Rumors of Samsung changing design for Galaxy Note III


When Samsung announced their latest flagship device, the Samsung Galaxy S 4, one of the criticisms leveled was that it continued the design philosophy of using plastic for the body of the smartphone. The cacophony surrounding this choice grew so loud that Samsung’s executive vice president for the mobile division even took to offering a defense for Samsung’s choice to use plastic while other manufacturers were opting for materials like aluminum and glass. Sources are now indicating Samsung may respond to that criticism when the next Galaxy Note device, the Samsung Galaxy Note III, is released.

These sources claim an internally produced metal version of the Galaxy S 4 was very popular and well received by those who managed to spend some time with it. However, manufacturing dictates and deadlines precluded the use of metal for the Galaxy S 4. There is some time for Samsung to get everything tooled up for the Galaxy Note III and to produce it using something other than plastic. There are some hints that the shape may change as well to something more in line with the HTC One or other devices that are not so rounded as Samsung’s Galaxy line.

Do you think Samsung will make a move to change from plastic to metal for their top tier lines? Do you think they should?

source: SamMobile

About the Author: Jeff Causey

Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a MINI Cooper, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three mostly grown kids and a golden retriever.

  • dheeraj

    Finally a good move!!!

    • mikeGsays

      Yeah, because Samsung is doing SO poorly at the top of the list of smartphone manufacturers…….

  • Richard Yarrell

    I am fine with plastic but if they need to change then fine too. Either way I will be purchasing the Galaxy Note 3 in Sept/Oct

  • Mystery Man

    I don’t care what my phone looks like. Its not a $40,000 car. I care about its size and functionality. The damn thing is in my pocket the entire time its not in use not out on display

  • AJWira

    I think Samy is at its peak now. If they don’t do changes to the material, shape and even Touch Wiz UI, I frankly think the Galaxy line is going to loose its ground. I am a fan of Galaxy and awaited for S4. But disappointed the initial impression. galaxy also infected with same iPhone decese that scared to make changes. Yesterday design is not suitable for tomorrow. I’m tired with the same shaoe middle button and the TochWiz. For a change already got the HTC One. I think HTC has done lots of bold decisions and cone with a something new design. Now its your turn Sam !

  • Kary Krismer

    I prefer plastic. Metal dents and scratches easier. Metal though, is better than glass. I’d never buy a phone/tablet with a glass back.

  • Dan G

    I order my device cover at the same time I order my device, so I don’t care

  • Andrew Tan

    They should, I will be back to Samsung if Samsung change.

  • Eric

    I’m sure this design change may result in non-removable batteries and cause an uproar because of it. Having experienced quite a few devices with and without removable batteries I could care less about this.I want a premium feeling device and even though the HTC One looks good, HTC offers slow software updates.

    • hohopig

      irony is that Aluminium is NOT a premium material :P despite the blind hype.

  • hohopig

    If they ever move to metal, they MUST not copy all these iFruity wannabe and uses Aluminium, which is one of the cheapest and weaker metal around … that only the iSheeps would be so blind as to buy into Stevie’s hype.

    If they really want t use metal, let’s use a truly good metal such as high quality stainless steel.

  • Gadgetonomy

    HTC have been given a massive boost to their profile by designing the ONE so elegantly. Samsung on the other hand criticised for making the S4 look just like the S3. For the next flagship phone – the Note 3 they need to up their game and give us something that looks stunning, be it made of plastic or something else. HTC managed to allow memory card and battery access on previous unibody aluminium devices in the past, so it’s possible to retain those welcome features too.

    • ben

      Indeed, the exact same things that are said about the s4 now were said about the s3 as well. And everybody just loved the build quality of the Htc One x. And how did it end? The s4 will outsell the htc one by a large margin, i reckon. Up until now samsung was right to stick to their way of making phones. And i do not think it will change anytime soon.

      • sarav

        Ben you are spot on I agree with your point

  • RTWright

    I seriously do not give a crud as to what material they make a phone out of. For crying out loud it’s a hand held device, it’s not like you wear this like jewelry or a new line of clothing. It’s a PHONE and what should really matter over all, over anything, over LOOKS is it’s functionality, hardware and software that it comes with. I can agree that TouchWiz needs replaced, it’s outdated, bloated and hasn’t changed it’s usefulness since coming out. It wastes so much screen space because it lacks in proper resolution settings. Just by switching to Nova or Apex, you can set it up so the rows and column grid settings take better advantage of these now larger screens. TouchWiz is still setup for a 4″ or smaller screen….

    Of course I’ll get hammered by Nazarian and Company again for this, but Samsung does something HTC has completely gotten away from it seems, at least for their US Flagship phones. Extendable storage and battery replacements. I’ve been told I’m a minority, but you know what? If that were the case then why does Samsung and others still offer it? Because they know there are people that want it, that’s why. If Samsung can do it and be top dog, then HTC needs to realize they’re not just behind in marketing, there are a lot of people choosing Samsung over them because of Options. I dropped HTC due to their taking away of a lot of options and lackluster updates.

    Needless to say, fancy packaging isn’t going to sway me over to HTC. They need to do a lot better than that. Also cameras on these devices, I’m not really worried about how good they get them because they do not compete with my real camera. They’re simply just a point and shoot you use for the social end of things and that doesn’t need the world’s greatest camera, it just needs to be sharp and good color. Which the Samsung and HTC are, but that isn’t what I base my purchase on. I’m waiting to see what the Galaxy Note 3 offers, if it’s nothing different hardly from the 2, then I’m waiting on 4.

  • MIchael Michael

    Funny. Samsung is NOT an innovative company. They let other companies take the risk, then follow suit only when successful.

    • ben

      Really? You are right. Which company brought out those really large phones and made billions with them so Samsung could copy the success again? And, Apple sells quite a lot phones,you know, and Samsung still uses plastic and sells…well,quite a few phones as well.

      • mikeGsays

        Roughly Samsung sells 3 times as many phones as Apple…. so yeah, they’re not that innovative, Michael x 2 is right….


  • Brian Aiello

    I am sure that Samsung will do everything they can to imitate the real innovators if it means more sales and taking yet a bigger market share in their efforts of world domination. Quite honestly, I am growing quite bored of them, their lack of respect for patent rights, their disrespectful business practices, and their desire to kill off competition at all costs. Meet the new evil empire!!!

    • James E. Burkett

      You’re a fucking idiot

  • swtrainer

    I don’t care about the outer material for a cellphone. I always put it in a non-slip case with a kickstand anyway. The screen is the only thing on the outside that I care about… now, let’s talk about what’s inside!!!