Samsung creating a premium F smartphone line: metal chassis and 16 MP OIS camera due in March

Samsung creating a premium F smartphone line: metal chassis and 16 MP OIS camera due in March
Samsung news are pouring fast and furious these days - first about the 64-bit Exynos in final stages of preparation, then on orders for magnesium/aluminum phone casings, afterwards the new ISOCELL mobile camera tech, and now we get the crown jewel.

Korean media is reporting on an eventual premium line of smartphones from Samsung, dubbed Project F, where the company is planning to throw the kitchen sink of its considerable hardware resources, and wrap it all in pretty slim metal chassis.

Details on the exact specs range are still being finalized, but we might be looking at 4.5"-5.5" screen sizes with eventually flexible displays, Exynos Octa processors, and up to 16 MP camera with optical image stabilization technology. Since Samsung likely plans on premium prices for its F series, mass production issues of its components won't be a deterrent, like they were with the eventual flexible YOUM screen and OIS tech for the Note 3, which still might happen, but in much smaller batches.

Such a strategy will allow Samsung to cover each and every market segment and price point - from the extreme low-end to the exclusive premium editions. Does that mean that the metal casings bandied about to be in production soon won't be for the Galaxy S5, but rather for the premium F series? That remains to be seen, though a 10 to 30 million order is likely not for the ultra expensive range. 

This whole rumor also makes us wonder what the eventual Project F handsets will look like, whether it will resemble just a metal-clad representative of the Galaxy line, like the concept render you see in the thumb image, more premium versions of the S4 and Note 3, as the publication suggests, or something altogether different. Also, are we getting removable battery and expandable storage like with the plastic flagships? Questions, questions, but the posting says we might see those cleared as early as March next year, so we are sure more leaks will trickle down by then.

source: ETNews

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65 Comments

1. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

With a Galaxy S Captivate like metal back cover possibly?http://i.imgur.com/AlbtF9k.jpg Yes it is removeable.

12. HansGoneInsane unregistered

Keep the competition up. We consumers can only benefit from that!

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31045; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Well said +1

19. seret6

Posts: 279; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

as much as i hate sounding like a fansumg, i am loving this news becos it will hurt apple

52. AKumar47

Posts: 48; Member since: Sep 11, 2013

just look like iphone 3 to me, haha!

65. techguymatt

Posts: 18; Member since: Nov 04, 2013

said like a true blackberry fan.. lmao +1

46. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Samsung Fseires ™ Anyone remember those in the 2007 ®

54. AnTuTu

Posts: 1612; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Bring it ON Sammy :)

57. Long1

Posts: 399; Member since: May 18, 2013

Metal back cover removeable , is always ugly and clumsy. And who TF told you that aluminum looks "premium"? LOL (only the menial iMedia spam it every day) If Samsung do this with sealed smartphone , will fail like HTC(one). Samsung and HTC haven't zombies like Apple that buy any BS with the logo.

61. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

2. android_hitman unregistered

aha, so sammy after "spying" apple users found out that there is indeed market for premium build quality phones... hmmm .. what a surprise.

4. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

^^ dude just let it go.. not good for your health.

6. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

No.. Not Apple.. When the s4 was announced, an inside lab test was performed by Samsung and concluded that s4 is not the best in the market.. Thats the time when the beautifully crafted devices like XZ and Htc One were rocking the market.. And maybe they already saw the most beautiful--Oppo N1 :)) Samsung doesnt want to lose their arena thats why Flexible Display, Design 3.0, ISOcell, 64Bit ek ek are in the works, tomorrow we will hear about a Fresh UI look, I wish hahaha

9. silencer271

Posts: 254; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

I find it funny how apple fans think samusng develops stuff as soon as apple annouces it.. 64bit arm chips have been in development for years and who do they think makes it for apple?

25. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Maybe because majority of Apple users doesn't know anything about the tech. :)

36. seret6

Posts: 279; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

guess what? apple might be funding these websites to block the sentiments of us against provocative even racial comments by apple lovers but we still wont give up

60. Long1

Posts: 399; Member since: May 18, 2013

I repeat: If Samsung do this with sealed tin-can smartphone , will fail like HTC(one). Samsung and HTC haven't zombies like Apple that buy any BS with the logo Removable metal back is always ugly . easy breaks , and clumsy.

47. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

They never did, never will! They all follow the trend and fashion ™

24. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"aha, so sammy after "spying" apple users found out that there is indeed market for premium build quality phones..." Phones with a metal body was even before the first iPhone was released and today not only Apple use metal. So I don't see the reason why you came to such conclusion that Samsung spied exclusively Apple or Apple users.

31. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

"So I don't see the reason why you came to such conclusion that Samsung spied exclusively Apple or Apple users." Knee-jerk Apple fan defensiveness in the post you were responding to, perhaps?

58. Long1

Posts: 399; Member since: May 18, 2013

Who TF told you that aluminum tin-can "premium"? LOL (only the menial iMedia spam it every day)

5. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Price it around or much higher than the iPhone and you've got yourself a real competitor

7. Yeahman

Posts: 34; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

What if this is the Galaxy S5? Remember Project J? That was the S4.

18. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Or, the Note 4 (with the March, 2014 date being an announcement date)?

21. decent4u

Posts: 75; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

that is highly unlikely as the note 4 is not even released.

28. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Most rumors fall by the wayside. Based on the success of other metal-bodied high end smartphones (and the feedback Sammy has likely received from its consumer surveys), I think Sammy is going to have a premium offering for both the GS and Note lines (kind of how Apple has the S and C offerings). The metal case rumors seem to be increasing, which may be an early indicator that Sammy is indeed going down the metal case path.

29. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Note series is released in Q4 of every year. I would have expected you to be smart enough to know that.

32. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Yeah, but rumors start to flow the day after the official release of info on the current production model. I think that there will be metal and plastic offerings for both the GS and Note lines in 2014 as I posted above at #28.

34. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You said it, rumors. Samsung isn't going to pull a HTC and release the Note 4 in the spring that's a fact.

8. taojj

Posts: 33; Member since: Aug 01, 2013

Samsung can only copy. Now it will be exciting to see who they copy now Apple, HTC, Nokia, Huawei, Sony or all of the above.

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