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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Release Date, Specs, and Rumors (Dull News Day)

Even though we are getting closer to Samsung Galaxy S4 launch, the rumor mill didn’t forget about the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date, technical specifications, or features. Since nothing special occurred in the Android environment today, of course, except for a couple of subjects that were already covered by us, I thought you’d want to hear more about the Galaxy Note 3 release date, rumored technical specifications, and what the reports are saying about the next-gen Samsung phablet.

When the Samsung announced the first-gen Galaxy Note in September, everybody laughed off the “ridiculously” big display of the phablet. Probably, looking back at the failure called Dell Streak  few have though that a 5.3-inch would become a successful product. Samsung has proved them the contrary and the Galaxy Note became the second best selling Android smartphone in their line-up, after the Galaxy S2.

As a confirmation to the popularity of the phablet segment, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 sales exceed the ones of its predecessor, with over 3 million units shipped in one month after the official debut.

Given the success of its phablet line-up, it’s obvious that Samsung will launch the Galaxy Note 3 later this year. While Samsung Galaxy S4 is expected to drop in April and hurt iPhone 5’s sales, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date might be scheduled for late Q2 2013 or early Q3 2013, in an attempt to bite a large chunk of iPhone 5S’ market share pie.

Since the latest reports are showing that Apple will set the iPhone 5S release date for June, we might even see the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 in flesh at IFA Berlin 2013, held between September 6 – 11. Or maybe Samsung will unveil its next-gen tablet in a separate event (just like it did with the Galaxy S3) a week before IFA Berlin, so all the media will be focusing on their new release.

There are a lot of theories regarding the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date, so you can’t know which one is the right one. What I know for sure is that the South Koreans will want the Note 3 to hit the market as soon as possible prior to the iPhone 5S (iPhone 6, The New iPhone, or whatever the guys at Apple will call their next “revolutionary” smartphone) launch, in order to make the public forget about the latest iOS smartphone and choose what will probably be Samsung’s most powerful device.

Talking about powerful devices, reminded me of the new octo-core Exynos 5 Octa chipset announced by Samsung at CES 2013. Based on the big.LITTLE technology and manufactured on 28 nm architecture, the new Exynos 5 Octa SoC has four  Cortex A15 cores clocked at 1.8 GHz, and four 1.2 GHz Cortex A7 cores.

Even though Samsung has used Mali GPUs for the last two iterations of its Exynos processors, the new Exynos 5 Octa is helped by a tri-core PowerVR SGX-544MP3 graphics processing unit, which can handle twice as many triangles as the SGX-543MP4 of the iPad 3 can.

Because the GPU fitted on the Exynos 5 Octa is clocked at 533 MHz, it outmatches iPhone 5’s and iPad 4’s units, clocked at 266 and 300 MHz, respectively. That’s what you should expect to see inside the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Samsung says that its new chipset is 70% more battery friendly than the Exynos 5 Dual SoC used for the Nexus 10 tablet.

The camera will definitely receive an upgrade to 13 megapixels. The last two Galaxy Note generations had 8 megapixel cameras, while Sony fitted an amazing 13 megapixel camera on the Xperia Z, HTC One will reportedly come with an ultrapixel camera, while the LG Optimus G Pro has a 13 megapixel sensor. Galaxy Note 3 is bound to bring a camera that’s at least as good as the competition’s.

Because the full HD 5-inch displays are becoming the standard in the high-end smartphones world, the phablets will most likely come with touch screen panels that will make the border between phablets and tablets even thinner. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is expected to drop with a 6.3-inch AMOLED panel with a resolution of 1,080 x 1,920 pixels. Of course, it will be protected against scratches by a Corning Gorilla Glass layer.

Sources say that both the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will come with touchless gestures interface. This function will work in a similar way the Air View woks with the S-Pen stylus, meaning that when you hover your finger over an item the system will display various info about it.

Samsung will definitely not ditch the S-Pen stylus, as it has became some sort of a signature for the Note line-up. Samsung has recently acquired 5% in Wacom shares, thus the Galaxy Note 3 will probably make use of the company’s proprietary digital input technology, sporting an even better S-Pen.

Because Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will arrive with a bigger display, the smartphone’s case will also grow in size, so it will be capable of accommodating an even larger battery. The Galaxy Note 2 brings a 3,100 mAh battery that is capable of getting the smartphone through one and a half days of normal usage.

The next-gen Samsung phablet will most likely arrive with a 4,000 mAh-ish unit, which paired with the new battery-friendly Exynos 5 Octa might be able to provide up to 2 and a half days of battery life.

Some leaks are indicating that Samsung is currently working on a wireless charger. The charger showed up at FCC and it was caught on camera. The first reports are indicating that the unit is wide enough to accommodate a Galaxy Note 2, and will probably also be compatible with the Galaxy Note 3.

The other technical specifications might not be as impressive as the alleged display, camera and processor of Galaxy Note 3. We’re expecting it drop with 2 GB of RAM (3 GB of RAM if Samsung is in a good day), WiFi in all standards (maybe WiFiac according to certain sources), and other connectivity features worthy of a high-end device: LTE, Bluetooth 3.0, microUSB 2.0, and 3.5 mm audio jack.

Three internal storage options will be available: 16, 32, and 64 GB, expandable using microSD cards. Exclusively out of marketing reasons, Samsung might also launch a limited-edition 125 GB Galaxy Note 3.

Google I/O event is scheduled for mid-May and the Mountain View-based giant will reportedly announce Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie there.

Because Galaxy S4 is rumored to debut late-March, the next-gen flagship will not come pre-loaded with the next Android iteration. On the other hand, Samsung will have enough time to optimize Key Lime Pie for its phablet, thus, the Note 3 will be the company’s first smartphone to run Android 5.0 out of the box.

Of course, Samsung will fit its proprietary TouchWiz interface on top of Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, and we are eager to see what the South Koreans have prepared for us this time.

The TouchWiz Nature UX on the Galaxy Note 2 received a lot of positive reviews, as its motion controls have really brought something new on the segment. The Air View and the Multi View, alongside with other features like Smart Stay, Direct Call, and Smart Alert have persuaded many owners to stay on the stock ROM instead of installing third-party custom ROMs like CyanogenMode, AOKP, or Paranoid Android.

Because the Galaxy Note 3 will reportedly come with a gigantic 6.3-inch display, Samsung will probably take the multitasking to a new level. Some say that the screen will split in four separate 480 x 270 pixels screens each capable of running an individual app.

Anyway, it’s a bit too early to jump to conclusions about the rumored Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date or technical specifications. Anyway, stay tuned as we will return with fresh news and leaks about Galaxy Note 3 as they will hit the web.

In the meantime please let us know what do you expect from the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 in the comments section below. Do you have your own theories about the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date or specifications? The comments section is all yours.


  • Travis H. Oleson

    I would like to know about Galaxy Note 3 6.3″ come with physical keyboard? if yes that would be so awesome. please let me know soon asap.

    • Justin McNairy

      No, and nobody want a physical keyboard. Who use it anyway???

      • Alex Alexander

        BlackBerry users… if still there is one…

        • bob

          Yep, there is. I’ve seen him. He doesn’t use the keyboard though

          • L.U.K

            I can’t stand BlackBerry phones, but I have a HTC PRO2 that tilts with a physical keyboard. I was going to switch to the Samsung Epic 2 til I learned they dropped the keyboard. Crack your screen in a certain place and you can’t use it. I have 3 physical buttons that still work if my screen doesn’t so i can make a call and I can still type / text if my screen is a damaged. Everyone is trying to go so virtual next is virtual woman and having intercourse like the cone heads or judge dredd with rings around our heads and no actual physical contact. Screw that son!

    • Aus_Roh

      You could carry a small Bluetooth keyboard (or a direct micro USB keyboard for that matter) in your bag/case for typing sessions. I do, it turns my S2 into a micro laptop. My Keydex (UG-ID1102BK) keyboard has a small place holder which is good on the train as eveything becomes one unit. It’s not flat but it’s a proper keyboard in compact form. Can’t wait for the Note3 for a better experience, with or without a (Keydex) accessory keyboard.

    • fred

      yes, it comes with a physical on-screen keyboard

    • ERNS

      I would like a physical keyboard too, or at least the bluetooh accesory keyboard like the iphone .I hate that we seem to be moving away from this as an option. There are days when using my keyboard is faster than swype

  • emilyivory

    I’m really hoping the Galaxy Note 3 comes out sooner than later. I really want to get a Note 2, but don’t want to buy it if the Note 3 could be a month or 2 away!!!!!!!!!! I’m torn x:-/

    • Rinkesh621

      emily, Note 2 has been out for past 4 months or so (international), so Note 3 will be out in fall 2013. I think you’ll be waiting more than “month or 2”, just get a phone that does what you want it to do. Note 3 will come out and you’ll wait for S5, or Note 4 and it’ll never end. I just got note 2 and I’m in love with it and happy with it. Good luck

      • henryectoclive

        nicely answer 😛

    • Ryan Jerrel Wigglesworth

      get note 1 and then upgrade to note 3 when it comes. note 1 is cheap now, can be found for 250

    • CarlzLavine

      me too. in my expectation, i’ll get note 2 in next month. but if note 3 comes earlier, i’ll change to note 3. it’s a powerful device and it’s worth to wait and use it

  • I’ve seen a couple of early rumors, but fall 2013 makes more sense based on past releases. Galaxy notes are becoming a very important element of our field reporting ability. Love em!

  • John

    I read your collected information. I am pleases to say With the hover feature the Galaxy Note 3 should be the best investment. The long wait of this device will encourage sales. Giving Samsung some time to pack this phone with the latest gizmos. Will result into a mind blowing experience. That we all hope for.

    • Disasterpiece

      why not just wait until the galaxy note 5 in that case?

      • michelobultra

        16 cores, 7.1″ screen, 2160p, 4100 Mah Battery, Android 4.4 Key Lime Pie

  • Mafu

    zzzz zzzzz i didnt finish to read the whole paragraph, i just read the first five lines or less… Did I miss anything important ? This is a great story……. to fall sleep

  • Mani

    I am so due to buy a new phone(last bought in 2008 iPhone 3G), and am waiting to buy a master piece which if it sounds something like above, I would be the first one to get this baby. Come soon, Come to Daddy!!!

    • Ian

      Same here. I have a 3GS and am sick of my boring old apple interface and can’t wait for the N3. PS I reckon Apple is in trouble if a boring old fart like me can’t want to jump off the Apple cart and play Notes on a new Samsong

      • Disasterpiece

        LOL, Apple won’t miss you. You’ve already contributed to their stockpile of cash. For every 1 person that gets an Galaxy device (ie, the geeks and those with bad vision), there is another 2 buying an iPhone (ie, the people too busy to think about a interface).
        I am fortunate enough to have an iPhone 5 and Galaxy Note 2…

        • ryannosaurus

          Wrongo, bucko. Check those sales numbers again… Samsung’s Galaxy sales numbers aren’t quite eating iPhone sales yet but they’ve rocketed right up to them and are close to overtaking. Which is great friends consumers. New excellent Galaxies will drop and force Apple to “innovate” again by adding more megapixels, or adding the patented feature of allowing Siri to tell you a bedtime story. Competition is a good thing!

  • Brian Mosley

    Given that Samsung are showing demo units with foldable screens, and the Note is their flagship device – I’m hoping we’ll see the first phone which folds out to full tablet sized display.

    I’d also like to see Samsung get right on top of Android development, so the delay between Android increments and Samsung catch up is minimised. Still on 4.1.1 here in UK while Nexus 4 is at 4.2.2

    • Unfortunately, the Note 3 will not come with a flexible display. The Note 3 will be an important product of Samsung’s portfolio and the company won’t risk fitting a flexible display, as you can’t know how the public reacts.

      The first Samsung smartphone with flexible display will not be Galaxy S / Note line-up member, as the Asians would want to see how the customers adopt the new technology.

  • Davey G

    I honestly think because I am getting the note 2 today that the 6.3 inch screen is way too large to fit anywhere. More for a chick with a purse in my opinion. I can barely get the Note 2 to fit in my pocket.

    • bobs ur uncle

      are you serious that u can barely fit the note 2 in your pocket?? i have no peoblems in any of my trousers 😛 as a matter of fact i can even fit my Nexus 7 in some trousers and im only a 32 waist that doesnt wear gangster size clothing 🙂 .. i say bring on 6.3 WOOHOO

    • s raven

      Maybe your pants are too small or you’re wearing chick jeans! LOL!!!! Had to point that out, but j/k!!! Seriously, I don’t have a problem with it fitting into my pockets, not even on my dress pants and I’m a fairly toned guy. I don’t wear large trousers, but mostly fitted! No problems here bro…

  • I want the Galaxy Note 3 to drop — in February 2013 — with Dual SIM (GSM + GSM) functionality, and of course 4G LTE and Android 5 (Key Lime Pie), he he ….
    Also, wouldn’t it be wonderful if it came with two (hot-swappable) batteries, so that a user has the option of taking out one battery that is runninhg low on charge, and replacing with a fully charged spare battery, all without powering down the phone at all?
    Furthermore, Samsung should ship the Note 3 with a special belt holster customized to carry the 6.3 inch phone.

  • James Parker

    It will be available on early september says my dad who is an officer in Sammy’s secret council. Also it will be having 16 megapixel camera.

  • Jorge

    Espero con ansias el galaxy note 3

  • David

    Welll written, and cant wait.

  • David

    256 GB storage. Is their a reason why Smart phones being as big as they are can not have an SD Card slot or even 2 to 4 micro SD Card Slots.

  • duff60901

    Verizon will slap that UGLY logo all over the front… pack it full of crapware… and Sammy will only give the world an 8GB version and give Korea a 256GB version. I will believe specs when the store by me has one in stock.

  • Lavidaalta85

    I’m excited about buying a galaxy note smartphone. I know some people are turned off by the size of the phones, but for a super-busy entrepreneur like me whose phone is practically superglued to my hand, this phone could be AMAZING for business.

    • kryssilou

      I TOTALLY AGREE with you. Ideal phone functionalities and great size for business. Cross your fingers they come out soon!!!!

      • anonymous

        I feel you man, had to sell mines in order to prepare for the Note III. >_<

  • LALinMN

    *CyanogenMod not “CyanogenMode”

  • joey

    I love my note 2. Im not getting the note 3 because by the time my contract is over there will be a note 4.

  • guren

    I wish they released it by next month or april, and i will absolutely buy it 100% sure.. though i still love my samsung galaxy note 2 but sad thing is, it was snatched before valentine’s day and i am so very depressed about it. since note 3 has already rumors, i can’t wait for it to release in the market. if only my note 2 is still in my hands, i will stick to it for the rest of my life. it is part of my life already. since it was gone, a part of my life was gone also.

    • kryssilou

      Then life moves on to BIGGER & BETTER things such as the Note 3

  • TexanKitty

    Ahhh, I feel ya EmilyIvory!!! Same here! What to do???

  • sid

    note 3 not come before august 2013

  • ito

    why don’t they install a microphone on the s-pen…for dictations as well as answering calls, also how about a solar cell to extend battery life?

    • Rosa

      hi lto, this is the best comment and suggestion I have seen so far. you shoulg get paid for your ideas. Best of luck to you.

      • AK

        I have the Note 1 and waiting for Note lll. What I really would like to see along with everything else they think may be coming is a Projection Keyboard 🙂

  • Benmartin1974

    I had been considering ordering a galaxy note for a while. I read loads of reviews and this one was quite helpful http://search4reviews.net/ , I received my delivery last week and am very happy. I Would highly recommend to anyone still unsure:

  • Roberto Tomás

    “Even though Samsung has used Mali GPUs for the last two iterations of its Exynos processors, the new Exynos 5 Octa is helped by a tri-core PowerVR SGX-544MP3 graphics processing unit”
    This would really suck, with ARM going forward with T678 as early as *this year*, they could have a GPU that outperforms the current gen ipad by about 5 times (the max gflop/s for the T678 is said to be 560, and early iterations should still at least push ~300, the ipad 4 is in the 70s).

  • Amy

    My upgrade is due for August and I currently have the iPhone 4S and I am seriously thinking about getting the Samsung Note 3, so hopefully it will be out by Xmas.

  • GeorgeS

    I have the Note 2 and let me tell you, the phone is amazing. The only problem i have and its not even with the note 2 its actually with every single Samsung smartphone is the group text message. I cannot believe that a company like Samsung with the amazing features that it provides their customers, they cannot add the group text message on their phones. At the moment i see the group text message as a regular message and its sent individually, same goes when i send a message.

    Please fix!!!

  • Jason

    Have the Note 1 and I run a PI firm. Its outstanding for business. Can’t wait for Note 3. And I love the idea of a Microphone in the stylist for talking in notes as I am driving or something.

  • dewinandita

    “Exclusively out of marketing reasons, Samsung might also launch a limited-edition 125 GB Galaxy Note 3”
    Ha ha ha is this because of Apple has released 128 GB iPad?

    • kryssilou

      DAMN! Then that would be my phone for life. LOL



  • Alvaro Souza

    I was thinking about buying a Galaxy Note 2, but I’ll wait for the Note 3 because I really wanna enjoy the Octa-core processor. If it doesn’t come with the Exynos 5 octa, it will make the Note 2 cheaper. I’m in no hurry, I have a Galaxy S2 and I really like it 🙂

  • JuanBarona

    I hope the screen size stays the same, because it will be too big. If it gets bigger I will not only have to buy a phone case but a carrying bag. Which is something I’m not going to do.

  • Helen Zahodiakin

    I can’t wait for the Note 3 to come out! I have an ancient Droid X. Im also anxious for the S4 to be released. Once the S4 is released, then soon after Samsung will start talking and spilling out the awesome stuff on the Note 3! I want it so BAD! I just cant wait! In fact I think I would even get the limited eddition 125 GB phone! I wonder what other differences would be in the SPECIAL eddition? Specific color? Or just the GB?

    Oh hurry Samsung! Release the S4 and start spilling out the awesome stuff on the Note 3 Launch it in June, and then release it oh round Sept/Oct the latest! I’m a VERY ANXIOUS SAMSUNG NOTE 3 GIRL! HURRY! SAMSUNG! YOU RULE FOREVER IN THE SMARTPHONE MARKET!! SAMSUNG YOU ARE JUST AWESOME! HELEN

  • CarlzLavine

    me too. in my expectation, i’ll get note 2 in next month. but if note 3 comes earlier, i’ll change to note 3. it’s a powerful device and it’s worth to wait and use it

  • jad

    I have a galaxy note 2 and it’s awesome, but i think a 6.3 inch screen is too big to be a phablet it shouldd be between 5.5 and 6 inch at max

  • guest

    hope note 3 comming soon



  • Pretty

    I don’t even use my iPhone s4 for web surfing except for some urgency. I have been carrying my iPad2 to read books or surf web. But my shoulder has been freaking tired and has some chronic pain since I am carrying around my heavy purse with both iPhone and iPad all around. My iPhone s4 is simply phone with MP3 player and camera function……. Just before this phone, I had Galaxy 1 and liked Gal 1 better than this iphone 4s, nothing useful or smart except its design. And I hate their freaking iTunes. It’s so stupid!!! Android + Phablet size with style….. I just can’t wait to go back to Android with Samsung!!! I’ll be free from my fully stuffed heavy purse and shoulder pain!!!!! Yay!!!!!

  • Glenn

    I have read a lot of reviews that say the note line is very very fragile. The screen cracks and breaks easily. They spend so much time on technical issues which is great but it should also be at least as durable as other phone.
    Any idea how long these phones last? My droid 3 is already having issues and it’s. Only a little over a year old.