was waiting for it. Guess its gonna be HTC one 2 or the new sony flagship phone for me.
P.S: Remember ppl say iphone 5s and 5c is stupid, sammy did the samething basically.....
43. Slammer (Posts: 722; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)
How did you ever survive with a plastic phone for years?
I will never understand the sudden disrespect for a very proven material.
HTC has had numerous issues with batteries. Sealing the battery is why I left HTC. And you want to jump on ship just because it has a metal body?
46. techloverNYC (Posts: 182; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)
How are you going to prepare for the future?
All next gen flagship devices are hinting at using premium materials for their phone bodies next year. Plastic is a thing of the past and samsung is about the only big phone company still using the cheap plastic and calling it premium. How is the plastic better I do not know, because I seem alot of ppl dropping their plastic s3, s4, note 1,note 2, etc and the battery falls out.
Majorly of the flagship devices next year are going to have sealed body and like it or not, its here to stay.
P.S; HTC one's actual battery life was better then the S4.
47. Slammer (Posts: 722; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)
The industry is preparing us for the future by developing revenue increase tactics. It is said that 39% percent of handset issues are due to battery issues. By eliminating the ease of accessibility, the industry leaves the consumer with no choice but to warrant a trip to a service center where the likelihood of exuberant cash transfer of access of $150.00 is expected to re-issue another handset of either less or equal value to replace a device you are already paying for through subsidies. Your perfectly good device no gets a new battery and is re-issued to someone else at a much lower cost to the manufacturer. It's a game that costs the consumer billions. Having a premium build shouldn't compromise common sense or ease if accessibilty to key components of high fail rate.
As a service tech, I try very hard to point out the logic. When it falls on deaf ears of people that just want aesthetics, these people should not complain about the high deductables. Accessibility to batteries substantially relieves the needless high cost of replacement for the consumer.
41. zachattack (Posts: 328; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)
Stop copying HTC, they actually did it right because their OS doesn't suck big wiener like touchwiz does lol
44. DanielWalsh1294 (Posts: 18; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)
Hardware and build quality matter in a phone. It needs to feel amazing.
48. Slammer (Posts: 722; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)
How can you "feel" the hardware and build quality when it is wrapped in a case? Some of my friends that own iphones, have encased them and they feel no different than any other phone that is encased.