Samsung will stick with a plastic construction for the Galaxy Note 3, reports suggest, stymieing hopes that it would opt for a more lavish metal exterior for its third-gen phablet.
An insider cited by the Samsung-fanciers at SamMobile claims that the phone-maker has ditched plans for a more ‘premium-feeling’ shell due to production problems.
The change of heart was purportedly forced on Samsung because it won’t be able to manufacture the metal exterior fast enough to fulfil demand for what’s sure to be a blockbuster handset.
Latterly Samsung has been coming in for stronger criticism from some quarters for the 'plasticy' feel of its flagship phones, which reviewers have on occasion contrasted with the HTC One’s rather lush aluminium unibody frame.
But it's not all bad news. Tempering the disappointment that some will feel at Samsung's decision, at least a little bit anyway, is that the otherwise impressive putative spec sheet for the Note 3 is unchanged, it seems.
That means we’ve got a super-beefy Octa-Core processor to look forward to, as well as a 5.99” Full HD AMOLED display, 13 megapixel camera and some fresh Nature UX tweaks that will centre on the Note 3’s stylus.