Is Samsung making a metal Galaxy S5?
The Samsung Galaxy S5 could be ditching its predecessor's plastic form and getting a metal makeover.
That's according to ETNews' source, which claims that the South Korean tech giant is preparing to create its own production line for the body of the S5.
If true, then one of our biggest gripes with the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4 will finally have been addressed. While both are fantastic phones in their own right, packed to the hilt with specs and software smarts, we've always felt that their plasticky build has let them down.
If the Galaxy S5 does arrive in metal, Samsung will finally be able to compete in the style stakes with the likes of Apple and HTC, whose hewn-from-solid iPhone 5 and One flagships have provided our hands with many joyful hours.
It will be interesting to see whether or not an all-metal Galaxy S5 will retain the popular non-removable battery and microSD slots, attributes which aren't present in the iPhone 5 or HTC One.
While the Galaxy S4 Active has a metal band, its back cover is flexible polycarbonate. A removable metal back cover could be an option for the S5, but its likely that a single piece of carved aluminium will provide a sleeker, more premium finish.
These are, of course, just rumours for the time being – we'll keep our ears to the ground for any more info.