Samsung Galaxy Note 3 to Feature 13 MP Camera with Optical Image Stabilization, Release Date Yet Uncertain
The Galaxy Note phablets are some of the most important products for Samsung. The Galaxy Note phablets have always followed the Samsung flagship smartphones like Galaxy S4 or Galaxy S3. The South Korea-based phone maker is aware of the fact that its phablets are capable of boosting their sales, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will definitely be one of them.
Today, we are learning from ETNews korean website that the Asian company has big plans for he yet unannounced Samsung Galaxy Note 3. If the resolution of the 13 megapixel sensor is not enough to dazzle us, the OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) system would be warmly welcomed. Nokia as always barraged about the camera performance of their high-end smartphones with OIS and it seems that Samsung doesn’t want to stay too far behind, especially that there have been reports saying that a Nokia Lumia rival for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is on its way.
Another interesting report hints that Samsung is also casting glances at an optical zoom system for the Galaxy Note 3 camera. It seems though that the South Koreans have met the same problems as Nokia: the camera module would be too thick. Despite the fact that there will be a lot of users that will appreciate a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with a camera that boasts optical zoom, you just can’t launch a Galaxy smartphone with a profile comparable to the one of Nokia 808 PureView.
Even though the rumor mill speculates that the Galaxy Note 3 release date might be at Samsung’s event scheduled for June 20th, our guess is that the next-gen Sammy phablet will be officially reveled at or ahead of IFA Berlin 2013, just like it happened with its predecessors. As I know Samsung the Galaxy Note 3 will be announced during an Unpacked event ahead of the debut of IFA 2013, and since the Berlin-based tech fair will open its gates for the public on September 6th, we might see the phablet being unveiled in the September 1-5 time frame.
Sources report that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will boast a 5.9-inch display with full HD resolution and Super AMOLED technology. Samsung was usually adding 0.2 inches to the displays of the Galaxy Note predecessors, but it seems that this year it will be an increase of 0.4 inches.
Everybody is expecting the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 to come with the octo-core Exynos 5 Octa chipset that is currently underpinning the Samsung Galaxy S4, but it seems that Note 3′s CPU will be based on four Cortex A7 cores at 1.2 GHz (for improved battery life) and four Cortex A15 cores clocked at 1.8 GHz (200 MHz higher than the ones of the SGS4). Anyway, the latest rumors are saying that there will also be a second Samsung Galaxy Note 3 variant, packing a Snapdragon 800 chipset. As you probably know, the Snapdragon 800 is Qualcomm’s flagship chipset, integrating four Krait 400 cores clocked at 2.3 GHz and Adreno 330 GPU.
Regarding the software version coming pre-loaded on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, it seems that the next-gen Samsung phablet will run Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (rumored to debut this June), of course with ToucWiz Nature UX on top of it.