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Samsung Galaxy S7 rumored to come with magnesium alloy unibody

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Samsung Galaxy S7 rumored to come with magnesium alloy unibody
With the introduction of the glass-metal Galaxy S6 line-up, Samsung introduced fundamental design and build material changes to its iconic Galaxy S smartphone series. However, according to a recent report, it looks like Samsung might be gearing up to further improve on the build quality of its high-end handsets. More to the point, a fresh report from the South Korean media claims that the Samsung Galaxy S7 will make use of a magnesium alloy unibody.

The report, quoting unnamed sources from inside Samsung's supply chain, says that Samsung recently received magnesium alloy case samples from the same company that makes the 6013 aluminum metal frame for the current-generation Galaxy S6 phones. There's reason to believe that the report is referring to a metal unibody, and not a new build material for the metal frame that goes around current-gen Galaxy S smartphones. Allegedly, the parts supplier was told to deliver a magnesium alloy with a surface as smooth as the aluminum that Apple uses on its current-gen iPhones.

Ever since Apple launched the iPhone 6 Plus last year, the related Bendgate scandal has caused multiple smartphone makers to improve on their build materials. While the iPhone 6 Plus came with 6003 aluminum, the second-generation Apple phablet, the iPhone 6s Plus, features 7000 series aluminum, which will be tougher to bend. The thing is that, if it plans to maintain the glass-metal sandwich design philosophy, Samsung really doesn't need a tougher build material for the internal frame, as this frame also gets some structural support from the glass back. Where the magnesium alloy comes into play is in the context of a metal unibody, where the outer metal case is also the structural frame of the handset.

Since magnesium alloy is tougher to bend but also lighter compared to aluminum alloys, its adoption as a build material for a unibody design would not only solve the durability issues, but could also allow for a much lighter handset overall. 

What do you guys make of this rumor? Would you be interested in a Samsung Galaxy S7 with a magnesium alloy unibody build?

source: inews24 via GforGames

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posted on 18 Sep 2015, 11:52 20

1. jdrch (Posts: 77; Member since: 08 Jul 2014)


I've already switched to LG in my mind for my next phone. Removable battery and microSD support are too important to me.

posted on 18 Sep 2015, 11:54 9

3. torr310 (Posts: 784; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


Yes, both of them are important!

posted on 18 Sep 2015, 12:13

10. carlemillward (unregistered)


But what if LG follows Samsung's route. Samsung and LG always tend to follow each other. If Samsung doesn't do something LG does, then LG does something Samsung does. This is pre-iPhone days.

posted on 18 Sep 2015, 12:22 2

14. jdrch (Posts: 77; Member since: 08 Jul 2014)


I'm hoping to God that doesn't happen.

posted on 18 Sep 2015, 12:57 2

22. -Shadow- (Posts: 87; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


Actually is more like Samsung follows Apple , LG follows Samsung

posted on 18 Sep 2015, 16:32 3

36. tedkord (Posts: 10216; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Actually, it's nothing like that here in the real world.

posted on 18 Sep 2015, 13:07 1

26. QWERTYphone (Posts: 648; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)


If they all remove both, I will buy the cheapest based on cost/specs/durability and treat them like the disposable products theyve become.

posted on 18 Sep 2015, 23:08

46. Dude2 (Posts: 38; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


What if Samsung gets to keep a massive amount of there Note5 and 6Edge inventory? We should see in the next few weeks what the first 30 day sales are for the Note 5. Removable battery and SD card are just too important to ignore for long.

You have to remember that the design point of the iPhone is a consumption device meant to do one thing at a time. Android design point is a multitasking productivity environment.

posted on 18 Sep 2015, 23:43

47. darkoman4 (Posts: 159; Member since: 30 May 2014)


Good point. You can already buy a brand new Note 5 for $590 on eBay. Not a good start if you ask me.

posted on 19 Sep 2015, 07:45

60. j2001m (Posts: 2785; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Yes because the the plastic design and removing battery and sd card is helping lg sales, hm nope, sales all down, the new designs for Samsung are the only thing making them sale better than
Last year and the only oem to do so (China oem not included in this)

posted on 18 Sep 2015, 12:18 6

11. natypes (Posts: 1079; Member since: 02 Feb 2015)


That's like burning down your house to kill a rat. The last good LG was a G2. They have not improved since then. I love their form factor with the buttons on the back. I had a G2 and loved it, but they stopped pushing the envelop.

I'm sure when they stopped making Polaroids people felt the same way.

posted on 18 Sep 2015, 12:34 2

21. jeroome86 (Posts: 840; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


I'm afraid with the lack luster sales of the G4 they will follow Samsungs move toward unibody design.

posted on 18 Sep 2015, 14:06

31. drkarim (Posts: 12; Member since: 29 Mar 2014)


what do u have after a g2 iam having it currently and looking for an upgrade

posted on 18 Sep 2015, 15:04

35. natypes (Posts: 1079; Member since: 02 Feb 2015)


Had an S6, now a Note 5. Superb devices, both of them. What I miss about the G2, buttons on the back. If you've never had an LG being able to securely and firmly grip the sides from ANY angle w/o worrying about buttons is awesome. 2-I loved the shape of it. It was very square and I liked that. The S6 is a bit too tall and rectangular as is the Note 5.

posted on 19 Sep 2015, 12:08

64. drkarim (Posts: 12; Member since: 29 Mar 2014)


aha great iam looking for note 5 but iam afriad it has a less battery life than my g2 which is a monster in that regard u kno avery full day is essential to me

posted on 18 Sep 2015, 12:25

16. ventusnova (Posts: 41; Member since: 11 Feb 2015)


i agree, they are very important, plus in my personal opinion and experience, samsung phones have too much lag for me. i have a rooted s4 and 5 and they both still lag pretty bad, plus lg phones have removable batteries and sd cards, so i think they're useful

posted on 19 Sep 2015, 07:48

61. j2001m (Posts: 2785; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


There is no way close to that type of
At with there new phones, all Samsung phones with new icons do not lag

posted on 18 Sep 2015, 13:04 2

24. QWERTYphone (Posts: 648; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)


Jdrch- Agreed. The only conclusion any intelligent person can come to.

posted on 18 Sep 2015, 16:34

38. tedkord (Posts: 10216; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Asinine comment.

posted on 19 Sep 2015, 01:03

49. medtxa (Posts: 1115; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


Apparently no one cares about your "intelligent" insights as always.

posted on 18 Sep 2015, 22:42 2

45. medtxa (Posts: 1115; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


Removeable battery is practical but no more practical than power bank. And bring spare battery is just too geeky...

posted on 19 Sep 2015, 19:06

66. coldspring22 (Posts: 304; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


So how long do you have to dongle dangle that power bank on your phone to juice it up? Much simpler to just swap the battery, get back to 100% charge and forget about it. Not to mention you can swap in a brand new battery any time if old one starts wearing out. My spare battery is in my wallet, so I just need my wallet to have a spare battery.

posted on 19 Sep 2015, 03:51 1

56. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3254; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


its already supposed to bring back sd native high speed
and a battery where are you that you need it that much i just got off work of 17 hours and my phone died at midnight 1% put it on charger and 20 mins later back at 34%

posted on 19 Sep 2015, 07:42

59. j2001m (Posts: 2785; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


The s6 edge plus comes with 7000, it's metal design is also not the same as the normal s6

posted on 18 Sep 2015, 11:53

2. torr310 (Posts: 784; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


Wish the price will be cheaper...stop making the going up, so as Apple

posted on 18 Sep 2015, 11:56

4. bodzio1809 (Posts: 356; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


I want this unibody+front(Edge screen) and back edged profile+front facing stereo speakers+small bezels+onscreen buttons+fingerprint scanner under screen+USB C+IP rating.

posted on 18 Sep 2015, 12:05 1

5. UglyFrank (Posts: 1580; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


If the Note 5/Edge+ use 7000 series aluminium, why would you go back to 6000?

posted on 18 Sep 2015, 13:00 7

23. -Shadow- (Posts: 87; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


Umm read the article again , they are ditching aluminum for magnesium alloy which apparently is tougher.

posted on 18 Sep 2015, 13:07

25. bur60 (Posts: 832; Member since: 07 Jul 2014)


Yup it is. I bet they are gonna ditch the glass back. S6 edge is pretty but the z5 looks better because of the matte finish (like metal)

posted on 18 Sep 2015, 12:07 13

6. GTRagnarok (Posts: 24; Member since: 22 Aug 2014)


Good build material is nice for 30 seconds, after which I put on a plastic case anyway. These high end phones are too expensive to be accidentally dropping.

posted on 19 Sep 2015, 19:10 1

67. coldspring22 (Posts: 304; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


Yes it's puzzling why people get so worked over "premium build" when they hide the phone in a case. Unfortunately if Samsung adopts all metal unibody design they lose another great feature - no wireless charging, just like iphone.

posted on 20 Sep 2015, 06:23

69. Dude2 (Posts: 38; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


What CP22 said.

Again, You have to remember that the design point of the iPhone is a consumption device meant to do one thing at a time. Android design point is a multitasking productivity environment

All Samsung has to do is have a Pro version of the Note series with SD card slot and swappable battery and IR blaster. Paying the same price for fewer features just doesn't make sense.

The plastic back is durable, easy to manufacture and looks good enough and when it's in a case looks the same as everyone else's. The only people who care about style over function are high school girls and effeminate males.

posted on 18 Sep 2015, 12:10 3

7. xdza1979 (Posts: 259; Member since: 08 Aug 2015)


OMG yes.

posted on 18 Sep 2015, 12:27

19. ventusnova (Posts: 41; Member since: 11 Feb 2015)


exactly, accidentally drop a $800+ phone and it breaks upon impact.
#damnyougravity

posted on 19 Sep 2015, 01:06 1

51. medtxa (Posts: 1115; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


Then don't drop it or just buy cheap replaceable plastic phone.

posted on 18 Sep 2015, 12:10

8. Loubielou (Posts: 500; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Its the Glass that Samsung needs to change as well,as it Breaks Very Easily and Everyone know its a Fingerprint Magnet,and Wiping your phone All the time can be Very Annoying,Everyone is All hoping we do finally get the Micro sd Card Slot back on the Galaxy S7,or people will be feed up in investing into Samsung future phones

posted on 18 Sep 2015, 12:19 8

12. ameran (Posts: 241; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)


The reason for using magnesium as phone's body is that magnesium is the only metal that can transfer wireless charging without getting hot. I hope this rumor is true, because magnesium will make the phone's body though as well, as the article explains. Can't wait to see such phone.

posted on 18 Sep 2015, 14:17 1

33. Zapp_B (Posts: 31; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


I was just thinking about wireless charging and metal unibody. I didn't know you can charge wirelessly through magnesium, thanks

posted on 19 Sep 2015, 01:47 1

54. Krjal (Posts: 227; Member since: 19 Dec 2013)


Technically you could use silver but obviously cost is a bit of an issue there...

posted on 18 Sep 2015, 12:24

15. bubbadoes (Posts: 814; Member since: 03 May 2012)


don't buy the first one..sequels will follow: Edge, an Edge Plus and mini. what's next for S8

posted on 18 Sep 2015, 16:37 2

39. tedkord (Posts: 10216; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


And all will be the best in the market.

posted on 18 Sep 2015, 12:25 1

17. hortizano (Posts: 288; Member since: 22 May 2013)


Oh, c'mon!! ='(
I trying to make up my mind to get the S6 and you already teasing me with the S7????
I'll never change my phone if you keep doing this!!
Since S4 I've been stuck like this... #firstworldproblems

posted on 18 Sep 2015, 13:30 4

29. RoboticEngi (Posts: 580; Member since: 03 Dec 2014)


You will never get a new device if you wait for a better one

posted on 18 Sep 2015, 12:26

18. ventusnova (Posts: 41; Member since: 11 Feb 2015)


in my personal opinion, samsung phones lag too much for me, even with root. i have two rooted samsung phones and they still lag pretty bad

posted on 18 Sep 2015, 17:36 2

41. xgrgtr (Posts: 36; Member since: 04 Sep 2015)


could you stop posting the same lie?

posted on 18 Sep 2015, 12:28 1

20. pmsap (Posts: 78; Member since: 26 May 2015)


I have already decided to buy S7. This just makes it more interesting. I'm seeing samsung reaching very close to perfection!!

posted on 18 Sep 2015, 13:19 1

28. abdoualgeria (Posts: 306; Member since: 27 Jul 2015)


U cant stop fanboying !

posted on 18 Sep 2015, 13:18

27. abdoualgeria (Posts: 306; Member since: 27 Jul 2015)


I want it

posted on 18 Sep 2015, 14:57

34. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


My original goal was to not change phones for at least 2 years but I already know that's not going to happen. lol. The question is do I even make it to the GS7 or switch out my GS6 even before that? haha

posted on 18 Sep 2015, 16:33 2

37. ThePython (Posts: 869; Member since: 08 May 2013)


I hope they ditch the glass back, too much of a fingerprint magnet.

posted on 18 Sep 2015, 19:30

42. jasrockett (Posts: 45; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Yes please.
I have a htc hd2 that is made with magnesium, feels good in hand.

posted on 18 Sep 2015, 19:36

43. jasrockett (Posts: 45; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


But alas the end is close for my relationship with the mighty Note line as I swap out the battery in my Note 4 at lunch time each day at about 25% charge left so I couldn't get the Note 5 and thats a shame

posted on 19 Sep 2015, 07:53 1

62. j2001m (Posts: 2785; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Samsung new battery tech will help you out a 3500 better will go into the same space as 3000 battery next year so this will help

posted on 18 Sep 2015, 23:49

48. mixedfish (Posts: 1152; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)


Magnesium is strong but it scratches and dents easily. Sony used to use it for a lot of products but people complained. The biggest worry would be how good the milling will be, because if this is Samsung's first time using it, it's not going to be cut well.

posted on 19 Sep 2015, 01:11

52. medtxa (Posts: 1115; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


You worry about weirdest thing. You should worry about Sony sales instead.

posted on 19 Sep 2015, 07:13

57. mixedfish (Posts: 1152; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)


Awww looks like someone is sensitive about criticism on Samsung. I wasn't even trying to do that, but oh well sucks to be you.

posted on 19 Sep 2015, 01:05

50. jpkelly05 (Posts: 92; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


I think you all should consider this rumor false. Google "Magnisium burns". Anything that can burn and melt though almost anything... Uh right. Check please

posted on 19 Sep 2015, 07:15

58. mixedfish (Posts: 1152; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)


It's magnesium alloy, it won't burn when it's set. You only have to worry about the magnesium ash burning up during the smelting stage, but that's done in the metal factories, not the manufacturing stage.

posted on 22 Sep 2015, 11:21

71. jpkelly05 (Posts: 92; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


Her is a quote for you! "Is magnesium alloy flammable?
Magnesium metal and its alloys are explosive hazards; they are highly flammable in their pure form when molten or in powder or ribbon form. Burning or molten magnesium metal reacts violently with water." I would not want this in my pocket, near my junk, with a sealed battery that has liquid, and could go bad.

posted on 19 Sep 2015, 01:40

53. miket1737 (Posts: 2366; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


7000 series aluminum and Gorilla Glass 4 is a great combo though seriously grats to Samsung it is great. Going from the 6013 grade aluminum in the S6/Edge to the 7000 series aluminum was a great welcomed improvement.

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