Even though the Samsung Galaxy S4 release date is right around the corner, the technical publications are not forgetting about the other plans of the South Korean phone makers. The latest rumors are saying that Samsung has a 5.9-inch smartphone in the works, and, of course, everyone though it's the highly-anticipated Galaxy Note 3.

Of course, we can't be sure whether it's the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 or a whole different phablet, but the folks at Korean Times have word from an anonymous Samsung official that the Seoul-based company will launch a 5.9-inch smartphone sometime this year.

In late 2012, the rumor mill was saying that the next-gen Samsung phablet will have a 6.3-inch display, outmatching Huawei's gigantic Asecend Mate and its 6.1-inch display. Well that rumor seemed a bit exaggerated and the new report that says the Galaxy Note 3 (or whatever phablet Samsung is readying) will have a 5.9-inch display seems more plausible.

The 5.9-inch touch panel fits into Samsung's display size upgrade pattern. The Galaxy Note was the first of the tribe with a 5.3-inch display, the Galaxy Note 2 came with a 5.5-inch display, so I don't see why Galaxy Note 3's display size should grow 0.8 inches like the first rumors were indicating. To me, a display between 5.7 and 5.9 inches seems the most likely solution for the next-gen Samsung phablet.

Of course, there are a lot of gossips about the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. First of all, it will have an octo-core Exynos 5 Octa processor, and just like it happened with its predecessors, it will be the same chipstet powering the Galaxy S3, but overclocked with 200 MHz.

Just like the 2013 smartphone segment dictates (see HTC One, Sony Xperia Z and LG Optimus G Pro) the Galaxy Note 3 will come with a full HD display, in an attempt to fight on par with its and Galaxy S4's rivals.

The connectivity features of the Galaxy Note 3 will definitely include 4G LTE, all standards of WiFi, NFC, Bluetooth and stuff like this, while the camera will be borrowed from its little cousin, the Galaxy S4. The next-gen Samsung phablet will probably become the first terminal in the company's portfolio to come pre-loaded with Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, as the new iteration of Google's mobile operating system will see the light of day in May at Google I/O and Samsung's software engineers will have enough time to optimize it for the 5.9-inch phablet.

We are also expecting the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 to borrow some of Galaxy S4's new features (Smart Scroll and Smart Pause are already on the list) but also come with some new ones to dazzle the audience. The new phablet might also include a revamped S-Pen, because Samsung bought 5% in Wacomm shares, a company specialized in building graphic tablets that use stylus input.

Even though the Galaxy Note 3 will be less popular than the S4, the next-gen phablet will be one of Samsung's main weapons against Apple and its upcoming iPhone 5S, or iPhone 6, or The New iPhone, or just iPhone, or iPhone Mini, or whatever the cool guys at the Cupertino-based company decide to call it.

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