Samsung Galaxy S5 'premium' model to be made of stainless steel, plastic: Report

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Ahead of the much-anticipated debut of Samsung's next flagship smartphone, widely expected to be dubbed Galaxy S5, there is endless speculation around the device. Now, a report emerging from Korea has claimed that Samsung is adopting a blend of stainless steel, to increase the endurance, and plastic, to check the weight of the alleged 'premium' variant of the Samsung Galaxy S5.

Further, the report claims that the rear panel covering the battery compartment will be made of metal, and will be cast alongside a plastic material. The report also suggests that the South Korean manufacturer is also working on aluminium and magnesium chassis with a sealed battery compartment for the alleged 'premium' variant of the Galaxy S5.

An earlier report had indicated that Samsung is been planning to release two versions of the alleged Galaxy S5: a premium variant which will sport a metal chassis and a flexible OLED, and a variant which will come with the usual plastic body, as found on other Galaxy smartphones.

Notably, the South Korean giant has also been rumoured to be working on the alleged Samsung Galaxy F, which would sport a metal body and could be launched in 2014 after the release of rumoured Galaxy S5. It can be expected that the current Korean report might be referring to the alleged Galaxy F. Earlier report revealed that Samsung's alleged Galaxy F's metallic prototype was manufactured in Europe and then was moved to South Korean giant's Vietnam production unit.

On Thursday, a report quoted a Samsung VP as saying the company was considering the inclusion of an iris-scanning feature on the Samsung Galaxy S5. The VP added that Samsung is hoping to launch the Galaxy S5 in April. alongside the company's successor to the Galaxy Gear. The eye-scanning/iris-recognition feature has not been introduced on any smartphone (from a major manufacturer) as an unlocking method, and if Samsung actually uses this, it would become the first handset maker to debut the feature on a smartphone.

Rumoured specifications of the alleged Galaxy S5 include a 64-bit Exynos chipset or a new Snapdragon chipset, 3GB of RAM, a 16-megapixel rear camera, a 4000mAh battery and Android 4.4 KitKat with TouchWiz UI on top.

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