Samsung looking for suppliers of metal casings. Galaxy S5 first in line?

by: Bogdan PetrovanSeptember 23, 2013

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Catcher, the Taiwanese company that makes the metal bodies of the HTC One and the iPad, is said to be in the final stages of securing a massive order of metal cases from Samsung.

According to a research note from Barclays analysts cited by the Taipei Times, Samsung is close to making a final decision on the suppliers of the metal body of “at least one of its high-end smartphone models from the second quarter next year”. Catcher is qualified as an approved supplier of 10 to 30 million units, but Samsung will reportedly place the final orders next year, based on the bids it receives. The Barclays research note is based on checks in the supply chain.

If Samsung keeps its release pattern, the Galaxy S5 will likely hit stores in early Q2 2014.

Last month, Korean media reported that Samsung has set up a production line in Gumi, South Korea, to manufacture test batches of metal casings for flagship Galaxy devices. The company is reportedly setting up a mass production line in Vietnam.

For popular devices like the Galaxy S series, Samsung needs to secure components from multiple sources, to ensure supplies and reduce risks. If the reports that the Galaxy S5 will be made of metal are accurate, the Korean company is likely going to split production between its own facilities and external suppliers, both from South Korea and from abroad.

Samsung has been intensely criticized for using plastic as the primary build material for its high-end smartphones. While the merits of plastic, glass, and metal are a source of endless debate among smartphone users, it’s hard to deny that metal phones withstand accidents better, as our recent iPhone drop test shows.

Samsung has adopted texturized plastic imitating leather for the Note 3’s back cover, so it’s safe to assume that at least the much denigrated glossy plastic is being phased out.

  • harrold

    Gear 2?

    • D’Ander McSullivan


  • sourabh

    A samsung device i own has metal in its exterior shell…’s my fridge

    • Nutcase

      And my coffee machine!!

    • dodz

      and washing machine

    • theotheruseoneishere

      they make the Wave series with metal bodies, and I had Wave I and Wave II which were amazingly built solid devices, you cant imagine how many times i dropped my phone and that thing was tough. Hope they use the same kind of thing for the S5. Kicking it with S4 now but if it was metal, it would certainly shut a lot of people up.

  • D

    “it’s hard to deny that metal phones withstand accidents better, as our recent iPhone drop test shows.”
    Don’t forget that the Iphones are lighter compared to the high-end android phones (due to small battery etc.) which does matter when dropped.

  • Q.

    I’m not really bothered by the material they use as long as they design their phones to have a removable battery & SD slot.

    • MasterMuffin

      Metal case will probably remove the possibility of a removable battery. Though it’s possible to make a removable metal back plate, it bends and it’s just not good :(

      • APai

        depends, E72 had a very good steel back, and it had a removable back cover. damn shame nokia pressed the self destruct button

        • MasterMuffin

          E7 and N97 didn’t.

          • APai

            yeah, well E7 owner here, and i hated its battery backup.
            although it was built like a tank

          • MasterMuffin

            Oh wait E7 didn’t have removable battery, right? Well insert another Nokia’s phone there (I can’t remember the name currently). And yea, that phone was a tank! Big, heavy and durable :)

      • hua

        Samsung will never give up removable batteries and sd cards.
        Be sure of it and don’t worry. It’s why people love them, and it’s a thing that sets them apart of every other manufacturer. They made a waterproof device with removable back cover, and they will make a metal device with removable cover, i’m sure they can..

        • MasterMuffin

          Never is a long time!

        • cycad007

          You’re right….the removable battery and SD card feature is really what sets them apart. As much as I hate Samsung (the company…not their products), I will admit that I really wish HTC, Sony, ASUS, LG, etc would copy those features. I bet that would result in serious marketshare gains.

      • theotheruseoneishere

        check the Samsung Wave Series! I thought you knew some things.

        • MasterMuffin

          If it’s not Android, Symbian or iOs, I don’t know anything. Me nose prety mutch no thing a boat dem neither

          • theotheruseoneishere

            lolz. it was weird to read. but funny.

      • sahaven7

        I’m wondering if samsung will introduce different models of the same phone (similar to a plastic 5c and metal 5s).

      • sourabh

        Nokia e71 was made of metal and it had removable battery and sd did this witha metal body and a removable back plate.i hope samsung does something like this for the future galaxy devices.

        • Kettzy

          Samsung also has done it in a lot of cases. All wave phones had a removable metallic back cover. Even one Ative S I saw had a removable metallic back cover.

  • Yama

    I hate when i shit and the water splashes up in the toilet…

    • MasterMuffin

      I hate it when Voldemort uses my shampoo

      • Ivan Myring

        Have you changed your profile picture?

        • MasterMuffin

          Yes, moarh colors :)

          • Ohhh! Moar colors to go with the iPhone 5c?

          • MasterMuffin

            Totally! I’m just sad that there wasn’t a pink option, I guess I just need a manly pink bunny case

          • APai

            oh, in jony ivy gradients too! not bad at all :)

          • MasterMuffin

            That man is my hero xD

          • APai

            me too, can’t find another better spinmaster/ spielmaster !

    • Loojokes

      Nothing worse especially when it splashes your balls :-(

      • Yama

        Ibet you got hangerballs :o

    • kartik

      Get a vacuum toilet ,, but don’t forget to use the vacuum once you’re done.. :D

  • greg3eg3eg

    same fucking rumor, for every fucking s-generation.
    i call bullshit, just don’t post sth. if there is nothing to report.

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  • Blowntoaster

    Metal ain’t that durable. the paint flakes and chips easily.
    and then there are the dents in HTC Ones…
    Give us polycarbonate or something similar rather.
    Nokia Lumias have Polycarbonate shells and they can withstand a beating and a half. plus, I still want to remove my battery and buy a new one if I wish.
    If they go metal on the S5, that might change.

    • APai

      any phones with polycarbonate & removable back cover ? I can’t seem to think of one off the cuff.

      • Blowntoaster

        And your point is?
        I’m sure they can make them using polycarbonate and removable back covers. Point is, it is extremely durable and doesn’t dent or chip like the HTC One and Iphone does.

  • Bruno Rosa // TaRuGo

    What’s the next councern thing?
    oun, TouchWiz. Shit.

  • Balraj

    S5 will be something new but I just wish Samsung doesn’t add gimmicky features to ui
    Touchwiz is highly bloated !!!

  • Clarence Alvarado

    I remember Xperia ray and Xperia P.

  • ConCal

    HTC: premium feel = mediocure sales
    Samsung: feels cheap = sells like crazy.
    I just don’t get it.
    Sent from my GS3

    • Q.

      You forgot, HTC = poor support and poor battery.

  • Looks like Samsung might be able to compete with Apple both with software and now with physical looks and feel! Can’t wait for the leaks!

  • bene

    next step: get rid of touchwiz and have cm preinstalled