Samsung "happy to stay with plastic casing" for Galaxy IV

With just over a week until Samsung unveils the Galaxy S IV, rumours have been steadily leaking out. We have heard that the IV will include the latest and greatest 8-core Exynos processor, a full-HD 1080p display and now we know the type of material that will be used to make it: plastic.

Samsung's executive VP of their mobile unit, Y.H. Lee, has said that Samsung is happy to stay with the plastic casing used on the Galaxy SIII, despite competition from HTC's One and Apple's iPhone. Lee cites Samsung's need to churn out units, while keeping the cost low, as a reason for the continuation of the infamous plastic bodies. However, Apple makes metal-bodied phones in similar qualities to Samsung. HTC also make a metal phone, the One, which goes for the more "premium" feel, as metal adds more weight to a phone. Nokia's Lumia series are made out a variety of materials, with the high-end 920 being made from polycarbonate.

Samsung has recently been turning up the hype-machine for the Galaxy S IV, with and controlled leaks of information. Currently, no picture of the device has leaked, beyond artistic mockups. 

Source: CNET | Image via NBC News

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If you go on Samsung's Facebook page for the Galaxy Note 2 and the Galaxy S 3, you don't see anyoine complaining about the plastic who are actual owners.

Over 40M people have purchase the GS3 and over 15M have a Note 2. If they all hated plastic products, they wouldnt buy any. The only losers who complain are the iPhone fans who completely have fporgotten the very first iPhones were crappy plastics...so were most of the Macs and yet APple sold them for ridiculous amounts of money. Which is why the Mac is less than 10% of the market even after 30+ years.

I do agree thw metal casing on iPhone is very well done and pretty and feels great. Its also very slick, easy to drop, gets hotter vs plastic and the phones is boring. I rather Samsung use a cheap case so money can go to where the use of the product matters most...the software as Galaxy devices are full of features even if many are gimmicky in nature.
What does the iPhone have to offer? the same boring UI for 6 years on all 3 devices that use iOS. The same boring design style over all 3 devices. No new innovations. No really new features. Other than Siri, they dont even have gimmicks worth talking about. Yet the iPhone cost more than any other device on the market at retail...$650/750/850 and more if you want one unlocked.

For a phone that spends a lot of time in my pocket until I use it, as long as it isnt butt ugly, its perfect for me. To each his own. But I dont go one sites and speak to how much I hate the iPhone cause its made of metal and glass. I can be glumbsy and reckless and the iPhone to have to pay what Apple charges for APplecare+, and the cost of the phone itself, I have better optiosn than spending my money in new digitizers and back places that break if you dropepd them from 2 feet.

The best thing about the white Glaaxy devices, is if you deep sracted it, you vcan take clear nail polish and fill it back in and then paint over it with a glossy white finish and it will look as good as new.

IPhone? The cases that surround them sratch the metal rim. You can even take a fine sandpaper and fix it as the metal is like diecast kmetal and it takes off the finish. The scratch coating on the screen is good, but on the back even tho they claim to use the same, the 4 and 4S I had scartched very easyly

Since the SIII is made of plastic, I dont have to go out and buy an ugly case to protect it. I bought a flip cover to cover the front. Thats all I need. I feel great holding my pretty GN2 and GS3 with no ugly cases, and the fact that I can spend my money only on apps and music.

Edited by Hi_XPecTa_Chens, Mar 6 2013, 9:21pm :

mr_sock_00 said,
"Nokia's Lumia series are made out a variety of materials, with the high-end 920 being made from polycarbonate."

Says S3 made with polycarbonate here...
http://www.phonearena.com/news...rbonate-not-plastic_id30304

and it's all plastic (as in polycarbonate is a type of plastic). and so what? the S3 looks great, works great, feels great...at least it's not made with painted aluminum that peels (iphone) or cheap plastic that after some time peels off (like my 2007 Nokia n70). Also these polymers are expensive, not "cheap".

Lee cites Samsung's need to churn out units, while keeping the cost low, as a reason for the continuation of the infamous plastic bodies....

Shame that doesn't equate to lower retail prices eh Mr Lee

don't get me wrong I like Samsung galaxy pocket it does what I need without over complicating anything

My S3 doesn't feel cheap to me I like that it's lighter because of the plastic. If they could make the same weight and price with a metal, then I would like that more i suppose, but I have no issues with the look or feel of my S3. I <3 it

I also think the plastic makes it look like cheap junk. Some people don't care about looks I guess, and it seems to be somewhat sturdy, so whatever. Let's just hope that they don't use a crappy screen on this one. The S3 was pretty laughable.

'His, this is Samsung, happy to stay tacky!' - That's what I really read. Samsung has become the equivalent to Halo, Lamborgini or Abercrombie (Or American Eagle).

pookie62 said,
Consumer *have* choice. Apple is there with aluminum if you want that.

I imagine Samsung would rather you choose an alternative Samsung product instead of resorting to purchasing a competing company's product.

But... I want magnesium.

are they going to release a note 3? I would love to have a 5.5 inch windows phone. I'm once again bored of android.....it just doesn't feel polished. with windows phone I didn't need to change much because everything just worked. now with android it's like there's just nothing that works perfectly...or more to the point properly.

ctrl_alt_delete said,
are they going to release a note 3? I would love to have a 5.5 inch windows phone. I'm once again bored of android.....it just doesn't feel polished. with windows phone I didn't need to change much because everything just worked. now with android it's like there's just nothing that works perfectly...or more to the point properly.

I'm sure they'll release a Note 3 but it'll be Android.

Hopefully they do make a Note sized Windows Phone, I'd buy it in a heartbeat if they made it AT&T LTE compatible.

morden said,
android goes well with the cheap plastic feel so why change it? any premium material would feel out of place

You win the internet for the month!

morden said,
android goes well with the cheap plastic feel so why change it? any premium material would feel out of place

haha well done!

morden said,
android goes well with the cheap plastic feel so why change it? any premium material would feel out of place

Looking through your post history reveals your obsession with trashing Android. Why do you feel so threatened by it?

theyarecomingforyou said,

Looking through your post history reveals your obsession with trashing Android. Why do you feel so threatened by it?

because its stealing more and more market share from their precious iphone

theyarecomingforyou said,

Looking through your post history reveals your obsession with trashing Android. Why do you feel so threatened by it?

actually I own an Android phone, the Galaxy Note 2 and it's all plastic, even the metal looking strip around the edges are all plastic. even the metallic paint is stripping on mine on the upper right hand corner. every time I look at it I get ****ed off. paid premium money for a less than premium handset. too funny.

EDIT: so apparently you're not allowed to write "pi ssed" as one word on here.

theyarecomingforyou said,

Looking through your post history reveals your obsession with trashing Android. Why do you feel so threatened by it?

Stalker much?

This Samsung VP could have used words other than, "keeping the cost low." Plastic is an awesome material to use as a handset for reasons other than "keeping the cost low." It holds up great against drops compared to most other materials. But unfortunately, cheap things are associated with plastic.

you dont have to be a 'stalker' to look up a user's previous posts.. Its so perfectly normal to do, that most forums allow this by default.

ctrl_alt_delete said,

actually I own an Android phone, the Galaxy Note 2 and it's all plastic, even the metal looking strip around the edges are all plastic. even the metallic paint is stripping on mine on the upper right hand corner. every time I look at it I get ****ed off. paid premium money for a less than premium handset. too funny.

EDIT: so apparently you're not allowed to write "pi ssed" as one word on here.

You paid premium money? That's simply a lie and I will call you out on it. The Note 2 was $699 of contract which is average for most Android phones of thois caliper. It was 299 on contract when I got mine. The iPhone is considered premium because of its looks, yet it lacks the capabilities of most Android phones which cost less and equal.

I'd say for $299 I got more than my monies worth compared to both iPhones i ever owned.

If you actually didnt think you got what you paid for, you had 14 days to return it and it would have costed you nothing. The fact you still have it, if you actually have it, shows that if you have anything to be ****ed at it is yourself.

I get so sick of people bashing plastic phones because 2 companies decided to use somethign different. Glass and metal phones cost more to replace, cost more to manufacture. That is why any carrier that does insure iPhone they charge more money vs covering Android ones.

Suppose we made cars and computers from glass and metal 100%...what you think insurance cost would be like? You rather have a fanicer designed device that breaks easier cost more ot fix and replace, that lacks any ionnovation.

If you wanted a phone jjst for looks, why did you buy a phone period? Why not just buy a block of glass and metal and starte at it.

I buy a phone based on what it does. I could care less what you feel about plastic. Here let me help you. Soda doesnt taste any different oin a glass bottle vs a plastic one, or any food or drink for that matter. Glass and metal doesnt make your phoen work better, as we saw with the iPhoine 4, the metal actually crippled it.

From a look and style point of view, yes they do look better. But for a device that you will handleds 100'sof times a day, where you are more likely to drop it several times, a phone that is resilient to scratches and dents is a better option.

As pretty as the iPhone is, you need acase that cost $50 or more to protect it properly which makes the phone look uglier than any Android phone you can name.

In fact the cost of ownership of an iPhone nealy doubles the cost of any single high end Android models in its forst year. In one year to make iPhone even try to be like an Android phone it will cost you over $400 in buying apps and acessories.

If you dont like plastic, no one made you soend you money on a plastic phone. Its your fault you didnt take it back.

Yuck. Really wish Android had a premium feeling device like the iPhone or Lumia line. Android is largely just cheap plastic devices.

LookitsPuck said,
Yuck. Really wish Android had a premium feeling device like the iPhone or Lumia line.

What does that even mean? Would you like you laptop to be made of glass too?

TruckWEB said,
What? Your phone is a status device like a BMW?

I don't mind the plastic of my S3, it's solid anyway.


Sure beats having a phone made of glass.

My S3 has taken a few falls onto my tile flooring and there are no scratches or dents or scrapes. I don't even use a screen protector. Thing is a beast, no matter how "cheap" some people think the plastic feels. If I wasn't signed in for another 2 year contract for this S3, I'd be getting the S4 for sure. Great phone.

shakey said,
My S3 has taken a few falls onto my tile flooring and there are no scratches or dents or scrapes. I don't even use a screen protector. Thing is a beast, no matter how "cheap" some people think the plastic feels. If I wasn't signed in for another 2 year contract for this S3, I'd be getting the S4 for sure. Great phone.

Yeah, I don't get the disdain for the plastic on the S3. Like "polycarbonate" is anything other than plastic anyway. Most of the phone is glass anyway. Whatever.

Yeah, I don't get the disdain for the plastic on the S3. Like "polycarbonate" is anything other than plastic anyway. Most of the phone is glass anyway. Whatever.

The polycarbonate body of the lumia series is actually a high quality pretty strong plastic. The one on the S3 has a cheap feel to it.

-Razorfold said,

The polycarbonate body of the lumia series is actually a high quality pretty strong plastic. The one on the S3 has a cheap feel to it.
The Lu7mia simply uses a thick mold for the case vs the backplate of the S3. The back plate of the S3 had to be made thin because the NFC unit is attached which makes it thicker at this location. That doesnt mean the cheapest part of the phone needs to be thick and heavy. The case of the S3 is the same material but thicker to support the weight of theine with internals. Same for the GN2. I am fine with it as I have both.

It's worked so far, so why change it to something that is going to increase costs that they would pass along to the consumer?

xendrome said,
It's worked so far, so why change it to something that is going to increase costs that they would pass along to the consumer?

The problem is, they are changing it.
The S3 was very plastic, to the point it was flexing as people held it. it feels very cheap and flimsy. If they make the plastic any cheaper, it'll be transparent and dissolve in water..

sagum said,

The problem is, they are changing it.
The S3 was very plastic, to the point it was flexing as people held it. it feels very cheap and flimsy. If they make the plastic any cheaper, it'll be transparent and dissolve in water..

s3's back is not plastic its polycarbonate. there is a difference.

ahoncbt said,

s3's back is not plastic its polycarbonate. there is a difference.

The matter of fact is, if it feels like cheap plastic and people are complaining about it, that's what people will call it as. Obviously something is wrong somewhere and its not with the consumer as they're the one's who're buying (most of the time, save for younger teens)
It could be made out of carbon-titanium for all anyone cares.