Here are some of Samsung's older metal phones (which preceded the Galaxy Alpha)

Here are some of Samsung's older metal phones (which preceded the Galaxy Alpha)
Earlier today, Samsung officially announced the 6.7mm-thin Galaxy Alpha, its first Android-based smartphone that’s partially made out of metal. But, as some of you may know, the Alpha is far from being Samsung’s first phone to use metal.

To remind us about its older handsets that were made using metallic materials, Samsung just published a blog post titled “Solid History of Metal in Samsung Devices.” The South Korean company started launching phones constructed with metallic materials in 2006. Some of the first models were the SCH-500 (a phone released in South Korea) and the SGH-D830 Ultra Edition 9.9 (a magnesium-plated flip phone that was only 9.9mm-thin).

Samsung’s first “full metal mobile phone” was the Samsung Soul, a pretty cool slider launched in 2008. After that, in 2009, Samsung introduced the Giorgio Armani B7620, a Windows Mobile 6.5 handset that can be considered the company's first smartphone to sport a metal frame. And then came the waves - more exactly, Samsung’s Wave series of smartphones, which was based on the now-discontinued Bada OS. The last commercial Bada OS smartphone was the Wave 3 from 2011.

Did you know that Samsung had so many phones made with metal? Did you own any of them? Feel free to leave your comments below!

source: Samsung Tomorrow



16. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Although metal is quite nice, plastic is good enough...iDont get why people are making a huge fuss over a simple (dimple) design....

14. rayman173

Posts: 61; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

You forgot to include the Samsung Galaxy S Captivate for AT&T the only flagship out of the 4 to come with a removable metal back panel

8. SayMobile

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 29, 2014

Wave 3 was a Truly good looking metal phone,one of the better looking metal phones of all time. I wish the Galaxy S series should have been like the wave 3, nice practicle look with metal body.

7. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Don't forget the galaxy s hoppin, which is exclusive in south korea and has a metal back

3. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

I don't get the fuss beyond "metal phone" though. A phone doesn't need to be made of so called "premium materials" to look and feel premium. Look at nokia phones, Motorola phones, they look truly beautiful and have solid build quality.

4. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

*behind not beyond :p

5. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Indeed! I actually think the polycarbonate unibodied Nokia phones look way more premium than metal phones with their inevitable joints and edges. Not to mention the scratches that'll mar metal surfaces in no time, unless you cover it in less-than-premium rubber covers...

11. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

True. I love Nokia's latest designs and the tough build quality (though not the childish colors).

15. Lauticol

Posts: 404; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

I used an HTC M7 for 1 year and then changed to an LG G2. I know the G2 is not the best plastic phone, but I can't find a single phone that feels as nice in hand as the M7. Also had no scratches in the HTC and just used a screen protector

6. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

IMO, plastic will always be viewed as "cheap" as so much of it feels like it is oozing chemicals into your flesh. For example, the back cover of the black Galaxy S5 is like this. I don't think any smartphones are made with food grade plastic, so they mostly actually do leak chemicals into your hands at much higher rates than a food grade plastic would. On the other hand, the One M8 really is a nice design, very ergonomic for my hands, and has none of the cheap slimy feeling of plastic. And far less toxic chemicals. Sure, there is "better" plastic and there are many advantages of using plastic vs. metal, namely better RF performance and less radiation for the user. But at the end of the day, many people prefer a higher quality material such as metal.

9. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Well I've been using mobile phones for more than 15 years, most of them were plastic. And I didn't encounter any type of chemical oozing! Not sure what are you trying to say there. Yeah I love HTC One's design, it feels great in hands, the unique curves add to its beauty. I'm not saying aluminium is cheap or bad. But plastic hate is overrated and simply not valid. Plastic has its advantages. I conclude that the hate has more to do with Samsung than plastic itself.

2. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

When Samsung introduces a phone that has some metal on the sides and feels they need to publish posts like "Solid History of Metal in Samsung Devices", you know one thing: Samsung has really gone mental regarding metal.

12. Cicero

Posts: 1164; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Looking at the pictures above I think they made nice pieces of phones during time.

13. AwesomestMaximuss

Posts: 148; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

And these are not all,,,PA missed way too the metal series phones..the best ones imho..

1. a_tumiwa

Posts: 393; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

probably we can call Galaxy Alpha "The First Samsung Android/Galaxy with Metal Case"

10. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Off Topic: PA still failed to report that Exynos 5430 is built on 20nm HKMG process.

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