DigiTimes writes that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date has been set for July – August time frame, as the South Korea-based company seeks to bite a big chunk of Apple’s market share by countering the iPhone 5S launch with a powerful high-end smartphone.
The same publication writes that both the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release dates will be in the third quarter of the year, being Sammy’s answer to the highly anticipated iPhone 5S. If the rumor is accurate enough and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date is indeed July – August, then the new smartphone will become the company’s first high-end phablet to see the light of day sooner than IFA Berlin 2013.
The rumor mill was speculating that we will be able to see the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 a week ahead of the IFA 2013 event, as the South Koreans will launch it in a special Unpacked event in the September 1 – 5 time frame. Of course, we are recommending you to take the DigiTimes report with a pinch of salt, as the Asian publication is not always right when it comes to reporting news.
Even though the report is not revealing any other details about the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 the interwebs are already full of Note 3 leaked specs and rumors. You want to hear some of them? I know you do.
Everybody is anticipating that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will be underpinned by the company’s Exynos 5 Octa chipset based on four Cortex A15 core clocked at 1.8 GHz (2 MHz higher than the ones of the Galaxy S4) and four Cortex A7 cores at 1.2 GHz (for improved battery life) along with a PowerVR SGX 544MP3 GPU. Anyway, recent reports are showing that it will be a second Samsung Galaxy Note 3 variant (the equivalent of the I9505 variant of the Galaxy S4) that will boast a Snapdragon 800 SoC with a quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 CPU and Adreno 330 GPU.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 specs list might also include 2 GB of RAM, plus all the connectivity features worthy of a modern smartphone like LTE, WiFi in all standards, NFC, IR blaster, Bluetooth 4.0, and microUSB 2.0. As usual there will be three internal storage options: 16, 32, and 64 GB, which can be expanded using microSD cards of up to 64 GB.
The initial rumors said that Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will run Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with Touch Wiz Nature UX out of the box, but since the reports are now saying that the phablet will be launched July – August and Google will reportedly announce the next Android iteration in June, the Samsung software engineers might not have enough time to optimize the company’s proprietary user interface for the new software version, therefore the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 might actually come pre-loaded with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, just like the Galaxy S4 flagship.
There are some controversial details about the display of the Note 3. Some say that the South Korean phone maker will stick to its pattern and increase the display size with 0.2 inches (first Galaxy Note had a 5.3-inch screen and Galaxy Note 2 feature a 5.5-inch panel). If so, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will boast a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED screen. On the other hand, sources say that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will make the jump to a 5.9-inch Super AMOLED display. At least all the sources agree when it comes to display resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels.
But what about the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 camera? I’m glad you’ve asked. So far, the members of the Note family have borrowed the camera sensors of the Galaxy S flagships launched ahead of them. Therefore, the Galaxy Note had the 8 megapixel sensor of the Galaxy S2, the Galaxy Note 2 sported the camera unit of the Galaxy S3, thus we should expect the Galaxy Note 3 to have the same feature-packed 13 megapixel sensor of the Samsung Galaxy S4. The rumor mill disagrees.
Earlier today we’ve told you that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will come with a 13 megapixel sensor that will feature Optical Image Stabilization technology, which will make it even better than the one fitted on the back of the SGS4.
What are your expectations for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3? Any guesses on the Note 3 specs and release date? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments section.