Two days after we asked the question, “Will the Galaxy S4 Again Be Made of Plastic?“, Samsung executive Y. H. Lee has answered by confirming that the Galaxy S4 will have a plastic body.
Lee said to CNET news that Samsung had to consider “manufacturability and durability” in an attempt to achieve “a balance between practical demands and the desire for a more premium-feeling product”.
What exactly “premium-feeling” means depends on whom you ask. Many of the company’s competitors have opted for aluminum to deliver that feeling of superiority - Apple’s iPhone, the Sony Xperia P and the HTC One being notable examples. Nokia on the other hand are trying to woo the aesthetic senses of its customers with a harder plastic, called polycarbonate.
Users who intend to upgrade from the S3 and S2 will recognize the thin, bendable back cover, which Samsung argues “can better absorb physical impact”. A quick search on Youtube reveals these claims to be partly accurate.
Whether this revelation will deter newcomers to the Samsung brigade remains to be seen. Those already on board will no doubt be counting down to the phone's release in New York on the 14th of March - plastic case or not.
The S3’s successor will run on Jelly Bean, Android 4.2, and feature 2GB RAM and the new 1.8GHz Exynos Octa 5410.
What do you think? Is Samsung's decision to stick with the plastic a good one?