Galaxy S5 to come in metal body, Samsung probes the iPad mini and HTC One chassis maker for it

Galaxy S5 to come in metal body, Samsung probes the iPad mini and HTC One chassis maker for it
With the Galaxy S4, analysts believe that Samsung was "taking its last steps in Apple’s shadow", hinting that what started as a direct response to Cupertino's smartphone success - the Galaxy S line - will get a complete revamp in the 5th edition next year.

One of the big changes Samsung is said to introduce, is a radical departure from the plastic builds to premium look and feel, involving metal casings, and there is even a whole project in the conglomerate, dubbed Design 3.0, that revolves around decisions on the next flagships exterior. About a month ago, Korean publications said that Samsung is equipping a production line in Gumi, near Seoul, for making smartphone bodies from magnesium, like on Microsoft's Surface tablets, and aluminum, like, um, almost everybody else.

Now a Taiwanese publication is pouring more water into that particular metal body rumor mill, citing local Barclays analysts team note to clients, which was created after supply chain channel checks. The analysts say that Samsung tasked the locals from Catcher with the chassis for a "flagship Galaxy series" phone readied to launch in "the first half of next year". Interestingly enough, the publication also cites that Catcher will be making the aluminum part of the chassis for the new iPhone 5s, starting next year, meaning Apple is diversifying suppliers, too.

Now back to that purported metal casing for the Galaxy S5 - you might not have heard about Catcher, but the Taiwanese company is so good at moulding premium metal alloys, that Apple has trusted it with producing the thin and light bodies of the iPad mini and MacBook Air franchises, plus HTC's famous unibody aluminum designs are also its job, including that of the HTC One.

If true, this all means that Samsung is in good hands when it comes to the exterior looks of the Galaxy S5, and we are finally going to see it drift away from the all-plastic builds, which have traditionally been one of the few viable criticisms against its flagship handsets. The Gumi factory, Catcher, and a production line in Vietnam - these are all said to be alternative suppliers for speculated batches of an order in the tens of millions for a metal chassis, which is planned to go into a phone scheduled for Q2 release, and such a quantity can only mean a flagship handset. 

Actually, the analysts directly say: “Our checks suggest Catcher has been qualified as one of the major sources on the total metal casing smartphone volumes at 10 [million to] 30 million next year from Samsung. The final order allocation is to be confirmed in early first quarter 2014, subject to price bids by approved vendors," meaning that the eventual magnesium/aluminum body for the next Samsung Galaxy bestseller might already be a done deal, and the company is now only quibbling over supply chain auctions on its production.

With yesterday's other hint that the Koreans are almost ready with their own 64-bit Exynos chipset, it seems there's plenty to look forward to with the Galaxy S5. Oh, and it looks like it's time to buy some shares in Catcher, as Samsung's orders are advised to more than offset lost business from HTC's diminishing sales.

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  • 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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42 Comments

1. bohdan4ik13 unregistered

Just one more rumor about metal body before Samsung's flagship announcement. Like the flexible screen one.

9. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

Now this is interesting, I would consider buying Samsung phones if their materials are premium, bring it on Samsung!

11. bohdan4ik13 unregistered

Very interesting, but there is no metal SGS4 or Note 3. Even if TaipeiTimes has some kind of prototipe - it's not a final device. I'm waiting for more reliable information.

18. jan25

Posts: 470; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

Dont care much for metal body, i'ld rather they spend their resources on trying to redesign Touchwiz and polish the experience of using a Samsung.

28. Lifengineer

Posts: 44; Member since: Dec 15, 2011

100% Can't add a word to what you said!

31. XaErO

Posts: 353; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Agreed !! Additionally, I want someone to bring heavy improvements in Battery department to keep up with the power demanding processors & GPUs.

19. djHidroid

Posts: 9; Member since: Sep 18, 2013

Coming from someone who passed on the GS4 because it was almost identical to the GS3 and having the htc one now makes me realize how Sammy needs to step it up if they want to be considered the face of Android. Even the iPhone 5c feels less more solid and durable then the latest Sammy and LG offerings. I'm not an iPhone at all but even when they make a plastic version of the 5 it's built better than the GS4. Love my One

2. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Sammy your fanboys claim iphones are tin cans are you going that way too?

10. sriuslywtf

Posts: 297; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

Iphone fan boys said that Sammys phones are plastic too. Iphone 5C goes that way..

16. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

The first iPhones up to 2g are plastics FYI..

23. hadouken

Posts: 18; Member since: Dec 12, 2012

The first iPhone was aluminum. But yeah, iPhone has been plastic before, 3g and 3gs.

20. djHidroid

Posts: 9; Member since: Sep 18, 2013

That's what I was saying till I activated a few for my customers and apple managed to actually make the 5c a sturdy phone. I was surprised when I actually got to play with one as a Verizon rep. Now if Apple could only manufacture phones or something that goes into their products in the US.

3. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

why did samsung ask another company just to make metal body?? they did a good job on making the wave series body before..

4. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

Finally! No more cheap looking polycarbonate.

5. taikucing unregistered

Imagine, same stupid & childish looking design with metal body.

6. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

2014 will be pretty epic for smartphones. A metal Samsung Galaxy S5, and most likely a bigger screen Apple iPhone 6. Both features fans of each have long been longing for. Who knows what else, maybe a octa-core, flexible screen, 64-bit S5 and a quad-core, 2GB-3GB RAM, NFC iPhone 6.

41. iDroid8

Posts: 155; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

Expandable memory, bluetooth file sharing and nfc are some things you should not hope to see in an iPhone as yet.

42. iDroid8

Posts: 155; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

Expandable memory, bluetooth file sharing and nfc are some things you should not hope to see in an iPhone as yet.

7. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Great... The phone in the pic still looks lovely as I was hoping this as S4, though it might come as S5 or something else can't say right now.

8. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

if the s5 looks like the phone above I would be happy

12. shy2papa

Posts: 336; Member since: Jan 23, 2010

Nice move Samsung, a company that listens to its fans will always succeed.

35. Samsungadroidrules

Posts: 104; Member since: Jul 28, 2013

Yeah. They listens to their Consumers. Unlike Poor, jealous iSheeeeeps. I mean Look at them, those features, and Design of their phones from iPhone 4-5S are all the same with very MINOR Changes and Sticking with those Useless boring features. hahaha

13. alexfiran

Posts: 40; Member since: Jun 13, 2013

2014 the most innovative smartphone industry year since the first iphone release. and i mean for all companies. Imagine sony xperia z2 (which in my opinion it's going to be the first well made sony smartphone), galaxy s5 with flexible screen 64 bit chip with compatible apps and metal (magnezium/aluminium) body and probably a new and refined touchwiz, an epic iphone 6 with 4,3-4,5 inch displays, htc one next gen, MOTOROLA MOTO X 2 perhaps available worldwide, windows phone 8,1 smartphones with quadcores made by microsoft&nokia. 2014..EPIC!!!

14. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Note 3 showed that Sammy's starting to have a futuristic view for the design of its new products. Hope to see some good and beautiful products next year.

17. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

Note 3 is a bigger S2 I don't think it's futuristic.

21. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Its design is way better than S4 and also its beautiful back cover shows some signs of change in Sammy's design language.

26. alexfiran

Posts: 40; Member since: Jun 13, 2013

i have a two years old s2 and still looks great when put near other devices..it's just so elegant

15. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

If this means I can't change my own stinking batteries, then there's no chance of me getting that phone. I hate planned obsolescence guised as "design".

34. Android4Ever

Posts: 89; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

I'm with you 100%! If Sammy makes the S5 with no removable battery and/or no expandable memory, I'm out. Personally I will never understand what all the crying about what the phone is made out of because I never take the case off my phone anyway...

22. Sprissy

Posts: 193; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

I had no issues with plastic bodies.....I am only interested in the specs!

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