Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is definitely one of the most anticipated smartphones of the year and after we’ve seen a ton of leaked specs and spy shots today we get to see the nex-gen Sammy phablet passing the Bluetooth SIG Certification.
Even though the Bluetooth Special Interest Group listing doesn’t let us know anything about the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 specs or design, at least we can be sure of the model number of the units that will arrive at NTT Docomo. Besides the fact that the Galaxy Note 3 will get a NTT Docomo variant codenamed SGH-N075, the certification also tells us that the smartphone will be unveiled relatively soon.
Everybody is expecting the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 to debut 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 public. Since the unannounced smartphones are no longer a secret to anybody, the rumor mill has unveiled for us almost everything we wanted to know about the Samsung phablet.
Early rumors said that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will sport a 5.9-inch display, but the latest reports are showing that the South Korean phone maker will increase the display size with only 0.2 inches, just like it happened with the Note 2 last year. Therefore, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is expected to sport a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with full HD resolution and Gorilla Glass 3 protection.
It seems that there will be two different processing units powering the Galaxy Note 3, which, of course, will be market dependent. Besides Samsung’s proprietary Exynos 5420 chipset based on a quad-core 1.8 GHz Cortex CPU + quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex A7 CPU and a Mali T628 GPU, there will also be a Galaxy Note 3 variant underpinned by the mighty Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset with four Krait 400 cores clocked at 2.3 GHz and Adreno 330 GPU.
Sources close to the South Korean company have revealed a couple of days ago that the first Galaxy Note 3 units will come with the Snapdragon 800 processing unit, as Samsung is reportedly encountering some overheating issues with its Exynos 5410. The same source also claims that the first batch of Snapdragon 800 Galaxy Note 3 units will consist of 4 million copies.
The 5.7 incher is also expected to be the first smartphone in the world to come with 3 GB of RAM and to have 16/32/64 GB of internal storage, expandable using microSD cards of up to 64 GB. Since we are talking about a high-end smartphone circa 2013, the connectivity features of the Galaxy Note 3 should include all standards of WiFi, 4G LTE and even LTE A (where available) courtesy of the Snapdragon 800 SoC, NFC module, IR blaster, Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy, and microUSB 2.0.
The Galaxy Note 3 will most likely borrow the design introduced by the Samsung flagship smartphone announced in March, thus expect the phablet to look more or less like a Galaxy S4 on steroids. Besides the design, the Galaxy Note 3 will also borrow Galaxy S4′s feature-packed 13 megapixel camera with autofocus, Dual Shot and Dual Video recording, HDR, panorama, and full HD video recording support.
The phablet might come pre-loaded with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, customized with Samsung’s TouchWiz Nature UX interface that brings all the Galaxy S4-specific features like Air View, Smart Pause, Smart Stay, or Group Play, along with a couple of new S Pen-optimized applications. Talking about the S Pen, the Galaxy Note 3 is expected to arrive with an improved stylus, as Samsung acquired 5% in Wacom shares, a Japanese company specialized in manufacturing graphical tablets with stylus input.