Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date problems are to be expected with the launch of any major flagship device, currently two major ones have arisen related to regional SIM locking and artificial benchmarking. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is the most powerful phablet on the market presently, even with the anticipated launch of the HTC One Max and the LG Vu 3. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 received a global launch on September 25, launching in dozens, if not a hundred of countries simultaneously. Naturally such a huge undertaking will run into issues, particularly for the U.S., since there are multiple carriers each with their own plans for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 launch and their own release date.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date problems for the majority of US users may be tied to individual carriers, to find out the release date and price plans of each individual Samsung Galaxy Note 3 carrier see HERE. U.S. carriers include AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon, each with varying availability dates and prices.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Regional SIM Locking Problems:
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date problems that have raised a significant amount of concern are related to a security sticker that was found on a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 purchased in Europe. The security sticker read as follows, "This product is only compatible with a SIM-card issued from a mobile operator within Europe. (as defined EU/EEA, Switzerland and the following Non-EEA countries Albania, Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (F.Y.R.O.M), Monaco, Montenegro, San Marino, Serbia and Vatican City.)"
A similar security sticker was found on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 American model which read as follows, "This product is only compatible with a SIM-card issued from a mobile operator within the Americas. (The North, South and Central Americas and the Caribbean). Finally a third sticker was found for the Middle East which listed the following countries as where the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 was compatible, "(UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Yemen, Turkey, Morocco, Western Sahara, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Palestine, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt.)"
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 regional SIM locking restriction was confirmed on the Xdadevelopers forum where users reported that the unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note 3 purchased from Europe (serial number SM-N9005) and Latin America (serial number (SM-N900) were locked and could not use SIM cards from other regions.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date problems with the regional SIM locking were quick to spark anger among users. htc6500uk on Xdadevelopers posted, "Pics say it all. The Note 3 "unlocked" models are still locked to regions like DVD's and thus not very attractive to globetrotters or international purchasers who are being asked to pay £600 or so for a crippled device." Another member beasty 54 posted, "That better not be the case, mine will be delivered today and i'm in the U.S. next week. If it doesn't work out there like my Note 2 does, it's going straight back." Some users were quick to cancel orders for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, tarekkkkk posted, "I thought i was right to cancell (sic) my order from negrielectronics and order from clove.co.uk and it just feels stupid to be informed about this today.I cancelled my order from clove and they sent an email for refund... no more ordering from uk or europe."
Some current Samsung products are now provided with a local SIM card lock. This means that devices purchased in the European Union, with SIM cards of mobile operators from Germany and from the European Union and the European Economic Area (the "European region") work as usual.
Users of these Samsung devices can continue to use these together with their SIM card of a mobile operator from the European region via roaming service to appropriate roaming charges to their wireless service provider around the world. If purchased in the European Union and not yet been put into use to be activated for the first time abroad, users can unlock their device for the region free from local Samsung service partners.
The regional SIM card lock only affects the following Samsung models that are produced from the end of July 2013, and provided with a corresponding sticker:
Samsung GALAXY S III, II, GALAXY Note, GALAXY S4, S4 GALAXY mini and the GALAXY Note 3
Devices that have been delivered by Samsung and are in camps or even at retail are not affected.
Specifically, there is a functionality of the devices with SIM cards of mobile operators from the following countries:
Countries of the European Economic Area (EEA):
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands , Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, UK, Switzerland, Croatia
Albania, Andorra, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, San Marino, Serbia, Vatican City
Samsung clarified the statement indicating that while the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is region locked, what that means is that they need to be activated in the purchased region to allow users to insert a SIM for use in another region. "UPDATE:. From the statement, it is not entirely clear, but it also confirmed that after the first unlock the SIM lock is completely removed and then local maps can also be used around the world so you activate one of the devices in the intended market, the SIM lock removed and then you can also use local SIM cards when traveling abroad. If you buy for example a Galaxy Note 3 in Germany and enabled it in Germany or another of the countries listed, it can be followed outside Europe, such as in the USA or Asia use."
Xdadevelopers has an effective FAQ on what this means for consumers of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, HERE. While both XDA and Phandroid point out the majority of consumers probably won't be affected but those buyers that want the Snapdragon 800 or the Exynos 5 Octa, or the SAMOLED or the LCD variant will need to wait until that model is available locally first. This is particularly troublesome since some countries have the Exynos 5 Octa rather than the Snapdragon 800 because they lack LTE networks. The Snapdragon 800 is needed for LTE. Even more oddly consumers in Asian countries do not seem to be subject to Samsung's regional SIM lock.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Artifically Boosted Benchmark Problems:
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date problems also include continued troubling reports that Samsung has been artificially manipulating and inflating benchmarks for its flagship devices. These are the same claims that dogged Samsung for the Samsung Galaxy S4. Apparently how it worked was the device would detect when a benchmarking app was being run and would overclock itself in order to give the processor the appearance of powerful specs, while in reality the device never used its full capabilities when it came to day to day tasks and apps.
In the case of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 the Snapdragon 800 processor on the Note 3 was tested against the Snapdragon 800 processor on the LG G2. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 beat the LG G2 by a significant amount. Once again it was found that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 detected that benchmark apps were being used and throttled the CPU to full capacity with all four cores clocked at their maximum of 2.3GHz for the duration the benchmark app was running. Compare this to when a regular app was running, only one core was active at 300MHz while the other cores were idle. Overall the speed boost the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 got was easily 50%.
In order to test the real capabilities of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 a special version of the benchmarking Geekbench 3 app was created with a different name so it couldn't be detected by the device. This time when the benchmark test was run, only one core was active and the other cores remained off which resulted in scores where the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and LG G2 scores were basically the same. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 seems to have taken artificial benchmark inflation to a new height by artificially inflating not just the speed, but having special code for the GPU a through a "frame rate adjustment" code in the system files. You can read ars technica's full breakdown of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 benchmark scores (HERE).
So far two major Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date problems have arise, the first is for international users who have found that some Samsung Galaxy Note 3 models are locked down by region., i.e. a "European model". Another Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date problems is that recent reports have come out that Samsung has been cheating when it comes to benchmarks for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Snapdragon 800 chipset by artificially boosting gains by 20-50%. These are the same allegations that were leveled against Samsung for the Samsung Galaxy S4. This is troubling for the company and could very well dampen sales. We will keep you posted as we learn more about these issues. Frankly, Samsung should be ashamed of itself for some of the manipulative tactics and deception.
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