Samsung is reported to be working with the company behind the metal cases used in HTC’s One smartphone on a planned device, which may turn out to be the South Korean handset number one’s next-generation flagship, Galaxy S5.
The reports originate from Japanese website EMSOne, which links Samsung with Catcher Technology. Other sources mooted that a polycarbonate (plastic)-bodied version of the device will also be available, continuing the construction method used in previous Galaxy S smartphones.
China’s BYD and Taiwan’s Ju Teng are also believed to be in the body manufacture frame.
Earlier this year, some reports criticised the build quality of Samsung’s high-end devices, which lacked the quality feel of its expensive rivals. Contrastingly, HTC has been praised for the premium feel of its One device, even though it was widely overshadowed by the Galaxy S4.
Other reports said that the Galaxy S5 will include a 64-bit CPU, which also could be the first version of Samsung’s octacore chipset to enable all eight cores to be used simultaneously. A version powered by a Qualcomm processor has also been mooted – the vendor has previously followed this path before.
This will make the Galaxy S5 the first Android device to use a 64-bit chip, and follows the use of a 64-bit processor in Apple’s iPhone 5s.
Other suggested specifications include a 2560×1440 pixel screen and 16 megapixel camera.
It is anticipated the Galaxy S5 will enter mass production early in 2014, to be released in February or March – a little less than 12 months after the launch of the Galaxy S4.