Rumours that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 could sport a metal chassis first surfaced this summer. A series of newly leaked pictures appears to give credence to this rumour.
According to France’s Nowherelse.fr, the images come from a source claiming to be an employee for one of Samsung’s suppliers. Samsung reportedly asked the company to produce an aluminium frame for an upcoming device without specifically mentioning a model number or device name.
Along with the pictures, measurements of the frame (143.83 by 72.27 millimeters) suggest that the device will be slightly larger than the Galaxy S4 (at 136.6 by 69.8 millimeters) and could sport a 5-inch display.
Assuming for a moment that these pictures are indeed real, they reveal that Samsung may break with long-standing tradition of having the camera lens centered on the back and the audio jack on top. These pictures show a camera hole on the side and an audio jack on the bottom.
The pictures also do not confirm that the case will be built of metal. Samsung could still wrap this frame up in its usual plastic case. A rumour last month in fact suggested that the Galaxy S5 could sport the same or similar faux leather that is currently found on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
With rumours that Samsung is looking to introduce a new higher-end series of devices above the Galaxy S, it is also possible that this metal frame could in fact belong to an upcoming Project F device.
Past rumours have indicated that Samsung could unveil the Samsung Galaxy S5 as early as January 2014. While that would be earlier than most expect, it might make sense if Samsung is then looking to follow it up with a Project F device before unveiling the next Galaxy Note phablet closer to the end of the year.
More pictures can be seen at Nowhereelse.fr.