Samsung showcases its "Solid History" of metal phones

Samsung showcases its
When the Galaxy Alpha came out, we made sure to remind you that while Samsung has been very conservative with the use of metal in its latest smartphones, it's definitely been there not that long ago, with the Samsung Wave II. But the company is intent on pointing out that its "solid" history of using metal with its phones goes way back. And that's fair.

According to the company's official blog, one of the first of its devices to ever sport metal in its build is the SCH-V740, also known as the Samsung Blade -- a flip phone from all the way back in 2005. The Blade was followed by the SCH-V890 a tad later, and the SCH-V940 even further down the road. What followed next are devices that are probably a bit better known among the wider public -- the Samsung Giorgio Armani phone, and the Samsung Wave 723, Wave 2, and Wave 3. 

Of course, just the Wave series from those on the list so far sported a full metal body -- the rest simply had metal used in parts of their construction, much alike to the Galaxy Alpha. Inheriting the Wave series metal body design philosophy was the scarcely-known Wise series, of which there are at least two distinct models -- the Wise 1 (2011) and Wise 2 (2012).

See them all in the gallery below.



1. nohatenofanboy

Posts: 515; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

hope they will make metal phones

5. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Millions of ppl hate it. Especially "full metal unibody" The freaks that love aluminium, buy only Apple logo , though. (see the sale of HTC One M8. LOL) So why????

16. rantao333

Posts: 346; Member since: May 21, 2013

pls dont buy samsung if their next phones are metal bodoy

29. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

if next Samsung phone is sealed aluminium unibody I'LL NOT BUY IT. About the rim I don't care much (if aluminium don't give more weight) .

2. shamashu9

Posts: 142; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

So why did they change to cheap pvc like plastic?

10. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Weight, durability and cost.

26. buccob

Posts: 2980; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Am I the only one that do not mind if my phones are heavy? I do mind carrying or using a heavy tablet, I rather have a light weight one, but in a phone, weight actually translate to a quality feeling (up to a certain point)

41. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

s5 weighs so light the feeling was like you're holding a toy.

30. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Cost??? LOL

11. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

The rave for metal seems to be at the geek level. Mainstreamers don't have the care as much. Most people use the iphone as a way to argue the popularity of metal. However, if had offered the 5s in plastic with sd cards and removable battery, sales would not have changed. The Apple fans would've still bought it. HTC fell into the Apple hype and has misread the logic of Apple's phone sales. Just because it's metal, doesn't equate to popularity. HTC is faltering due to this. In contrast, Samsung has done extraordinarily well with plastic and now LG is equally gaining notoriety and it uses plastic. "Operational" specs make the difference; not so much the materials. Most people use a case anyways and upgrade to new phones after two years. I have never seen so much hype on metal materials as I have seen here on phone sites by geeks. It really is, just a sales pitch that really doesn't amount to any more durability. I've seen both material based phones meet equal demise. There is an offset with this reasoning, to compensate in manufacturing costs, some offerings in metal phones are eliminated as compared to plastic phones. With the rapid change in technology and offerings, I would rather own a phone with the most implemented features possible rather than sacrificing them for materials. And realistically, what harm has really been done by offering up plastic materials for phones? John B.

14. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Why One doesn't sell is weak marketing and Ultrapixel camera. The metal body is huge pro sales wise and people wouldn't probably choose it over S5 at all if it didn't have metal body. Consider that.

19. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

I have considered that. However, as someone that had used HTC phones for 6 years "before geeks thought it was cool", much as gone south for this company. I have three friends that own the ONE. Not one has mentioned material as the determining purchase. It was because they have been HTC loyalists and are acclimated with the Sense UI. The others I knew as loyalists as myself, parted ways due to key features such as removable battery and SD Card being eliminated from the phones. When each one of us called about our concerns of this direction, all but one of us was met with a confirmation that we were not alone in the concerns. Yet, while they finally acknowledged SD card slots, the removable battery is still an issue for many of us due to the relative nature of HTC's battery issues. This equates to bad word of mouth. And if HTC thinks we are playing a game, its sales will continue to fall. If any HTC reps are reading this, I hope they take this seriously. Past attempts to offer up our concerns have mostly been ignored. This hurts companies more than anything. Looks are only skin deep. It is useless if it doesn't offer what we consider prerequisites. John B.

22. shamashu9

Posts: 142; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

How many times do you remove your phone's battery? Do have spare?

28. dmakun

Posts: 382; Member since: Jun 06, 2011

By midday yesterday and today (30hrs) I've removed and replaced my Samsung Gnote 3 battery 3 times. BTW I always buy 2 spare batteries for every new device along with an external charger and I consider myself a always on the phone type of guy (not a clue how my wife tolerates me), as I use it for video, music, web browsing, emails and chats, games etc. There's no way of consider a device with a locked battery! I'm seriously hoping there will be an even bigger battery in the soon to be announced SGN4

34. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

same with me, I consider battery replacement as a very useful feature... user replaceable battery do make a very important consideration for choosing any phone for myself

37. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

Yes, I do keep a spare. I swap them out every four months to give one a rest. I then visually check the one being used evey two weeks. Because of this practice, I have been able to discover swelling on several batteries over the last 4 years on different phones I owned. Not pne of my phones has given me a problem due to this practice. Imagine the battery being imbedded. Far worse could happen as in cracking the hardware inside the phone due to this swelling if not caught. This can lead to issues that phones have. Not all, but a good chance. John B.

40. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

you have identified a very technical point, batteries do start swelling in some situations

35. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

HTC Desire HD. Metal shell, removable battery an ant not blocked. Wasn't always like this.

32. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

If I want to buy plastic, I wouldn't choose overpriced Samsung, lots of monsters from Asia to choose from with cheaper price. XiaoMi 4 has eaten most Samsung share as well as Huawei and Lenovo because they offer cheaper plastic with better spec. If I want to buy overpriced phone, I wouldn't choose plastic Samsung either, I pay higher prices for a premium hardware and a lag-free user interface. I would choose one m8 over any plastic Samsung. The one m8 sell better than the predecessor whereas galaxy s5 don't Plastic and price will never bond forever, that's why iPhone 5c failed miserably as well as galaxy s5

3. kdealltheway

Posts: 94; Member since: Oct 21, 2012

I've still got Wave II. It's got cyanogenmod on it...

6. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Cyanogenmod on Wave II? What? Really? How tell me?

33. kdealltheway

Posts: 94; Member since: Oct 21, 2012

It's pretty well covered on xda developers forum. I advise you to start with zendrokat. They've made nice progress over last year .

4. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Last year Galaxy J , too! But why should we speak every day about "metal", when the aluminium is the worst material used for smartphones, EVER??? May be just because Apple lost the tech war, and only the aluminium tin can left to brag with???? See how lately all the tech sites become "fashion magazines" with "design experts". ROTFL

15. Iodine

Posts: 1504; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

And why is it the worst material ever ? Only because Apple uses it ?

36. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Let me ask you something, if you don't like it why do you waste your time talking about it? Just buy a phone with your favorite material and get over it.

7. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Sammy, please provide more designs like Alpha see Xiaomi Mi 4 and many other OEMs.

31. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Alpha WHO? And who are you?????

8. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

I can't believe they didn't even include the omnia 7 and ativ s which are all beautifully made metal phones

9. mike2828

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 24, 2014

PH you guys keep forgetting about the Galaxy J

12. Diablo2424

Posts: 30; Member since: Jun 29, 2011

How about the Samsung Omnia SCH-i900? Wasn't the silver band going around the edge metal?

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