As the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date approaches, the rumors and the leaks regarding the next-gen Sammy phablet are starting to intensify. After we’ve got the official confirmation that the handset will be announced on September 4 and after we’ve heard that it might be capable of shooting 4K videos yesterday, today we get to look at a batch of leaked photos of its front panel.
The alleged Samsung Galaxy Note 3 front panel shows that the phablet will fit in Samsung’s design line for 2013, therefore confirming the early rumors saying that the new phablet will rather look like a Samsung Galaxy S4 on steroids. The high-resolution spy shots of the Galaxy Note 3 front panel have been analysed by experts and their measurements revealed that the smartphone will have a 5.68 inch display, once more confirming that the handset will have a display that is 0.2 inch bigger than its predecessor’s.
Since we are talking about a high-end smartphone circa 2013, the 5.7-inch display of the upcoming phablet will come with full HD resolution and the company’s proprietary Super AMOLED technology.
The spy shots also reveal that the bezel around the display will be only 2.2 mm, while the panel itself will be 1.8 mm thin.
Sources close to the Korean phone maker say that the Galaxy Note 3 will be capable of 4K video recording and 24-bit/192KHz audio playback. Other reports say it’s not all fun and games when it comes to Galaxy Note 3’s camera, as the new terminal will not come with optical image stabilization.
The rumor mill also speculates about the rest of Samsung Galaxy Note 3 technical specifications. We’ve recently heard that there will be two Note 3 variants, which will be powered by different processing units, depending on the market they are launched on. One will come with Samsung’s proprietary Exynos 5420 chipset (quad-core 1.8 GHz Cortex A15 CPU + quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex A7 CPU and eight-core Mali T628 GPU), while the other will feature Qualcomm’s flagship chipset, the Snapdragon 800 (four Krait 400 cores clocked at 2.3 GHz and Adreno 330). It seems that the first 4 million Samsung Galaxy Note 3 units will be powered by the later processing unit, as the South Korean company is encountering some heat-related issues with the Exynos 5 Octa SoC.
Rumor has it that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will be the first smartphone in the world to come with 3 GB of RAM and that the phablet will borrow the feature-packed 13 megapixel camera mounted on the back of the Galaxy S4.
There will most likely be four internal storage options, 16, 32, and 64 GB, with support for microSD cards and the connectivity features will be worthy of a modern high-end smartphone: 4G LTE (maybe even LTE Advandced courtesy of the Snapdragon 800 SoC), WiFi in all standards, NFC module, IR blaster, Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy, and microUSB 2.0.
All the reports are pointing that the Galaxy Note 3 will run the latest Android iteration out of the box, thus we will see it running Android 4.3 with Samsung’s TouchWiz Nature UX interface on top of it. Also expect an improved S Pen and new S Pen-optimized apps and features, as the South Korean company recently purchased 5% in Wacom shares, a company specialized in manufacturing tablets with stylus input.
The new Samsung high-end smartphone will be officially introduced on September 4, during a Samsung Unpacked event held in Berlin, on the same day the IFA 2013 tech fair will open its gates for the media. What are your expectations for the Galaxy Note 3? Shout out in the comment section below.