Apr 15th, 2013 publishUpdated   Sep 12th, 2021, 2:16 pm

We’re still waiting for Samsung’s first flagship for 2013, the Samsung Galaxy S4, to land, but that doesn’t mean we can’t speculate about the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 in the meantime. Rumored to be announced at IFA in Berlin this September, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is likely still very early in its design stages. We naturally didn’t expect much different next to the Galaxy S4 considering the Note 2 borrowed the S3’s curvature and style, but new rumors suggest this might change.

According to SamMobile, Samsung is starting to get “worried” about the build quality of its mobile phones up against the competition as the OEM reportedly feels pressure from the stunning mark of beauty named the HTC One. Samsung has taken a lot of flack for sticking with the plastic designs that were so prominent between 2008 and 2011 while everyone else has moved on to metal or higher quality plastics. That is supposedly set to change as Samsung is said to be thinking about outfitting the Galaxy Note 3 with aluminum.

The source of this rumor — of the “trusted” variety, we’re sure — says Samsung originally wanted to do the same with the Galaxy S4, but its ideas couldn’t make it through research and design in time for the scheduled launch. Beginning its trek to better build quality with the Note 3 isn’t a bad idea, we’d say, and even though it would cause a bigger divide between these two 2013 flagship heavyweights it will allow Samsung to iron out the kinks for the 2014 pair of devices.

That said, the source reports that feelings regarding other aspects of mobile technology — such as the all-important software side of things — aren’t as troubling. Samsung apparently has high confidence that its TouchWiz/Nature UX is better than Sense 5. That’s an area that’s highly subjective, but we can’t say Samsung’s confidence is unwarranted. TouchWiz wasn’t always the prettiest coat of paint we’ve seen on top of Android, but it has grown into a very robust package of features and software that is unrivaled by many in the smartphone game.

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