Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Reportedly Sporting Snapdragon 800 SoC

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

As the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date approaches the rumor mill is starting to flood us with rumors about the upcoming phablet of the South Korea-based company. According to a new report the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will be powered by a Snapdragon 800 SoC.

The journalists at ZDNet Korea inform that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will be one first smartphones on the market to pack Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 chipset. Besides the Galaxy Note 3, the Snapdragon 800 SoC will be also fitted inside smartphones like LG Optimus G2, Pantech IM-A880, and Sony Xperia Honami, the later one being a camera phone with a 20 megapixel camera sensor that will revive the Sony Cybershot brand. Anyway, none of the aforementioned smartphones are official yet, thus we’d recommend you to take the rumor with a pinch of salt.

Samsung has made a habit out of fitting Qualcomm processors inside their flagship smartphones, therefore seeing the Snapdragon 800 squeezed under the hood of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 shouldn’t be a surprise. As you probably know, the Samsung Galaxy S3 featured a dual-core Snapdragon S4 chipset on certain markets, while the I9505 variant of the Galaxy S4 is currently powered by a Snapdragon 600 SoC, because of the LTE limitations of Samsung’s proprietary Exynos 5 Octa unit.

If the rumor is accurate, we might be able to see two Samsung Galaxy Note 3 variants, one underpinned by the octo-core Exynos 5 Octa chipset 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, and another one with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC.

Qualcomm introduced the Snapdragon 800 SoC at CES 2013 in Januar, announcing that its new processing unit will hit the first smartphones this summer. The Snapdragon 800 SoC is based on four Krait 400 cores clocked at 2.3 GHz, Adreno 330 GPU, Hexagon v5 DSP, and support for the fastest networks in the world, courtesy of the 4G LTE chip, being the flagship chipset of the US-based company.

Of course, the rumors saying that the Galaxy Note 3 were not confirmed by a Samsung official, thus we will have to wait until the South Korean phone maker launches its new phablet to be sure about the processing solution fitted underneath its case. Rumor has it that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date has been set for IFA Berlin in September, but as I know Samsung, they will want their new high-end smartphone to be announced in Unpacked event. Since IFA Berlin 2013 will debut on September 6th, we should expect the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 to see the light of day in the week prior to it, in the September 1- 5 time frame.

Anyway, until the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will be unofficially unveiled a lot of reports talking about Sammy’s next gen phablet will hit the web. A week ago the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 was spotted in AnTuTu benchmark logs, running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The alleged Galaxy Note 3 benchmark didn’t reveal the CPU of the phablet, but the score indicated that it is capable of outscoring the Samsung Galaxy S4 flagship.

Besides the quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 CPU and Adreno 330 GPU, the Snapdragon 800 chipset also integrates Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/a, LTE, LTE cat.4 and support for UHD video playback and 7.1 stereo sound.

Do you think that if the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 comes with a processor that is way more powerful than the one of the Samsung Galaxy S4, the high-end phablet will cannibalize the sales of the Sammy flagship? Please let us know in the comments section.

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  • Curt

    I was going to buy the S4, but decided to wait for the Note 3 because the S4 did not come with the dual quad core in the US. At this point I will buy the Note no matter what processor it has in it, I was hoping for the Octa, but I don’t want to wait for another phone, my Samsung Charge is starting to have issues, It just can’t keep up anymore.