It seems that the rumors saying that we will also get a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with LCD display were accurate after all, as recent reports coming form South Korea claim that the Note 3 variant for emerging markets will be manufactured using cheaper components.
ETNews writes that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 units developed for the merging markets will ditch the AMOLED panel over an LCD display. Moreover, the same units will also come with an 8 megapixel camera instead of the 13 megapixel unit that will make it on the international variant.
A move like this will allow the South Korean phone maker to reduce the production price of the new phablet and therefore have a cheaper price. Anyway, the Korean publication doesn’t mention anything about the price of the cheaper Galaxy Note 3, but it writes that the Galaxy Note 3 for emerging markets will account 30% of the initial production batch, without specifying the specific markets that will get this model.
If you are wondering what the rumor mill speculates about the international Samsung Galaxy Note 3, learn that the new phablet developed by the South Korean company may arrive with a 5.7-inch display with AMOLED panel and full HD resolution, while being underpinned by either a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset (quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 GPU and Adreno 330 GPU) or an Exynos 5420 chipset (quad-core 1.8 GHz Cortex A15 CPU + quad-core low-energy 1.3 GHz Cortex A7 CPU and octo-core Mali T628 GPU).
It seems though that Samsung is encountering some heat-related issues with Exynos 5 Octa, therefore it was reported that the first 4 million Samsung Galaxy Note 3 units will come with a Snapdragon 800 SoC. If both rumors are accurate, then the Galaxy Note 3 for the emerging markets will be based on Qualcomm’s flagship processor.
Reports are indicating that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will be the first smartphone in the world to come with 3 GB of RAM and that it will follow the design language introduced earlier this year by the Samsung Galaxy S4 flagship. As usual, there will be three internal storage options 16, 32, 64 GB and support for microSD cards.
In terms of connectivity, expect the Galaxy Note 3 to come with all the features worthy of a high-end smartphone circa 2013: WiFi in all standards, Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy, microUSB 2.0, NFC module, 4G LTE, and infra red blaster.
In terms of camera, it looks like the Galaxy Note 3 may borrow the feature-packed 13 megapixel unit mounted on the back of the Galaxy S4, but it will also integrate optical image stabilization and support for shooting 4K videos.
The 5.7-inch is expected to run Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out of the box with Samsung’s proprietary TouchWiz Nature UX user interface on top of it, also arriving with a couple of S Pen-optimized applications and features. Talking about S Pen, it seems that the new phablet will come with an improved stylus, as Samsung recently purchased 5% in Wacom shares, a Japanese company specialized in developing graphics tablets with stylus input.
It looks like the phablet nitche will be very crowded this year with Sony Xperia Z Ultra, HTC One Max, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and a mysterious Windows Phone 8-powered Nokia Lumia phablet being the main competitors.