Samsung: our smartphones will get thinner, more premium, and with higher display resolutions

More smartphones with metal chassis, slim profile, and high-res displays are to be expected from Samsung this year, it seems. Samsung will be upping everything on its smartphone lineup - from more premium materials for the design, to higher definition panels - in order to make its handsets attractive again, and justify their often misplaced price tag...
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103. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I am curious to know from the Samsung lovers or haters alike, how do they define a premium phone? I look forward to the answers. But I know as a fact, most answers will be either biased or based on personal preference. However, pushing those aside what makes a phone premium. Fact - Aluminum is not a premium metal. PERIOD. No matter what grade it is. Aluminum is the 3rd most abundant substance on the planet, only superseded by air and water. Premium metals are actual more scarce, they are also harder than Aluminum which makes the manufacturing process expensive. Many OEM's have shied away from using metals like Platinum or Titanium because they are high in cost and availability is to low for a company that needs high production. Aluminum can be machine to feel premium but it Is just as fake as Faux Leather. Like gold it is very soft and easy to damage. Samsung is actually smarter in that the S6 puts glass over the metal to protect it. Looking premium and being premium are not the same as we can see with the iPhone. Poly-Carbonate is a very strong resilient version of plastic. It is a composite material. It is very string, easy to make water resistant (S5) and cheap to produce and manufacture in high quantity. Yes it doesn't feel as nice as metal, but LG managed to make the same material feel very premium. Again, like metal its all in how its machine. Like cars, what actually makes a phone premium is what is inside. As far as software, iOS is certainly not a premium OS. A premium OS would be like Windows. An OS that can be adapted to any hardware, that has unimaginable cabailities, one that isn't so locked down that its as boring as a kids toy. There is nothing premium about the iPhone other than price. 2012 hardware was premium in 2012. This is 2015. 1440p is premium, 750p is not and 1080p is mid-ranged which means 720p is low end now. How is it Apple can sell a low end phone for $749 and not get blasted, but the S5 somehow made of plastic with 2014 hardware isn't premium? is the iPhone IP67 Certified? No. Wouldn't this make a phone somewhat premium? How is 1GB of RAM premium? How is 1.2MP camera premium? How is a battery that last 5 hrs premium? How is 8MP premium? Dualcore is premium vs quad/octa cores? HOW!? If you want a premium phone, look at that one brand that has phones that cost $10,000. That's a premium phone. Titanium shell, real sapphire glass.

104. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

cont'd For $650 I don't expect a "premium" phone by definition. I expect a very well made device, with reasonable amount of capabilities, in case that is strong enough to deal with everyday usage without buying a $100 case to fit over it. The Galaxy S and the Note offer that vs any other phone sold. Metal phones are just damage proned pieces of junk. I don't care who makes it. I think the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge look awesome. But all metal is junk. But at leats Samsung used a much better grade of material. Which is another problem. Apple has BILLIONS AND BILLIONS of dollars...yet they used the chepest grade of aluminum on their phones. Yet no one has said anything. A phone I don't care what its made pof should not bend in your pocket. it should bend if you run over it with a car, step on it, drop it does a flight of stairs, not in your pocket. Yet no one said squat. No, Samsung having a phone where TW causes some lag is must bigger news. Really? And the writers don't help because they encourage it with their bias POS articles. Call Apple out for the same sh*t you call Samsung out for. If Samsung made a phone that bent in your pocket, there would be over 100 articles about it. Screw Apple. I could care less if they send me a device to review. I can go buy own device and review it. I don't need a handout. If they don't want bad press, put $1M in MY pocket and I will bow down to your POS, but not for free and certainly not for you to send me a device either. I have pride. You want silence, PAY ME for it. The Galaxy S and Note are premium. All Samsung needs to do is clean up TouchWiz, optimize it better, maybe work with Google so that TW is not a layer, but written into the OS just for their phones and change the look a bit. That's it. If people can't be happy with that, screw them. I realize people got to be happy or they wont buy, but wasting billions on people who will still complain, screw them. After all, look at what Microsoft has to deal with.

115. mrochester

Posts: 947; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Premium to me refers to a device that feels great in the hand, and feels decently substantial. The device can be made of any material. The use of metal does not make a device premium in and of itself, as it might still feel horrible in the hand. Likewise, the use of plastic does not make a device not premium in and of itself, as we can see from some of Nokia's Lumia devices. How the material is used, it's thickness and feel also play a very large part in determining whether a device feels premium or not. If you look solely at the hardware specification of devices as a means to determine whether the device is premium or not, you'll be forever scratching your head and wondering why some devices are more successful than others. Here's a tip; forget the nuances in hardware specifications, and focus instead on looking at the software, how it runs, how easy it is to use and operate and what features it unlocks for users to make use of. Don't just look at a feature check list and count how many items are on each list, you need to consider how features are implemented, how easy they are to use, whether they are even useful at all, how reliable they are, how discoverable they are etc. Once you switch focus away from looking at device specifications, you will start to see that the balance shifts and that it isn't necessarily the highest specified devices that are rated as the 'best' or 'most premium'.

126. mrochester

Posts: 947; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

And a case in point is the Huawei Honor 6 that I received today. It has both a glass front and back, but the glass is very thin and it doesn't have the necessary heft to make the device feel substantial enough in the hand. As such, it has quite a flimsy and insubstantial feel to it in the hand despite being made of so called 'premium' materials.

106. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

Great just be like the iphone. Basically the same stuff but some how improved every year.

109. Randy_g

Posts: 70; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

Where's the part that says they'll make it more expensive each year 2016: galaxy s7 32gb : $850 64gb: $950 128gb: $1250

111. TechDork

Posts: 400; Member since: May 10, 2010

A phone can only get so thin...I mean seriously. I don't even think Apple can go any thinner than they've already accomplished.

112. insanity99

Posts: 104; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

@TechieXP1969 I can see lots of frustrations from your comments. I'm not trolling, I'm on your side

143. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Yes there Is a lot of frustration. Frustration from seeing a bunch of losers always bashing another OEM simply because they don't like them. I personally don't like or dislike any OEM. The all make good and bad products. I could care less if someone says something bad about a device I may be using. After all, if what they are sating is truth then so be it. The problem with fans is, they are hypocrites. They want to bash a phone they have no plans to buy, have never owned, have no plans of owning or have even used. They wouldn't know a premium device if it hit them on the head. After all, they think an iPhone is a premium phone when it is not and never had been. Hardware and software is what makes a device premium. When I look at cost, I look at what I am getting. I don't believe in paying more for less, which I why I don't buy luxury cars. The problem with expensive overpriced junk is when it breaks it costs more to fix. I hate Samsung especially went to a unibody design. Now if the phone gets damage, it can no longer be repaired by the owner. It also means the repair is more expensive vs a modular design. But people complained and Samsung had to make a move. Now everyone is complaining about sdcards and batteries. I guess you have to be careful what you ask for. As I heard it said, The answer you get, may not be the one you want.

119. justForTheRecord

Posts: 51; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

Frankly I'd be happier with smaller ... who wants to carry around a man-purse or fanny-pack for the d*** phone!!
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