The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will finally be released for a first time viewing at Samsung's September 4 press conference to take place in Berlin, Germany next month. On Monday morning, Samsung sent out invitations to the press announcing the date along with the cheeky tagline "Note the date" which hints at what to expect.
The "Unpacked Event "occurs less than a week before the annual IFA trade show in Europe and serves as a perfect opportunity to show off Samsung's upcoming smartphone phablet release, the Galaxy Note 3. The much-anticipated Samsung phablet has long been speculated about as release date rumors have swirled incessantly. With less than a month until the unveil of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, however, more and more details emerge about the upcoming phablet phone. To get you up to speed, we've put together a list of what we know so far about the new Galaxy Note III and what to expect in terms of specs and features for the new device.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 September 4th Launch: What to Expect
Galaxy Note 3 Spec #1: Screen Size and Resolution
The first thing everyone wonders about with the latest phones is how big the screen will be. Though there's been plenty of speculation about the size of the Galaxy Note 3 screen, latest leaked photos seem to have confirmed the Samsung Note 3 will likely feature a screen size inside the range of 5.7 to 6 inches, with a resolution of 1080 ppi. With the Galaxy S4 increasing its screen size to 5 inches, and the predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy Note II having a 5.5-inch screen, the estimate of at least 2 inches increase in size seems quite plausible. We think fans of the upcoming Samsung phablet should probably set their sights of the 5.7 inch mark as the screen size we'll see on this upcoming Samsung smartphone. In terms of the quality of the display, however, it is rumored that the new device could feature a variety based on the particular model. The rumors suggest everything from a Flexible OLED display for the premium version, to a Full HD super amoled display for the European and cheaper version. Galaxy Note 3 Spec #2: Processor
The Galaxy Note 2 upon release featured a Quad core, 1.6 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9. However, with all the new technology Samsung has been working on in terms of processors and speed, thus far we're expecting to see either a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor or an eight-core Exynos 5 Octo chipset, similar to the processor specs found in the Galaxy S4. According to many rumors, fans should expect to see a variety of processor options that vary depending on the region in which one lives. This was the case with the Galaxy S4 and is also likely for the Note 3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Spec #3: Battery and Camera
A couple weeks back, SIM Only Radar, leaked some alleged images of the Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N900), from the device's official training manual. You'll notice a design very similar to what we see from current Galaxy devices, as well as a handful of purported specs. The manual made clear the fact that a 13MP camera with dedicated camera button, and Xenon flash would be part of the premium Galaxy Note 3 specs while the economy version would likely feature a 8mp camera. With the Galaxy S4 setting the bar for smartphone cameras released this year, it's not surprising to see the 13mp camera as part of the Galaxy Note III specs. For those who worry about what effect such a powerful camera will have on battery life, they can rest assured the sizable 3,000+ mAh battery inside the Galaxy Note III should be more than adequate. Samsung Galaxy Note 3: Additional Features
In terms of fun features, the Galaxy Note 3 is expected to come equipped with the latest Android OS, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Jelly Bean 4.3 comes with a number of updated features users will enjoy including virtual surround sound, easier text input, phone keypad autocomplete, a disabled apps tab and more. In addition, recent photo leaks seem to indicate that the Galaxy Note 3 will feature a stylus as there is a slot present to hold one. The photos showcase the Note 3 with a physical home button like other Samsung devices. The newest Samsung phablet may also come equipped with LTE-A (LTE-Advanced) connectivity and an updated TouchWiz UI. Watch "Samsung Galaxy Note 3 News, Price and Release Date"
What specs or feature do you hope to see most when the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date comes?
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date rumors are revving up as earlier this week new details about possible specs, features and models of the upcoming Samsung smartphone hit the web like a lightening bolt, sparking excitement in those waiting for the next-gen Samsung phablet to release.
According to the Korean publication ETNews the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 may come in four to eight different variations, which points to availability at the four major U.S. carriers.
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Galaxy Note 3 Specs & Features Rumor #1: Multiple Build Models Leaked
The most recent rumor about the Galaxy Note 3 has to do with the new models, and let me tell you, there are a few. Around the web, up to eight different model numbers have been spotted for the new Samsung phablet which everything from a "limited edition" model of the Galaxy Note 3 that includes an unbreakable display, to an AMOLED version, and an LCD version. Numerous rumors have swirled that when Samsung releases the Note 3 it will be an entire family of devices, and by the looks of things, those rumors might not be too far-fetched.
Stefan Constantinescu, a writer for Android Beat, did a little sniffing around and in Samsung's database found multiple references to SM-N900 coded devices coming from South Korea. The models found were as follows:
▪ SM-N900 - International version based on Samsung Exynos SoC
▪ SM-N9005 - International version based on Snapdragon SoC (Possibly Snapdragon 800)
▪ SM-N900A - AT&T Galaxy Note 3
▪ SM-N900T - T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3
▪ SM-N900V - Verizon Galaxy Note 3
▪ SM-N900S - Sprint Galaxy Note 3
▪ SM-N900R4 - Unknown
SM-N900P - Unknown
Now it's possible these are just test devices that won't ever see the light of day, but nevertheless, the list is extensive. One thing that was discovered via Samsung Updates, is that the V, A, T, and S codes in the Galaxy Note 3 model numbers above likely refer to major U.S. carriers, Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint. This will be good news to many who hope to get their hands on Samsung's latest phablet, the Galaxy Note 3. As to the additional model numbers, if not prototypes, they may be models that Samsung is developing for other markets, as well.
Galaxy Note 3 Specs & Features Rumor #2: Upgraded 13-megapixel Camera
Last month a picture was discovered on Picasa of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 3 featuring a 13-megapixel camera. Though the photo has since disappeared from the site, it still seem pretty probable we'll see these upgraded camera specs for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. It appeared the camera would feature a 2322 x 4128 pixel resolution, and may be capable of capturing in 16:9 mode. This would basically put the Galaxy Note 3 camera on equal standing with Samsung's other popular smartphone recently released, the Galaxy S4. Some rumors speculate that the Galaxy Note 3 will feature optical image stabilization, but those are basically unconfirmed by any source.
Galaxy Note 3 Specs & Features Rumor #3: Screen Size Increase to 5.7 inches
Reports have been everywhere when it comes to discussing the Galaxy Note 3 screen size with estimates as outlandish as 6.3 inches, to a more reasonable 5.9 inches, and as of this week, 5.7 inches. The 5.7-inch rumor has somewhat been confirmed with the new model number leaks. When looking at the various model numbers, two of them include references to a 5.7-inch display. This isn't the first time we've heard the Note 3 could release with a 5.7-inch display so it seems pretty likely that this will be the face of Samsung's new phablet.
Galaxy Note 3 Specs & Features Rumor #4: Upgraded Hardware
In terms of hardware, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 should definitely see some updates, including a faster processor. The latest rumors claim the Galaxy Note 3 will feature the Exynos 5 Octa eight-core chip just like the the Galaxy S4 released earlier this year. This is based off the fact that, in the past, Samsung's Galaxy Note models often followed the flagship smartphone and would contain the same processor. It is a slim possibility we could see the new Samsung Note phablet sporting an impressive 4GB of RAM and 2GHz processor speed, but that may be speculating a bit on the wild side.
Galaxy Note 3 Rumor #5: Pricing
Okay, it's really probably pointless to even speculate right now on the price of the Galaxy Note 3, but with all the update features, it's safe to say the price may be a bit hiked up. One writer from Know Your Mobile attempted to speculate on the release price having this to say:
"Taking the price change between the 5-inch Galaxy Note and 5.5-inch Galaxy Note 5-inch into account, we think it could be around the £620 mark, which is a pretty hefty price to pay for a smartphone that's more a tablet, but designed to be a phone..."
In American dollars that estimate translates to over $900 and so I really hope that estimate is completely off base. Until more information emerges, though, it's probably best not to speculate what the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 price will be at its release date.
Galaxy Note 3 Rumor #6: September Release Date
Alright — last but not least, the Samsung Galaxy S4 release date. When will it be? Though no official announcement has come, many are speculating that a September release is likely. There have been numerous sources claiming Samsung will manufacture the Galaxy Note 3 in August, which leads us to believe September Announcement at IFA Berlin may be in order. This rumors however has some who disagree as a source for Android Geeks said that Samsung would launch the device at a separate event prior to the IFA conference. If this rumor is true, then we could be looking at Samsung Unpacked in Berlin, Germany on September 4. IFA 2013 begins September 6 and so we expect more leaks will come during the month of August as invitations for the event are sent out.
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