While most of the analysts are tipping the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date for September, there’s no official confirmation yet saying that Sammy’s next-gen phablet will arrive early fall. Still, it seems that the supply chain for the Galaxy Note 3 will start to mass ship the components as of August, when the phablet will reportedly enter mass production, which is a sign that the Galaxy Note 3 release date might indeed be in September.
Besides the reports saying that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will enter mass production in August, we’ve also discovered a new interesting tweet from @evleaks, the never-ending source of rumors about unannounced smartphones. According to @evleaks the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will sport a 5.7-inch display and not a 5.9-inch unit like the initial rumors were suggesting.
For the time being, most tech publications were writing that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 follow up will come with a 5.9-inch display, but the @evleaks tweet comes to dismiss the reports. While I am advising you to take the rumors with a pinch of salt, in the same time I tend to believe the guy behind the aforementioned Twitter account.
Why do I believe that the Galaxy Note 3 will have a 5.7-inch display? First of all, the @evleaks rumors are most of the times accurate, secondly, and most important, the increase of 0.2 inches fits perfectly in the pattern of the past Galaxy Note releases. As you probably remember, the first Samsung Galaxy Note came with a 5.3-inch display, while its successor, the Galaxy Note 2, received a display that was 0.2 inches bigger. According to this pattern, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 should sport a display that’s 0.2 inches bigger than the 5.5-inch unit of the Galaxy Note 2. That’s a 5.7-inch display.
Regarding the technology used for the 5.7-inch display of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, I am pretty sure that we will be dealing with a Super AMOLED panel. As you probably know, the Super AMOLED displays have their ups and downs: while they can provide almost 180 degree viewing angles, great brightness and that “true black,” the color reproduction is not what you’d call accurate, while their performance under direct sunlight is pretty poor.
Because Sammy definitely wants the Galaxy Note 3 to be one of the most powerful smartphones on the market (and in the same time steal some of the iPhone 5S’ market share) the 5.7-inch phablet of the South Korea-based phone maker will fit in the trend for 2013 smartphone market delivering a full HD display.
All the flagship devices of the big players of the smartphone market come with full HD displays (Sony has the Xperia Z, Samsung already announced the Galaxy S4, HTC’s One is also among them, the LG Optimus G Pro, as well), so the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 must be able to withstand their pressure.
Moreover, the rumor mill speculates that both HTC and Sony are preparing their own phablets to aim at the Galaxy Note 3.
There are reports regarding Samsung Galaxy Note 3’s technical speculations, as well. It seems that the phablet will be underpinned by the mighty Snapdragon 800 SoC manufactured by Qualcomm, based on four Krait 400 cores clocked at 2.3 GHz and Adreno 320 GPU. Even though there is no proof about an Exynos 5 Octa Galaxy Not 3, I strongly believe that Samsung will also launch a second variant powered by it’s proprietary octo-core chipset. Of course, just like it happened with the previous Note smartphones, the processor will be clocked 200 MHz higher than the one of the flagship belonging to the same generation. Thus, we might have a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 variant with an Exynos 5 Octa SoC packing four Cortex A7 cores clocked at 1.2 GHz (meant to improve the battery life) and four Cortex A15 cores clocked at 1.8 GHz).
The connectivity features of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 shouldn’t surprise you. Expect the exact same features of any other high-end Android smartphone launched this year: WiFi in all standards, LTE, NFC chip, IR blaster, Bluetooth 4.0, and microUSB 2.0.
Just like the Samsung Galaxy S4, the Galaxy Note 3 will come with 2 GB of RAM and it will have three internal storage options: 16/32/64 GB, of course, expandable using microSD cards.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will most likely borrow the 13 megapixel camera mounted on the back of the Samsung Galaxy S4, and, of course, it will have the same impressive features that debuted with the flagship smartphone of the South Korea-based company.
Talking about features, expect the Galaxy Note 3 to come with all the TouchWiz Nature UX goodies of the Samsung Galaxy S4, and a few more. The smartphone will run Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean out of the box, unless Google introduces Android 4.3 in the meantime, and it should bring some S Pen-related treats.
A few months ago Samsung has purchased 5% in Wacom shares, a Japan-based company popular for its graphic tablets with support for stylus input, meaning that the South Koreans plan to further improve the S Pen stylus of its Galaxy Note products, and the Galaxy Note 3 will definitely be one of them.
Is a 5.7-inch display enough to fit your needs? What are some of your expectations for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3? Please let us know in the comments section below.