The Galaxy Note 3 release date is pegged for Samsung's Q2 (summer 2013) and a host of other new specs and features, just in time to compete with Apple's next iPhone launch. Read on for more Galaxy Note 3 release date news, specs, features and rumors.

Industry analysts predict that Samsung will unveil the highly anticipated Galaxy S4 in April 2013 before announcing the Galaxy Note 3 release date for either late Q2 or early Q3; in layman's terms that probably June or July, which just happens to be around the same time we expect Apple to launch their next iteration of the iPhone.

"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," notes Android Geeks. http://www.android.gs/samsung-galaxy-note-3-release-date/

Unfortunately for phablet fans eagerly awaiting the Galaxy Note 3 release date, the Android-focused tech-blog makes some pretty pessimistic predictions regarding the launch day for the 6.3-inch, pegging the unveiling event for September 2013:

"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... in order to make the public forget about the latest iOS smartphone and choose what will probably be Samsung's most powerful device."

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So once the Galaxy Note 3 release date arrives what new specs and features can we expect from Samsung's most powerful smartphone? Well, the latest rumor is that the third generation phablet will feature wireless charging.

A number of leaks have already surfaced revealing that Samsung engineers are hard at work developing a wireless charger in time for the Galaxy Note 3 release date. The latest source for this rumor is a video of the new technology filmed at FCC.

"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," notes Android Geeks.

Another reason to get excited about the Galaxy Note 3 release date are specs and features rumors hinting that Samsung may be developing the technology for finger hovering. What does that mean? Well, when the Note 2 you can use the S Pen to activate apps without even touching the screen thanks to a sensor built into the stylus that talks to the phablet while it's hovering just above the display.

However, once the Galaxy Note 3 release date arrives you may be able to do the same thing with your own finger without even having to have a sensor chip surgically implanted in your hand.

Reports that the Galaxy Note 3 release date will usher in finger hovering may be more than just rumors. Samsung recently acquired a five percent share in Walcom, a nearby South Korean company focused on "research in digital input via stylus." That means at the very least we'll see a significantly superior S Pen for the next-gen phablet.

Once again we turn to Android Geeks and another article in which the tech-blog goes into greater detail on finger hovering specifics and what it will mean once the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date arrives:

"After we've asked a couple of questions here and there, a source close to the matter confirmed to us that Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will have Air View-like capabilities both when using the S-Pen and your finger. As you probably, the Galaxy Note 2 already has a floating touch gesture feature, but, for the time being its functionality is only limited to the proximity sensor. By simply hovering your hand over the proximity sensor while the display is turned off, it will automatically turn on the display and show various info like missed calls, texts, or any other events...

"With the touchless gestures integrated on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 you will basically be able to use your finger like a mouse, hovering it over various items like folders, video timeline or galleries, in order to receive details about the respective item."

Exciting stuff! But the biggest improvement to Samsung's phablet will likely be the processor chip. When the Galaxy Note 3 release date arrives we expect it to sport the much-hyped Exynos 5 Octa 8-core processor.

Last month at CES 2013, Samsung teased the Galaxy S4 Galaxy Note 3 release dates with a presentation focusing on their beefed up processor. Watch it here:

Not long after Samsung's CES demonstration, the South Korean company leaked a photo of the Exynos 5 Octa processor on Twitter, reported the Christian Post, noting that this is the chip that will likely be implemented in time for the Galaxy Note 3 release date.

"The image of the chip was posted onto the internet through Twitter," claims CP writer Vincent Funaro. "Samsung appears to be teasing customers to build up anticipation for its new devices."

The Galaxy Note 3 release date may be five or six months away, but Samsung is already offering some serious discounts on the Note 2 in an effort to clear the way for their next gen phablet.

http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/437581/20130221/samsung-galaxy-note-3-release-date-mwc.htm#.USqL4BzP2nw

The latest (and lowest) price we've seen so far on the Note 2 is $70 for the phablet locked to a Sprint contract, our sister site IBT Australia reported last week. It seems like Amazon may be clearing their stocks ahead of the Galaxy Note 3 release date.

Of course, this isn't the only deal we've seen on the Note 2 in the past few weeks. With the Galaxy Note 3 release date quickly approaching, companies are practically giving away their remaining Note 2 units. Amazon and Verizon are both offering the second-gen phablet at half its original price (just $189.99) SIM-free, Uswitch.

The news-site goes on to make the same argument we're all thinking, that Samsung is paving the way for the Galaxy Note 3 release date:

"The moves from two the biggest players in the US mobile market is fuelling conjecture that the Note 3 is just around the corner and could even take a bow at Mobile World Congress this month along with its larger stablemate, the Note 8.0."

The Galaxy Note 3 release date will mark the third iteration of the smartphone everyone thought would fail. When the first Galaxy Note was unveiled in 2011, critics panned the 5.3-inch device as too big to catch on, coining the then-derogative term "phablet." But the Note caught on, become a cult hit with over 20 million units sold and the word "phablet" quickly entered into regular use on tech news-sites and forums.

In 2012, Samsung launched the Note 2, increasing the screen size by 2 inches and introducing a host of powerful new specs and features. Now, with the Galaxy Note 3 release date close at hand anticipation for the next phablet (with it's rumored 6.3-inch screen and 8-core processor) is higher then ever before.

Check back soon for the latest Galaxy Note 3 release date news. For now, check out our running list of leaked, likely and rumored specs and features:

-6.3-inch unbreakable, flexible screen

-8-core Exynos 5 Octa processor chip

- Stylus And Finger Hovering

-Bigger, improved S Pen

-Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, or possibly Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie OS

-16-Megapixel rear camera with auto focus, LED flash and BSI

-3 Megapixel front camera with 'Best Photo,' 'Best Faces,' low light show and BSI

-32,64 and 128 GB internal memory options

-3 GB of RAM

-Dimensions: 84.9 x 161.9 x 8.9 mm

-Weight: 220 grams

-4,000 mAh Li-on battery

-16, 32 or 64 Gb models expandable via microSD cards

-rumored promotional 125 GB model

-Galaxy Note 3 release date rumored for late Q2 or early Q3 (June, July or September)