Samsung's Metal 12 is a magnesium alloy that could be used in the Galaxy S9, S9+

Samsung's Metal 12 is a magnesium alloy that could be used in the Galaxy S9, S9+
At this point, everything even remotely related to the upcoming Galaxy S9 and S9+ gets scrutinized and carefully inspected by the blogosphere and Samsung's devoted fans especially, giving us an excellent overall understanding what the first major flagship of 2018 will be like. Even the smallest tidbits of info that could give any further knowledge about the Galaxies can't seem to evade the all-seeing eyes. And now, we even know what metal alloy the Galaxy S9 and S9+ could potentially be made of...

Samsung has just filed in a trademark with the (European Union Intellectual Property Office) for Metal 12, which is apparently a new lightweight and durable magnesium-aluminum alloy developed by Samsung itself and already used as the main material on its recent Notebook 9 (2018) laptop. This latest trademark application hints that this new alloy would most certainly be used in other Samsung devices, which, of course, on its own implies that the Galaxy S9/S9+ and likely wearables like the Gear S4.

What are the benefits of magnesium versus aluminum alloys though?  Although the difference in such overall-light devices like smartphones wouldn't be that much glaring, magnesium is lighter than aluminum and stronger per unit volume at the some time. Those two extraordinary properties of magnesium, the twelfth element in the periodic table (hence Metal 12), have dubbed it "the metal of the future", and it's easy to see why.

As SamMobile points out, Samsung has definitely toyed with magnesium alloys before, reportedly having developed a magnesium Galaxy S7 prototype a few years ago. This did not came to fruition, but it seems like 2018 could be it for Samsung's magnesium dreams. Of course, merely filing for a trademark and having a laptop with the alloy in the works doesn't explicitly mean the Galaxy S9/S9+ and even the Note 9 would definitely be made of the material, but it is a possibility that shouldn't be ruled out at all. 


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42 Comments

1. Tony_5600

Posts: 82; Member since: Apr 09, 2017

So which one is better Stainless Steel or Magnesium Alloy?

2. drunkenjay

Posts: 1697; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

magnesium. stainless is durable but heavy.

16. So-min

Posts: 55; Member since: Dec 07, 2017

Samsung has deep thought about choosing the best materials. Magnesium or stainless steel doesn't really matter, they're both good, but the ones from Samsung is 10 times much superior than Apple's or other cheap manufacturers.

17. kiko007

Posts: 7513; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"Samsung has deep thought about choosing the best materials" Must be why they used s**tty bandaid plastic on their products for half a decade./s

20. Quicksword_Phantom

Posts: 180; Member since: Jun 15, 2015

At least they didn't bend like a twizzler. Iphone 6 plus anyone???

22. kiko007

Posts: 7513; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Who the hell bends twizzlers? That sounds like sacrilege to me.

38. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

IPhone 6 Plus took 75lbs of pressure to bend and snap like a twig. Note 3 with a polycarbonate case took 150lbs of pressure to bend. Yeah. Metal is cheap too last I heard. Feeling premium and being premium is 2 different thing bruh.

24. fyah_king unregistered

But, does the sh1tty band-aid bend like your iPhone? So, which is sh1tty?lol

26. kiko007

Posts: 7513; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

My iPhone X has yet to bend. Also, are you people REALLY gonna harp on one phone bending while Samsung was literally using Dixie cups plastic to make their flagship phones for 5 generations? I don't mind plastic phones (in fact I'd probably prefer them) but the plastic used in the S3 was the slimiest, cheapest feeling variation I've ever held before. The HTC One X felt MILES better, and the iPhone 5 was in a league unto itself at the time. I wasn't going to pay $500 for that kind of crappy chunk of recycled water bottle materials when I could get an X or iPhone instead.

27. darkkjedii

Posts: 31320; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Gotta admit though my dude, Apple did get exposed with the 6 Plus. That made them do 7000 series, and I'm glad they made the move.

39. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

That wasnt the only phone to bend. IPhone 4 and 4s vented like a piece of crap. Iphone 5S arrived brand new and bent in the box. Iphone, 3g and 3gs all discolored from the chips bring the casing. Samsung phones in white never got discolored. So no, the iPhone 6 is not the o my one. But remember you brought up old Samsung phones first. But you talk about someone else harping. Oh and if I break the glass on any Samsung, it's not going to cost the price of a laptop to fix. Be careful with your glass toy that. Ant run 32bit and 64bit apps on the same software.

30. Techlover2018

Posts: 80; Member since: Jul 14, 2017

Well steel is a 2000 year old metal. So good luck with that.

35. iushnt

Posts: 3122; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

To be frank the Galaxy S5 has the most durable built quality. It refuses to be broken on multiple falls till today.

37. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Because Apple never used the same xheap.plastic on all 3 of th3 first iPhones, their Macs and the iPhone 5C? Popped that Apple perfect bubble again!

36. iushnt

Posts: 3122; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Apple is by no means a cheap manufacturer.

40. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Hahahaha. IPhone 6 cost $220 to make. That's pretty cheap and the 5S and SE are even cheaper.

13. peace247 unregistered

Expensive pro level dslrs are made of magnesium alloy.....

28. DolmioMan

Posts: 335; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

Because it's lighter than stainless steel, that is all. Apple went stainless steel because you can polish it to a mirror finish whereas the magnesium alloy has to either be coated or sand blasted/ anodised.

32. Penny

Posts: 1860; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Surface tablets as well.

41. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

The only thing is th3 alloy feels like plastic. I like the cold feeling or aluminum.

3. Anderson36

Posts: 42; Member since: Apr 28, 2017

Stainless steel feels much more premium due to its weight and fairs better in durability than cheap magnesium alloy. That’s why iPhone X has the best build quality in the industry.

4. afrohoxha

Posts: 264; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Latest magnesium alloys have stronger durability than stainless steel, at the same time having other important benefits over steel.

9. Anderson36

Posts: 42; Member since: Apr 28, 2017

Source?

34. Penny

Posts: 1860; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Agreed. Like someone noted above, pro dSLRs have magnesium alloy chassis specifically for the durability + weight. This is professional equipment that must be able to withstand far more than a phone is usually put through. Also, the Surface tablets are made of magnesium with a VaporMg coating. The original Surface RT was entirely VaporMg, but that was leading to production limitations. The Surface RT was a beast in terms of durability for its time.

5. SGSatlantis

Posts: 227; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

Except that polished stainless steel scratches extremely easily, especially around the ports, or should I say the port. Magnesium alloys are both more durable and more expensive than SS. Do your research before spewing nonsense.

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31320; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

LMAOOOO! Dude the iPhone X scratches so damn easily, it's not even funny. I don't even bother taking mine out of its case. Hop on YouTube. Its build quality is great, but no better than any other top phone out there. Stop fanboying.

10. Anderson36

Posts: 42; Member since: Apr 28, 2017

But stainless steel doesn’t dent as easy as aluminium. Go watch iPhone X vs iPhone 8 Plus PhoneBuff drop test.

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 31320; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I saw it, when it first came out. The build quality extends to nicks, and scratches too dude...do not even try to deflect.

29. DolmioMan

Posts: 335; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

You can polish the scratches out of the silver model and the black coated bands don't scratch, if anything they chip.

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