Sources are reporting that upcoming Samsung devices, including the Note 4
and the much-rumored Galaxy S5 Prime / Galaxy F / Galaxy Alpha
may not have a metal chassis after all. According to sources in the Asian manufacturing sector, there is not enough available manufacturing capacity to support the release of another high-volume, metal-chassis phone.
The Korean manufacturing sector has focused on the production of high-volume plastic parts to support the designs of Samsung and LG. Outside of Korea, sources are saying that Apple has already locked up the most valuable suppliers of metal chassis. Reports indicate that Apple has ordered from it's suppliers enough components to manufacture 70 - 80 million new iPhones in 2014 / 2015. Apple's main chassis manufacturer has more than 18,000 computerized milling (CNC) machines dedicated to manufacturing Apple components.
While little of this information can be confirmed, it is supported by the most recent leaked photos of what is supposed to be the Galaxy F / Alpha. SamMobile
has published photos showing this new device next to a Galaxy S5. The back appears to be very similar in design to the S5's, and the metallic band around the edge of the phone could be chrome plated plastic. It's certainly not anodized aluminum, as many are expecting it to be.
Other rumors are starting to question the idea that this is going to be a range-topper for Samsung. The latest reports are that it will have a 4.7" 1280 x 720 screen, which is a step down from the S5's 1440 x 1080 display. As with all rumors, take these with a large grain of salt. We'll know the truth eventually.