Samsung Galaxy S5 metal design appears in patent

A newly discovered patent adds fuel to rumours that the follow-up to the Samsung Galaxy S4 could be made of metal.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 could have real steel. A newly discovered patent adds fuel to rumours that the follow-up to the Samsung Galaxy S4 could be made of metal.

Uncovered by Patent Bolt, the patent was filed in South Korea in 2011 and registered in the US last year. It shows a new Galaxy mobile with a sharply angled metal case instead of the S4's plastic.

The metal case may just have been something Samsung was playing around with, and doesn't definitely mean the next Galaxy S flagship phone will be made of metal.

But the patent backs up previous rumours that the S5 could be the first ferrous phone in the Galaxy range -- and could herald a new design direction for Galaxy blowers, which tend to take their cues from the high-end S phone.

The S4 is one heck of a phone: a quad-core, big-screen Android powerhouse, it earned four and a half stars in our in-depth review -- not to mention a prestigious Editors' Choice award. One of our few quibbles is the plastic back, which although sturdy doesn't have the same premium feel as rival flagships, such as the glass iPhone or aluminium HTC One .

Should the S5 switch to metal, or should the S4's plastic case stay? Tell me your thoughts in the comments or on our very metal Facebook page.

 

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