The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is definitely one of the most anticipated smartphones of the year and even though we had a vague idea when the South Koreans will announce its next-gen phablet, until now we didn’t knew the exact launch date of the handset.
So far, all the clues were indicating that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date will be early fall, but now a Korean analyst has confirmed that the Galaxy Note 2 follow up will be indeed announced in September. To be honest, I’m not surprised at all to hear that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date was set for September. Why? I’m glad you’ve asked.
The pattern of the previous Samsung Galaxy Note launches was the first clue to hint towards a September release date for the Galaxy Note 3. The South Korean phone maker is usually announcing the Galaxy Note members around the IFA 2013 Berlin. The first Galaxy Note was announced at the aforementioned tech fair, while its successor, the popular Galaxy Note 2 was introduced only a couple of days ahead of the IFA Berlin 2012 debut, during a special Samsung Unpacked event.
This year’s IFA Berlin edition will open its gates for the public on September 6th and, as I know Samsung, the company will want to repeat last year’s move and set the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date in the week prior to IFA, in order to get all the media attention it seeks. This basically means that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will be introduced during an Unpacked event in the September 1-5 time frame.
Another reason why Samsung would want the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 to be announced in September is related to the iPhone 5S announcement. Apple is expected to present the new iPhone soon after a couple of weeks after the buzz created around IFA Berlin settles down, then introduce the iPhone 5S on the market a fortnight after the launch event. This basically means that the iPhone 5S and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will hit the market almost in the same time, which would help the South Korea-based giant to bite an even larger chunk of iPhone’s market share.
Even though the Samsung Galaxy S4 will be the direct competitor of the iPhone 5S, a powerful device like the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is capable of stealing some of Apple’s customers.
In case you are wondering what the rumor mill has to say about the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 specs, learn that all the reports are pointing that the Snapdragon 800 platform will used to underpin the phablet. We are talking about the chipset announced by Qualcomm at CES 2013, based on four Krait 400 cores clocked at 2.3 GHz and Adreno 330 GPU.
In my opinion, Samsung will launch two Galaxy Note 3 variants, just like it happened with the Samsung Galaxy S4. One powered by the Snapdragon 800 and another based on the company’s proprietary octo-core Exynos 5 Octa SoC. Unlike the SGS4, the Exynos 5 Octa unit of the Galaxy Note 3 will most likely be clocked at 1.8 GHz.
Rumor has it that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will sport a 5.9-inch display with full HD resolution, Super AMOLED technology and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. There’s no doubt that Samsung wants the Note 3 to be a successful smartphone and a high-quality full HD display will definitely come to help.
The rest of Galaxy Note 3 specs are nothing to surprise: 2 GB of RAM, 16/32/64 GB of storage plus microSD card support, all standards of WiFi, 4G LTE, NFC, IR blaster, Bluetooth 4.0, and microUSB 2.0.
In terms of design, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will probably look like a Galaxy S4 on steroids, sticking to the same design language introduced in March with the debut of the flagship device. The next-gen Sammy phablet will also borrow the 13 megapixel of the Galaxy S4 and all the features of the TouchWiz Nature UX interface. Talking about TouchWiz, the Galaxy Note 3 will most likely run Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean out of the box, unless Google changes its mind and launches Android 4.3 in the meantime.
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