Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 4 once again tipped to sport Galaxy Alpha-like metal elements
Recent rumors have it that Samsung is currently developing a number of metal devices - the future Samsung Galaxy S6 and even the soon-to-be unveiled Galaxy Note 4 are tipped to flaunt a Galaxy Alpha-like metal frames. While we can't say anything about the sixth generation of the flagship smartphone, which is due out sometime in 2015, we've already told you that the Galaxy Note 4 is heavily rumored to sport metal elements in its exterior encasing. If Samsung embraces such premium build materials, it would probably face less financial turmoils - we all witnessed how the hate-it-or-love-it design of the Galaxy S5 purportedly affected the earnings of the giant in a negative way.
According to a report from China, local manufacturer can yield up to 1 million metal cases per month, which are used by all manufacturers that make metal-clad devices. Should Samsung decide to jump on the metal bandwagon with some of its upcoming performers, this amount will hardly suffice.
Samsung Galaxy Alpha
source: blog.sina (translated) via Android Authority
1. tahnik (Posts: 133; Member since: 17 Jul 2011)
This metal bodies will be great for Samsung. A lot of people want premium feelings in their mobile.
14. dratomic (Posts: 460; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)
what will htc have to brag about if galaxies are made of metal. bye bye htc
29. Guti986 (Posts: 42; Member since: 26 Dec 2013)
The design? HTC is uniform aluminum body. Sammy is just a frame. Completely different
I think it might look great on the note 4 with its more rectangular body. Change is sometimes good. Only time will tell
44. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3981; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
Agreed. I wouldn't sleep on HTC. They do make a beautiful phone. Plastic or metal their build quality is always better than Samsung's.
47. maherk (Posts: 891; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
Better designed phones, for sure. Better build quality, I don't think so. The M8 was plugged with the rattling volume buttons issue and the screen isn't flushed with the speakers, flushed power button, dented and scuffed units. The M7 had the falling speaker grille problem and the scuffed plastic frame. The One X had the famous flickering screen issue. The Sensation had the super heating problems as well. I am not saying Samsung has a perfect build quality control, but when it comes to their flagships they know how to build them well, and reviewers always make sure to complement Samsung on this part, even if they weren't fans of plastic.
60. cybertec69 (Posts: 9; Member since: 17 Aug 2014)
HTC will be bought out in a years time, they are bleeding money, and have been for years.
59. John2014 (Posts: 30; Member since: 14 Jan 2014)
I'm using Moto G plastic body but 10 times better build quality compare to Samsung. Not the material. Design!
Metal frame is nice but same back cover as before. It's impossible to change the design????
34. skyline88 (Posts: 315; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)
they already bid farewell after HTC One X
52. datphoneguy (Posts: 140; Member since: 15 Sep 2013)
Sense 6 is also exceptionally better than TouchWiz (IMO)
54. The-Sailor-Man (Posts: 811; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)
TouchWiz is the best thing that happened to Android.
Millions of ppl know that, and are not agree with the tech media iPropaganda.
Actually Samsung made Android so popular. And Google are taking TW features to stock Android.
23. dratomic (Posts: 460; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)
what will htc have to brag about if galaxies are made of metal. bye bye htc
30. mdroid (Posts: 25; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)
why just having outer metal frame makes people think it is premium. road-rollers and bulldozers vehicle are mostly made of metal and painted, if they have brushed steel/metal finish then do people drive them as a car!!
32. elitewolverine (Posts: 1516; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)
Why? Because for thousands of years, metal has been a source of strength in some form or another. And currently it still is, metal in most forms of high grade offer tons of things, like air-craft alloys, mag allows like the surface with its vapor mag, titanium with its natural gold like alloy look.
Why do people buy titanium rings? You cannot resize them, yet they are popular. Because it is light, and strong as hell.
So, when they feel a metal frame, you fee that the device is built to last.
For your bulldozer analogy, in terms of premium, there is not that many cars that last 40+ years now a days, the plastics crack the materials break etc. However, i can go to a farm and find equipment that dates back to the 40's still in regular use because it is durable metal. And a farm equipment goes through a lot more than simple road trips to the grocery store.
Point in point, i would pay for a mag-titanium alloy frame, with aluminum accents and saphire glass, or a liquid metal screen (look up glass nails or glass bridges).
41. uzimafioso (Posts: 63; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)
Titanium is dark grey. They add a small percentage of gold for that desired color and titanium at near 100% purity is soft. The alloys are hard and indentable, that's why tanks are made of titanium. And i think you described a Vertu phone though it had that old Nokia S60 or S40 software. Anyway, titanium unlike aluminium is expensive, and seeing how bill of materials would increase around $20 for a completely clad aluminium body and by $4 for just the frame, and that Samsung has been cutting cost on that for so many years, that kind of a phone would cost around $5000. Anyway, off-topic but of all the Rolls-Royce ever produced 75% are still on the road. Sometimes build quality is more important than the engineering of the product.
43. The-Sailor-Man (Posts: 811; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)
"Because for thousands of years, metal has been a source of strength in some form or another"
So was the stone, too. Before the metal. Right?
42. The-Sailor-Man (Posts: 811; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)
Here we go again. ROTFL
The Apple propaganda and the menial media, attack again with the "premium aluminium" BS.
Aluminum tin can is THE WORST MATERIAL EVER for smartphones,
They know that Samsung will never use aluminium tin can Note 4, but must brag with their iphone's "superiority" LOL
50. vincelongman (Posts: 1130; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)
Agreed, Aluminum is cheap and soft, gets easily scratched
OEMs should use tempered steel or at least steel, not too much more expensive and much harder/durable
53. The-Sailor-Man (Posts: 811; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)
"This metal bodies will be great for Samsung. A lot of people want premium feelings in their mobile."
Normal ppl don't want "unibody" aluminium thin can. (see M8 sale. lol)
Those that like aluminium , on other hand , don't buy aluminium without apple logo on it. (see M7 ,M8 sale , again)
2. Duketytz (Posts: 460; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)
I'm still waiting for that Note 4! Not so anticipated for the S lineup though
3. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6369; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
And you guys Bytch and complain bout GALAXY S plastic body.
4. Arte-8800 (limited) (Posts: 4281; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
Yes finally, metal and grade 3series of stainless steel. No more cheap plastic.
10. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 488; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)
So you're expecting a full-metal body Galaxy? Samsung will never do it.
A combination of metal and plastic are better.
15. Arte-8800 (limited) (Posts: 4281; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
Ile take the:
Stainless steel grade3, with 72layers
22. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 488; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)
You forgot Gold, Platinum, Titanium, Diamond, Emerald, Ruby, etc.
56. Arte-8800 (limited) (Posts: 4281; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
Know that would be to expensive.
5. wilsong17 (Posts: 865; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)
And yet you idiotas will put it on a case doest is matter
12. engineer-1701d (Posts: 774; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
no case for me i like naked hahahahahhaa
6. Ninetysix (Posts: 1544; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)
I'm personally waiting for the Samsung Galaxy Beta Mini Active™.
17. Arte-8800 (limited) (Posts: 4281; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
What's with the Trademark?
Your not TROLL
18. Arte-8800 (limited) (Posts: 4281; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
What's with the Trademark?
Your not TROLL
7. JakeLee (Posts: 955; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)
I see further decline in Sammy's operating profit.
8. Ninetysix (Posts: 1544; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)
They might sell a few more once they adapt Sapphire screens...nomsayen? They'll have their engineers and camera crew again during the Iphone 6 event. Copiers are ready!
13. engineer-1701d (Posts: 774; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
iphone already copied first from others that use sapphire and kyocera is already got it and out now i think.?
16. Ninetysix (Posts: 1544; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)
You didn't hear it from me. Samsung will copy Kyocera! OMG!!!
20. Arte-8800 (limited) (Posts: 4281; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
And Apple copied Samsung and Sony
Steve jobs admits
26. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 488; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)
What things that Apple copied from Samsung and Sony? Just asking...
46. willard12 (Posts: 764; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)
Does that mean Apple will also copy Kyocera? Or, because its Apple, is it just called "adopting?"
49. Ninetysix (Posts: 1544; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)
I'm sorry but Samsung doesn't copy anyone. Everything from them is Original™ and Innovative™.
57. Arte-8800 (limited) (Posts: 4281; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
No thats wrong.
Everyone takes idears from everyone.
28. D.Lamore (Posts: 137; Member since: 15 Aug 2014)
I see iphone going falling below 8% market share by 3rd quarter 2015
38. Iodine (Posts: 321; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)
Oh, and I see low end phones consortium going for -5% profit share...
9. Flippyphone (Posts: 16; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)
I honestly don't get the big deal about metal. Heavier. Affects reception. When the phone it dropped, more of the impact is transferred to the screen.
36. elitewolverine (Posts: 1516; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)
Depends on the metal, and if you have sapphire glass the transfer means nothing.
Affects reception, metal bodies allows for the frame to now be a receptor, like the good ole retractables of the cell era.
11. promise7 (Posts: 394; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)
What's all the hype with "premium" and Samsung finally making a metal phone? It's just the band around the phone. If they want to truly be premium use metal on the majority of the entire phone like the HTC One M7/M8 and the iPhone 5/5s.
58. JC557 (Posts: 1025; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
The Droid Razr M has a metal band around the phone with the rest being plastic/ kevlar coated and feels almost as premium as my One M8 so this could still make the future Galaxy phones feel quite nice (I definitely did not dig the faux chrome band on the GS5 but still felt better than the GS3 and GS4).
I've also had plastic phones that felt premium as well (Nokia, HTC and Motorola) so Samsung could still make polycarbonate phones just make them a little less flimsy feeling and more matte than gloss, like my motorcycle helmet.
19. engineer-1701d (Posts: 774; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
i personally dont like the the htc m8 metal feel to slippy i like the matt rubber back, and samsung has had alot of metal phones in past they switched to plastic for weight and cost just like apple did for 5c and i dont think the iphone 6 will be a great hit from the reactions of street people in the city's most think it looks like a samsung phone and they think its to big and wont fit in the pocket without falling out. mind you these guys and girls are also wearing skinny jeans and other things men should not wear hahahaha
21. saratew (Posts: 14; Member since: 15 Apr 2012)
I don't consider metal premium material but admit it yields phones another taste.
27. 14545 (Posts: 1106; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
People are dumb. Some of the strongest, most durable materials are.......Gasp...... In the polymer composite family. Never mind reality for the simpleminded "it's got to be metal" crowd. I doubt any one of the bunch has an engineering degree, much less a clue about what actually goes into making and testing these things.
39. Armchair_Commentator (Posts: 133; Member since: 08 May 2014)
I like the feel of metal, the weight it gives, and the solid feeling, I remember feeling the metal in my hand on the iphone 4, and feeling the htc one. I ended up getting the note 1. though I loved the phone I kept feeling off on how light the phone was and it bothered me from time to time.
I think it goes back to my childhood of "cheap plastic toys" or low quality plastic products that would chip or warp. I guess its just people of my generation but we have that innate feeling of sturdiness and quality when an item has metal and weight, even if the same could be achieved with new polymers
25. Loubielou (Posts: 207; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
We Hope this is not the end of Samsung phones supporting the Micro Sd Card Slots as the Alpha does not,a bad mistake Samsung as done to get the Alpha Sales boosted,will we get the round the corner 3D screens on the S6 now or not?
31. D.Lamore (Posts: 137; Member since: 15 Aug 2014)
iphone is fraud , samsung has proved that . Brian washing people to buy a mediocre and mid range phones at premium price . i choose the alpha over iphone 6 . iphones can't multitask
40. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3197; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Just wish the back plastic has a better finish and more rigid. I like that combination, the side frame is more important anyway. In normal words "Ditch the f*ckin ugly band-aid pattern!"
51. vincelongman (Posts: 1130; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)
Also make the metal frame out of steel, or even better tempered steel
The aluminum frame will get scratched too easily
45. sunday (Posts: 4; Member since: 15 Aug 2014)
Design is not the only reason sAmsung is having poor sales. Removing fm radio on their flagship phones is seriously affecting their sales but they dont know. They expect customers to use internet radio instead, but internet radio is not helpful considering the effect on the battery and your data.
48. HamzAmin (Posts: 32; Member since: 15 Aug 2014)
Only if Samsung will use rear removable covers made of metals as well, It would be pretty sassy :)
55. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1000; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)
dont see any difference from the G S5 the back is still plastic..should be galaxy s5p (plastic).