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Samsung Galaxy S4 to be undermined by cheap plastic body?

With the Samsung Galaxy S4 launch creeping closer and closer, we now have as clear a picture of the forthcoming device as we're likely to get before it is actually revealed on 14 March in New York City.

However, amidst all the chatter surrounding eye-tracking technology and 8-core processors, the rumour-mongers seem to have paid little attention to the Galaxy S4's design - until now.

The latest reports indicate that the Samsung Galaxy S4 will resist the current trend for aluminium smartphone construction, opting instead to stick with the kind of lightweight plastic casing featured on the Galaxy S3.

Speaking to CNET, Samsung executive VP of mobile YH Lee indicated that a number of factors were assessed when choosing materials for a device. Aesthetic qualities had to be balanced against manufacturing concerns and durability issues, he said, due to the high-demand such a product was likely to create.

Some potential buyers will no doubt be disappointed to hear that Samsung won't be going the premium material route with the Galaxy S4, with the Korean firm running a calculated risk in the face of luxe competition from the likes of the Apple iPhone 5 and HTC One.

Indeed, one of the few criticisms of the wildly popular Galaxy S3 was that its build-quality seemed cheap compared to some of its rivals, though that didn't stop it from nabbing the best smartphone of 2012 crown at this year's Global Mobile Awards.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is expected to feature a raft of high-end specifications, including a beastly 8-core Exynos 5 processor, 5in Full HD display, and 2GB of RAM - follow the link to catch up on everything Samsung Galaxy S4.