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Galaxy S5: aluminum housing unlikely due to cost

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Questions about whether Samsung would shy away from their tried and tested method of using a plastic housing on their next flagship devices, the Galaxy S5, have been circling around since we first got a scent of the device. Criticized in the past over its over abundance of plastic use in the past, word on the street was that Samsung would move towards a more durable aluminum housing for their next device. However, reports from industry magazine Digitimes don’t fare well for the metal housing crowd.

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Plastic or no plastic for the S5? Reports are leaning towards the latter. / © AndroidPIT

Costs, nothing but costs

For a company toting sales record after sales record and that burns money on advertising, Samsung seems to be a little hesitant to put a bit more money into the manufacturing process for its devices.

Digitimes refers to some unspecified Taiwanese companies in the housing and chassis business as having no orders for mass product of a metal-alloy housing for Samsung. As well, the report indicates that it is simply not necessary for Samsung to switch over to a metal housing at all, as they’ve become a world leading mobile device manufacturer while still adopting a plastic mentality. A switch to a metal housing would drive up production costs…..which isn’t kosher for Samsung it seems.

So what does it come down to? Does Samsung run a ridiculously tight ship when it comes to production but then goes all out for marketing? Seems a little silly when you think about it.

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  • Sam Nieuwenhuis 10 months ago Link

    Heb ik gelezen...

  • Rutger 10 months ago Link

    Why use metal cases that scrarhes easelt and get bumps. Carbon coated plastic is mych better!

  • Graham D Chadwick 10 months ago Link

    having had a S3 for 15 months I can't see why this fixat


  • Graham D Chadwick 10 months ago Link

    I can't see why there is this fixation with case material. The plastic does the job looks okay and is probably lighter

  • Nik Burin 10 months ago Link

    i had a nokia n8,full aluminium body,dropped it and it had a massive bump on it which looked horrible,so why would we want that)