Rumor: premium Galaxy F will feature metal body, may launch alongside the Galaxy S5

December 31, 2013

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    Going back as far as September, we’ve heard rumors that Samsung is preparing a premium handset under the name “Project F”, with a planned release for sometime in the first half of 2014. Now ET News is reporting that the handset may launch alongside the Galaxy S5, under the name Galaxy F.

    Reportedly the Galaxy F’s metallic prototype was originally developed in Europe but was later moved to Vietnam for mass production. Although the report doesn’t dive in too deeply about what to expect from the handset, it does mention that the device will feature a metal body.

    There are folks that truly enjoy the (plastic) design language of the S series, and yet there are others that want a metal design -- the Galaxy F could be Samsung's way of pleasing both crowds.

    Based on past rumors and speculation, it’s also possible that the handset will feature a QHD display (2560 x 1600) and other premium components that set it in a league higher than the Galaxy S series. Keep in mind that Samsung has yet to confirm any of this however, and so you should take the entire rumor with a hefty chunk of salt.

    The big question is whether we even need another Samsung product line. The Korean giant already has tons of Galaxy S and Galaxy Note devices and variants, not to mention its many other low-end and mid-range lines. Consumer choice is a good thing, but too many choices could led to consumer confusion.

    On the other hand, there are folks that truly enjoy the (plastic) design language of the S series, and yet there are others that want a metal design — this could be Samsung’s way of pleasing both crowds. What do you think, would you like to see a new ultra-premium line of Samsung handsets or are you perfectly happy with Samsung’s existing Galaxy S and Galaxy Note flagship lines?

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    • TechB

      Samsung has too much of the low end and not enough in the premium range, they need to de-clutter all the low end crap and concentrate on three or possibly four different ranges but high end, at the mo they only have the S and note line. Don’t think the S and Note series will be the flagship line till 2020, competitors are releasing flagships at different times of the year, especially up and comers from China so Samsung will no doubt release a third high end flagship to stay competitive in the F Series, in fact the F Series may very well be the line that uncrowns the S series as the top of the range Android/Samsung flagship. The Note already proved this in 2011 by displacing the S series, come 2014 there will be a third flagship line plus talk of this wraparound screen makes me believe that a fourth high end range is in the works for late 2014 or even 2015. Plus with an exynos 6 and exynos S, this gets me thinking the F Series will be using the ARM Exynos variant and the S will use the Exynos S custom built variant.

      • EnglishRose

        More variety the better I think. It wins in a 50/50 situation and will make up the mind for some one. Also Samsung will see after a Years sales which one of the two sells the best and will then know what the customer wants. Good idea. I have a note 3 from a s3 and then a s4. I will never go back to a smaller screen now but if they do introduce a f series with a 5.25 inch screen with a metal build. I could be tempted to look. But I do believe the note series will get a metal build in the near future.

        • abazigal

          People keep talking about variety. I feel what we need isn’t just more models (in the absolute sense) but more meaningful choices.

          One reason why I am not necessarily in favour of too many models is that it may dilute the amount of resources devoted to it. When you think about it, it takes Apple 2 years to perfect 1 iPhone model on average. Samsung is churning out one phone variant after another. How much time and resources do you think have been spent on developing them? Might consumers be better off if Samsung reduces their lineup, and dedicates more resources for each model of phone instead?

    • MasterMuffin

      It’s been rumored for so long that I really think that the F series is coming! I got my Nexus 5 today though, so I couldn’t care less (had to say it somewhere, so happy with this beast :P)

      • AndroidBoss

        Because tomorrow is new years, mine is coming the day after tomorrow lol…

        • MasterMuffin

          Mine was going to come that day too, but a miracle of Android love happened and it got here 2 days early :)

          • AndroidBoss

            Lucky lol. I guess I will wait 2 days :P

            • Ctrl_W

              I highly recommend from experience that you buy a case for that phone if you haven’t already. Had mine for 2 days and the camera lens cracked/chipped on me after putting it down on a table I was treating the phone like a baby, other people have had the same issue and even the person i talked to from google acknowledged it. because the camera is recessed so it just rest on the lens when down. I sent it back the next day told them it was like that out the box because they wont replace it even though the warranty say for any reason you can send it back within 14 days. good phone but maybe I will get the next one if they have someone with a brain designing the phone next time.

            • AndroidBoss

              I bought the official Google Nexus case for it as well. Hopefully that solves the problem.

            • Ctrl_W

              I highly recommend from experience that you buy a case for that phone if you haven’t already. Had mine for 2 days and the camera lens cracked/chipped on me after putting it down on a table I was treating the phone like a baby, other people have had the same issue and even the person i talked to from google acknowledged it. because the camera is recessed so it just rest on the lens when down. I sent it back the next day told them it was like that out the box because they wont replace it even though the warranty say for any reason you can send it back within 14 days. good phone but maybe I will get the next one if they have someone with a brain designing the phone next time.

      • MadCowOnAStick

        have fun with the battery :D no seriously it sometimes just dies

        • MasterMuffin

          D:

        • Shark Bait

          I’ve found it very good, seems loads better than the 4

          • MadCowOnAStick

            but Google search loves eating batteries and I turned “OK Google” off

            • Shark Bait

              Ooooo that does look bad. I’m in UK so for some reason it can’t understand a british OK Google

            • MadCowOnAStick

              haha lol

            • kevin

              Just turn the voice recognition to US and the OK Google magically works…

            • Shark Bait

              Yeah but then it doesn’t understand me for anything else!

      • Shark Bait

        Glad you managed to get one in Finland!!! How do you find it?

        • MasterMuffin

          :)

          My dad knows someone from Germany, so they bought the 32GB model from there and sent it here!

          • Shark Bait

            Good job getting around googles borders!

      • Ctrl_W

        I highly recommend from experience that you buy a case for that phone if you haven’t already. Had mine for 2 days and the camera lens cracked/chipped on me after putting it down on a table I was treating the phone like a baby, other people have had the same issue and even the person i talked to from google acknowledged it. because the camera is recessed so it just rest on the lens when down. I sent it back the next day told them it was like that out the box because they wont replace it even though the warranty say for any reason you can send it back within 14 days. good phone but maybe I will get the next one if they have someone with a brain designing the phone next time.

        • MasterMuffin

          But it’s so beautiful and perfect without the case :/

          • Ctrl_W

            yea tell me about it I love the phone and hate cases they tried to get me to keep the phone and buy a case the person I talked to told me with the official case they sell he threw his phone through a sheet rock wall and it didn’t break I just felt like he thought I was stupid.. If a case is required to put a phone down on a table it should be free.

            • MasterMuffin

              Well I’ll try to manage without a case, hopefully nothing will happen!

          • Shark Bait

            Totally!!! Why would you spend all that money on a phone that people have spent many hours designing and testing, just to slap an ugly case on! Finally some one agrees with me

            • MasterMuffin

              Well I did buy a case for my sgs3, but that was because it was ugly :D

      • http://www.aatsol.co.za/ Archie Makuwa

        It remains a “can’t get” in South Africa… How depressing :-(

        I ended up with a Samsung Galaxy S4 and not by choice :-/

        • MasterMuffin

          You could have for example ordered it from eBay. Risky but they give a good price!

    • Jordan Tom

      All OEM’s should make a premium device for the American market (iPhone 5s/HTC One). Max out the current flagships with superior materials and internals, that would be a win for the consumers for sure. If anyone believes it costs to much, then just go ahead and get what is being showcased today.

      • MasterMuffin

        why only for the American market? Because the sun orbits ‘murica?

        • telco

          from what i know ‘murica does not have 4g yet.. if they do… its just 23% coverage

          • MadCowOnAStick

            i think you’re drunk, and go home.

            “no 4g”

            are you cereal

            “23%”

            go look at verizon’s map

            • telco

              i got a peek on at&t and verizon’s map. and still have access on sprint matey eventhough am w/ australian shores. carriers tend to advertise in future tense.

            • MadCowOnAStick

              http://www.verizonwireless.com/wcms/consumer/4g-lte.html i think this is a bit more than 23%, ya know? maybe just a little bit? wait.. just double that number… and add a little more maybe..

              the places with no coverage are like the middle of nowhere lol

            • telco

              thats public information mate. we have several privacy levels.am referring to the map that faults and technical support teams used. call sprint… call verizon… ask if they are using Gmap. thats the map am referring to mate not the maps carriers post on their websites

            • MadCowOnAStick

              yes, but i’m saying it’s a lot more than 23% still and 4g exists

            • telco

              i know its america mate but towers are not built overnight even if its just an upgrade work for existing towers. for starters this is how it works… carrier’s does a mapping first to determine areas to prioritize then comes the planning. during planning they already advertise the upgrade to the consumer even if there’s few or no 4g towers yet in the area. then once the planning is made into actual progress they start to provide new plans and gimmicks for 4g thru official advertisements.

              then once it reached 50% coverage ON THAT TARGET AREAS thats where they roll out actual transitions for existing customer accounts if its required technically

            • MadCowOnAStick

              you do realize 4g exists in america right

            • telco

              am not here to argue.. am just irked about america is the world… but my bad .. we can post whatever we want ayt?

            • Bill

              You are right telco! American ain’t everything. You are just as important. Excuse my neighbor please!
              From Pennsylvania

            • telco

              highly appreciated mate :D

          • Guest

            i know its america mate but towers are not built overnight even if its just an upgrade work for existing towers. for starters this is how it works… carrier’s does a mapping first to determine areas to prioritize then comes the planning. during planning they already advertise the upgrade to the consumer even if there’s few or no 4g towers yet in the area. then once the planning is made into actual progress they start to provide new plans and gimmicks for 4g thru official advertisements.

            then once it reached 50% coverage ON THAT TARGET AREAS thats where they roll out actual transitions for existing customer accounts if its required technically.

    • Chris

      Perfectly happy with the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series. Changes in materials would be fine but there is no need for another premium line, AT ALL!

      • Arturo Raygoza

        they have to rebrand the line. they can’t go s2 s3 s4 s5 s6 s7 ad nosium , thus f1

    • rlatif

      so you should take the entire rumor with a hefty chunk of salt.

    • tay

      It’s been rumoured for a while but it would be a weird decision when the S-series is imprinted in the mainstream consumers mind as their top of the line phone

    • Jeff Monroy

      Great more fragmentation in the android market.

      • Brian Shieh

        correction: more variety and choice for the market

    • Amadeus Klein

      Galaxy F Tizen Phone? Launch the OS with a Super-Premium Handset? Longshot but With Sammy It’s hard to tell what they are thinking….

    • Chris

      I love the Note series, if the Galaxy F is a step up, I’m sure we would all see it as a welcome addition to the never ending Samsung product line. But you know what compliments any android phone? Google glass – http://ptab.it/23VQc

    • Bill

      We want a quality metal build like HTC one. We want front facing speakers and a removable battery. Forget plastic which is cheap. Focus on the basics and not gimmicks. I am tired of listening to poor sound thru the back. Basics basics basics. Bill

      • sibu

        And why don’t you just buy an HTC One? Trust me, it’s a very good phone, better than any Samsung crap

        • no_to_prats

          Possibly because he doesn’t want to be associated with prats who go around saying phones other than the one they own are crap.

          • Bill

            Hey dude, Wrong.Mine is a Note2 and it is gang busters.

          • sibu

            Well that’s exactly what Samsung fanboys do…

      • Bill

        I wanted too bit I liked the specs and features of the Note 2. You guys that want to settle for plastic are wat off! Enough with the lighter thinner stuff already. I don’t care what you all say… us lumberjacks want meatier quality phones. We’ve had enough cheap crap.

    • Bishop

      If the supposed F Series is only about a metallic premium build, I’ll stick to the S line because my phones go in a case and I won’t be staring and the outer body much. If the F series provided greater specs over the S line, then that would be a completely different matter and I may look into it.

      But for something that will go in case, I mainly care about the screen.

      • Wezi427

        I agree. The good thing having plastic is you have access to the battery. I’m not saying they you can’t do that with metal, but the probability is unlikely.

        • Bill

          Hey Wezi, they can make a removable panel in metal. Yes you can just make a panel that separates.

    • George Av

      So it’s the galaxy F for me then. Bye bye shitty plastic!!! won’t miss you at all (hopefully they will release a metal phone.

    • Galaxy_EPHHH

      Isn’t it possible that this rumour came from somebody with a lisp, and that they were actually talking about the Galaxy S?

    • Ian Chong

      What need do I have for a ‘premium’… just because it has a metal body?
      I would opt for the Note 2 and Note 3 plastic every time. Light, strong and simply, simple….!

    • someone

      Would wish that f series is a premium line that wont have it’s price go dropping so fast~

    • Groud Frank

      Why not make the S and Note series the premium one and use premium materials for them. Launching both the S and F together will hurt sales of the other.

      • Mike – Construction Contractor

        I disagree (and I am a Note owner).

        When I think of a “Premium” phone, I think of a phone that most cannot afford and most do not have. There are millions of people who have a Sx and Note x phone. Not too “Premium”.

    • new (year’s) resolutions

      Last time I checked, QHD was a resolution of 540 x 940, like various handsets like HTC Sensation/Evo3D or Motorola Atrix were using about 3 years ago.

      • Javier

        And the htc one s just about 1.5 years ago!

      • anon

        HD = 1280×720
        Full HD = 1920×1080
        qHD = quarter HD = 960×540 (should really be quarter Full HD)
        QHD = quad HD = 2560×1440 (quad 720p)

    • Javier

      I don’t get why it has to be a premium handset. That sounds like ill be paying more and i don’t like that. If htc and apple can offer an aluminum phone for the same price as an s4 i think Samsung can to. Htc showed you can have a removable back on a metal phone with the htc one

      • Bill

        ah because premium is what it is lacking all this time. These phones are thin enough and light enough. Whatever happened to men who enjoyedheaviness as a sign of quality manufacturing. A little heft makes you feel lime you paid for something of value. Remember that???

    • John-Phillip Saayman

      When choosing a new phone, the first thing I look at is not “is it metal or not” it is how good the screen is, how good the battery is. And then maybe I would look at the metal vs plastic thing.

    • Bill

      is it too much to ask that they put the speakers in the front?? These guys spend so much time on gimmicks and neglect the basics. Put the speakers in the front. Thin enough already Jesus!

      • sibu

        HTC BoomSound… HTC One is a good overall package.

        • Bill

          Build quality yes but battery is subpar. No reason to accept less than the best processor specs.

    • he you

      And here come the nexus geeks commenting how “Perfect” their Mediocre devices are. Oh, well nexus this and that! GOOD FOR YOU AND NOBODY CARES!!! Always criticizing as if their phone was the best in the world. Nobody wants to read your stupid negative comments. If you dont like Samsung then just skip the article and keep your same old comments to yourselves!

      Let people be!

    • ba8yRoseSs

      I love my Galaxy S4, but I do think the metal material would be pleasing plus add durability. Would love to see how that works out and would actually want the rumors to be true.

    • Murat Ates

      Samsung definitely needs to premium up a bit, they should offer a classier “metal & glass” premium version off the top of the range Galaxy handset, it could be like this, a cheaper normal plastic as it is now and a premium version called Samsung Galaxy S5 F series for $100 dollars more, this way all critics of the cheapness will be reduced to minimum and Sammy would attract more buyers. I reckon it’ll be a very smart move. I would definitely buy it, I hope it’ll be more like the HTC One together with Boomsound like speakers !! Fingers crossed.

    • Bill

      What bothers me about these national coverage maps advertised is that they are each skewed in the favor of the advertiser. And they think the American public is gullible to believe it. And dumb people do who don’t think it through to realize they aren’t using a third party standard. Shame on us!

    • Jesus

      Plastic (aka polycarbonate) > Metal.

      Reasons:
      1. Lighter.
      2. More durable.

      Also I’d like it matte, not glossy. THink of Nokia plastic… nice.

      • Bill

        Lighter?? Are you kidding me? Really. I guess I am the only man around here. I am sick and tired of hearing about how great light is. Light is not great for men. I don’t want any more lightness or thinness. Enough already. They have made these things light and thin enough.
        Light feels cheap. So does too much thinness. ANY lumberjacks around here or just twinkies?

        • Jesus

          bla bla bla… A lot of shit coming out of your mouth, when your point is just: “I don’t like lightness”…. OK.

          Well, I’d rather not have something heavy weighing down my pocket.

          • Bill

            you can always get a purse to hold it! lol. C’mon man I was not meaning to get personal. You are right, I was venting about all that I read. There reaches a point where those things aren’t a benefit any more. Galaxy owners want quality which means glass and metal versus plastic. We are tired of cheap dude and that means it has to have some weight and premium feel to it. Besides, you want a high capacity battery like me, ya ain’t gonna get one in a credit card! Man up!

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