Galaxy Note 20 has a plastic back and costs $ 999 – Samsung charges customers a premium but uses non-premium parts
The era of premium phones requires companies to use a metal and glass chassis and join the two halves together to create a very attractive smartphone. Samsung has followed the same approach for years, especially when it comes to the flagships of the Galaxy Note series.
However, this year the Korean giant has taken a different route and one that may not play well with its customers and the amount they are expected to pay for the smaller Galaxy Note 20. That’s because the newly announced flagship phablet costs $ 999 with a plastic back. Yes, you read that right; a plastic back.
Samsung refers to this plastic back as ‘reinforced polycarbonate’
Using a polycarbonate back was something we expected Google to use when it officially launched the Pixel 4a, and that smartphone costs an affordable $ 349. Here, the Galaxy Note 20 belongs to the premium and embellished line of flagship handsets from Samsung, costs $ 999 and has a plastic back. Some potential customers would like to remind us that the entire smartphone is not entirely made of plastic and that the front part of the chassis is still made of metal.
While we agree, using a plastic back instead of glass is just a shortcut to save production costs and not use premium materials. It will also prevent Samsung’s after-sales service centers present in various markets from absorbing the cost of replacing the glass in case it breaks or shatters, so a cost-cutting measure is also followed. That’s because plastic can’t be easily broken like glass, and it’s also much cheaper to record on a smartphone.
If some customers and readers are having a hard time fathoming that Samsung is trying to sell you a $ 999 smartphone that comes with a plastic back, don’t worry, we feel your pain and we also feel this is very unacceptable . Better to buy last year’s iPhone 11 Pro, which costs the same as the Galaxy Note 20 and offers a more premium finish.
On the other hand, for some, having a plastic back cover on a $ 999 flagship won’t be a deal breaker, but we’d love to hear your thoughts on Samsung’s decision with the Galaxy Note 20’s material choice in the comments.