By Stephen Schenck | August 29, 2013 10:47 AM
If Samsung’s word is to be taken at face value, the company has little interest in metal phones. We’ve heard it talk about its decision to stick with plastic bodies even for premium models like the Galaxy S 4, viewing a move to metal as one that would slow manufacturing time and increase expenses. That said, the company can’t seem to escape rumors that it’s about to change its tune and finally embrace metal designs. We’ve already talked about rumors of a metal Galaxy S 5, and the idea is back today, with a report claiming Samsung is in the middle of a big effort to step up its ability to produce metal-bodied phones.
Reportedly, Samsung is working on a metal design that can be mass produced in a manner that would help to mollify the company’s stated concerns. Samsung’s said to be producing a whole new assembly line for this effort, which would suggest an intention to follow-through, rather than this all just being experimental. In theory, it could have that ready to go in six month’s time.
Like we said, though, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard rumors about Samsung rethinking metal, and it surely won’t be the last. Is there anything specific to this report that makes it particularly believable? For the moment, no; the claims aren’t easily verifiable by outsiders, and aren’t provided alongside any evidence. That means continued uncertainty for us as we keep on looking for something to convince us of this theory.