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Samsung Galaxy S5 reported to employ unibody metal design

Samsung will opt for a more premium design for its upcoming flagship phone, according to a recent report.

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Samsung's next-gen Galaxy S could employ a metal unibody case.
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The Samsung Galaxy S5 will feature a metal unibody design when it debuts in 2014, according to Japanese Web site EMSOne.

Rumors have been circulating for months regarding the design of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5. The most recent dish suggests that the S5 might be offered in two versions: the traditional plastic design, and a metal body.

According to newly discovered details, Samsung may go strictly premium for the next-generation Galaxy S. Reportedly, Samsung has tapped Taiwanese parts supplier Catcher with the task of creating between 10 million and 30 million unibody metal cases. China's BYD and Taiwan's Ju Teng are also said to be in the mix, and should pick up the slack for additional devices.

Early rumors about the Samsung Galaxy S5 indicate we could be in for quite the interstellar smartphone in 2014. Specifications scattered over the last few months suggest we might look for Samsung's new 64-bit eight-core Exynos processor, a 16-megapixel camera, 3GB of RAM, and a 4,000mAh battery. Presumably running Android 4.4 KitKat, the Galaxy S5 will likely feature Samsung's latest custom UI.