One of the most interesting features to catch our eye with yesterday’s debut of the Galaxy Note 3 had nothing to do with the phone’s performance, its stylus, nor its software. Instead, it was what we saw around back, with the Note 3 getting a rear panel consisting of a faux leather effect, complete with the appearance of stitchwork.

That’s right, no more glossed-out, sickeningly shiny “hyperglaze.” We’ve already talked about what the Galaxy Note 3 could mean in Samsung’s lineup if a rumored transition to metal-based handset designs is underway, but even if that never comes to pass, stepping away from hyperglaze could still have a whole lot of users who had become dissatisfied with Samsung build quality reconsidering their opinions.

It wasn’t always this way; when the first Galaxy Note launched, it had its own textured backplate, but by the time the Galaxy S III (above) emerged, Samsung was full-on into hyperglaze mode. As our own Michael Fisher remarked when first getting familiar with last year’s Note II:

“That additional weight gives the Note II a more premium feel than the Galaxy S III, but the slippery, plasticky hyperglaze coating has been retained in the phablet, and it doesn’t let that deluxe tactility extend too far.”

Still, for as many of us who will be happy to never see hyperglaze again, there’s probably a sizable contingent of die-hard Samsung fans out there who have come to closely identify this finish with the manufacturer, and seeing the company backing away from it like this could be met with criticism. In any case, you’re never going to please everyone.

What do you think about the Note 3’s new look, and what it could possibly spell for the future of hyperglaze and Samsung’s choice of materials and finish? We’ve set up a little poll below to help gather your opinions. Let us know!

Image: Illythr

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