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Samsung looking to coat smartphone cases with "diamond material". Will the Galaxy S5 use this technology?

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In an article published today, Korean website ET News is discussing the future of Samsung’s smartphones, throwing in one very interesting piece of info (alongside other rumors that we’ve already presented). Read on to find out what this is about, while keeping in mind that everything is unconfirmed, unofficial info.

It seems that Samsung’s R&D department is currently testing a “diamond metal surface treatment technology.” Diamond-like material is coated onto a smartphone’s metal case, making it more resistant to scratches and deformation.

It’s not clear if Samsung will have this technology ready in time for the Galaxy S5 to benefit from it. However, if it will, don’t expect the S5 to look anything like this $31,000 diamond-encrusted BlackBerry Q10. ET News reports that Samsung is obtaining diamond-like material by exposing carbon to high temperature and high pressure (this is how synthetic diamonds are being made); the material is then turned into liquid or powder, and can be applied to metal surfaces. Samsung is currently looking at ways to apply the material using nanotechnology, hence the diamond coating shouldn’t be visible to the naked eye.

This sounds similar to what LG has done for its G Flex (although nothing related to diamond-like material is used here): the smartphone’s rear case is capable of self-healing after you scratch it.

The rest of the ET News article deals with other features that the Galaxy S5 may have, including a 16MP rear camera, 64-bit processor, and fingerprint recognition. It’s also reiterating the rumor about that 20MP camera sensor that Samsung could introduce in the second half of 2014 (so the Galaxy Note 4 may use it).

source: ET News, Wikipedia

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posted on 18 Dec 2013, 03:41 7

1. ocilfa (Posts: 334; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)

With a flexible oled and this new coating treatment, who even needs a case?

posted on 18 Dec 2013, 05:08 6

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

Everyone with a brain


posted on 19 Dec 2013, 16:18

14. vincelongman (Posts: 5081; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)

The LG G Flex still has gorilla glass to protect it's flexible display from scratches. It's the gorilla glass that shattered, not the display.

posted on 18 Dec 2013, 07:40 2

8. AntiFanBoyz (unregistered)

I don't use a case now. Never broke a phone.

Knock on wood.

posted on 18 Dec 2013, 03:42 6

2. mr.techdude (Posts: 571; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)

If Sammy puts on a aluminum design and lag free interface in addition with a huge touchwiz UX change to more outlay looking rather then gingerbread, they might just put out a lot of competition. I'm no Sammy fan but that's what I want in a Gs5 and then take my money.

posted on 18 Dec 2013, 03:45

3. Mube007 (Posts: 249; Member since: 24 Sep 2013)

i think increasing battery backup is useful thing for every user take sm tips fm mugen power batteries

posted on 18 Dec 2013, 03:53 1

4. XaErO (Posts: 333; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)

Interesting .. Hope this time Samsung brings a solid rugged & light new design.
And they should also bring a faster lag-free Touchwiz User Interface.

posted on 18 Dec 2013, 06:13 1

6. techaman (unregistered)

if they did oled screen with thin sapphire coating over it and aluminum body with nano spray protection with better clean none laggy ui take the stupid slow responding home button off and make it battery capable then you have a winner all around may even take more of apples fanboys away more then the note. they need to start upping the anti with the gs5 make it world competitor

posted on 18 Dec 2013, 07:15

7. chunk1x (Posts: 248; Member since: 25 Jun 2011)

With this technology, when the phone explodes, it is contained within the body of the phone. It will result in less injury to the user and a smaller medical compensation, thus resulting in less financial loss to Samsung.

posted on 18 Dec 2013, 07:46

9. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


posted on 18 Dec 2013, 08:59 3

10. Android4Ever (Posts: 86; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)

The S5 will be a game changer...

posted on 18 Dec 2013, 11:47

11. JunitoNH (Posts: 1934; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)

Plastic diamonds, yay.

posted on 19 Dec 2013, 11:48

13. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)

+1 I LOLed so hard that my mom scolded me.

posted on 19 Dec 2013, 01:48

12. Krjal (Posts: 280; Member since: 19 Dec 2013)

Just thought I'd let people know that as diamond is just a crystalline allotrope of carbon, 'diamond material' could mean a lot of things. Polycarbonate for example or carbon fibre weave.

That being said, let's hope it's something more interesting :)

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