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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    Joe has been writing about consumer tech for nearly seven years now, but his liking for all things shiny goes back to the Gameboy he received aged eight (and that he still plays on at family gatherings, much to the annoyance of his parents). His pride and joy is an Infocus projector, whose 80-inch picture elevates movie nights to a whole new level.


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