We are about a month away from the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date, as the smartphone is expected to see the light of day on September 4th, at a Samsung Unpacked event held during the IFA Berlin 2013. Since the Galaxy Note 3 is one of the most anticipated smartphones of the year, we get to see new leaked photos and details about it every week.
For the first time since the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 leaks started to make the headlines, some spy shots have allowed us to take a peek under the case of the next-gen Sammy phablet. As you probably noticed, the smartphone pictured in the gallery below is not looking like the other leaked Galaxy Note 3 photos we’ve seen, having sharper edges. Well, we are looking at a Galaxy Note 3 prototype and those share edges are most likely the ones of a dummy case.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will rather look like a Samsung Galaxy S4 one steroids and just like its predecessor, the Galaxy Note 3, it will borrow the design language introduced by the flagship device launched ahead of it. Therefore expect the Galaxy Note 3 to have a rectangular body with rounded corners an aluminium lookalike plastic bezel around its edges.
Even though the initial rumors suggested that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will come with a 5.9-inch display, it seems that the Galaxy Note 2 follow-up will actually come with a 5.7-inch screen, fitting in Samsung’s pattern of increasing the display of the Galaxy Note phablets with 0.2 inches each year.
Because the Galaxy Note 3 is a smartphone circa 2013, expect full HD resolution and because the South Korea-based phone maker became popular for its Super AMOLED panels, expect one to be fitted on the front of the new phablet. Anyway, there were rumors saying that there will be two Galaxy Note 3 variants, one with a Super AMOLED display and another with a LCD display.
Samsung wants its Galaxy Note 3 to be a super-smartphone capable of stealing some of iPhone 5S’ market share. Since the two smartphones will hit the market almost synchronized, the Galaxy Note 3 will be underpinned by the most powerful processing solutions available on the market.
There will be one Snapdragon 800-powered variant, using Qualcomm’s powerful chipset with quad-core 2.3 GHz CPU and Adreno 330 GPU and an Exynos 5 Octa-powered model, with four Cortex A15 cores clocked at 1.8 GHz and four Cortex A7 cores that are meant to improve the battery life of the handset.
It’s not clear yet whether the Exynos 5 Octa Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will use the same Exynos 5410 chipset of the Galaxy S4 I9500, or if the South Koreans will equip it with the new Exynos 5420 SoC that comes with a 20% performance boost and a six-core Mali T628 GPU.
Since Google already introduced Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, the new phablet will most likely run it out of the box, of course with Samsung’s proprietary TouchWiz Nature UX interface. Rumor has it that the Galaxy Note 3 will be one of the world’s first smartphones to come with 3 GB of RAM. As about the camera sensor of the next-gen Galaxy Note phablet, the handset will probably borrow the 13 megapixel unit mounted on the back of the Galaxy S4.