Swapping plastic for a more premium metal construction for the next Galaxy S smartphone would be a hugely popular move with the Android faithful and mass-market consumers alike, research reveals.
Talk that Samsung will ape the aluminium unibody of the HTC One and the iPhone 5S’s glass and aluminium frame one-two punch for the Galaxy S5 has been rife for months.
The switch has purportedly been precipitated by criticism of the ‘cheap’ feel of the Galaxy S4’s polycarbonate shell, as well as the glowing reviews meted out to the HTC One’s build quality and design.
And if a uSwitch Tech poll is anything to go by, the change could be just fillip the Galaxy S range needs after the fourth-gen edition failed to sell in line with analysts’ expectations.
Of 520 respondents to the study, 87% (451) said they’d like to see a metal-framed Galaxy S5 this time around, with just 69 of those quizzed preferring Samsung to stick with the plastic shell that’s been a staple of the range since day one.
Whether Samsung really will heed demand for a metal build will become apparent on February 24th. That’s the day the phone-maker today named as the due date for a special Galaxy S5 launch event to be held on the opening night of the Mobile World Congress industry expo.
Other features expected to be on board include an improved, slightly larger display, Android 4.4 KitKat with an all-new, more ‘alive’ custom skin over the top and a TouchID-style fingerprint scanner.
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