Samsung has become synonymous with the slimy plastic smartphones, but the South Korean electronics giant is in talks with metal casing supplier to develop their next high-end smartphone.
We have already heard rumors Samsung is changing course with the Galaxy S5, with a whole new design to go up against the HTC One and iPhone 5S, both sporting high-quality aluminium designs.
Currently, Samsung is in talks with Catcher Technology, a Taiwanese manufacturer of metal casing, able to supply around 10 to 30 million units within a quarter for Samsung, not enough for the full launch but definitely half of the order.
Samsung is also working on their own factories for metal casing and they may look at some small suppliers to finish the end order. The Galaxy S4 sold around 10 million units in a month, Samsung should be looking to sell around 12 – 15 million Galaxy S5 units.
A new metal design would change one of the biggest disappointments in the Galaxy S line, but we still have TouchWiz. With the GPE and ROM’s becoming easier to flash onto a smartphone, it may be less of an issue when the UI is awful.
We should see the Galaxy S5 sometime in early-summer 2014, either April, May or June, the normal time for Samsung to reveal the next Galaxy S model. Samsung should also have better-specs, including the Exynos 5 chip, 3GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.