With the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date fast approaching, the rumor mill is starting to bomb us with tons of rumors regarding the next-gen phablet manufactured by the South Korea-based company. After we’ve heard that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date was set for September and that the handset will be powered by a Snapdragon 800 chipset, now it’s time to talk about the phablet’s display.
According to the guys at Sammobile, who are quoting Korea’s ET News, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will come with an LCD touch panel. Well this doesn’t mean that the Galaxy Note 3 will ditch Samsung’s proprietary Super AMOLED screen, but it seems that the terminal will feature either an LCD or a Super AMOLED screen depending on the market where it will go on sale.
For the time being, all the Samsung Galaxy Note members came with Super AMOLED displays, but it looks like that things will change in 2013. It was reported that Samsung has contacted several Japanese companies in order to procure the IPS LCD displays for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and it seems that after all the South Korea company will sign a deal with Sharp. Moreover, Samsung has recently bought 3% in Sharp shares, indicating that the creators of the Galaxy S line-up are seriously thinking of using LCD displays for their terminals.
Since the report didn’t received a confirmation so far, we are advising you to take it with a pinch of salt, as it’s best to wait until the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is officially announced before jumping into conclusions.
But would an LCD display be better than an AMOLED unit? I’m glad you’ve asked. Well both the LCD and AMOLED screens come with unrivalled brightness and contrast and both have almost 180 degree viewing angle. Even so, the LCD panels tend to eat more battery life than the AMOLED units, while the AMOLED are known for being pretty poor under direct sunlight.
Just in case you are curious to hear what the rumor mill has to say about the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 specs, I will let you know that it was reported that the phablet will sport a 5.9-inch display (other sources say 5.7 inches) with full HD resolution. While the amount of RAM and the internal storage options shouldn’t surprise us: 2 GB of RAM and 16/32/64 GB of storage (of course, expandable using microSD cards), the processing solution underneath Galaxy Note 3’s case might.
Rumor has it that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will be underpinned by a Snapdragon 800 chipset based on four Krait 400 cores clocked at 2.3 GHz and Adreno 320 GPU. That’s not such a big deal, considering that Sammy recently launched the Galaxy S4 LTE-A which is also powered by a Snapdragon 800 SoC, but there are sources saying that the South Koreans will ditch the Exynos 5 Octa chipset for the Galaxy Note 3.
If it is to ask me, I would say that, just like it happened with the Galaxy S4, there will be two Samsung Galaxy Note 3 variants available on the market. One powered by the aforementioned Snapdragon 800 chipset, and another coming with Samsung’s proprietary octo-core Exynos 5 Octa SoC with four Cortex A15 cores clocked at 1.8 GHz (200 MHz higher than the ones of the Galaxy S4) and four Cortex A7 cores at 1.2 GHz (managing the basing tasks and meant to improve the battery life).
As about the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date, I am confident that we will see the phablet in flash early September. It’s not that I have word from a Samsung insider, but it’s an educated guess based on Samsung’s previous Galaxy Note announcements. The first Galaxy Note was announced at IFA Berlin 2011, followed by the Galaxy Note 2 announced a couple of days before the IFA Berlin 2012 kicked off. As I know Samsung, they would want to introduce the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 during a special Unpacked event, in the week prior to IFA Berlin 2013 debut. This basically means that we will be able to see the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 in flash in the September 2 – 5 time frame.
Subsequently, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will be released on the market almost synchronized with the debut of Apple’s iPhone 5S, as the South Korea-based company wants its phablet to bite a chunk of iPhone’s market share.
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