As rumours suggest, Samsung will it seems indeed introduce a lavish premium metal build for its next flagship smartphone. But that doesn’t mean it’s ditching the Galaxy S range’s time-honoured plastic construction for good.
According to sources cited by Sam Mobile, Samsung’s latest marketing wheeze is to make the Galaxy S5 available in a more robust, high-end metal iteration and a cheaper, plastic variant. The move follows heavy criticism of the Galaxy S4's build quality compared with the HTC One.
Sound familiar? It will if you’ve so much as cast a glance Apple-wards over the last five months or so, after the tech giant threw out its iPhone form book last time around to bring to market a lower-cost, plastic model (the iPhone 5C) and a de-luxe option (the iPhone 5S).
The way Sam Mobile tells it, the metal model will be priced at 800 Euros to buy outright and sans contract. That’s about £660. Choose the plastic edition and you’re looking at 600 Euros, or just shy of £500.
In keeping with existing speculation, the insiders also claim that the Android 4.4-powered Galaxy S5’s spec sheet will take in an AMOLED screen with 2,560×1,440 resolution, which ought to come in at around 5.25-inches. Processing brawn seemingly comes in the form of an Exynos 6 processor or a Snapdragon 805.
Samsung is purportedly set to unveil the S5 during March or April, possibly alongside a fresh take on the stillborn Galaxy Gear smartwatch.
It had previously been mooted that the fifth-generation Galaxy S smartphone could tip up ahead of schedule at next month's Mobile World Congress.