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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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RE: Plastic phones last longer...
By Roffles on 3/13/2013 4:15:05 PM , Rating: 2
why can't EVERYONE understand the plastics used on the galaxy s3 actually make it a better phone. in addition to it feeling perfectly fine in the hand/pocket and plastics being able to better dissipate shock energy compared to solid aluminum frames when dropped, my favorite part of my s3 is that you can (literally) peal off the back plastic cover to replace the battery and/or sdxc card. it's so easy to do, it makes using a spare battery second nature. i can recharge my phone in a little under a minute by this method compared to being tied to a wall socket for hours on other phones.

a lot of people act as if replaceable batteries and expandable storage are just a gimmick feature for business and power users... but you are an idiot fishing for excuses if you think that's true. i'll never understand why people don't grasp this as an incredible advantage and perfect solution to the battery life shortcomings that afflict EVERY smartphone.

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