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Samsung’s Galaxy S5 said to feature metal case as Apple turns to plastic for iPhone 5c

Published Sep 24th, 2013 10:30AM EDT

Sometimes the tech industry is just too poetic. Samsung is once again rumored to be prepping a huge change for its flagship Galaxy S5 that will debut in the second quarter next year. The smartphone giant has been widely criticized for releasing high-end smartphones that feel cheap and flimsy due to their thin plastic cases, and a new report suggests next year’s Galaxy S5 might change that.

According to Taipei Times, Taiwan-based component supplier Catcher Technology is likely to receive orders for a metal casing that will house Samsung’s new Galaxy S5. The site says Barclays analysts made the claim in a research note after sniffing around Catcher, and the idea of a metal S5 case mirrors similar reports from earlier this year. The report also suggests production will begin in the first quarter next year, suggesting the Galaxy S5 may launch sometime in the second quarter.

The irony in all this, of course, is that Samsung has repeatedly been called an Apple copycat but despite years of cries for an aluminum flagship Galaxy phone, Samsung might finally take the leap now that Apple has moved back to plastic on the iPhone 5c.

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Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment. His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.