It’s the latest chapter in the debate about whether Samsung will ditch the plastic for the casing of the Galaxy S5. This time we have another vote in favor of a metal casing.

Japanese site claims Galaxy S5 will have metal unibody

EMS One, a Japanese site which monitors the tech industry, claims that the body of the Galaxy S5 will be a single piece of metal. The piece will reportedly be provided by Catcher, a parts supplier based in Taiwan. Catcher is said to be shipping the metal casings for the Galaxy S 5 starting sometime this month, which would fit rumors of an early-2014 arrival date.

According to the site, Catcher will ship between 10 million and 30 million of the metal bodies for the Galaxy S5. The additional units are reported to be supplied by Taiwan-based Ju Teng and China-based BYD.

Other rumors about a metal-bodied Galaxy S5

Fans have been clamoring for Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930) to dump the plastic bodies for the Galaxy S5 for years, so it’s up for debate whether 2014 will be the year the Korean company finally does. There was recently an image of a metal body which a supposed leaker claimed was for the Galaxy S5. Others have suggested that the metal body will actually be for the rumored Galaxy F, which most expect will be an even more high-end smartphone.

Other than a metal body, what do fans want most on the Galaxy S5? Now that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has included a 64-bit chip in the iPhone 5S, many are now hoping to see a 64-bit processor in the Galaxy S5. Many are also hoping for a 16-megapixel camera, better battery, and various other features. Some have suggested that it might even have a 20-megapixel camera.

And of course the release date is still up for debate, with some predicting as early as February and others expecting a second-quarter 2014 launch.

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