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Leaked image of the Galaxy S IV  (Source: evleaks)
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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RE: Plastic phones last longer...
By Rukkian on 3/6/2013 3:25:26 PM , Rating: 2
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Tic Tac containers are polystyrene/polypropylene but most drink containers are indeed polycarbonate :)


Polycarbonate has many formulations, just like there are many different strengths/thickness of aluminum.

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I've seen iPad's dropped so many times the corners are caved in and it still operates as new.


While that may be true, what does that have to do with a galaxy phone? I specifically brought up iphones, and you change it to try to make your case. I will be more specific, I know of at least 20 iphone 4, 4s and 5 that have had busted screens, most of which were from falls from very short distances, and that is every person I know personally that has an iphone (15 people + 1 person that has lost 3 and one that has lost 2).

While I know of less people that have samsung phones, of those that do, only one has cracked her screen. I have dropped my phone so many times getting in and out of cars, at the gym, etc over the last 16 months, and it still looks like brand new.

I know that is anecdotal, but iphones are pretty notorious for breaking screens, and (with the 4) known to have reception issues without a case, which tells me that maybe aluminum is not the issue.

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With the iPhone 3G/3Gs I criticized the polycarbonate back which would scratch easily.


So since apple used cheap, hard plastic that could not stand up to abuse, while others use softer, more flexible, more durable plastic, it must mean that all plastic is bad. Great logic there.


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