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Plastic likely to be used extensively in the Galaxy S IV

The Samsung Galaxy S III is been incredibly popular smartphone for Samsung. One of the more common complaints that users have had about the device is that it feels rather flimsy thanks to the plastic case. Other high-end smartphones, such as the iPhone 5 and HTC One, use aluminum, giving the devices a more solid feel.

We’re sure there a lot of people out there were hoping that the Galaxy S IV might move to a more rigid metal frame, but CNET reports that the S IV won’t stray far from the design philosophy implemented on the Galaxy S III. According to Samsung executive vice president of mobile business Y.H. Lee, when Samsung looks at the materials it wants to use it doesn't only think about the aesthetics and quality, it also looks at how quickly and efficiently can you make the device.

Thin plastic frames and bodies would certainly be easier and cheaper to develop and manufacture. Samsung is also said to have had conversations about maintaining a removable back allowing the battery to be removed. Samsung maintains that using a thin and flexible plastic back cover for their devices makes it more durable than other smartphones. This claim comes from the fact that the thinner and flexible plastic can bend to better absorb a physical impact.
The Samsung executive stopped short of saying whether or not the Galaxy S IV would use plastic or move to more premium materials such as metal or even polycarbonate. 

Source: CNET

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Plastic isn't always bad.
By txDrum on 3/6/2013 10:57:10 AM , Rating: 2
There are two types of plastic. Both are usually more durable than metal anyways. The old glossy plastic that I believe the S3 used, and the soft touch polycarbonate kind of plastic used on something like the HTC 8X (the windows phone). That definitely feels way better than any aluminum or plastic phone I've held, and that would be welcome to me.

If Samsung is using plastic though, they'll probably go with the same design that they've had in the past. In which case I still wish they'd pick something different, but it's going to sell either way.

RE: Plastic isn't always bad.
By theapparition on 3/6/2013 11:23:55 AM , Rating: 3
Yeah, there's quite a bit more than two types of plastic. Eleventy billion would have been a closer guess.

RE: Plastic isn't always bad.
By Solandri on 3/6/2013 4:19:16 PM , Rating: 2
The same goes for metals. There are a gazillion different alloys, each with different properties. Marketing may call it aluminum, but that doesn't really narrow it down.

Material selection is a complex task, and characterizing it as "metal > plastic" is grossly oversimplified and ignorant.

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