The Samsung Galaxy S4 and most of the terminals of the Galaxy S family received a lot of criticism for the materials used for their chassis. While other phone manufacturer are trying to use premium materials for the cases of their smartphones Samsung is still one of the few to make plastic cases for their high-end devices.
Just take a look around on the smartphone market and you will see that, besides the Samsung Galaxy S3, most of the best-sellers have premium quality bodies: Apple is using aluminium for the iPhone 5, Sony and LG are using glass for the Xperia Z and Nexus 4, respectively, while HTC’s One, which is one of the most appreciated smartphones when it comes to design, bets on a unibody aluminium chassis.
But it seems that the South Korea-based phone maker has big plans for this year, after has seen how many positive reviews the HTC One rival has received. According to a report by Sammobile, quoting a Samsung insider, the next Samsung high-end smartphone, namely Galaxy Note 3, will no longer come with a plastic body, as it will sport a metallic chassis (most likely aluminium) and it will depart from the design language of the Galaxy S4.
As you probably know, the members of the Galaxy Note tribe were usually bigger versions of the flagship smartphones introduced by Samsung that year. Therefore, the first Galaxy Note looked alike the Galaxy S2, the Galaxy Note 2 was a reminiscent of last year’s Samsung Galaxy S3, so, naturally, everyone expected the Note 3 to look like a Samsung Galaxy S4 on steroids. Well, if the rumors are accurate, this won’t happen.
A couple of months ago a Samsung official has talked publicly about the company’s decision to use plastic for its high-end devices. Even though we might have expected a more complicated and pompous explanation, the answer is simple: it’s easier to manufacture and it can still allow access to the battery.
It seems that there are a lot of customers out there who want to be able replace their battery and, in this case, a plastic lid covering the battery slot would provide easy access to it. The Samsung insider didn’t mentioned whether the Galaxy Note 3 will come with a removable battery, but if the rumors are accurate and the next-gen Samsung phablet will indeed come with an aluminium body, then it will most likely have an unibody design and the battery will be embedded in the case.
The rumor mill has talks about the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 technical specifications. It seems that the new high-end smartphone will sport a 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display with full HD resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection, while being underpinned by an Exynos 5 Octa chipset based on four Cortex A15 cores clocked at 2.0 GHz (for the tasks that require more processing power) and four Cortex A7 cores at 1.2 GHz (for the basic tasks), PowerVR SGX 544MP3 GPU and 2 GB of RAM.
The camera will probably be the same 13 megapixel unit that comes with the Galaxy S4, but we might also witness the debut of the S Orb feature, Samsung’s own version of 360 degree panorama shots. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 might also be the company’s first smartphone to come pre-loaded with Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, the new iteration of Google’s mobile operating system, which is expected to debut this May at Google I/O event.
Would you rather a plastic Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with removable battery, or a better looking aluminium body with non-removable battery? The comments section awaits you.