Samsung‘s Galaxy A35 and Galaxy A55, which will lead its mid-range smartphone lineup next year, may feature a more premium build than their predecessors. A rumor passed through X says both models will upgrade from a plastic frame to metal. The devices may arrive in the first quarter of 2024.
Galaxy A35 and Galaxy A55 switching to a metallic frame
Since the big overhaul in 2019, Samsung has produced some of the best “value smartphones” in its A5x lineup. This year’s Galaxy A54 kept the tradition going, offering an appealing set of specifications—including a 120Hz Super AMOLED display, HDR10+, 5nm SoC, 50MP camera with PDAF and OIS, 4K video recording with front and rear cameras, stereo speakers, and under-display fingerprint scanner—without breaking the bank.
However, to keep the price low, Samsung has always resorted to a plastic frame for these phones (the Galaxy A51 5G had an aluminum frame). The handsets don’t necessarily feel cheap but not premium either. It appears the company is preparing to give the lineup a much-needed quality enhancement next year. X tipster Revegnus claims the Galaxy A55 will feature a metallic frame, likely aluminum.
The source adds the Galaxy A35 will get the same upgrade too. This is a pleasant surprise as no model in this lineup has ever featured a metallic frame. Earlier leaks have revealed that the next-gen A3x model will get a major camera upgrade and a punch-hole display design. If all of these rumors turn out to be accurate, Samsung’s 2024 premium mid-range lineup could be more appealing than before.
While we have little hope, Samsung could make the Galaxy A55 and Galaxy A35 stronger propositions in the sub-$500 and sub-$400 segments with glass back panels. It hasn’t happened before, but nor a metallic frame. Maybe the company plans to offer a stripped-down version of Galaxy AI on these phones too. The Korean behemoth is said to be readying powerful AI features for the Galaxy S24 flagships.
The new A-series phones will arrive after the Galaxy S24
Samsung will launch the Galaxy S24 flagship lineup in January 2024. The company may not bring new phones to the market in February but the Galaxy A35 and Galaxy A55 may debut the following month, i.e. in March. History indicates we will see more leaks and rumors about the phones in the coming months. Samsung may officially announce the Galaxy S24 launch date in a few weeks.