The Galaxy Note 3 release date is still month away, but a cheap knockoff of Samsung's new phablet is already on the market on China. Read on for more Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date news, specs, features and photos.
The Galaxy Note 3 release date likely won't arrive until late Summer 2013, but that hasn't stopped Chinese manufacturers from pumping out cheap clones of the 6.3-inch smartphone-tablet hybrid. According to GizChina, the knockoff phablet features a 6.3-inch display with a quad-core processor under its hood.
The Galaxy Note 3 release date has clearly inspired the China-based company Century Electronics Group in their latest smartphone design.
"Clones of Samsung Galaxy Note phablets are ten a penny here in China.," notes GizChina's Robin Maxwell. "Some aren't worth the plastic they are shoddily slapped together from, while others like this Note 3 clone look like quite the investment!"
Hitting Chinese stores far ahead of the Galaxy Note 3 release date, the knockoff clone, not-so-cleverly titled the "Note 3" ships in an simple black box. Maxwell notes that the device looks a lot like Samsung Galaxy Note 2 knockoff, the GooPhone N2, but adds that the processor has been upgraded from a dual-core MT6577 CPU to the "more powerful and efficient" quad-core Mediatek MT6589 processor chip, clocked at 1.2Ghz.
While clearly inspired by the Galaxy Note 3 release date, this Chinese knockoff definitely doesn't match up with the specs and features we expect to see when Samsung launches the real phablet this summer. Beyond its 5.7-inch screen, the "Note 3" knockoff features a 720p IPS display, 8-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front camera, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of ROM, and an SD card slot.
"According to the specs this knock-off will run on GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz 3G: WCDMA 2100MHz, networks GSM / GPRS / EDGE / UMTS / HSDPA / HSUPA. 802.11n Wi-Fi, GPS, A-GPS and Bluetooth 3.0 are all onboard too," reports GizChina.
As for the price, nothing is clear but it will definitely be significantly lower than whatever Samsung announces for the actual Galaxy Note 3 release date. GizChina pegs the "Note 3" clone's price at around 999 Yuan ($160).
The actual Galaxy Note 3 release date is expected to arrive in either late Q2 or early Q3, according to industry analysts. In layman's terms that would be late June July or early September, 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.
Unfortunately for phablet fans eagerly awaiting the Galaxy Note 3 release date, the Android-focused tech-blog puts Samsung's next phablet launch on the late side of the spectrum, 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.
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."
Sounds great, 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 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.
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.
That's all the Galaxy Note 3 release date news, specs and features we've got for now. Before you leave, check out our running list of leaked, likely and rumored specs and features:
-Rumored 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)