Samsung Galaxy S5 getting a metal frame, says insider

November 22, 2013

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If the accompanying report is correct, what we’re looking at is the frame for the Samsung Galaxy S5. While that’s not necessarily a big deal — it’s just a frame, not the finished product — it does signify a departure for Samsung. A metal frame would be a big change front he way Samsung has traditionally built devices.

Samsung has proudly used plastic for just about every inch of their device structure for quite some time, evenly defiantly stating their customers prefer it. That choice often makes the handset feel cheap, and uneasy to hold. It keeps weight down, but compromises the structure and rigidity of the phone. A metal frame would help in those regards, but that doesn’t mean the device will look any different.

Being cautiously optimistic, we’ll pause to remember this is simply a frame, and one that’s said to be for the Galaxy S5. That doesn’t mean it is, and a frame also doesn’t mean the entire device will be cased in anything other than plastic. From the looks of it, this will simply serve as a new frame, and we’ll continue to get a plastic Galaxy device. For what it's worth, though, this one has all the bells and whistles; the camera cutout is right, and the Micro USB and antenna jack are there.


If it were going to be full-on metal, we’d assume it would be a unibody design like the HTC One. Leaked images prior to launch showed the HTC One with a complete unibody, not just the frame. Samsung could still surprise, offering a removable metal backing, but that’s not likely. The clips which hold backs onto devices are typically plastic, and a metal battery door would be too much for those clips. Like always, we’ll reserve judgement until the time comes. For now, it’s just grist for the mill.

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  • Eric Hayes

    Editing sucks today.


    For all you fucking idiots crying about plastic, now we’re gonna get a Galaxy Phone with a non removable battery and possibly no SD Card slot. SMH… fucking crybabies, if you want a stupid metal phone, get the lame HTC One or iPhone 5, quit bitching fuck heads.

    • Luisito Mercado

      I just hope SD Cards become another standard… It just is… Especially with 320kbps songs and 1GB+ games!! And now 4K video capture and so many pixels in the camera sensor… WE NEED SD CARDS!! F*CK cloud storage as the only option to extend memory….

    • RIPOpe

      I only see one fucking idiot crybaby here. Ever thought about getting a hobby….or (gasp) a fucking education


        1 year away from my software engineer degree, now go shove your metal phone up your fat ass bitch.

      • dick

        Fucking internet tough guy, fucking hate shit talking fags like you!


        thing is, is I back it up.

  • Chinkee McGee

    FYI… Metal Frames have been used for quite some time in Samsung Phones such as the S3, S4 Note 1 and 2. There just painted flat black

  • TechWithMetal

    why is it impossible to have a removable metal back casing ??? my old Razor from 2003 had a removable metal back plate, that worked perfectly. No plastic clips, just good old metal on metal latch. What do you think they did before plastic was invented ? lol We can make processors with a billion transistors, but we can’t make a metal latching case ?!?!?! damn technology !