A fresh report out of Korea claims Samsung could be experimenting with a new aluminum-magnesium alloy for the upcoming Galaxy S7. It’s unclear why the company wants to try a new metal material, though it may have something to do with Apple.
Samsung already uses high-strength 6013 series aluminum in its current flagship devices. That’s the same material included in cars and airplanes, so clearly durability isn’t an issue. Instead. the Galaxy-maker is apparently focused on how the Galaxy S7 will feel to the touch. “[The] goal is to produce a smooth surface like the iPhone with aluminum,” an anonymous industry official told iNews24.
Of course, Apple also upped its own design to 7000-series aluminum for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Samsung may simply want to keep pace with its chief rival, even if it doesn’t make a huge difference for the actual device.
Rumor has it Samsung could have some pretty big changes in mind for the Galaxy S7. According to one recent report the device could sport dual-camera setup in back and a phablet-sized 5.7-inch screen.
Of course this is all just rumor and speculation for now. We’re still not expecting the Galaxy S7 until early next year, meaning Samsung likely has plenty of time before it has to start mass producing its next flagship phone.