Samsung Galaxy S6 tipped to be an ‘all-metal’ affair

Samsung Galaxy S6 tipped to be an ‘all-metal’ affairWith the metal unibody HTC One generally cleaning up when it comes to mobile design awards (1, 2), Samsung has been tipped to go metal for many a month now.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 failed to deliver, instead arriving with a slightly odd perforated rear, while this week’s Galaxy Alpha settles for a mere dash of metal on the sides. Come the Samsung Galaxy S6, however, it could be a full-on metal party.

To be honest, this has been the story for ages now, with pretty much every imminent Samsung flagship tipped to be metal, only to invariably disappoint.

Furthermore, Samsung has defended the use of plastic, suggesting that there’s far more to design than simply the choice of material.

Throw in the notion that a metal phone is more susceptible to wear and tear than a suitably rugged plastic chap (yeah, I took a chunk out of my iPhone 5 with a seemingly innocuous drop), and you’d be forgiven for dismissing the metal Samsung Galaxy S6 rumour entirely.

On the flip side of the coin, Samsung’s mobile design guy was “realigned” shortly after the Galaxy S5 was unleashed, and the metal is definitely creeping in, albeit in relatively small quantities.

Indeed, the story goes that Samsung is simply trying to nail down enough metal suppliers before rolling out a high-volume metal phone. Let’s not forget that the Samsung Galaxy S generally ships tens of millions in its first few months, something that’s, eh, not a problem for HTC.

The imminent Samsung Galaxy Note 4, too, seemingly has metal sides, and there are rumours of an all-metal Note 4 Premium. All eyes on Samsung at IFA 2014 (September 3 if you’re marking your diary).

via: G 4 Games

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JanSt / MOD  Aug. 16, 2014 at 17:01

I think metal or to not metal isn't the question.
They have oversaturated the market for too long. The Galaxy 'brand' has become meaningless. Touchwiz has gotten worse rather than better.
Samsung phones are now more stuffed with bloatware than a €249 laptop in Tesco.
One M7/8 haven't solved HTC's problem. And even way back when the Desire sold the cr*p out of the beautifully crafted metal Legend....

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 16, 2014 at 19:15

PS - I do like some nice materials, but they don't outweigh the disadvantages that come under the hood.
And if the design's more about the photogenic appearance than the feel, things can go bad.
Point in case: I find the M8 that I'm typing this on almost unusable without some sort of cover. It is slippery as an election promise...

markbloke  Aug. 16, 2014 at 20:29

If they can make a metal cased phone which doesn't weaken the network signal for the sake of pleasing that part of the population that equates "feel" with quality then fine. Otherwise I'm buying a non-Samsung phone for the first time in about six years because I need a phone that I can actually rely on to communicate with.

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 16, 2014 at 20:41

If they can make a metal cased phone which doesn't weaken the network signal for the sake of pleasing that part of the population that equates "feel" with quality then fine. Otherwise I'm buying a non-Samsung phone for the first time in about six years because I need a phone that I can actually rely on to communicate with.

The HTC One M8 - the 'feel' of which I detest - that I'm using is metal. And I have to say: I get the best signal in my area that I can possibly get. Better than iPhone 5S/c/5, Lumia 1520, Lumia 1520, 1020, 930, BB Z10 etc etc etc ... It's one of the reasons I'm still using it.

The Samsung made Wave 2 and 3 had a hefty dose of metal. They were very good in terms of reception. And no heat issues, either.

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