The holiday season is coming and phone announcements are popping out in every corner. However, there’s one more phone most people look forward to and that’s the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. So, here’s what we know and what we think we know. For the meantime, take a peek as we head on to Berlin today to find out.
Plastic phablet goes a bit nearer to tablet territory
If you think the 5.5-inch Galaxy Note 2 is big, think about a 5.7-inch GNote 3. Front panels have leaked here and there, and just when we’re nearing the announcement, poof! Press images of the said device has leaked.
Samsung is going with the same formulas with its flagship devices; larger screens, smaller bezels & same old plastic. As you can see from the image above, that is very true as the device almost has no bezel to rest your fingers on.
However, for the plastic part, it seems as if Samsung had scrapped their glossy Hyperglaze coating off the back shell of the device; that might win over some people.
It’s either 4G LTE or Exynos Octa again (but for the Philippines, it’s 4G).
The international version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is expected to run on a 1.8GHz Exynos 5420 CPU (20% faster and 2x better graphic performance). However, most of the units that will be shipped will be packing a Snapdragon 800 CPU partnered with an Adreno 330 GPU, all because of 4G compatibility. Whatever variant you choose however, we’re expecting 3GB RAM to come with that.
However, a list of which countries that will be receiving which variant has already been outed almost a month ago, and it says that the Philippines will be indeed receiving the Snapdragon 800 variant.
A better sensor for the camera war
UltraPixel, PureView, iSight, ClearPixel; Samsung doesn’t have a fancy name for their camera sensors, however for their next smartphone, early rumors stated that we might be looking at one with Optical Image Stabilization and 4K video shooting capabilities. The LG G2 and several other smartphones (esp. Nokia) has already employed OIS into their smartphones, and 4K could be the new thing as Sony’s next flagship phone, the Xperia Z1 is expected to have this as well.
Android 4.3, a huge battery, the S-Pen and more; September 4
Samsung Galaxy Note III will ship with Android 4.3 out of the box. Samsung has just started testing Android 4.3 internally. #CONFIRMED
— SAMMobile (@SamMobiles) August 9, 2013
The Galaxy Note 2 was one of the first devices to run the latest version of Android Jellybean, and it seems that the next iteration will follow suit with Android 4.3. Likewise, the GNote 2 packed one of the best batteries of its time, and Samsung wants to improve that by packing 3,450mAh battery into the Galaxy Note 3 (the highest battery capacity Samsung has ever used on a phone).
Now, with all of Samsung’s software already out in the open, it’s hard to predict and imagine what Samsung will do next with it’s S-Pen stylus. Maybe they’ll just add the Note suite on top of the S4′s new UI, what do you think?
We’ll be out covering Samsung’s launch event too, and we’ll update you on all the details that the Korean company has in store for the Galaxy Note 3. Stay tuned!