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Samsung Galaxy S IV to be impressive performer, but made out of plastic?

0. phoneArena posted on 04 Mar 2013, 03:02

The Samsung Galaxy S IV puzzle is getting solved each day by the rumor and today’s part is about the materials it is made of…

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posted on 04 Mar 2013, 04:40

69. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

i don't know why you had so many thumbs up. but all i can say is that your comment really defined premium, but you should put on the specs and usability of the phone. just saying. :)

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 14:08 1

128. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4783; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)

What you're basically touting is form over function. If the display, performance, and OS was subpar, you'd be okay with it as long as it had a "premium" look to it?

"Premium" is the whole package. It's not just specs, but it's also not just the case either. To take your car analogy from before a step further, would anyone buy a Bentley or Lamborghini with an inferior motor? No, because premium vehicles like that don't skimp on things like that. That's what makes them premium.

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 04:01 3

57. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

Doesn't feel/look cheap. The GS3 doesn't fit that. It's glossy and looks like a toy, and the plastic used on it often creaks when gripped and has been reported to crack around the sides. I don't mind the polycarbonate the GS3 uses, it's just the glossy finish and flimsy back plate that is unattractive.

A primary example of polycarbonate done right; HTC One X. Matte finish on the plastic and a tough unibody build. You can go ahead and make a list of cons on that phone, but you're crazy if you don't admit that it is one good looking and durable handset.

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 10:54 3

113. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

I don't admit that and I am perfectly sane. I don't consider poor finishing marks, screen that I can push in, loose power button/volume rocker, screen tint, uneven sim tray etc to be good looking and durable.(One X)

Where do you guys get creaking GS3's from? I call BS on that.

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 03:42 7

35. shuaibhere (Posts: 1986; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)

Others don't realise that consumers need removable battery .

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 03:45 4

42. Jphones (Posts: 235; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

ha its HTC they might be down right now but everybody thinks HTC when it comes to the best build quality

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 03:56 1

52. zuckerboy (banned) (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)

last year murtazin claims that s3 will have seramic body !!! so i dont believe him

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 04:41 2

71. takay0 (Posts: 144; Member since: 25 Mar 2012)

and HTC

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 06:19 4

82. AshishRomea (Posts: 145; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)

Sony Xperia Z for me is premium & powerful phone which is well build & build to last !

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 06:43 2

85. zuckerboy (banned) (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)

only for you ...

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 08:34

97. tedkord (Posts: 14119; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

But they know how make a selling phone, and Sony needs to learn that from them.

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 12:21

124. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

and Moto....and HTC. Samsung could learn something from everybody. xD

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 03:11 11

7. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

no doubt that S4 will be the king of phones when it launches but they must pay great attention to their materials and designs.
people need change.

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 03:11 2

8. clark (Posts: 51; Member since: 23 Feb 2013)

Oh well we will see that on press release but it never bothers me if its plastic or what. I'm waiting for S4 then buy it.

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 03:12 10

9. MartianMe (unregistered)

Pretty much every high end android phones have the same specs now...I was hoping for Samsung to give us something different but I guess is not going to happen and on top of that the good ol' plastic is coming back boys ....I don't know about you but i'm getting bored already..

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 03:13 3

12. datsyuk (Posts: 180; Member since: 11 Jan 2012)

Why are they saying Snapdragon for states? Doesn't the Octa support LTE and didn't the last article hint at a "world" phone?

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 04:11

61. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

Samsung is probably struggling to meet demands with the Octa, a pretty fresh technology, so to have enough devices ready for the bang, some will go Snapdragon. It may be better suited for US LTE carriers too where performance-wise the SD600 @ 1.9GHz may very well outperform the Octa.

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 10:59

114. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

100 million all at once is even too much for Samsung. That is why they are building another huge facility. So they can either release in select markets first and slowly give the Exynos to everybody. Sort of like how Apple does Asia 3 months or more after North America. Or they can just use both the Qualcomm chip set and the Exynos for a truly global release like they did with the GS3.

I don't think Samsung has enough clout to make markets wait too long so using Qualcomm to handle a big chunk of the load makes sense.

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 03:16 9

14. XperiaPrince (Posts: 108; Member since: 25 Dec 2012)

Plastic again.... even tough plastic is durable, it dosent FEEL and look good. The worst is that the plastic they are using is GLOSSY PLASTIC wich is not really great and feels cheap. Samsung why dont you try ALUMINUM or GLASS or even SOFT TOUCH PLASTIC would be better.

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 03:31 2

26. GALAXY-STORM (Posts: 328; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)

I don't think its possible to remove battery when it comes with a glass or aluminum unibody design so maybe that could be a reason.Though I agree with anyone who wishes to see a better build quality. If they can sort that out everything will be settled for a perfect and genuine smartphone.
I have feeling that its gonna look like xperia z.

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 03:19 13

15. nitinrana (Posts: 27; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)

Shut up and take my money!

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 09:38 1

104. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

Please that joke is getting old. Just buy the gs iv when it launch

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 03:19 11

16. reyenrique (Posts: 99; Member since: 07 Oct 2012)

well what it count is the software on the phone and u will see then the result on the phone

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 03:20 4

18. Chiddu (Posts: 22; Member since: 02 Jul 2012)

No, most of the Galaxy S4 body is made of plastic but it come with metal back cover for battery removal.

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 03:43 2

38. shuaibhere (Posts: 1986; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


posted on 04 Mar 2013, 03:20 1

19. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

I wonder why don't they just use Gorilla Glass all over. Well we know why, it's the branding to differentiate Samsungs looks, but they could still have rounded design but use strong unibody design like the Oppo Find 5.

The Note II improved on the build and the Gorilla glass, the metal around and the plastic on the back can take damage no doubt, but they should add at least one matte option.

BTW, is it technologically possible to have metal body AND wireless charging?

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 03:23 9

21. Andrewtst (Posts: 678; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)

If S IV was PLASTIC against... sorry la... I not going to buy it. HTC One will be mine. :)

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 03:26

23. mydi.maus (unregistered)

so lame why?is that that you can do?hahah

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 03:29 3

24. ravigill (Posts: 25; Member since: 30 Jan 2013)

mind and heart moving towards htc one or xperia z becoz of premium look

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 03:32 7

29. joesseth (Posts: 61; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)

I don't like heavy phones, would you like to carry a brick in your pocket?

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