Leather-bound Samsung Chromebook leaks, looks like Note 3

A picture of a new Samsung Chromebook has leaked, and it's wearing a faux-leather back, just like the Note 3.

Samsung sure does like touching the leather. Not only did it give its Galaxy Note 3 a faux-leather back, it also launched a leathered-up version of its Galaxy S4 recently, shortly before announcing its successor, the S5. And now it looks like Samsung could be about to launch another leather-clad device.

@evleaks has posted a picture of the corner of a product, showing off its faux-leather back complete with stitching, just like on the Note 3 and the latest version of its S4. But this one features a Chrome logo, as well as what looks like the start of the word 'Chromebook'. Which would suggest Samsung has a leather-clad Chromebook in the works.

All @evleaks would say in the tweet was that "Samsung Galaxy Note 3 design language marches on…" so he's not giving much away. I've asked Samsung for comment and will update this story if I hear back.

I'm not a big fan of the faux-leather finish. It made the Note 3 feel cheap, which is the last thing you want when you're shelling out hundreds for a top-of-the-range device. (Of course, its TouchWiz UI didn't help, with its icons that look like they were designed in Microsoft Paint.) I much prefer the look of the S5, with its mottled back.

But maybe I'm in the minority. Every device in the Note family of phablets has been a big seller.

Samsung's Galaxy S5 goes on sale on 11 April, and will cost you a couple of pennies under £600 SIM free. It has fewer gimmicks than the S4, and judging by the demand so far, that seems to be what people want. Pre-orders for it are already 130 per cent higher than for the S4, and we're only a few days into the pre-order period.

Do you like the faux-leather backs on Samsung devices? Let me know in the comments, or on our plush Facebook page.

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