During the past couple of years or so we’ve seen numerous smartphone manufacturers pushing the limits of design towards newer grounds. In this regard, HTC is one of the most successful companies, followed by the likes of Sony and LG. Samsung on the other hand hasn’t been in a rush to jump on the “premium” bandwagon, but according to recent leaks and rumors, the Korean tech giant is planning on releasing a metal-clad “Samsung Galaxy Alpha”.
Sadly, it appears that the highly-anticipated Alpha might turn out to be a limited edition smartphone. Either that, or Samsung is about to face serious supply issues at launch. More details right after the break.
Samsung Galaxy Alpha to be a Limited Edition Smartphone?
Most metal case manufacturers located in Taiwan are currently controlled almost exclusively by Apple, and the list includes companies such as Foxconn, Catcher and Casetek Holdings (a subsidiary of Pegatron). In addition, given the fact that there are no metal case manufacturers located in Samsung’s homeland, the latest report suggests that the Korean tech giant will turn its attention towards Chinese companies in order to produce Galaxy Alpha’s metal case.
However, given the fact that the most prominent Chinese metal case manufacturers (BYD Electronics, Janus and Everwin Precision) can’t produce, combined, more than roughly 1 million cases a month, chances are that the Samsung Galaxy Alpha could end up being a limited edition smartphone, or it might see the light of day in a limited number of regions, like the Galaxy J before it. Either that, or Sammy will try to go all-in with the device, which might cause serious low supply issues at launch.
The Samsung Galaxy Alpha is expected to be officially unveiled and released in August, but until then we’re bound to find out more so stay tuned.