As the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date draws close, more rumors about Sammy’s new phablet are making the headlines. After we’ve seen tons of leaked specs and photos, today we get to talk about the smartphone’s video recording capabilities. According to sources close to the South Korean phone maker quoted by The Korea Economic Daily, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will come with support for 4K video recording (3840 x 2160 pixels resolution) and it will be capable of 24-bit/192KHz music playback.
While the 24-bit/192KHz music playback will keep the audio buffs happy, the support for 4K video recording is somewhat questionable given the modern smartphone’s storage capacity and display resolution. Of course, the Ultra HD 4K TVs are slowly but surely starting to penetrate the market and I am sure that we will see them replace the Full HD TVs in the near future, which means that the 4K video recording support might be warmly welcomed by the smartphone enthusiasts.
It’s not the first time we hear about a smartphone coming with 4K video recording capabilities, as the rumor mill speculates that Sony’s upcoming Xperia Z1 will also be able to shoot 4K videos.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated smartphones of the second half of the year, coming to continue the Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note 2 legacy. The rumor mill speculates that the new Samsung phablet will boast about a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with full HD resolution and Gorilla Glass 3 protections, some reports indicating that Sammy will even launch a LCD Galaxy Note 3 on certain markets.
Sources say that there will be two processing solutions used for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, which, just like it happened with the Galaxy S4, will be market dependent. There will be one Galaxy Note 3 variant underpinned by the Exynos 5420 chipset with big.LITTLE architecture based on four 1.8 GHz Cortex A15 cores (for the tasks that require more processing power) and four 1.3 GHz Cortex A7 low-energy cores (for the basic tasks and battery stamina conservation), plus an eight-core Mali T628 GPU. It seems though that Samsung is encountering some heat-related problems with the Exynos 5420 unit, thus the first 4 million Samsung Galaxy Note 3 units will be powered by Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 800 chipset. As you probably know the Snapdragon 800 comes with a quad-core Krait 400 CPU clocked at 2.3 GHz and an Andreno 330 GPU.
The rumor mill speculates that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will be the first smartphone in the world to come with 3 GB of RAM and that the Korean manufacturer will provide three internal storage options: 16, 32, and 64 GB. Of course, the Note 3 will also come with microSD card support and all the connectivity features worthy of a modern smartphone like LTE (LTE A, where supported), NFC module, WiFi a/b/g/n/ac, IR blaster, Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy, and microUSB 2.0.
The new phablet will most likely borrow the feature-packed 13 megapixel camera of the Galaxy S4, also fitting in the same design lines as the flagship smartphone launched ahead of it. Since Samsung’s software engineers had enough time to optimize the recently-launched Android 4.3 for the upcoming phablet, we might see the Note 3 running the latest Android iteration out of the box, customized with the TouchWiz Nature UX interface.
Also expect an improved S Pen for the Galaxy Note 3, as Samsung recently purchased 5% in Wacom shares, a company that is specialized in manufacturing graphical tablets with stylus input.
Note of the above rumors were confirmed by official sources, therefore we are recommending you to take them with a grain of salt and wait for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 launch event before jumping into conclusions. The 5.7 incher will debut on Spetember 4 during a Samsung Unpacked event held in Berlin on the same day the IFA 2013 tech show will open its gates for the media.