Here's why the Samsung Galaxy S5 has a perforated (dotted) back cover

Here's why the Samsung Galaxy S5 has a perforated (dotted) back cover
Samsung caused somewhat of a stir when it unveiled the design of its new Galaxy S5 smartphone back in February. Many have wondered: what’s with the dotted (or perforated) back cover

As we pointed out in our Galaxy S5 review, this new rear cover - available in four different colors - offers a comfortable feel, and isn’t as slippery as the back covers of older Galaxy flagships - like the S4 or the S III

Since the new flagship is dust- and water-resistant, we assume that the faux leather material used on the Note 3 and Note 3 Neo wasn't an option, so Samsung had to find something different for the S5.

The South Korean company recently explained why it chose to design the back of the S5 this way:


Samsung has a full Galaxy S5 design story over at its new design-centric website (we first told you about it in March) - you can see it in the slideshow below. Oh, and in case you were wondering if, like the S III and S4, the Galaxy S5 is also “designed for humans”… well, Samsung reassures us that it is. Whew!


Later this year, Samsung may launch a premium variant of the Galaxy S5, which should be made out of metal. Well, we're eagerly waiting to see what this one will look like.

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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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98 Comments

1. josephnero

Posts: 782; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

still ugly

11. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

The dotted back just ruined the design of the phone, the K Zoom somehow looks better but still the dotted back looks weird.

25. maherk

Posts: 6932; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

How does it look better on the K Zoom than the S5 when in fact both have the same pattern? I was a bit critical on dau one when the S5 was released, then watching videos I liked it, they wanted to stay with the faux leather back but offer it in a new way. Perforated leather is usually the leather used in luxury cars, and I know the back of the S5 isn't real leather, but it gives the same look. I moved from the Note 3 to the S5 10 days ago, and the grip on this phone isn't comparable. So believe it or not, the dotted back does give a better grip, and you can always buy glass, metal, leather, wood, carbon fiber, and plastic battery doors off ebay.

65. Ashoaib

Posts: 3297; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Dotted back is an ugly part but the same looks nice on white n blue varient

80. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Most of those battery doors on eBay are not water sealed. Samsung could have made something much nicer, but they chose to do something cheap and expedient and then spend billions on marketing to make up for it. This is the Samsung way and it defines all aspects of how the company does business. For example, promoting cheap low quality TLC for SSDs instead of using MLC.

74. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

They still don't know what is design. Lol Ugliest flagship of the year.

16. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

Okay PA, do you really need to write an article about it? LOL just asking

36. slaggyb

Posts: 218; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

No single day passes by without Samsung galaxy s5 news on Phonearena.com aka samsungarena. How ridiculous this sounds. Florin. T actually took pains to post this article I guess you have so much time @ your disposal. Well Samsung pays for it smh!

39. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Dont be butthurt. They always work hard to bring news under your fingertips. They have to earn for their life too.

46. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

Not at all. Well actually, that's the whole point of this "tech sites" it's just a business, sales talk, etc..

61. Klamba92

Posts: 212; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

Thing is Samsung, Google and Apple articles drive the most traffic and you help them even more by commenting. It's also no secret that Samsung and apple both have the most market share so because the majority of users have either a galaxy device or iPhone. So tech sites will always prioritise those more!

81. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Yeah, they do. Most news sites just modify PR sheets and press releases and put them up as "news". While it may be a sad testament to the shallowness of the world, it is also how the PhoneArena staff put food on their tables.

18. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

Life is hard dear hater. Life is hard. we have to learn to live it wisely and buy rip nokias and old sonys:'(

31. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Stop these pathetic self praising comments. You're a narcissist of your own kind. Just trying to feel better buy commenting stupid then liking the comment with your multiple accounts.

33. maherk

Posts: 6932; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

You do know that people can like his comment right? I liked his comment and am pretty sure a couple of others did. You always use the multiple account excuse every time someone who has a different opinion than yours has a green plus next to his/her comment, and thinking about it now, I believe it is you who has multiple accounts, and probably believe everyone else has the time to do so.

37. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

Yeah I have multiple accounts, PapaSmurf, Tech2, and maherk. Samsung "k!ds" are the worst of all (notice I don't typed fans, because Samsung fans are reasonable, while k!ds are arrogant). You just keep loving the "brand", you ignore everything that's not Samsung. So annoying!

43. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

lmaooooo yeah we should care about rip nokias and grandpas sony radios? who cares? we love what we have and enjoy it to the max but for you to come and troll articles you're gonna have a helluva day. and speaka english.

50. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

As far as I know Samsung fans are always the ones offending others and saying only Samsung rulez. Meanwhile we others like all kinds of nice tech and choose what's best. At least Apple fans are mostly civilized like darkkjedii.

54. maherk

Posts: 6932; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Don't play the techie guy card, you are a Sony slave who lives in denial, everything in the Z2 is the best in your and almost every Sony boy's eyes on this site. As for me, I always said that the M8 has the best design, besy looking UI, but I went with the S5 because it has the full package and at the end of the day, looks are irrelevant to me. But for you, I can recall when you claimed that the Z1 has the best screen in the market, then yesterday you came up with a link of a youtube reviewer just because she said the Z2 has the best screen. You crowned the Z2 as the phone with best speakers, on day one! Like try the M8 and Z2 and then come up with your smar conclusions

57. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

......... Yeah, right. Cause I have called the Z1's display being the best... Yes, it is very good when looking head on. But it's not the best. Z2 does not have the best speakers and I have never said so. If I have, it was just speculation before I heard some comparisons. Well actually the speakers are about as good as M7, but M8 has clearly a lot better speakers. I have always loved Erica Griffins reviews, because she really is so HONEST and she goes SO IN DEPTH in her reviews. The reasons I love Z2 is it's beautiful premium design, simple sophisticated UI, best Android camera, great battery life, great performance and that awesome display. I have always preferred LCD's to AMOLED's mostly because of the colours. Also I have bad experience with AMOLED burn in stuff on my N9. Yes, that may not be the occasion on every AMOLED screen, but they still might occur after lot's of use. The reason I don't like S5 is mostly the design. Not only hardware design, but Touchwiz is just so ugly to me. And I don't want to root my device. Also it doesn't have those stereo speakers, noise cancellation and the camera isn't as good. At least in most situations. I prefer to shoot in 4:3 for the wider field of view. I also love the M8, but it's not waterproof and the camera just doesn't capture enough details. LG G3 will probably be awesome, but at least their previous UI is super ugly and I don't like the back side of LG phones. The glossy plastic looks horrible. LG G Pro 2 looks kinda good though since it's matte. And just to let you know, I don't really think about you as a bad troller or ignorant Sammyboy. Mostly FriendsOfSamsung and The13thKing are bad.

58. maherk

Posts: 6932; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Erica Griffin is so biased man, I love the S5, but go check her S5 review, she was so biased toward Samsung since they sent her an S5. She says she buys her stuff, but only because not every OEM sends her a phone, when she make it sound that she buys them because she doesn't need anyone's favor.

60. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Except she doesn't even have a S5 review yet.

62. maherk

Posts: 6932; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

http://youtu.be/wH6WiHacenM And you act like you watch her channel? Smh

68. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

"Is the Galaxy S5 worth the upgrade? I have a chance to bid the two against each other before my full review" First too sentences in the description. That's not a review of the phone yet it's just a comparison between S4 and S5

69. maherk

Posts: 6932; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Too bad you still want to live in denial

70. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I don't really get you now.

91. zebraman

Posts: 59; Member since: Sep 11, 2013

the S5 looks a lot nicer than the Z2. the Z2 its just a waterproof brick of a phone. the Z2 is overated why are there so many Sony fanboys in this forum. why do samsung sell more phones than sony because they make better phones thats why. i dont understand why everyone pays out touchwiz it works fine ive never has a problem with it.

45. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Exactly. They think of themselves as Gods and want everybody to worship them and think everybody else are worse people than they are. They don't even give a chance to other companies and just trustfully enjoy their Samsungs. And the worst is that they constantly make fun of other people. No manners, no empathy at all. Super annoying people. I wonder if they have any friends.

67. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

What's annoying is seeing you here. Hop off the article is all you're going to do is troll.

71. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

Here we go again Smurf, just always remember, you're a Med Student, and hopefully be a Nurse? So act your age.

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