The Samsung Galaxy S4 very nearly ditched the Galaxy S range’s trademark plastic construction for a metal frame, it has emerged ahead of the release of Samsung’s 2013 flagship phone later this month.
According to an unnamed source cited by SamMobile, Samsung went so far as to produce prototype Galaxy S4 handsets featuring an unspecified metal. However, although the metal frame was ostensibly “very popular internally”, it was ultimately rejected because Samsung was unable to “mass-produce it right on time”.
Revelations that Samsung has been considering a move to premium materials for its top-end handsets come amid claims from the same insider that the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 3 could also be in line for a metal makeover.
The shift in approach has purportedly been engendered by glowing reviews for the HTC One – in particular its exemplary build quality and aluminium unibody exterior.
For what it’s worth – and I realize that I'm largely alone on this – I’m a fan of the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4’s plastic construction. If only because it means that both phones feel positively featherweight in your pocket and modern in a way that the heavy metallic slab of an archetypal HTC smartphone really doesn't. Even if its does feel ‘reassuringly expensive’ to hold.
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