Samsung is finally ditching plastic for real metal. Well, it’s not just any metal, but diamond- plated metal.
The Galaxy S5 will be officially announced at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and according to a senior Samsung official, the phone could mark a radical shift in appearance and design.
A Korean news site has quoted Samsung’s Vice-President and Head of Design Strategy, Dong-hoon Chang as stating that the next edition of the Galaxy S series will come out with a “new material”.
What that new material could be is still being debated and rumours state that it could be diamond-plated.
According to another Korean IT news portal the R&D team at Samsung Electronics have been working on mechanisms to apply the diamond metal surface treatment technology to metal cases.
“Diamond material is coated onto the metal case surface of smartphones. If the metal case is coated with a diamond material, vulnerabilities to scratches and deformation can be redressed.
“Samsung Electronics researchers are known to consider treating the metal surface with nano materials or turning it into paint and coating the surface with it,” the report on etnews.com said.
Meanwhile, Chang is also reported to have said that the Samsung is not averse to the idea of incorporating a flexible display into the Galaxy series.
The Galaxy Round that was launched last year comes with a 5.7-inch Amoled screen. The new Galaxy S5 could also sport a similar vertically oriented curved display.