The Samsung Galaxy Alpha, which went official a couple of days ago, may not be as high-end as it was previously expected, but it does come with one feature that none of Samsung phones had so far – a metal body. And it looks like it might not be the only metal-clad device that Samsung has in store for us. According to the latest rumors, the Galaxy Alpha may actually set a new trend for Samsung handsets and the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 4 are also tipped to arrive with metal frame.
Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy S6 could arrive with fresh “all-metal design”
Newly leaked images of the upcoming Galaxy Note 4 reveal a device with a metal band running around its edges. The faux-leather back still appears to be made of plastic, though. On the other hand, the panel could be covered with just a thin layer of plastic to provide texture for better grip underneath which might be a sheet of metal. Or we could be letting our imagination run wild.
At the moment there’s also no guarantee that the band isn’t made of plastic painted to look like metal; however, a “plastic-like inlay” in the side-frame seems to serve as a proof that the band is in fact metal. According to the same report, next year’s Galaxy S6 could also arrive with fresh “all-metal design.”
It seems that metal phones are becoming more and more popular lately. Apple and HTC are just two examples of manufacturers who switched over to metal build. However, wider availability of metal-clad devices seems to be somewhat of a problem at the moment due to limited production capacity of case manufacturers. According to a report coming from China, an average metal case manufacturer is unable to produce more than 1 million cases per month and based on the expected levels of demand it wouldn’t be nearly enough.
Of course, all these are just rumors which means that you should keep a generous pinch of salt within your reach. However, if Samsung was to make metal-clad phones from now on, we certainly wouldn’t complain. In fact, it’s probably safe to assume that the vast majority of potential users would be thankful for such overhaul in the construction.