2014 Samsung phones to be made out of aluminum, Galaxy S5 might be the first

2014 Samsung phones to be made out of aluminum, Galaxy S5 might be the first
All Samsung Android phones currently look alike. Plastic, sharing a same rounded-edge square form, with buttons all located identically - all, from the very bottom with the Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo to the highest heights with the Samsung Galaxy S4. This might change altogether next year when Samsung is rumored to kick off a new design language for its handsets, according to Korean publication ET News. Samsung 2014 phones may use magnesium, aluminum and metal in their body, instead of the now traditional polycarbonate.

The most likely candidate to kick off that redesign? The Samsung Galaxy S5, of course. The redesign is expected to first land on premium models, and slowly trickle down the line to more affordable lines.

Samsung is allegedly working on the new designs and materials at its factory in Gumi, South Korea, and some of the work might be carried out in Vietnam. All this is based on whispers about a big group of Samsung engineers dispatched to Vietnam.

Let’s keep in mind that this is far from official and you should definitely take it with a grain of salt. It does sound logical however. HTC’s 2013 flagship, the One, is made out of a unibody aluminum shell, and that was largely seen as a big advantage over the polycarbonate Galaxy S4. It only sounds logical for Samsung to address this shortcoming of its design, don’t you think?

source: ET News (translated)

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Galaxy S5
  • Display 5.1" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh(21h 3G talk time)

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107 Comments

1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Oh finally! Welcome to the premium family, Samsung!

6. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Plastic handles bending and scratches better though, as well as removing the back cover over and over and over again. It's lighter, at the same thickness it's more durable (yes it is, thin aluminum is very injury prone) and it supports wireless charging. I'd go with kevlar or tougher carbon cause they can act as versatile as plastic, just use matte finish and new design. Metal body may look good, but it comes with compromises and you'll put a case around it, I wouldn't drop the SD card, removable battery and Qi charging just for that.

18. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I prefer plastic for their light weight and easy handling, I have to put in extra effort to protect my iPad and MacBook aluminum surface otherwise they would look worse than cheap plastic.

23. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Plastic has many advantages. - Removable back cover. - Removable battery. - Wireless charging. etc. While Aluminium, metal have less advantages. - Premium. - Better design. But more advantages doesn't mean it's attractive to consumers, because many consumers want a good looking phone and the premium feel on the phone. Don't just love the cold aluminium feeling in your hands when you wake up in the morning? Kevlar? If I'm not wrong, Motorola is the only one who's using kevlar on their phones.

26. nlbates66

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

I absolutely hate the cold feeling of metal devices in the morning, my house is freezing as it is. :P

28. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

nothing wrong with plastic especially if it's recycled. it's more flexible and it's an insulator. you're unlikely to get electrocuted with a plastic phone while it's charging. also, it's cheaper. samsung can try doing aluminum devices once. if it does not keep or attract customers, they have to go back to plastic. it's way better practically although not as beautiful

47. Purnama

Posts: 6; Member since: Aug 29, 2013

yeah, you dont get electrocuted, but blown up...

94. nlbates66

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

Samsung have used aluminium before, in the Samsung Wave S8500, S8530 and related devices but comparing the feel of that thing with my later plastic devices I prefer the plastic.(Samsung did however still have a removable battery, sim AND microSDcard slot in these devices. oh yeah, it wasn't entirely unibody, though I consider that a meh.

34. _god_

Posts: 47; Member since: Aug 13, 2013

There are actually people online selling battery doors of GS2 and GS3 made of aluminum . Pretty awesome !

92. Damo579

Posts: 263; Member since: May 18, 2013

I agree. I love the polycarbonate body of my Lumia 920. Plastic is better to have on a phone because it can handle day to day wear and tear better than metal. IN my opinion I think Samsung should continue with plastic but make it feel like a high quality product. Also they should be less conservative with their designs.

25. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I completely agree with your carbon fiber and/or Kevlar statement. Aluminum seems to only add a premium feel but then you get into a whole bunch of other issues. I mean Goolge "bent iPhone" and you can find ways to fix then since thin aluminum does what a coke can does when you bend it so what good is that? It also normally mean uni-body which is something I'm not a huge fan of. Then you have the usual chips and dents from it being a soft metal so you then throw a plastic case on it to protect it so what's the point...still holding a phone with a plastic outside in the end. What do the truly high-end premium cars use for their body? Carbon fiber. BMW is even releasing an "affordable" carbon fiber car. Now it is more expensive to product and buy that aluminum but is at least a true premium material.

77. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

N8 is great device except removable battery.

81. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

If it's like the plastic on the Nexus 7, bring it on.

97. heyhi

Posts: 137; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

agreed aluminum = premium fell, beauty aluminum = bends (the worst), scratches the cons to me wins. i would take kevlar or the tempered glass.

8. Kurai unregistered

Finally premium materials! but please remove the S-bloatwares

24. Long1

Posts: 399; Member since: May 18, 2013

And you call aluminum tin-can "premium"??? Well it could cut down the production price, but it's terrible.

63. willard12 unregistered

Aluminum costs 40 cents a pound. That's not a premium price.

13. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

The only con I see in Samsung smatphone is the cheap plastic glossy look. dont get me wrong its good to hold in hands but look cheap for a flagship phone. now Now everything will be great...

65. takeja

Posts: 35; Member since: Aug 16, 2013

Only very limited people think like this......design, design, design.......yIheep

20. Long1

Posts: 399; Member since: May 18, 2013

You call aluminum tin-can "premium"??? ROTFL If Samsung start with aluminum tin-can , this would be to cut down the production price(see production price of iphone 5 and GS4 , even GS3) But I don't believe BGR or other iMedia. Well, about magnesium, I could agree somehow. Or carbon fiber.

27. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Of course aluminium tin-can is premium. Especially aluminium tin-cans with coke in it. That's not just premium, that's premium awesomeness!

32. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

What about taking the industry to the next prestige level: Titanium Sapphire glass Ceramic 64 layers Stainless Steel ™

38. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

LOL.........are you talking about a phone or a bunker to protect oneself from nuclear attacks ?!

55. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4764; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

There should be a catch phrase like, "We've got your phone covered with titanium...just in case the battery explodes."

106. Trex95

Posts: 2314; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

You mean Tanks not a phones Titanium body a lone cost more than whole phone Lol.

54. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Let me just tell you to search for Samsung Wave. It's not like they didn't use any metal in any phones. Look at their Series 9. They do know how to use metal.

71. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

The Tab 7.7 was nice too but it didn't really add much, it kind of detracted because it got hot easier. Their plain old Tab 10.1 design was much nicer IMO. We will see if anything comes to fruition about this rumor. I doubt they would. They might use some kind of new age plastic though. I had this Sony Walkman NSW745 mp3 player that felt incredible but the sides were glossy plastic. Maybe something like that.

58. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

I actually want the plastic case along with removable batteries and sd cards. If a metal design was number one on the must have list the HTC One would have outsold the S4. I also like the feel of some of these premium cases. I don't want to hold metal all day and what's the point in buying a metal phone just to cover it up.

61. takeja

Posts: 35; Member since: Aug 16, 2013

No oooooo, we need a replaceable battery, we need to travel! Only limited people care about design more and are loud like gypsy or Americans! You have great sales with sgs4, you don't need to change that!

95. almostdone

Posts: 409; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Metal has many disadvantages. * Scratches easier and is far more noticeable once scratched * Dings and dents easily * Does not flex back to its original shape * Heavy * Needs to be thick thus heavy to be strong * More likely to electrocuted if there is a fault or malfunction * You are likely to lose on memory card expansion and removable battery due to the rigid nature of metal. I have owned plenty of so called preminum metal laptops, phones etc. They all suffer badly including cars! Give me plastic or other materials any day. And the funny thing is most people who carry around their iPhones or HTC One all use plastic cases!

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