Reportedly, Samsung will be pushing a new design direction called “Design 3.0," that will feature an aluminum unibody like the iPhone 5 and HTC One. Currently the Samsung Galaxy series phones consist of glass and plastic.
While plastic is very durable, it lacks a premium feeling that phones like the iPhone 5 and HTC one carry. Aluminum phones are usually weighty and tougher than plastic phones but more pricey to manufacture. And a metal back, Galaxy phones could lose the removable battery feature which is often a criticism of the iPhone. Nevertheless, with a move like this, Samsung could chip away an even larger chunk of Apple customers who chose the iPhone 5 because of its look and fell. Production is also a factor when pulling from different materials.
A while ago, a Samsung official said that the company takes into consideration how quickly and efficiently it can manufacture the product, knowing that it will have to ship a high volume, which was the reason why the Samsung Galaxy S smartphones so far had a plastic body. Since the Galaxy S flagships are getting more popular each year, the Samsung Galaxy S5 demand is expected to outmatch the one of its predecessor, so should we expect stock shortages if it’s made of aluminium?
The Galaxy S5 is still a ways off, but it will be interesting to see what exactly "Design 3.0" will entail.
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