A recent research note from Barclays analysts reported on by the Taipei Times indicates that Samsung is in the process of finalizing suppliers for the metal exterior for “at least one of its high-end smartphone models.” One such supplier is expected to be the Taiwanese company Catcher, which is known for producing metal chasses for such devices as the HTC One and the iPad. According to the Barclays research note, Catcher is in the running to be a supplier of 10 to 30 million units for Samsung, an order which the Korean manufacturer will finalize in 2014 depending on the bids it receives. We will likely see the Samsung Galaxy S5 release sometime in second quarter of 2014, as per the report as well as Samsung’s usual release pattern.
Due to the high demand of Samsung’s Galaxy S series flagship devices, the manufacturer is expected to have several suppliers produce components for the supposed Samsung Galaxy S5 in order to ensure suitable inventory supplies. To do so, Samsung will likely split production between its own facilities and many outside suppliers, from South Korea as well as other countries, such as Catcher in Taiwan, Android Authority notes.
Rumors of a metal chassis for the Samsung Galaxy S5 have circulated for many months now. In June, a report indicated that Samsung was developing a new look for the Galaxy S5 called “Design 3.0,” which would include the use of aluminum in order to give it a premium look similar to rival devices like the HTC One and Sony Xperia Z. In late August, another report indicated that Samsung was expected to begin production on its metal Galaxy S5 by the end of 2013, with samples of the metal chassis being developed in Europe in preparation for mass production in Vietnam.