The South Korea-based phone maker has officially confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date has been set for September 4. In fact, Sammy has confirmed that a Samsung Unpacked event will be held on September 2013 in Berlin.
In late June, we’ve exclusively told you that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will be launched on September 4 after we’ve got in touch with one of the company’s employees. “He [the Samsung insider] also said that, sometime in August, the South Korea-based company will announce that a special Samsung Unpacked event will be hosted on September 4th, in Berlin” we wrote on June 28th, “adding that the Galaxy Note 3 will be officially introduced during the aforementioned press conference.”
Guess what? We’re in August and Samsung has announced that a Samsung Unpacked 2013 event will be held on Berlin on September 4. Even though Samsung’s tweet isn’t confirming directly that the Galaxy Note 3 will be officially unveiled, but it’s advising us to “Note the date.”
The same poster tells us that the “Samsung Unpacked 2013 Episode 2″ event will be streamed live on Youtube.com/samsungmobile, so if you want to be among the first to see the Galaxy Note 3 in flesh tune in on September 4th at around 19:00 CET/13:00 EDT.
Even though there’s about a month until the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will be full revealed, we can already say we know almost everything about Samsung’s next-gen phablet.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is expected to borrow its design from the Galaxy S4 and since the new device will come with a bigger display, expect the phablet to look like a Samsung Galaxy S4 on steroids. The Note 3 should also be slightly thinner, narrower, and lighter than its predecessor.
Even though it was initially rumored that the Galaxy Note 3 will come with a 5.9-inch display, the latest reports are indicating that the new Sammy phablet will actually sport a 5.7-inch display with full HD resolution. The technology behind it will most likely be Super AMOLED, but there are source saying that it will also be a Galaxy Note 3 variant that packs an IPS LCD panel. This basically means that certain markets will get the Super AMOLED Galaxy Note 3 while other will get the IPS LCD Note 3.
The hardware platform of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will be based on an Exynos 5 Octa chipset according to various reports. We don’t know yet whether it’s the Exynos 5410 of the Galaxy S4, or the new Exynos 5420 which comes with some fixes and 20% performance boost. The later chipset has four Cortex A15 cores clocked at 1.8 GHz (200 MHz higher than the Exynos 5410) and four Cortex A7 cores clocked at 1.3 GHz (100 MHz higher than the Exynos 5410). The Exynos 5420 ditches the PowerVR SGX 544MP3 GPU over a more powerful Mali T628 graphics processing unit with eight cores.
Just like it happened with the Galaxy S4, there will also be a Qualcomm-powered Galaxy Note 3. The new handset will boast a Snapdragon 800 SoC with a quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 CPU and Adreno 320 GPU which promises impressive benchmark scores.
Rumor has it that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will be among the first smartphones to come with 3 GB of RAM, if not the first unless LG’s G2 also comes with 3 GB of RAM like it was reported. The new LG flagship will debut on August 7th.
Because there will be Galaxy Note 3 with Snapdragon 800 chispet it might come LTE-A support, along with all the connectivity features worthy of a modern smartphone like 4G LTE, HSPA+, NFC chip, IR blaster, Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy, and microUSB 2.0.
Some say that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will come with an improved camera sensor, but my guess is that the new device will borrow the 13 megapixel camera fitted on the back of the Galaxy S4. Of course, it will also borrow the camera app features like Dual Shot, Cinema Photo, Drama Shot, or Sound and Shot.
A few months ago Samsung has announced the purchase of 5% in Wacom shares, a Japanese company that manufactures graphic tablets with stylus input. This means that the Galaxy Note 3 might come with an improved S Pen and some new software features and new apps to go along with it.
Among others we are also expecting a bigger battery to be fitted under the plastic body of the Galaxy Note 3.
Google officially introduced Android 4.3 Jelly Bean last month and the Samsung software engineers will have enough time to optimize it for the Galaxy Note 3. Of course, the phablet will have Samsung’s proprietary TouchWiz Nature UX interface installed on top of Android 4.3.
The race on the phablet segment is heating up this year. We already have the LG Optimus G Pro and the Sony Xperia Z Ultra and we are also expecting the Galaxy Note 3 and the HTC One Max phablets to be officially announced. Which of the four terminals will be crowned the king of the phablet segment?