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Samsung ditches plastic for stylish design in new phone, adds mobile-payment technology

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Samsung is departing from its signature plastic design and producing its next flagship phone with a metal frame and a glass back. The new Galaxy S6 phone looks stylish, not cheap.

Samsung also unveiled a premium model, the S6 Edge, with side displays. Both models will have technology for mobile payments, though Samsung isn’t unveiling a service to rival the iPhone’s Apple Pay until this summer.

Previous Samsung phones had removable plastic backs, which made it possible to replace the battery with a spare. Samsung now joins Apple, HTC and others in favouring better design over that replacement capability.