Galaxy S5 to come with metal body made by the company behind HTC One and iPad mini's chassis

Galaxy S5 to come with metal body made by the company behind HTC One and iPad mini's chassis
One of the largest economics publications in Taiwan is reporting that the local metal chassis producer Catcher has been tasked with making bodies for the upcoming Galaxy S5. The first time we heard that Catcher is in the mix for Samsung's 2014 flagship, was back in September, when firms were supposed to submit their bidding so Samsung can choose suppliers.

That moment has apparently resulted in Samsung leaning towards Catcher for the December production of Samsung Galaxy S5's metal chassis, as the publication is reporting that the premium material is now a done deal, marking a huge change for Samsung, and perhaps the beginning of its Design 3.0 phase. Last time we heard Catcher was allegedly been asked for procuring 10 to 30 million chassis units, and now we learn that the rest will be eventually going to the Chinese BYD and Taiwan's Ju-Teng companies.

Catcher is the company behind masterpieces like the aluminum unibody of the HTC One, which just got our Design of the Year Award, plus Apple's iPad mini 2 and MacBook Air housings, so we can rest assured that Samsung is in good hands, and can't wait to see the upcoming Galaxy S5 design. There are rumors of two versions, depending on the processor - Snapdragon or 64-bit Exynos - thus it's possible that the more premium S5 version will carry the metal frame, so the next two or three months should form a true leak bonanza.

source: UDN (Translated) & RBMen

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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)



1. giani

Posts: 269; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

'Sammy' to copy the design and materials of the iPad and Htc one ?! Nooo way.. Wonder if they done this more to cut supplies for HTC..

4. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

That's why Sammy is doing this. More cool stuffs are coming.

48. chocolaking

Posts: 495; Member since: May 22, 2012

they are definately copying htc for sure.. as what samsung always does at best

6. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Well to be honest, that mock picture looks more like a padfone infinity (A80) than either iphone or htc one, but who cares. All that whining and moaning about GS 3/4 being plastic and now that they are actually going to go metal they're "copying". You hypocrites need to decide what you want them to do. It is the same tired excuse made against Apple about them "copying" features. Did you not ask for them or make fun of them for not having it? Then why are you screaming "copy" when they do give it to you?

36. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Great post. The only reason they claim "copy" is because they always in denial about very good products Samsung brings to the table. No other explanation aside from ...ehm... they are haters

50. oister85 unregistered

@finalflash (Hypocrites) well said

9. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

I drank coke from an aluminium can yesterday. Does that mean I am cutting supplies for HTC ?

31. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

good one

14. Long1

Posts: 399; Member since: May 18, 2013

I will ask you something: 1-Do you really belieave the menial media, that Samsung will leave the winning trand of their build materials, that thay nocked down Apple and killed HTC, to switch to cheap sealed aluminum tin-can???? 2-Do you really think that Samsung have never used metal bodies for their phones?(long before Apple) 3- Do you really think that normal ppl like sealed tin can(see what happen with HTC One~ lol)?

29. Sauce unregistered

1- Winning trend? Most people on this site and users abroad complain about this "garbage plastic design". 2- Can you ask a random person what phone they remember from Samsung that has an alluminum body? I'd be surprised if anyone remembers on the spot; that phone must of been a huge hit like the iPhone. 3- Again, majority users biggest complaint is the plastic. It should be triggering a bell in your head saying something that makes sense, not some rabble rabble about your "tin can" shenannegans. And lest you forget that 6+ million people bought the iPhone 5s (you know, the one with the alluminum design) within 3 days of its release. (9million including 5c purchases, but we are looking at alluminum, and not plastic). How many people do you hear complaining about the HTC design? I haven't heard One (giggity) person talk trash about its design. ------------ Alluminum is what a lot, if not most, Samsung Galaxy users WANT. WHY put a great phone in a plastic body when you can put a great phone in a stylish and classy body that makes your phone look even sexier?

34. wilsong17 unregistered

no its just you and the apple fans i buy a phone for whats inside no the outside all you dummy cover your phone with a plastic

37. buccob

Posts: 2981; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

1.- Most users in this site that complain about the plastic materials do not own the phone... Most users of this websites account for the minority of phone consumers. 2.- The plastic criticism is really overstated, plastic can have better properties than most metals... I wouldn't mind an aluminum Galaxy, but I do not complain about their material selection either... My current phone is made of some pretty tough plastic that doesn't show cuts, scratches and wear like aluminum would... 3.- The majority biggest complain today is Battery life, not plastic... You cannot compare Apple fans (apple targets) to the rest of phone buyers... And while I agree that the design of the iPhone 5s and HTC One is great, it does not mean that using a high class plastic material is a bad decision. Either way they have their own set of advantages and cons.

40. Pancholo

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Not really. Your "most people on this site" and "users abroad" really complain about battery. I, for one, am one of those that still prefer a plastic that feels nice on the hand. My girlfriend has an HTC One and I don't like how it feels at all without the case (and of course, she has it in an OtterBox, lolol). I own a Note 2 and I like its feels; the same goes for the Nexus 5 at the Best Buy nearby and the Lumia 1020 in the Microsoft Store. I'd rather the ergonomics while maintaining the feel that compliments its comfort for me. The iPhone 3G felt good, and now the 5S feels awkward and blocky. Just my opinion and preference. Don't be hatin' for liking something different, kids.

41. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

1- Plastic design wasn't the winning trend of the Galaxy series, it was a combination of brand recognition, marketing, and (to an extent) product quality. Apple still gets more sales per device than Samsung by far, by the way, Samsung can't touch Apple in that sense, they have to flood the market with 30+ devices to compete with Apple who only has only 3 phones on the market at a time. 2- They have used metal bodies before, but not on their recent flagship devices. The last one I remember was the Captivate from the original Galaxy S line, but that was only one variant of the Galaxy S only available on AT&T. 3- Every single reviewer praised HTC for the One's design, and called it the best designed and most well built device out there. You seem to only be concentrating on sales, but sales =/= quality. Even if we focus on sales, Apple crushes Samsung in sales with the iPhone 5/5S versus the Galaxy S3/S4.

38. Pancholo

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

I often enjoy mocking mentally-challenged passers by from the internet. In your case, I will refrain to do so. Why this sudden urge for pity, you may ask? Well, it's quite an easy answer: You are closed-minded. You will never understand anything outside of your bubble.

2. McJobs

Posts: 107; Member since: Jul 08, 2012

faux aluminum is coming

11. tedkord

Posts: 17505; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Butthurt is already here.

12. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

I love aluminum on my HTC one. Let's see what Sammy bring on table. Just want to see fresh cool design of galaxy S5.

19. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

How do you get to the battery on your aluminum body HTC? Frankly, I have a stock pile of failed batteries from HTC phones past that needed to be replaced before contract was up. John B.

25. Long1

Posts: 399; Member since: May 18, 2013

@akki20892 Because "so many ppl" like you and PA, love the sealed tin-can brick HTC One, that's why HTC One is "best seller" and HTC is dead now. LOL Remember, - HTC is not Apple to have zomies buying chep aluminum "premium" crap.

32. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

If people love the phone there must be a reason don't you think? If the One is a tin-can brick what are other phones? Garbage container plastic? Pickle jar glass? Do you see how stupid your complaining sounds?

42. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Wow judging on your comments in this article youre already over qouta dude...go claim your payment from samsung and buy some

3. toiletcleaner

Posts: 224; Member since: Oct 10, 2012

Is this the new iS5? or iS5One?

5. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Boooo. I want high quality polycarbonate plastic. Metal is a terrible material choice for a mobile phone.

8. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

True that, but people don't "think", they just feel. Metal is by far the worst choice because it limits all sorts of things like connectivity and such. But hey, people are vain, they go for looks more than substance.

13. Long1

Posts: 399; Member since: May 18, 2013

Which people are you talking about? Hundreds of millions of people don't want tin-can, and don't think sealed cheap aluminum is "premium". See the Samsung sale. Few loud iboys from the menial tech media, make this huge noise, and pretend that "all the ppl want tin-can"). LOL If you are talking about the izombies that love aluminum tin-can, wrong again- they would love even cardboard made phones with Apple logo.

20. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

Really? How is polycarbonate a terrible choice for mobile phones? If it was a terrible choice, why has it been used for so many years without complaint until now? I think brainwashing has become second nature for manufacturers within the industry and the consumers are losing control due to it. John B.

43. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Agreed. Too many tech sites giving unjustified rankings based upon their own opinions about what a "premium build quality" really is. Tons of people read those articles and suddenly the comments sections are over run with negative comments about polycarbonate. People need to do the research and start thinking for themselves. Plastic of various types have been instrumental in a wealth of inventions and is vital to a ton of devices people use every day, and would be missed sorely if its use was discontinued. Aluminum doesn't make a build have quality, great designs and engineering does, no matter what material is chosen.

7. ReZaNeXus7

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 03, 2013


10. eq5555

Posts: 64; Member since: Dec 03, 2013

Samsung in next Galaxy need: Not PENTILE screen optical stabilization Sensor at least 1/2.3 aspherical lens 4K video recording Metal body only need mentally ill freaks, fetishists and hypocrites

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