Disgruntled murmurings about the Galaxy S4's build quality may prompt manufacturer Samsung to use metal for its next flagship smartphone, widely expected to be the Galaxy Note 3.
According to popular fan site SamMobile, the South Korean firm is "worried" that its devices are not regarded as highly as they could be by gadget buffs because of their polycarbonate construction.
Citing its "famous insider" as the source of the rumours, SamMobile added that the company had flirted with a metal-bodied Samsung Galaxy S4, but ultimately decided against it due to manufacturing concerns.
Samsung has previously defended the Galaxy S4's polycarbonate build as beneficial to durability and also necessary to ensure the device maximises its potential for lightness.
However, the near universal acclaim that greeted the aluminium HTC One and the respect traditionally afforded to the design ethos of bitter rival Apple has apparently given Samsung food for thought.
In addition to a potential metal chassis, recent speculation has pointed to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 featuring a 5.9in Full HD display, as well as rocking the South Korean firm's new 8-core Exynos 5 Octa chipset under the hood.
SamMobile has also put forth that the Note 3 will offer "even more" snazzy software tricks than the innovative Galaxy S4, which comes with everything from a real-time translation feature to health and fitness aids.