Samsung Galaxy S5 To Copy iPhone 5S Aluminum Casing - Report

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By Kristin Dian Mariano | December 4, 2013 1:45 PM EST

Samsung Galaxy S5 features may include an aluminum casing similar to the iPhone 5S, according to a report.

Japanese publication EMSOnes said Samsung will pack metal built to the upcoming Galaxy S5 as the company has already secured suppliers for the cases. Report added the metal cases will be from Taiwanese company, Catcher Technologies, which is the same company behind Apple's iPad casing.

Catcher Technology is set to produce around 10 to 30 million units and the initial shipments will be delivered to Samsung later this month. Chinese company BYD and Taiwanese company Jo Teng have also been secured as secondary suppliers, report noted.

If this rumor is true, Samsung Galaxy S5 may borrow the metal build of iPhone 5S and HTC One, which will further intensify the competition in the smartphone market. This also hinted that Samsung Galaxy S5 may also come in two variants: one with metal body and one with plastic casing. However, these rumors should be treated as a grain of salt until Samsung formally announced the device.

Early this week, Highlight Press reported that Samsung Galaxy S5 may be made out of plastic after all. The report also said the leaked images that circulated last week of the alleged metal frame for the device were fake.

Samsung Galaxy S5 will pack 64-bit processor as Samsung and ARM confirmed last week that it will soon launch a 14nm 64-bit Exynos 6 CPU chips in 2014. This is also what Samsung exec JK Shin said in his statement in September. Other rumored features of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 are 16MP ISOCELL camera and 2,560 x 1,440 WQHD and 560 ppi resolution. The handset may also come with a long lasting 4,000 mAh battery life.

Samsung Galaxy S5 will also pack the latest Android 4.4 KitKat OS heralding new Android features. However, Samsung Galaxy S5 will not be an Android smartphone and pack a different mobile software. The smartphone may run with a combination of Tizen OS and Firefox OS ditching Android 4.4 KitKat OS. Samsung's Chief Secretary Wonsuk Lee said Samsung is working on its relationship with the makers of the aforementioned operating systems.

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