As Samsung’s market share within the smartphone industry continues to slide, being absorbed mainly by Apple and Xiaomi, this could be a very important and telling month for the Seoul, South Korean company, as they are scheduled to release two new smartphones later this month. For those of you who are Android fans, these two phones should make up the majority of Android smartphone sales over the next few quarters, as Samsung’s popular Galaxy S and Galaxy Note lines are scheduled for an update on August 13th.
As you may recall in the past, specs and dimensions of various smartphones usually tend to leak in the weeks leading up to their release. Because of this, designers are able to model near-replicas of the phones in 3D, and then print these models out using thermoplastics or resins. We saw this in May of 2014 when MacRumors 3D printed a model of the much anticipated iPhone 6, and this week we are able to get a sneak peek at the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 via a 3D printed model as well.
Recently there have been some substantial leaks within Samsung, where 3D CAD drawings, along with cases which have been rendered to showcase the new oversized smartphone, have become publicly available. Once this information was released, we knew it would only be a matter of time before a designer would take advantage of it all, and thats just what one mechanical engineer who admits to being “addicted to CAD modeling, 3D printing and rendering smartphones before they are released,” has done.
Ivo Marić, who is known for his renders of smartphones, including his recent iPhone 7 rendering, has put out multiple images and a short video clip of a 3D printed version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, based on the leaked information..
As you can see from the images, the 3D printed model certainly allows one to get an adequate idea of the overall dimensions of the new Note 5, and is a great comparison tool. The new device will have a thickness of 7.9mm, but according to Marić, it feels much thinner than that because of the curved edges on the back.
“I just 3D printed the Galaxy NOTE 5 CAD model. I’ll compare it with the Note 4 and S6. Full youtube video coming soon,” wrote Marić on his Instagram page. “It feels thinner than the Note 4 and is almost 1 mm narrower.”
If this isn’t enough to get you excited about Samsung’s latest new devices, then all you have to do is wait another week and a half and you can order one yourself.
Let us know your thoughts on Marić’s 3D printed Galaxy Note 5 and if you plan on purchasing one later this month. Discuss in the 3D Printed Samsung Galaxy Note 5 forum thread on 3DPB.com. Check out the brief video clip of the 3D printed model below: