Samsung Galaxy S5 rumors begin with word of aluminum body

Samsung Galaxy S5 rumors begin with word of aluminum body

Yeah, yeah, yeah. Here we are, just a few weeks removed from the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S4 – so you know what that means. It’s time to talk successor, right? Well, that’s apparently what’s going on already.

According to AndroidGeeks, Samsung is face down in development of the next generation of Android smartphones. That’s not news, of course, as we expect that to be the case. What is interesting, however, is that their sources claim the Galaxy S5 will employ Samsung’s ‘Design 3.0’ strategies and feature an aluminum body.

Should the rumor prove true, it could help to sway some of those users who complain of the plastic feel of the current models. On the other hand, we’re looking at a potential battery trade-off. All of those great designs you see from Apple, HTC, Sony, and LG… what do they have in common? Yep, non-removable batteries.

With many months to go before the announcement of the Samsung Galaxy S5 we expect we’ll hear plenty of conflicting rumors and reports.


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  • Ben

    The removable battery is the VERY reason I chose to go with the S4 over HTC One. Why would they go this route? Is it not possible to make an aluminum case that still allows access to the battery?

  • Daniel Djønne Lund

    I think that could be true, but I also doubt it. Samsung would do anything not to miss any features, but it seems like they don’t believe in quality and design. Plastic and a decent design isn’t the most requested design elements in the world. It would, however, be nice to see how Samsung would handle the development of an aluminium design. And since it’s Samsung, all the fans would start saying “removeable batteries is sooo 2005 and it’s not neccessary and such a stupid feature”, because.. Well, the fans thinks everything Samsung does is the right way :)

  • TGMzero

    Everyone calm down.

    Its possible to make an aluminum phone with a removable battery.

    Just ask HTC. Their One is available in some countries, China I believe, with a removable back. And its cut from the same block of aluminum.

    Samsung could do this and it would be a win all the way around. Also, Samsung phones usually have bigger batteries as well as having better battery life.

  • technohead95

    How about a longer lasting battery rather than a removable one. If it last 2 or 3 days with heavy usage then can’t see why people will need to have a removal battery.

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  • Glynn Beech

    I’d prefer a plastic case and a nice strong wifi signal, rather than a nice shiny box with uselessly attenuated signal thanks. Faraday cage springs to mind :)

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  • Major_Pita

    Samsung has been pretty good at actually listening to what customers want and providing it. Seems like a lot of folks are fixated on aluminum. It will be interesting to see if Samsung takes the whole top end of the Galaxy line there or branches another family of models to create an aluminum sub-line.

  • JayQ330

    Yeah, the removable battery also came in useful in those times the phone froze so bad I had to pull the battery out to.

  • JayQ330

    Another note; Samsung said they’re sticking to their plastic, so for now the aluminum is a rumor dipped in salt.

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