Samsung rumored to follow Apple's lead, split Galaxy S5 lineup into metal, plastic models

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in iPhone edited January 2014
The next flagship smartphone from South Korean manufacturer Samsung will reportedly be offered in two versions -- a metal-clad premium edition and a cheaper model sporting a plastic case.

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The news comes one week after Samsung mobile executive Lee Young Hee said that the company would be going "back to the basics" with the industrial design of their bellwether device in an effort to excite customers that Samsung believes were disappointed with the similarities between the Galaxy S3 and S4. Normally-reliable Samsung watchers SamMobile were the first to report the split.

If true, the move would mirror Apple's decision to drop its longstanding practice of discounting the previous year's model in favor of a new, bifurcated lineup. With the introduction of the iPhone 5s, Apple discontinued the iPhone 5 in favor of an all-new iPhone 5c featuring a polycarbonate shell in a variety of colors.

Samsung is also considering adding biometric authentication capabilities to the handset in order to counter Apple's popular Touch ID feature. Lee said last week that "many people are fanatical about iris recognition technology" and that Samsung was "studying the possibility" of including it in the Galaxy S5.

As for pricing, the premium version is expected to retail for ?800 ($1,093) while the plastic-backed variant should fetch ?650 ($889) when the devices are unveiled this spring, according to the report. Apple's iPhone 5s, in comparison, starts at ?699 ($955) for a model with 16 gigabytes of memory and the iPhone 5c comes in at ?599 ($819) for the same configuration.
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  • Reply 1 of 147

    Don't want to sound too cynical, "but what a surprise!"

     

    Best.

  • Reply 2 of 147
    outsideroutsider Posts: 6,008member
    Amazing. This is just embarrassing.
  • Reply 3 of 147
    Introducing the Shamesung C5
  • Reply 4 of 147
    Samsung is always innovating. Slash S.
  • Reply 5 of 147
    kent909kent909 Posts: 708member
    Well, why not? What else are you going to do?
  • Reply 6 of 147
    dasanman69dasanman69 Posts: 12,976member
    outsider wrote: »
    Amazing. This is just embarrassing.

    More like shameless. It's mind boggling how this is the only other company that's profitable.
  • Reply 7 of 147
    dasanman69dasanman69 Posts: 12,976member
    kent909 wrote: »
    Well, why not? What else are you going to do?

    Not do the same exact thing for starters.
  • Reply 8 of 147
    kent909 wrote: »
    Well, why not? What else are you going to do?
    Something else. Anything that doesn't scream "shamless".
  • Reply 9 of 147
    thedbathedba Posts: 473member
    Samsung is always innovating. Slash S.
    No! It's just natural progression. Who cares if Apple did it first?

    ***Note***
    Do I really need to put S tags around this?
  • Reply 10 of 147

    Samsung got it all wrong.  People are buying alternatives to Apple's premium brand.  Metals do not sell in Android ecosystem.  Just look at HTC.

  • Reply 11 of 147
    It must be what the people want... The irony is those that take pride in not owning an apple product, buy from the company trying so hard to be apple. :\
  • Reply 12 of 147
    mhiklmhikl Posts: 471member

    Who would have guessed? L'innovation grande à la copie takes another giant step. 

  • Reply 13 of 147

    Truly sad and why I will never, ever own a Samsung product in my life. NEVER.

  • Reply 14 of 147
    jusephejusephe Posts: 108member
    Because it will be made out of metal doesn't mean it will be a sturdy phone. Because the iPhone 5C is made out of plastic it doesn't mean that it is a cracking, weak phone.

    It's more about the company... Samsung will make an paper thin metal casing, and they will never mind to require less than 150€ premium for that. Or just put on a metal backplate instead of plastic.
    By the way there will be probably no hardware difference between the two (excluding buttons, minor variation in thickness Etc. Etc. ) that 150€ just for that metal.
  • Reply 15 of 147
    marskmarsk Posts: 30member
    Fxxking hate Samsung!
  • Reply 16 of 147

    I have to give credit to Samsung, they follow Apple's successful marketing ideas, regardless of how much their own diehard fans howl and spew degradation about those ideas when they are first posited by Apple. 

  • Reply 17 of 147
    mhiklmhikl Posts: 471member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by AZREOSpecialist View Post

     

    Truly sad and why I will never, ever own a Samsung product in my life. NEVER.


    AZREO, I've an old SS laser copier that just keeps chugging along, never fails.

    Wish I knew who to thank for the great design.

  • Reply 18 of 147
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    Originally Posted by sagan_student View Post



    It must be what the people want... The irony is those that take pride in not owning an apple product, buy from the company trying so hard to be apple. image

    I used to work with a guy who said he wasn't an "Apple person," so he bought one of the first post-iPad Samsung tablets, that looked almost exactly like an iPad. I think it was due to a Samsung allegiance stemming from his Korean origins, but it still seemed pretty weird. 

  • Reply 19 of 147
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    Originally Posted by kent909 View Post



    Well, why not? What else are you going to do?

    Easy enough... innovate.

     

    That's why it took AAPL many years to come up with the iPhone in the first place. They don't want to make the iPhone "useful" ... they wanted to iPhone to make a statement (one of the 3 things that changed the world over the last 10 years). Does anyone here think AAPL asked itself "So what are we gonna do?" when they looked at the farmland of phones in 2005, 2 years before they announced... Nope... they said "we're going to reinvent the phone" ... Shamedung only asks "what else can we cram into a phone?" ... usually the answer is... "Check what AAPL does..."

  • Reply 20 of 147
    Crikey - dont that have any leaders or designers? Just copy and paste!
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