South Korean electronics giant Samsung, apparently threatened by HTC One's global popularity over its build quality, is reportedly contemplating to shun plastic and instead use a metal exterior case for its upcoming Galaxy Note 3.

Technology website SamMobile citing a trusted source revealed that Samsung is planning to improve the build quality of the next generation Galaxy Note series by switching to a metal body case. The source also pointed that the company will not use Galaxy S4 design guidelines for Galaxy Note 3.

But the source failed to reveal the type of metal that Samsung will use for its flagship phablet. Many of its rivals such as Apple and  HTC use aluminum chassis, whereas Sony's Xperia Z feaures a tough Polyamide body with another layer of tempered glass based shatter-proof film on top.

Earlier, when Samsung unveiled its flagship smartphone Galaxy S4 in March, many critics and fans had expressed their dislike over its plastic body. On the other hand, HTC heaped praises for its HTC One's Aluminum uni-body design, even though Samsung's Galaxy S4 had a better user-interface and smart features than its counterpart.

SamMobile's source revealed that the Samsung had actually experimented on using metal in Galaxy S4, but later had to abandon the plan due to time constraints for mass producing the smartphone on time for the global launch.

According to various reports, Galaxy Note 3 is expected to be unveiled in September at international electronics trade show IFA (Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin) 2013 in Germany. If not at the IFA, Samsung may hold its own launch event to pull the wraps off its new flagship phablet.

 Expected specifications of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 include:


Samsung Galaxy Note 3


6.0-inch Full HD AMOLED

Display, with metal chassis


Expected to be either Android v4.2.2

Jelly Bean OS or Android 5.0 Key Lime

Pie OS


Samsung Exynos 5 Octa-core

processor with LTE


13.0-megapixel main camera