Samsung testing diamond metal treatment tech, Galaxy S5 won’t have metal body

Well, the rumors and speculation on whether the Galaxy S5 will have a metal body are once again making their presence felt, through separate reports published by the ever-alert media. First up is a report by ETNews, which says that Samsung has begun testing a “diamond metal surface treatment technology” for metal cases – basically, a phone’s metal case is coated with a diamond-like material, making it more resistant to scratches and deformation. This diamond-like material is obtained by exposing carbon to high temperature and high pressure, and is then turned into liquid or powder and applied to a metal case.

But will this technology be ready in time for the Galaxy S5? Maybe it will, maybe it won’t, but according to a report by DigiTimes, the Galaxy S5 won’t have a metal body at all. Taiwan-based chassis makers have commented that rumors of Samsung adopting metal-alloy chassis for the Galaxy S5 and starting production on them are unlikely to be true, as no company has yet begun to mass produce these chassis. Furthermore, DigiTimes‘ sources believe Samsung doesn’t really need metal chassis as they’ve already become mighty successful selling plastic-based devices (a sentiment that many will agree with, because frankly, most of those millions of folks buying Samsung devices aren’t exactly complaining about the lack of a more premium feel).

Basically, at this point it is totally uncertain whether we’ll actually see the Galaxy S5 have a metallic body. Most rumors suggest we will, but considering every Galaxy S flagship is preceded by rumor-mongering of all sorts, it’s best not to take any of those seriously, especially since Samsung does a nifty job of hiding all details on its flagships’ design.


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3 years 4 months ago

Who cares? I want to have the possibility of changing the batteries. If a metal chassis won’t allow me to do it, I don’t want it.

3 years 4 months ago

Exactly! If I can’t swap or pull the battery, the device is useless.

Not to mention they also all removed the MicroSD. Which is fine if you never leave the massive city you live in on your 90 bucks a month unlimited data plan, but the rest of us don’t have that luxury. I need my 64GB extended storage.

3 years 4 months ago

+1 Plenty of manufacturers make metal cased phones with no removable batteries. I hope Samsung keeps making phones with removable batteries.

3 years 4 months ago

I completely agree with you. Why go through all the trouble if this is going to take away a great feature that is dwindling in the smartphone market. I love the fact that I can pop a newly charged battery in my Note 3 at the end of my work day and keep going. Instead of having to have my phone charge and being stuck by a wall socket. People are going to slap a case on it anyways! If they can do this and still allow me to have removable battery, than awesome!