The countdown has begun and there are less than 48 hours until the highly-anticipated Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will be officially unveiled by the South Korean phone maker. As you probably know, Samsung will host an Unpacked event on September 4, on the same day the IFA 2013 tech fair will open its gates for the media, where the Galaxy Note 3 will be introduced along with the company’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch.
In the meantime, we get more leaked information about the unannounced Galaxy Note 3, as the Samsung phablet was spotted in the GCF (Global Certification Forum) logs. It looks like we are talking about the SM-N95005 model, the same unit that was spotted into a report last month, which confirmed its support for 4G LTE networks and 3 GB of RAM.
On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 GCF certification reveals that the SM-N95005 model will be compatible with 2100/1800/850/1600/800 MHz LTE networks, and that it will also come with WCDMA and GSM connectivity.
Reports are indicating that there will be two Samsung Galaxy Note 3 international models, one powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 chipset with quad-core Krait 400 CPU at 2.3 GHz and Adreno 330 GPU and one packing Sammy’s proprietary Exynos 5420 SoC with four 1.8 GHz Cortex A15 cores, four 1.3 GHz Cortex A7 cores and Mali T628 GPU.
It seems though that Samsung is encountering some heat-related issues with the Exynos 5420 SoC, therefore the first 4 million Galaxy Note 3 units will be equipped with the Snapdragon 800 chipset, while 20-30% of the next batches will be underpinned by the Exynos 5420 processing unit.
The leaked Note 3 front panels that hit the web over the past couple of weeks revealed that the terminal edges will be sharper than the ones of the Galaxy S4, the handset being looking like a Galaxy S2 on steroids, but with Galaxy S4 finishings.
The rumor mill also speculates that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will come with a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass 3 protection. Recent reports seem to suggest that the the Galaxy Note 2 follow-up will be the first smartphone in the world to pack 3 GB of RAM, while the internal storage options will be of 16, 32, and 64 GB, expandable using microSD cards.
While most of the sources claim that the Galaxy Note 3 will borrow the feature-packed 13 megapixel camera currently mounted on the back of the Galaxy S4, there are voices saying that the new phablet will come with support for 4K video recording.
In terms of connectivity, the smartphone is expected to bring all the connectivity features worthy of a modern smartphone including all standards of WiFi, 4G LTE, NFC module, IR blaster, Bluetooth 4.0, and microUSB 2.0.
Samsung’s decision to acquire 5% in Wacom shares, a Japanese company that manufactures graphic tablets popular for pressure-sensitive stylus or digital pen, might indicate that the Note 3 will come with an improved S Pen, along with new S Pen-optimized features and applications.
The new terminal will run the latest Android version out of the box, Jelly Bean 4.3, customized with the company’s proprietary TouchWiz Nature UX user interface.
As I was mentioning above the Galaxy Note 3 will be officially announced on September 4 during Samsung Unpacked event hosted in Berlin. What are your expectations for the Galaxy Note 2 successor? Please let us know in the comments section below.