Quick Note: Samsung Galaxy S IV Expected to Use Plastic Casing
March 6, 2013 9:41 AM
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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
, 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
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.
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RE: Plastic phones last longer...
3/6/2013 1:54:17 PM
Have you ever designed any products. Seriously?
Material selection is very important. Polymers are a valid choice for many products. Metal is not always the answer, nor is plastic or composite.
Saying your box of TicTacs is made of the exact same polycarbonate shows your complete lack of understanding (BTW, TicTac boxes aren't polycarbonate). What grade is being used? Percentage of regrind? Blend? Fillers? Textures? Overmolds? Coatings? I can go on.
Engineered plastics can be better (or worse) for a specific task. It's all about selecting the best performance. Price is also a consideration, but some plastic parts actually cost more than metal ones, depending on a lot of factors.
Just because you think plastic=cheap doesn't make it true.
RE: Plastic phones last longer...
3/6/2013 2:39:20 PM
Does he do much other than defend Apple on sites? My guess is no.
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