Samsung Galaxy S7 rumored to come with magnesium alloy unibody

Samsung Galaxy S7 rumored to come with magnesium alloy unibody
With the introduction of the glass-metal Galaxy S6 line-up, Samsung introduced fundamental design and build material changes to its iconic Galaxy S smartphone series. However, according to a recent report, it looks like Samsung might be gearing up to further improve on the build quality of its high-end handsets. More to the point, a fresh report from the South Korean media claims that the Samsung Galaxy S7 will make use of a magnesium alloy unibody.

The report, quoting unnamed sources from inside Samsung's supply chain, says that Samsung recently received magnesium alloy case samples from the same company that makes the 6013 aluminum metal frame for the current-generation Galaxy S6 phones. There's reason to believe that the report is referring to a metal unibody, and not a new build material for the metal frame that goes around current-gen Galaxy S smartphones. Allegedly, the parts supplier was told to deliver a magnesium alloy with a surface as smooth as the aluminum that Apple uses on its current-gen iPhones.

Ever since Apple launched the iPhone 6 Plus last year, the related Bendgate scandal has caused multiple smartphone makers to improve on their build materials. While the iPhone 6 Plus came with 6003 aluminum, the second-generation Apple phablet, the iPhone 6s Plus, features 7000 series aluminum, which will be tougher to bend. The thing is that, if it plans to maintain the glass-metal sandwich design philosophy, Samsung really doesn't need a tougher build material for the internal frame, as this frame also gets some structural support from the glass back. Where the magnesium alloy comes into play is in the context of a metal unibody, where the outer metal case is also the structural frame of the handset.

Since magnesium alloy is tougher to bend but also lighter compared to aluminum alloys, its adoption as a build material for a unibody design would not only solve the durability issues, but could also allow for a much lighter handset overall. 

What do you guys make of this rumor? Would you be interested in a Samsung Galaxy S7 with a magnesium alloy unibody build?

source: inews24 via GforGames

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71 Comments

1. jdrch

Posts: 107; Member since: Jul 08, 2014

I've already switched to LG in my mind for my next phone. Removable battery and microSD support are too important to me.

3. torr310

Posts: 1667; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Yes, both of them are important´╝ü

10. carlemillward unregistered

But what if LG follows Samsung's route. Samsung and LG always tend to follow each other. If Samsung doesn't do something LG does, then LG does something Samsung does. This is pre-iPhone days.

14. jdrch

Posts: 107; Member since: Jul 08, 2014

I'm hoping to God that doesn't happen.

22. -Shadow-

Posts: 95; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

Actually is more like Samsung follows Apple , LG follows Samsung

36. tedkord

Posts: 17397; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Actually, it's nothing like that here in the real world.

26. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

If they all remove both, I will buy the cheapest based on cost/specs/durability and treat them like the disposable products theyve become.

46. Dude2

Posts: 41; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

What if Samsung gets to keep a massive amount of there Note5 and 6Edge inventory? We should see in the next few weeks what the first 30 day sales are for the Note 5. Removable battery and SD card are just too important to ignore for long. You have to remember that the design point of the iPhone is a consumption device meant to do one thing at a time. Android design point is a multitasking productivity environment.

47. darkoman4

Posts: 183; Member since: May 30, 2014

Good point. You can already buy a brand new Note 5 for $590 on eBay. Not a good start if you ask me.

60. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Yes because the the plastic design and removing battery and sd card is helping lg sales, hm nope, sales all down, the new designs for Samsung are the only thing making them sale better than Last year and the only oem to do so (China oem not included in this)

11. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

That's like burning down your house to kill a rat. The last good LG was a G2. They have not improved since then. I love their form factor with the buttons on the back. I had a G2 and loved it, but they stopped pushing the envelop. I'm sure when they stopped making Polaroids people felt the same way.

21. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

I'm afraid with the lack luster sales of the G4 they will follow Samsungs move toward unibody design.

31. drkarim

Posts: 19; Member since: Mar 29, 2014

what do u have after a g2 iam having it currently and looking for an upgrade

35. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Had an S6, now a Note 5. Superb devices, both of them. What I miss about the G2, buttons on the back. If you've never had an LG being able to securely and firmly grip the sides from ANY angle w/o worrying about buttons is awesome. 2-I loved the shape of it. It was very square and I liked that. The S6 is a bit too tall and rectangular as is the Note 5.

64. drkarim

Posts: 19; Member since: Mar 29, 2014

aha great iam looking for note 5 but iam afriad it has a less battery life than my g2 which is a monster in that regard u kno avery full day is essential to me

16. ventusnova

Posts: 41; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

i agree, they are very important, plus in my personal opinion and experience, samsung phones have too much lag for me. i have a rooted s4 and 5 and they both still lag pretty bad, plus lg phones have removable batteries and sd cards, so i think they're useful

61. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

There is no way close to that type of At with there new phones, all Samsung phones with new icons do not lag

24. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Jdrch- Agreed. The only conclusion any intelligent person can come to.

38. tedkord

Posts: 17397; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Asinine comment.

49. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Apparently no one cares about your "intelligent" insights as always.

45. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Removeable battery is practical but no more practical than power bank. And bring spare battery is just too geeky...

66. coldspring22

Posts: 349; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

So how long do you have to dongle dangle that power bank on your phone to juice it up? Much simpler to just swap the battery, get back to 100% charge and forget about it. Not to mention you can swap in a brand new battery any time if old one starts wearing out. My spare battery is in my wallet, so I just need my wallet to have a spare battery.

56. engineer-1701d unregistered

its already supposed to bring back sd native high speed and a battery where are you that you need it that much i just got off work of 17 hours and my phone died at midnight 1% put it on charger and 20 mins later back at 34%

59. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

The s6 edge plus comes with 7000, it's metal design is also not the same as the normal s6

2. torr310

Posts: 1667; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Wish the price will be cheaper...stop making the going up, so as Apple

4. bodzio1809

Posts: 407; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

I want this unibody+front(Edge screen) and back edged profile+front facing stereo speakers+small bezels+onscreen buttons+fingerprint scanner under screen+USB C+IP rating.

5. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

If the Note 5/Edge+ use 7000 series aluminium, why would you go back to 6000?

23. -Shadow-

Posts: 95; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

Umm read the article again , they are ditching aluminum for magnesium alloy which apparently is tougher.

25. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Yup it is. I bet they are gonna ditch the glass back. S6 edge is pretty but the z5 looks better because of the matte finish (like metal)

6. GTRagnarok

Posts: 48; Member since: Aug 22, 2014

Good build material is nice for 30 seconds, after which I put on a plastic case anyway. These high end phones are too expensive to be accidentally dropping.

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