Rumor has it that the Samsung Galaxy S5 will use aluminium instead of plastic for its case. Next year’s Android flagship is expected to be the first Samsung device to switch to aluminium and magnesium, the company will reportedly switch other devices in the future as well. Metal does offer a much more premium feel than polycarbonate or plastic. The company’s rivals such as Apple and HTC already use this material in their flagship smartphones, Samsung adopting a metal based casing for its flagship is likely to increase competition between these players.

The company is reportedly working on reinventing the entire design of its flagship Galaxy range, the work is not limited to materials only, they’re apparently working to reinvigorate aesthetics as well. Samsung is rumored to have already sent engineers to a factory in Vietnam to see if it has the capability to mass product metal cases. Samples have already been built, apparently. It remains to be seen if this move will bring a price increase for Samsung’s flagship smartphone. We’ll have to wait until next year before we get to see a Samsung smartphone fashioned out of metal. None of the mobile devices that the company is expected to launch this year are rumored to tout metal.

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