A fresh report has put some flesh on the bones of claims that Samsung will release a metal-framed smartphone this year, as it responds to criticism over the Galaxy S4’s cheaper plastic construction.
For months, rumours have been circulating that the Galaxy S5 could be the first Galaxy-branded smartphone to ditch plastic for a more lavish diamond-coated aluminium shell more in keeping with the much lauded HTC One.
According to ETNews of Korea, though, although premium, metallic materials are very much in the handset-maker’s plans, they won’t feature on the sequel to the Galaxy S4.
Rather, the debut metal Samsung Galaxy device will be a smartphone tentatively titled the Galaxy F, which will drop shortly after the Galaxy S5.
Assuming Samsung sticks to its standard refresh cycle – and it’s worth noting here that there’s much talk that it won’t this time around – the Galaxy S5 is set for release in March or April.
It’s thought that the Galaxy F could be the first in series of premium phones in the pipeline, in line with Samsung’s seemingly endless appetite for new, iterative additions to the Galaxy range.
The S5’s spec sheet remains the subject of typically febrile speculation on tech sites, with the most recent chatter indicating it could pack an iris scanner for Touch ID-style biometric security
A 64-bit octa-core processor is also being mooted, as is an expansive screen with 560ppi.