Reports that Samsung would opt for a metal frame for the Galaxy Note 3 in response to great reviews for the HTC’s build quality were nothing more than a PR plant from HTC, an industry analyst has claimed.
Yesterday, a slew of tech sites reported that Samsung’s third-gen phablet would ditch the Note range’s plastic construction for weightier, premium materials. The move was said to be inspired by the glowing reviews for the aluminium unibody exterior of the HTC One, which we were told left Samsung “worried” that its handset looked and felt low-end in comparison.
However, according to Mobile Review Editor and all-round mobile motormouth Eldar Murtazin, the story was the work of HTC’s press department and not based on fact.
Rumour mill. Note 3 will be different by materials and design from current models due to success of HTC one. Really god work for HTC pr team— Eldar Murtazin (@eldarmurtazin) April 15, 2013
So what to make of this? It’s hard to say. But given that the HTC One’s sales are probably best described as solid but unspectacular, it seems pretty unlikely that Samsung really is concerned over losing its status as Android number one.
But what we do know is that SamMobile, from whence the metallic body story originated, claimed they were tipped off by insiders. Given the site’s close ties with Samsung, we’re guessing that they sourced the news item from someone in their employ rather than a member of the HTC PR team.
Either way, we’ve approached SamMobile to find out a bit more about the claims of PR puff. Check back here to find out their take on it.