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Samsung Galaxy S5 to finally embrace the metal?


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Samsung may finally be ready to heed the call for more premium build materials by giving next-year's Galaxy S5 a metal casing, according to reports.

Korean news source ETNews believes Samsung will ditch the plastic casing for aluminium or another metal when the time comes for its next-gen hero phone to make an appearance.

The Galaxy S devices have been the most successful Android handsets of the last three years, helping Samsung overtake Apple as the world's leading mobile manufacturer. The latest, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is the most heralded yet.

However, amid all of the praise for the device's AMOLED displays, UI innovations and sleek design, the company has endured criticism for its use of plastics to encase the handsets.

Samsung has claimed it uses the materials for lightness, durability and speed of production rather than for economic reasons, but there's no doubt most fans of the company's devices would welcome a materials upgrade.

With the iPhone 5 and HTC One raising the bar style-wise, Samsung may have decided to invest a little more stock in delivering a smartphone that has a premium feel to match its premium performance.

The S5 is probably around 9 months away from an official unveiling, given Samsung's previous release schedule.

Until then, it's likely that we'll see the launch of the Galaxy Gear smart watch and the larger Galaxy Note 3 device at the IFA tech show next week.


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August 30, 2013, 12:01 pm

"there's no doubt most fans of the company's devices would welcome a materials upgrade"


September 16, 2013, 9:24 pm

Most people bought Samsung phones because they have the option to upgrade internal storage by inserting microSD cards and also the ability to replace the battery at will. If they would follow the uni-body design of HTC and Apple many who bought Samsung phones won't bother on upgrading to a newer design, unless Samsung designs an aluminium back panel that can be opened and support replaceable battery as well microSD cards.

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