The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Samsung Smartwatch release date have been leaked as September 4 by Korean press, placing the official launch date as during the IFA Berlin 2013 conference. The release date report for both devices comes from the South Korean "Asia Economic".
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date has long been expected for IFA Berlin 2013, though Samsung has declined to acknowledge the device officially. September 4 is just two days earlier than the start of IFA Berlin 2013. When we reached out to Samsung inquiring about the Galaxy Note 3, they responded they had no such device by that name. Nevertheless, we are well aware that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 exists, given the plentiful leaks that have revealed the specs, design, features and potential price of the flagship phablet. The Samsung Smartwatch by contrast was confirmed by a Samsung executive back in March 8.
"We've been preparing the watch product for so long," Lee Young Hee, executive vice president of Samsung's mobile business, said during an interview in Seoul. "We are working very hard to get ready for it. We are preparing products for the future, and the watch is definitely one of them."
The Samsung Smartwatch is expected to be a competitor for the Apple iWatch. According to Android Central, "Asia Economic" reports the latest specs of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3: "As for the Galaxy Note 3, Asia Economic reports that a 5.7-inch AMOLED panel will be used in the device -- a small bump up from the 5.5-inch Note 2 display -- as well as a "new" Exynos 5 Octa CPU and 3 gigabytes of RAM. If accurate, that'd make Samsung's new hybrid device a formidable beast in terms of both size and specs."
This largely confirms earlier rumors and leaks about the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. "Asia Economic" reports the Exynos 5 Octa CPU, which is what the South Korean market is likely to get. In a pure benchmark test matchup the Exynos 5 Octa likely outclasses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 that the U.S. market is expected to get. Developers seem to prefer the Snapdragon 800 for its energy saving capabilities and for being more developer friendly with greater support and timely updates.
We are also aware that Samsung plans to release multiple variants of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 at different price points the same way that it did for the Samsung Galaxy S4. The different variants would have different screens both AMOLED and 1089p HD, different processors and different capabilities ranging from low-end to high-end. The different price points would allow Samsung to dominate the phablet market, though it may face some competition from HTC which coming out with the similar HTC One Max. In terms of competition, Samsung already has the Sony Xperia Z Ultra phablet, which has already been released (although when it comes to the US market hasn't been confirmed). We reached out to Sony inquiring about the device but they weren't able to confirm a US release date for us.
When it comes to OS for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Samsung Smartwatch, we don't know what the Smartwatch OS will be yet. Android 4.3 Jelly Bean seems like it would be a likely bet given the September official reveal date, along with the "special relationship" Samsung has with Google. For the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, rumors indicate that the phablet is likely to ship with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, though we are somewhat put off by the fact that the Moto X didn't. We are encouraged by Samsung because the Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3 are going to skip Android 4.2.2 and go straight to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.
Gottabemobile reports, "Typically, Samsung gets major Android updates out to its flagship devices first and then moves to upgrade its devices that are not as adopted by consumers."
Overall, we may have to wait till IFA Berlin 2013 to get more idea about what to expect for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Samsung Smartwatch. IFA Berlin 2013 will be an important event for Sony, past events saw Samsung release the Galaxy Tab as the first Android tablet and launch the first Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note 2 and the Galaxy Camera. So it would not shock us to see the Galaxy Note 3 and Samsung Smartwatch appear at IFA Berlin 2013.
With a likely release date for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Samsung Smartwatch as September 4, what would you like in terms of specs, price and features?