updated 06:04 pm EST, Tue December 3, 2013
Taiwan's Catcher said to sculpt metal Galaxy S5
Samsung's follow-up to the Galaxy S4 may finally adopt a metal chassis, and the latest rumor has Samsung relying on the company responsible for the body of both the iPad mini and HTC's One to make it. PhoneArena reported Tuesday on a new rumor out of Taiwan that Samsung is looking to metal chassis producer Catcher to begin production of the Galaxy S5's body some time in December. Reportedly, the South Korean tech giant has called on the Taiwanese casing maker to produce between 10 and 30 million units for the forthcoming flagship.
Other reports about the device, according to CNet, have it sporting a metal unibody design, possibly further enhancing the image of quality. Samsung may also, according to some reports, offer the GS5 in two versions: one with the traditional plastic design, and another with a metal body.
Whether or not the Galaxy S5 will roll out with a metal chassis will likely remain unknown up until shortly before the device's unveiling, as Samsung has stepped up the secrecy around its devices in the last year or so. Other rumors about the forthcoming device center on its capabilities, as Samsung is said to be prepping a 64-bit chip for inclusion in the GS5, a move meant to match Apple's 64-bit A7 processor. Samsung may also include a higher resolution camera in the device, with some estimates pegging the rear camera as high as 20-megapixels.
The rumor of a metal-framed Galaxy S device has hung around for at least a year, and Samsung was widely criticized for releasing the Galaxy S4 this year with a polycarbonate shell. The company has long defended its choice of build materials, saying that the polycarbonate is more durable and easier to mass produce. Still, Samsung appears to have been trying to mitigate any perceived build quality deficiencies, designing the GS4 to look as though it has a metal band running around the edges and the Note 3 to look as though its back is made of stitched leather.
Samsung's Galaxy S4 vs. Apple's iPhone 5
Samsung's main competitor, Apple, has long gained acclaim for the design of its iPhones. The metal-backed iOS devices tend to have greater durability, and they retain their resale value consequently. Android-based rival HTC this year released the HTC One, a metal-backed device that drew praise for its build quality even as the Galaxy S4 drew yawns for its plastic.
Earlier reports had Samsung perturbed at the praise heaped on its competitors' build materials, and the firm was said to be considering a "Design 3.0" initiative that would see a focus on better quality components. That initiative was initially expected to roll out with the GS4, then with the Note 3. Both flagship devices, though, debuted with plastic components.