The Samsung Galaxy S4 has only been out for just about four months now, but there are already rumors about the not yet announced Samsung Galaxy S5. It is safe to say that based on the incredible success of the Samsung Galaxy S4, which saw it become the fastest and bestselling Android smartphone in history, that there will be an S5. In certain regards it even beat out the iPhone 5 by selling about 40 million devices in a month.
Android Geeks speculates based off a trusted anonymous source close to Samsung that the device will have an aluminum body and that the design falls under 'Design 3.0':
Fortunately, it was reported that the Samsung Galaxy S5 will be part of the company's new design direction called "Design 3.0," but what about the materials used for the next-gen flagship?
As you've probably noticed, the other big players of the smartphone world are trying to make their terminals look as premium as possible (see HTC One and Sony Xperia Z) using materials like aluminium or glass for their cases. In an attempt to find out whether Samsung is ready to fight back at its rivals with premium-looking Samsung Galaxy S5, we stretched our antennas and managed to find out that the successor of the Samsung Galaxy S4 will have an aluminium body.
The aluminum design was popular with the HTC One, with many reviewers praising the sleek sturdiness of the body compared to the plastic Galaxy S4 which felt light but cheaper. To be fair to Samsung, the Galaxy S4 is actually a fairly sturdy and reliable device as this video shows:
Android Geeks goes on to say:
While we don't have the slightest idea what Design 3.0 really means in terms of looks, we can now confirm that Samsung will start to use aluminium for its high-end smartphones, and the Samsung Galaxy S5 will be the first one to receive this treatment. Of course, an aluminium body comes with some expenses. First of all, the unibody construction (which is pretty popular among the smartphone makers) will no longer allow the users to remove the battery of the Samsung Galaxy S5, an aspect that was highly appreciated by the users who traveled a lot.
A while ago, a Samsung official said that the company takes into consideration how quickly and efficiently it can manufacture the product, knowing that it will have to ship a high volume, which was the reason why the Samsung Galaxy S smartphones so far had a plastic body. Since the Galaxy S flagships are getting more popular each year, the Samsung Galaxy S5 demand is expected to outmatch the one of its predecessor, so should we expect stock shortages if it's made of aluminium?
These rumors appear to be corroborated by news that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 would also have a metal body. If this is also true, which seems likely then there is a slight discrepancy according to the report by Android Geeks anonymous source. He or she said that the Galaxy S5 would be the first high-end Samsung device to have the all-metal body but the Galaxy Note 3 is likely to come out in September, well before we can expect the Galaxy S5 which would make the Note 3 the first high-end Samsung device to have the aluminum body.
That may just be a slight oversight on the part of the source or Android Geeks or it may call into question the accuracy of the rumors. Android Geeks does mention that Samsung takes into account how efficiently and affordably it can produce devices. This raises concerns among many users, stock shortages seriously dampened sales of the HTC One, though to be fair the company was also suffering from internal turmoil at the same time.
Samsung may be reluctant to ditch plastic casings if it will harm sales and make things more expensive. In all likelihood the leak we are getting are probably just early prototypes and discussions taking place based on 'Design 3.0'. We can also be reasonably certain that the Galaxy S5 will have a flexible display, particularly with a metal body and a glass/plastic display that wraps around the edges of the phone and can bend. Another prospect is 3D to accompany the display.
Yes, just like Star Trek, Samsung demoed it during the CES 2013 Keynote:
There's already a galaxu5us.com blog which features numerous posts wondering about specs, features and design. A good amount of it looks suspiciously like one person creating a wish-list, but take a look and decide for yourself. In our opinion, it's still far too early to say what the phone will look like or the specs it will have. What we can be certain of is that the next generation of smartphones starting with the Samsung Galaxy S5 will feature a leap in technology, specs and features.
Would you like the Samsung Galaxy S5 to have an all metal body even if it makes the battery un-removable and there is a possibility of stock shortages? What other specs and features would you like to see?