Samsung Galaxy S5 to get unibody metal shell

Samsung's next Galaxy smartphone will have a metal body, following HTC and Apple's premium devices, if Japanese website EMSOne is to be believed.

Samsung's next Galaxy smartphone will have a metal body, following HTC and Apple's premium devices, if Japanese website EMSOne is to be believed.

The current Samsung Galaxy S4. (Credit: Samsung)

EMSOne, which reports on the original device manufacturers that make computing hardware for companies like Samsung, states that ODM Catcher Technology will make between 10 million and 30 million unibody metal shells for Samsung's next Galaxy premium smartphone. Catcher, in Taiwan, will be joined by BYD in China and Ju Teng in Taiwan in producing the chassis.

There's also a suggestion that Samsung will produce the Galaxy S5 in two designs: one using plastic and the other the aforementioned metal shell.

A metal body would eliminate one of the chief issues with Samsung's smartphones, removing any concerns around mediocre build quality and durability. An aluminium chassis would mean the next Galaxy S smartphone might be slightly heavier but would be more resistant to knocks, scratches and accidental drops.

Samsung has consistently used class-leading hardware in its Galaxy S line of smartphones, helping them take the market by storm and helping Samsung become the world's largest smartphone maker. In Q3 2013, Samsung sold a grand total of 81.2 million phones, far ahead of the combined 69 million phones shipped by Huawei, LG, Apple and Lenovo. With the problem of longevity potentially solved by a metal chassis, it's possible Samsung will further extend its lead over chief rival Apple.

 

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