Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Release Date Confirmed for September 4, Launching Along with Samsung Gear Smartwatch
More than a month ago, we’ve exclusively told you that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date will be on September 4 after we got in touch with a person close to the matter. Today, new reports from South Korea come to confirm that the next-gen phablet developed by Samsung will indeed be announced on September 4. The same source claims that in the same time with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 the South Korean company will also introduce its first smartwatch, the unofficially dubbed Samsung Gear.
It’s not the first time we hear that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date will be on September 4, as the same date was also mentioned in a Korea Herald report. It looks like the Galaxy Note 3 will be officially introduced during a special Samsung Unpacked event on the first day the IFA 2013 Berlin tech fair will open its gates for the media.
Even though there are no extra details about the Gear smartwatch, the aforementioned source suggests that the Galaxy Note 3 will come with a 5-inch display, 3 GB of RAM, and the new Exynos 5 Octa chipset (probably the new Exynos 5420 model).
Well, if you are eager to hear what the rumor mill has to say about the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 specs, then “stay a while and listen.” Rumor has it that the next-gen Sammy phablet will sport a 5.7-inch display based on a Super AMOLED panel and since the Galaxy Note 3 is a smartphone circa 2013 we will definitely see it boasting full HD screen resolution.
There are a lot of source saying that the Galaxy Note 3 will come with 3 GB of RAM which will make it one of the first (if not the first unless LG G2 will also have 3 GB of RAM) smartphones in the world to pack this amount of RAM.
Anyway, there are various reports surrounding the processing unit of the Galaxy Note 2 follow-up. Some say that the phablet will come with Samsung’s proprietary Exynos 5 Octa chipset with a quad-core Cortex A15 – quad-core Cortex A7 combo, while other say that the device will be underpinned by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 SoC.
Samsung recently announced a new Exynos 5 Octa model, codenamed 5420, which is more like an upgraded version of the 5410. The new processing solution boasts four Cortex A15 cores clocked at 1.8 GHz (1.6 GHz on the 5410) and four Cortex A7 cores clocked at 1.3 GHz (1.2 GHz on the 5410) and ditches the PowerVR SGX 544MP3 GPU over a eight-core Mali-T628 MP6 GPU. My guess is that, just like it happened with the Galaxy S4, there will be two Galaxy Note 3 variants which will debut with different processors (market dependent).
The camera unit will most likely be borrowed from the Samsung Galaxy S4, therefore we will get a 13 megapixel sensor mounted on the back of the Galaxy Note 3, with full HD video recording support, autofocus, LED flash, Dual Shot, Simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization, and HDR.
All the sources point that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will come pre-loaded with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and, of course, we will also get Sammy’s TouchWiz Nature UX interface on top of it. Also expect some Galaxy Note 3 exclusive features and an improved S Pen stylus, since the South Korean phone maker has bought 5% in Wacom shares, a Japanese company popular for its graphic tablets with stylus input.