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If faux leather isn't your thing, how about some crystal

The faux leather effect on the back of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is a step up from the glossy plastic of old, but if you're looking for something a bit more, well blingy, then this might be for you. Samsung has teamed up with Swarovski to bling out the back of the Galaxy Note 3 to within an inch of its life with these crystal encrusted creations. 

The limited edition battery doors are available in the three colors seen here; Jet, Crystal Silver and a blend of Crystal Bermuda Blue and Crystal Metallic Light Gold. The partnership has been unveiled at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York. 

Before you rush out and buy, there's a couple of details you need to know. First up, the price. This shiny crystal goodness will set you back $299 but is bundled with a matching bracelet. So you and your phone can go out co-ordinated. If that doesn't put you off, you'll need to be around New York City to pick one up, as it's going on sale in the 5th Avenue Swarovski store in Manhattan. Anyone tempted? You'll find the full press release after the break. 

New York, NY – February 4, 2014 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., today announced a partnership with Swarovski the global leader in cut crystal and fashion jewelry, taking place at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week FW14 (MBFW) in New York. Samsung and Swarovski have collaborated to create a beautifully designed, exclusive backstage Samsung Galaxy Lounge within Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and a stunning limited-edition cover encrusted with Swarovski crystals for the recently launched Galaxy Note 3.

“At Samsung, we embrace the creativity of fashion and enable it through our technology. Together with Swarovski, we’re celebrating that creativity with a specially-designed backstage lounge and a limited-edition custom cover for one of our latest smartphones during this season’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week,” said Young Hee Lee, executive vice president of Samsung. “The gorgeous, Swarovski crystal-covered cover adds a glamorous touch to the beautifully designed Galaxy Note 3 to make it the must-have device this MBFW.”

The backstage Samsung Galaxy Lounge will feature custom sparkling decor including a stunning Swarovski crystal curtain. Samsung’s lounge will host influencers such as models, designers and other celebrities, allowing them space to escape the hustle and bustle of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and check out the latest Samsung devices. 

Samsung and Swarovski have also teamed up to create a limited-edition cover for the Galaxy Note 3, making it the must-have accessory this spring. Bundled with a sparkling bracelet, the custom Galaxy Note 3 cover is covered in exquisite Swarovski Fine Crystal Rocks and available in three colors –Jet (black), a custom blend of Crystal Bermuda Blue and Crystal Metallic Light Gold, and Crystal Metallic Silver.  The bracelet and cover bundle will be available for purchase at the Swarovski retail store at 696 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, New York for a limited time and will retail for $299.

“Swarovski and Samsung are thrilled to announce the launch of the limited-edition Samsung Galaxy Note 3 cover sparkling with Swarovski Fine Crystal Rocks during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week,” said Christoph Kargruber, executive vice president global marketing, Swarovski Professional. “We were very happy to support Samsung in their development of this exciting product. It is an excellent example of how our complete package of products, services and innovations helps to ensure our customers are always ahead of the trends, and are able to captivate the consumer at every level.”