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Samsung considers ditching polycarbonate casings

Samsung is considering ditching polycarbonate on its next top of the range Galaxy smartphone with rumours they’ll be going with a harder metal casing.

Industry sources quoted by ET News state the Samsung Galaxy S5 will be the first phone to have an aluminium back casing with most of the company’s future devices then moving over to the same material.

The decision to use aluminium and magnesium backs for their new devices is rumoured to be part of a wider product redesign devised by Samsung engineers, who have been to Vietnam to examine the feasibility of using the new backs.

Moving away from plastic casing will bring Samsung in line with the likes of HTC and Apple, who have been using aluminium casing for some time.

The rumour mill around Samsung’s next Galaxy S smartphone is now in full swing even though the device won’t see the light of day until early next year, possibly March. Along with the new back, the smartphone will reportedly benefit from a 16-megapixel camera with optimal image stabilisation.

Samsung’s latest top-of-the-range smartphone, the Galaxy S4, has been out since early this year and the polycarbonate-backed device sports a full HD 4.99in Super AMOLED screen and a 13-megapixel camera. The LTE version has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor that is clocked at 1.9GHz with 2GB RAM, all of which will see an upgrade on the new device.

Samsung is expected to have a busy week at IFA 2013 with the new Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear smartwatch to be unveiled at a launch event on 4 September. The new devices won’t benefit from the new metallic backing but if they do decide to change the material, next year’s IFA could see a slew of Samsung metal-backed devices.