Samsung going aluminum with Galaxy Note III redesign

April 15, 2013

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It sounds like things might be changing this year for team Samsung Mobile. After many customers and press alike complained about the regular run-of-the-mill plastics used on their flagship GALAXY S 4, they might finally be changing their ways. Maybe the HTC One has them worried, but new reports are stating they'll finally be using aluminum for their upcoming Galaxy Note III.

According to new reports from SamMobile and their trusted insider sources, Samsung is a bit "worried" about their build quality and the improvements that others have brought to the market. This has caused an internal discussion that has led to the decision to completely redesign the upcoming beast of a phablet, the Galaxy Note III.

Reports are still up in the air whether it will be a 5.9-inch 1080p display, or if they'll go up to the 6.3-inch form factor we've seen multiple leaks pointing towards. What we do know is they could be ditching their plastic ways and finally using something that has better build quality while remaining lightweight. HTC saw heavy praise for their impressive HTC One, and the extremely familiar plastic design of the Galaxy S 4 got Samsung some negative press.

Apparently this change to better more durable materials like brushed aluminum was in the works for the Galaxy S 4, but they couldn't mass-produce it. Expecting over 100 million sales that makes sense, but the Galaxy Note III won't sell nearly as many. Which makes it perfect as the candidate for their new design approach. The specs of the Note III are still up in the air, but it sounds like we'll have the latest version of Android and a nicely redesigned more durable Galaxy device. Who's excited now?

[via SamMobile]

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  • Brett

    Not going to lie, I got a semi reading this.

  • N8shon

    Yup, I’ll be selling my Note 2, and buying the Note 3 as soon as this comes out!

  • Phone_Junkie

    A couple of points here…1) You know they’re giving us a tip/glimpse for the SGS V. 2) Aluminum looks 100x better than the plastic, but it will dent a lot quicker too.

  • I think 5.9-inch or 6.3-inch phablet is to huge. I think 5-inch or 5.5-inch is enough

  • Magnus100

    As long as it’s lighter I’m all for it, otherwise given me my plastic

  • As an owner of the TF700…why aluminum? It looks great but scratches and dents like no other. And I keep my TF700 in a padded laptop backpack when not in use. Not sure why the aluminum thing is such a big deal…

  • 5,8″ would be great..

  • Byron33196

    The SG4 isn’t just plastic, its the same type of plastic used in motorcycle helmets, bowling balls, and car fenders. What makes you think aluminum is more durable in real world use?

  • Kevin Sharpe

    I’m waiting for the note 3 to come out before I decide if my next fone will be that or the galaxy s4. It will be my 3rd galaxy. But if the note 3 is metal, I won’t have it. And if the galaxy s5 is metal, then my love affair with the brand may well be over. I like plastic for its weight, it’s durability, it’s accessible battery and it’s feel amongst other things. The only people I know who whine about the galaxies being plastic at every new release? Journos writing for online pages like this. I personally don’t know a single galaxy owner that wants metal. Not a one!

  • Popescu Adrian

    The note 3 needs a new design with glass or aluminum. I hate that cheep plastic!!!!!!