Samsung VP hints that the Samsung Galaxy S IV will be plastic

Samsung VP hints that the Samsung Galaxy S IV will be plastic
On Monday, we passed along the word from Russian blogger Eldar Murtizan about the Samsung Galaxy S IV. And that word, similar to the movie The Graduate, was "plastic," as in the sentence, the Samsung Galaxy S IV will be made out of plastic. As it turns out, Samsung executive VP of mobile, Y.H. Lee says that there will be no change in the Korean manufacturer's use of the material. That would seem to confirm Murtizan's comments.

Why is there no uni-body aluminum body for the flagship Android device? According to Lee, it has to do with Samsung being practical. In pumping out the giddlywoowoozillion devices a year that Samsung does, there is no time for the longer process required with some other materials to make sure that there are no defective units being sent out.

When it comes to keeping the back cover removable, Samsung listened to its customers who want to be able to swap out a fresh battery to replace a dead one. Fellow Korean handset producer LG did not offer a removable battery with the LG Optimus G, but did so on the sequel LG Optimus G Pro after listening to its customers. And while the plastic cover feels light and seems to bend to the point of snapping in two, Samsung says its back cover is more durable than the back of other smartphone manufacturers because of the flexibility provided by the plastic which better absorbs physical impact.

The big question is whether Samsung's decision to stick to plastic at a time when HTC went with an aluminum construction with the HTC One, and Nokia offers polycarbonate (along with one rumored aluminum model itself) will have any affect on sales of the Samsung Galaxy S IV.

source: CNET

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111 Comments

1. jcpwn2004

Posts: 314; Member since: Jan 18, 2012

It's funny how people make such a big deal about this. Maybe there's a reason why tech bloggers aren't in charge of building phones. I don't give a crap what my phone is made out of since it will be covered in a case immediately so I'd prefer that it's lightweight and durable. All I care about is the screen, software, user experience, camera and battery life. I'm sure many people feel the same way. Why would I want a phone made of glass that shatters when dropped from 3 feet?

6. wp8forever unregistered

Lol another crap from Samsung , I can't believe this , they know everyone wants aluminum or a good build quality ,if it is plastic I hope they don't sell s**t and ppl get htc one or Sony z , samcrap

8. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

By everybody of course you mean the minority as Samsung sold more plastic devices last year than all non-plastic Android rivals combined. BTW the title is not entirely accurate as the SIV will be plastic on the back, metal on the side and Gorilla Glass on the front.

11. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

This information is not completely confirmed so I don't see a reasons for a stigmatized speeches. Majority of other phones also has plastic body.

21. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Tell that to millions of happy SGS3 and Note 2 owners. Get a phone case if you aren't happy with the "feel" of the device. Also, please tell me how easy it is for devices like the iPhone, which supposively is made of the best premium, high materials and yet gets shipped with dents and scratches? Which in just a matter of a couple months also suffer from these issues? In the end, it doesn't matter, because you'll be buying a phone case to protect or cover the scratches and dents of your phone anyway. I will take removable battery and a micro sd card slot any day over it.

52. papss unregistered

Agreed it doesn't need to be aluminum to be premium.. But does need better fit and finish... And better paint

23. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Yes they want good build quality "In pumping out the giddlywoowoozillion devices a year that Samsung does, there is no time for the longer process required with some other materials to make sure that there are no defective units being sent out." Which means that Samsung makes sure that their millions of devices do not ship defective. Like Nokia Lumia 920 creaking, dust in the camera, buttons that cave in etc, or HTC's rattling volume rockers, finishing marks, loose screens, camera modules that are not cut properly etc. I don't know about you, but I rather have the perfect clearance and consistency of a great plastic build over builds that are riddled with issues.

49. papss unregistered

You lost me with the last part... Great plastic lol now you are being silly

85. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Nothing silly about it, I gave examples. Plastic is easier to cut precisely so the clearance is perfect.

98. shy2papa

Posts: 336; Member since: Jan 23, 2010

But for an high end phone is should at least have a quality build so you would feel you are getting your moneys worth, this is why a lot of people want Nokia in the Android ecosystem Nokia has been building aluminum phones for years and has the know how to build a quality phone even Apple will envy. #just saying

62. heyhi

Posts: 137; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

man, i dont know how much the xperia z can resist without a scratch or break when it falls...i saw some videos on you tube that people throw their XZs on their wooden floor and the phone was ok, but i dont know about falling on the street or sidewalk, no videos yet, so, i would use a case...the HTC One, is also beautiful, but, aluminum easily scratches and BEND...i can say that, cause i have a MacBook Pro and anything can scratch it and once it felt from my bed and bend a little bit on the frame of the screen, so I would use a case again...my point is, no matter what material the phone is made of, you always have to use a case to protect your phone and that case hides the beauty and felling of them..For me, doesnt matter if its plastic, the important are the internal and if its thin to fit in my pocket, no matter the size of it.

64. heyhi

Posts: 137; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

but of course, if the GS IV was made of something different than plastic, i would be happier, but plastic is ok, not premium, but not bad at all.

102. richardyarrell2011

Posts: 510; Member since: Mar 16, 2011

I personally applaud Samsung for sticking to with what works. 213 million smartphones sold in 2012 with 40% market share proves that changes just too change is not needed. Surely the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 will share the same design elements just like the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 did in 2012. The Galaxy Note 2 is the BEST ultimate all purpose productivity device ever made since the inception of android. Clearly Samsung is well on their way to another year of excellent sales probably even 250 million smartphones in 2013. Nothing beats Samsung period.

7. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"All I care about is the screen, software, user experience, camera and battery life." I also care about those things, but I also care and about phone's body, build quality and what materials are used because I don't want to keep a phone in additional casing. "I'm sure many people feel the same way." At least not I.

17. wp8forever unregistered

Exactly well said .

24. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

The problem with the haters is that Samsung actually has everything well covered. Just because they have a problem with the "other things" it doesn't mean Samsung products are cheaply built. In fact, they are extremely well made and it seems the best the detractors can come up with is it doesn't use premium materials! You actually probably need additional casing for iphone and HTC One more than the GS3. Samsung even designed the flip cover to be basically like you have no casing.

28. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"Just because they have a problem with the "other things" it doesn't mean Samsung products are cheaply built." I didn't said that. :)

65. RomeoJDR

Posts: 245; Member since: Dec 09, 2011

Especially when the only thing that really differentiates top phones is their build

35. dbparipsa

Posts: 21; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Couldn't agree more!

78. Jonathan41

Posts: 532; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

Enthusiast make a big deal out of everything. Thats just what we do.

82. Ivan6479

Posts: 250; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I totally here what you're saying, but why should comsumers like you and I be forced to buy some stupid case to cover up our beautiful devices, not to mention the extra thickness and weight it adds to a device. I think it's about time these companies start using materials that can actually enjoy life case free at least for a few years until we want to go purchase a new one. ;)

2. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Somehow, I doubt the decision to stick with plastic is going to hurt Sammy's sales of the GS IV.

22. Tsoliades

Posts: 228; Member since: Dec 22, 2012

I like plastic. When I lick it, it tastes like sausage. I like plastic.

37. cheetah2k

Posts: 2256; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

You like D1ldos?

3. drpain

Posts: 85; Member since: Feb 07, 2013

Plastic is DURABLE

31. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Plastic is CHEAP

51. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

So you'd rather have something that's costly and breakable, rather than something that's cheap and durable? I don't even know how to answer that.

56. BadAssAbe

Posts: 507; Member since: Apr 22, 2011

Cheap because it bends, dents, scratches, cracks, Shatters, and heavy?

73. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

And what about Fiber Glass ?

80. Jonathan41

Posts: 532; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

Plastic is fine. The glossy finish is what makes it look and feel like cheap plastic but, really means nothing about the phones build quality. Samsung should probably go with a soft grip coating like the One X did. Feels and looks lot better and nulls the "cheep" build quality argument that people love to stick to. P.S. The first gen iPhone was made out of plastic and no one said anything. Knowing you Mxyz, I'm sure you would have never said such a thing if they still were.

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