Today's looking like one of those increasingly rare days when Samsung doesn't announce a new smartphone, but what we do have is some early speculation regarding next year's Galaxy S5.
It's very early days, obviously – the Galaxy S4 has only been on sale for a couple of months after all – but it seems Samsung has decided the fifth iteration of its Android flagship will ditch the plastic chassis in favour of some shiny aluminium instead.
Samsung has always staunchly defended the Galaxy range's use of plastic, arguing that a plastic chassis is strong, light and – more importantly – easier to produce on a mass scale.
But with the metal-bodied HTC One having raised the bar for build quality, and several other phone makers also looking to switch to metal, it seems Samsung has changed its tack.
An unnamed “insider” has revealed Samsung is hard at work on a more premium aluminium casing for its Galaxy range-topper, suggesting the fifth Galaxy S will be a more fundamental overhaul to the popular handset than we've seen so far.
Whether the move is part of Samsung's new “Design 3.0” philosophy remains to be seen, but we can't see too many people complaining – especially now that the Galaxy S4 Active has given us a glimpse of just how classy Samsung's high-end hero can look if dressed in a material befitting its range-topping status.
Considering we're probably a minimum of nine months away from the Galaxy S5's release it's not worth getting too carried away with the speculation at this stage. But given the huge demand for the Galaxy S4, Samsung will no doubt feel it's never too early to start building up inventory when it comes to its successor.
Via Phone Arena