The Galaxy S5 is the talk of the technology space as fans anticipate the handset’s arrival. But will that continue to be Samsung’s most-talked about smartphone? If a new report is correct, an even more premium version of the Galaxy S5—the Galaxy F—could take over.
Korean site renews Galaxy F claim
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930) has been said by more than one source to be working on a premium handset called the Galaxy F for some time. This time the report comes from the Korean website ETNews, which claims that the Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy F will come out around the same time.
Admittedly, the translation provided by Google Translate isn’t the best, so it’s a bit difficult to fully understand this report. However, it does seem to indicate that the prototype for the Galaxy F was developed in Europe and then moved to Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930)’s Vietnam facility for production. As past reports have suggested, the Galaxy F is expected to have a metal body—something fans have been hoping for in the Galaxy S line for years.
Will the Galaxy S5 have a metal body?
So what about all of those annoying rumors about the Galaxy S5 itself having a metal body? The translation from this report doesn’t make it clear whether the S5 will have a metal body. Many continue to hope that the Galaxy S5 will indeed have a metal backing instead of a plastic one, but other reports have indicated recently that Samsung decided to keep using a plastic backing for its Galaxy S5 because the metal backing was too pricey. If this tidbit is true, then this may be why the company would launch a super-premium handset so that it could have a metal-backed smartphone.
It isn’t known whether Samsung will also include better specs on the so-called Galaxy F, if the handset really exists. Some say the display on the premium Galaxy F variant could 2K, while Samsung could keep the previous display that’s on the Galaxy S5.
Gleaning clues about the Galaxy S5 from patents
In addition to all of the rumors, we also have a new batch of patents from Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930). Of course not every patent becomes reality in a consumer device, but some could give us insight into the future.
This latest design patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and spotted by SammyToday describes a handset with almost no bezel. Samsung has been gradually reducing the size of the bezels on its smartphones, so this comes as no surprise. This patent also shows that there aren’t any touch buttons though, which would be a significant change for Samsung.