With Apple’s next-generation iPhones expected to appear in the market soon, rumors that Samsung Electronics is planning to release a metal-chassis smartphone in September to defend its position have been circulating in the market; however, sources from chassis makers pointed out that Samsung may not be able to obtain sufficient supply as most available metal chassis capacity has already been booked by Apple.
The sources pointed out that Apple has instructed its suppliers to ship components for 70-80 million next-generation iPhones prior to the end of 2014, and these orders are expected to impact Samsung’s smartphone shipments in the second half due to competition for component supplies.
Market rumors indicate that Samsung is planning to release a smartphone, codenamed Galaxy F, in September, which some market watchers expect to be the Galaxy Alpha, the first smartphone from Samsung with a metal chassis; however, Samsung has not confirmed the rumors.
The Galaxy F project has been rumored since 2013 and was originally said to be released in early 2014.
Apple’s main chassis supplier Catcher already has over 18,000 CNC machines to mainly handle Apple’s metal chassis orders, the sources noted.
Some market watchers also pointed out that Samsung’s weak smartphone sales have nothing to do with not offering a metal chassis option, and related players should not place too much hope on a metal chassis bringing in extra demand.