2014 Samsung phones to be made out of aluminum, Galaxy S5 might be the first
posted by Victor H. / Aug 29, 2013, 9:21 AM
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)
Samsung Galaxy S5 OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.4, 4.4.2 View Full specs
- 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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Oh finally! Welcome to the premium family, Samsung!
posted on Aug 29, 2013, 9:25 AM 25
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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.
posted on Aug 29, 2013, 9:30 AM 41
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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.
posted on Aug 29, 2013, 9:46 AM 11
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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
posted on Aug 29, 2013, 9:56 AM 5
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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.
posted on Aug 29, 2013, 8:17 PM 0
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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.
posted on Aug 29, 2013, 6:48 PM 3
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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.
posted on Aug 29, 2013, 9:52 AM 4
Finally premium materials! but please remove the S-bloatwares
posted on Aug 29, 2013, 9:31 AM 2
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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...
posted on Aug 29, 2013, 9:39 AM 2
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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.
posted on Aug 29, 2013, 9:43 AM 7
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What about taking the industry to the next prestige level: Titanium Sapphire glass Ceramic 64 layers Stainless Steel ™
posted on Aug 29, 2013, 10:06 AM 0
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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.
posted on Aug 29, 2013, 11:26 AM 0
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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.
posted on Aug 29, 2013, 12:26 PM 1
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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.
posted on Aug 29, 2013, 11:42 AM 12
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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!
posted on Aug 29, 2013, 11:54 AM 8
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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!
posted on Aug 29, 2013, 8:21 PM 1
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