Samsung Galaxy S5 to sport full metal jacket and new camera tech?

Samsung Galaxy S4
Could this be the end of the plastic era for Samsung?

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is likely to have an all metal body, which if true would finally remedy the flagship line's one real Achilles' heel.

We've heard these rumours before, but they've now been given more credence as Barclays analysts have stated that Catcher Technology Co has taken an order to make the chassis for phones in Samsung's Galaxy series, as reported by the Taipei Times.

If you recognise the name Catcher it's because the company already produces the metal casings for Apple's iPhones and the HTC One.

The analysts went on to state that Samsung is likely to order metal casings from Catcher for between 10 and 30 million smartphones, though the final amount won't be confirmed until the first quarter of next year.

Cut the crosstalk

Along with finally making the jump to metal, Samsung has also announced a new CMOS image sensor dubbed ISOCELL. The new sensor isolates individual pixels which minimises electrical crosstalk between them, which in turn leads to higher colour fidelity, for sharper, richer images.

The sensor also has increased light sensitivity, which should allow it to perform well in low light conditions. It's designed for 'premium' smartphones and tablets, so there's a good chance that we'll see it in the Samsung Galaxy S5.

Along with previous rumours that the Samsung Galaxy S5 will feature an iPhone 5S matching 64 bit processor, unibody design and no longer have a removable battery, it looks like it's all change for the flagship Galaxy line, though it remains to be seen how much of this will pan out.

  • Samsung's Galaxy S5 won't be here until next year, but in the meantime there's always the Samsung Galaxy S4.
James Rogerson

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