Just last week we reported on a rumor that claimed the Samsung Galaxy S5 was on-track for hitting production lines in January, with a release pegged sometime in March or April of 2014. The same rumor also claimed the device would ship in two versions: one with a metal design and curved display, and another with a more conventional plastic casing.
We’ve all heard the Samsung metal case rumors before. The Galaxy S4 was said to be coming in metal and it didn’t happen. The Note 3 was to have a metal edition and it too was a no-show. So why should we believe the latest gossip? The answer is that we shouldn’t just yet, and that speculation is highly advised. Of course the rumor of a metal Galaxy S device isn’t going away anytime soon, and a new report seems to lend at least a bit more credence to the idea.
Even if this rumor proves true, it’s possible that the metal GS5 could end up as a limited edition device available only in select markets. In other words, don’t get your hopes up just yet.
According to the Japanese publication EMSOnes, not only is Samsung moving ahead with its plans to bring metal cases to its next flagship device, they have already secured suppliers for the cases. Reportedly, the primary vendor of the metal cases will be the Taiwanese company Catcher Technologies — the same company behind the iPad’s casing.
Catcher is expected to produce somewhere between 10 to 30 million units, with initial shipments making their way to Samsung later this month. Chinese company BYD and Taiwanese company Jo Teng have also been secured as secondary suppliers.
Now it’s important to note that neither Samsung nor any of the supposed manufacturing partners have confirmed these newly formed relationships. Even if this rumor proves true, it’s possible that the metal GS5 could end up as a limited edition device available only in select markets (somewhat similar to the limited distribution of the Galaxy Round). In other words, don’t get your hopes up just yet.
What do you think, interested in the idea of a metal-bodied Galaxy S5, or could you care less what build material Samsung utilizes?