In the past few weeks, we’ve seen several rumors and reports mentioned Samsung will adopt a metallic chassis for its upcoming flagship device, Samsung Galaxy S5. Everything we heard about its specifications and features makes it feel like it’s going to be a monstrous device. But, it seems everything is not as it seems especially the external design part, at least if the report from Digitimes is to be believed.
According to the publication, citing Taiwan-based chassis manufacturers, it is ‘unlikely’ that Samsung will ditch the plastic design, at least for its upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5. The same sources say Samsung is still evaluating the adoption of metal chassis in its future flagship devices.
According to rumors, the handset will make an official appearance in late February 2014 and based on that notion, chassis manufactures have not started mass production of metal chassis for Samsung. If the device is expected to launch in February, I think it is time for manufacturers to begin mass production of the alleged handset.
Here’s what Digitimes had to say about the Metallic Samsung Galaxy S5,
Rumors have surfaced that Samsung Electronics will adopt a metal-alloy chassis for the Galaxy S5, its new flagship smartphone to be unveiled in late February 2014, with Catcher Technology, Ju Teng International and BYD identified as chassis suppliers. However, Taiwan-based chassis makers have commented that the rumors are unlikely because no makers have started mass production of metal-alloy chassis for Samsung.
Samsung became the largest smartphone manufacturer on the planet by selling plastic-based handsets, and switching to metal-alloy chassis would just increase the production costs of the handset. Furthermore, Digitimes mentioned Samsung may adopt other “chassis featuring compound materials such as fiberglass/plastic or carbon fiber/plastic for its smartphones instead of a single materials to help save costs.”
Let me remind you to take this rumor with a pinch of salt. Digitimes has a questionable track record when it comes rumors, so we cannot just put our complete faith in this report, it could be a possibility. We’ll update you once we have more information about the purported Samsung Galaxy S5.