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Samsung to guard against anticipated 'iPhone 6' with metal-clad 'Galaxy F' in September

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With a 4.7-inch iPhone rumored to be on the horizon, Samsung is reportedly readying its first non-plastic handset for a September unveiling in what could be an attempt to stave off defections from Galaxy buyers waiting for a larger-screened option from Apple.




Samsung's device, dubbed the "Galaxy F," is thought to bring an all-metal construction along with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 805, a 1440-pixel-by-2560-pixel QHD display, and 3 gigabytes of RAM. The metal build seems to be confirmed via high-resolution press shots published by @evleaks, but it is possible that Samsung will merely use a textured plastic to simulate an aluminum finish.

The handset has thus far been seen in both silver and gold liveries, though it is likely that a black version will also be available.

Samsung has been rumored to be considering a "premium" all-metal handset in the past, with the Galaxy S5 pegged to come in both plastic and metal variants. The company did not choose that route, however, instead releasing the handset with a dimpled plastic finish.

Apple's "iPhone 6" is widely expected to sport a larger 4.7-inch display, a change that surveys suggest could woo as much as 35 percent of Android and Windows Phone buyers. An even larger 5.5-inch "phablet" variant is also thought to be in the offing, though its existence is the subject of debate among analysts and Apple watchers.
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Samsung is Sam-sunk.

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It's just resting.

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Looking at my wife's gold, er champaign iPhone 5s it occurs to me that Apple's been working on creating a gold-replacement metal for fashion for some time, like for the iWatch. Apple will continually be so far ahead of Samsung they really don't have a prayer if the large screen iPhones come online.
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A headline to goad derision, outrage and laughter, but the article doesn't really deliver what the headline promises.
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Samsung's strategy for products...

 

 
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That's a great idea, because the only reason I use an iPhone instead of a Samsung is the case material. I keep saying, "If only Samsung made a phone with a metal case I would no longer care about AirPlay or iCloud sync or FaceTime or Messages or Photo Stream or security at all."

 

(Shaking my head and rolling my eyes.)

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Apple's "iPhone 6" is widely expected to sport a larger 4.7-inch display, a change that surveys suggest could woo as much as 35 percent of Android and Windows Phone buyers.

 

Not sure about that. If I was Nexus 5 owner, I would not probably switch to a bigger phone with a smaller screen.

post #9 of 68
Galaxy Fail? I wonder how many ads would be targeted for vandalism.
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For mac ecosystem owners, i dont see moving to a samsung or android (even if some features are better) making any sense.

The mac os x is straight up clean and awesome. Coupling it with an ipad and iphone is gonna be even nicer with continuity and improved icloud space.

Airplay continues to be the best way for me to playback music on my system and in all my family member's houses.

Samsung/android currently have zero chance of wooing me away with better widgets or possibly slightly better interfaces. They would need to do something groundbreaking. Slightly better pixels on a screen or on the camera isnt enough to make me care.

I love the security of touch ID and now that it is PROVEN to be effective a vast majority of the time... Im sure i will love using it with 1password and for payments, etc.

Samsung fabricates chips well and should continue to stick to that core competency. I do appreciate them keeping apple on its toes too.
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It's just resting.

It's pining for the fjords. 

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A turd wrapped in plastic is the same to me as a turd wrapped in metal. At the end of the day, you're still left with a turd.


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Boo for samsung phone.👎
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 silver and gold liveries

 

Where's the bucket?

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The back is still going to pop off for battery access. A stamped piece of sheet metal will dent or deform easily. Nothing at all like a solid block of aluminum.

 

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"guard against" in the title seems to suggest a defensive move.  A better defensive move would be if they went 64-bit, which I still haven't heard any rumor of (unless you count the vaporware-like reactionary "oh, we'll have that too" statements Samsung and others have been tossing out ever since iPhone 5S was announced).

 

I'm just not sure changing the material of the case will do that much when it only brings it to parity, rather than differentiating.

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For mac ecosystem owners, i dont see moving to a samsung or android (even if some features are better) making any sense.

The mac os x is straight up clean and awesome. Coupling it with an ipad and iphone is gonna be even nicer with continuity and improved icloud space.

Airplay continues to be the best way for me to playback music on my system and in all my family member's houses.

Samsung/android currently have zero chance of wooing me away with better widgets or possibly slightly better interfaces. They would need to do something groundbreaking. Slightly better pixels on a screen or on the camera isnt enough to make me care.

I love the security of touch ID and now that it is PROVEN to be effective a vast majority of the time... Im sure i will love using it with 1password and for payments, etc.

Samsung fabricates chips well and should continue to stick to that core competency. I do appreciate them keeping apple on its toes too.

 

Like Apple creating the iPhone because of something Sumsang did or was doing? 

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Why would they call it "Galaxy F" when a name like Galaxy 6 invites comparison with the "iPhone 6?"?

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post #19 of 68
When a cheap, plasticky, iPhone-3G-ripoff Samsung design creaks and flexes, it just means you're holding it wrong.
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Lipstick on a pig Samsung.  That's all you're doing.

I took a look at the the S5 over the weekend while at Best Buy.  I had time to burn and figured I'd get a kick out of seeing if Samsung did anything to improve the performance of their phone with the latest Android build.

Damn shame.  I tested a few heavy graphic websites out there on my iPhone, then did the exact same thing on the S5.  With absolutely no surprise, the S5 still suffered from laggy/stuttering performance while my iPhone5 was silky smooth.

Shame on you Samsung for not only putting out crap, but pretending it's better than the iPhone experience.  Shame on Fandroids for having such low standards, they don't expect better from what is supposed to be a "premium" smartphone.

post #21 of 68
How many versions of the Galaxy 5 so far? Obviously they didn't get it right the first time.
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Why would they call it "Galaxy F" when a name like Galaxy 6 invites comparison with the "iPhone 6?"?

F is the sixth letter of the alphabet 

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They're not going to call it the Galaxy F, that is the worst name for a phone ever.

 

They're going to call it the Galaxy 6, the iGalaxy 6, or the iPhone-like Galaxy 6, or the iSamsung 6.

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They're not going to call it the Galaxy F, that is the worst name for a phone ever.

 

They're going to call it the Galaxy 6, the iGalaxy 6, or the iPhone-like Galaxy 6, or the iSamsung 6.

Check out the names of some of their other phones.

 

http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung-phones-9.php

 

I particularly like: Galaxy Fame Lite Duos 

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Why would they call it "Galaxy F" ...?

 

That was answered earlier in the comments, by jungmark:

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Galaxy Fail? 
 
post #26 of 68
I saw recent polling that said up to 35% of Samsung users would jump to iPhone if it had a bigger screen. Brushed metal or not, you can't polish a turd.
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is thought to bring an all-metal construction.... The metal build seems to be confirmed via high-resolution press shots published by@evleaks, but it is possible that Samsung will merely use a textured plastic to simulate an aluminum finish.

 

Yeah, texture + paint = cheapo phone that will start flaking chips of metallic paint making the user look like the tightwad s/he is.

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It's just resting.

No no! They're pining!

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But possible that Samsung will merely use a textured plastic to simulate an aluminum finish.?...
But possible marble
But possible fake marble look
But possible carbon
But possible fake carbon look
But possible diamond
But possible fake diamond
But possible wood
But possible fake wood look

Imho.. Samdung = FAKE ..
.........
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Who’s desperate now, Fandroids?

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F is the sixth letter of the alphabet 

Maybe it will use Android FROYO.

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post #32 of 68
It runs Android. You can make the outside appear better, but the inside is still worthless. It's like pouring perfume on a pig.

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Originally Posted by Suddenly Newton View Post
Why would they call it "Galaxy F" when a name like Galaxy 6 invites comparison with the "iPhone 6?"?

 

Because lawsuits.

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He he he, F.
post #35 of 68
I prefer iPhone. It looks nice though.
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"guard against" in the title seems to suggest a defensive move.  A better defensive move would be if they went 64-bit, which I still haven't heard any rumor of (unless you count the vaporware-like reactionary "oh, we'll have that too" statements Samsung and others have been tossing out ever since iPhone 5S was announced).

 

I'm just not sure changing the material of the case will do that much when it only brings it to parity, rather than differentiating.

 

It won't stop Samsung buyers from buying iPhones, but it may stop Android users from buying iPhones...  

 

 

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Samsung fabricates chips well and should continue to stick to that core competency. I do appreciate them keeping apple on its toes too.

   You can't ask them to leave a competitive market and then in the next breath appreciate the competition they bring to that market.

 

BTW, One Samsung's core competencies IS consumer/business electronics.   Semiconductors is just a part of that.  

(Their Land Construction and Ship Building are also pretty huge... no one is asking them to just build container ships).

post #37 of 68
As if "metal" is going to change a person's mind in picking a safe, secure, integrated ecosystem, curated App smartphone???

Given Samsungss warnings to 'analysts', & Woz's rejection of their Galaxy Gear watch, I don't think Apple has anything to fear.
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Because lawsuits.

Now they care about being sued?

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Originally Posted by Suddenly Newton View Post
Now they care about being sued?

 

2 billion in the hole with more on the way and some import bans?

 

...

 

I personally hope they don’t care, but I just want to see it compound on them.

post #40 of 68

Remove the physical home button, the pulse scanner on the back, and replace TouchWiz with a different launcher and that phone would start looking pretty good.  In its current form, I'll pass.

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