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Samsung finally started using metal in its smartphone design this year and the results have been pretty great so far. First there was the mid-range Galaxy Alpha with its sleek metal edges, followed last week by the high-end Galaxy Note 4 and futuristic Galaxy Note Edge. Now it looks like the company could be working on another device that covers the entire back panel in metal as well.

The news comes from Sammobile, which claims an upcoming Samsung phone with the model number SM-A500 will sport a "full metal body" that includes a microSD slot for adding storage but no removable back cover. We're guessing that means the battery won't be removable either. The rumored handset could also come equipped with a 5-inch 720p display, a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, 16GB of built-in storage and a 2330mAh battery. The SM-A500 reportedly won't feature a fingerprint sensor, heart-rate monitor or waterproof coating, though it could offer some sort of hybrid SIM-microSD card slot.

Overall Samsung's rumored all-metal smartphone sounds more like a Galaxy Alpha sequel than anything else. Hopefully that means the upcoming device will come in at a mid-range price. It might also signal plans for a flagship all-metal design down the line with either the Galaxy S6 or Galaxy Note 5, though it's definitely way too soon to start speculating about either of those devices for now.