Samsung is close to launching a new Galaxy Note 3 that insiders say will have a new, larger battery and an even larger display than the current 5.5″ inch model, it will run Android 4.3.
The highly popular ‘phablet’ which is a top seller in Australia is tipped to be revealed on September 4 at a Samsung Unpacked event in Berlin.
Among the upgrades being floated is a considerable improvement in the phone’s battery life, with the 3100mAh Lithium-Ion powerpack in the current Samsung Galaxy Note 2 expected to be bumped to a hefty 3450mAh offering in the third-generation handset.
According to claimed sources who have reportedly “seen the engineering sample of the phablet first hand,” recent reports have predicted that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 battery life will be 11 per cent better than on past models. Although the expected increase in screen size and CPU performance are sure to have an added drain on this staying power, it is expected the move to a new low power 3GB DDR3 RAM chip will further aid battery life.
“Samsung’s new ultra-slim memory solutions will enable thinner smartphone designs and allow for additional battery space, while offering a data transfer speed of up to 2,133 megabits per second (Mbps) per pin,” an official Samsung spokesperson recently stated at the launch of the company’s new mobile RAM offering.
Alongside the oversized battery, Android 4.3 has been tipped to run the show, moving the recently launched software on past the new Google Nexus 7 and Motorola Moto X. Android 4.3 sees restricted profiles introduced alongside new Bluetooth Smart support and revised OpenGL graphics options.
With a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date widely expected to be held in 2013, a selection of recent reports have looked to narrow down the device’s arrival.
Having failed to materialise alongside the S4 as some had predicted, the Note 3 release date has since been pegged for an IFA 2013 unveiling in early September. In recent weeks a flurry of reports have highlighted a single day for the phone’s arrival, with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date expected to be confirmed on September 4. Samsung has added backing to these claims by issuing press invites to the next Samsung Unpacked launch event, scheduled for September 4, alongside the phrase “Note the date.”
According to claimed “sources close to the matter,” the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date will follow the September 4 unveiling, with a late September / early October arrival expected to see the stylus bragging device hit retailers within days of the iPhone 5S.
The pre-IFA press day is already set to host the conference of fellow tech giants, Sony. The Note 3 isn’t even the only Samsung product expected to be unveiled on September 4, recent reports out of Samsung’s native Korea have claimed that the Galaxy Note 3 will share centre stage with the Samsung Gear Smartwatch, a product known to be in the works.
“We’ve been preparing the watch product for so long,” Samsung’s executive VP Lee Young Hee said in an interview earlier this year. He added: “We are preparing products for the future, and the watch is definitely one of them.”
Things have changed dramatically since the Note 2’s arrival too, with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 not expected to be the largest smartphone on the Samsung roster come launch. Having looked to corner all market niches, the Note 3 has been preceded by an oversized, mid-range smartphone in the form of the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3.
With the Mega looking lacking the same stylus hosting wares as the Note range, it has been suggested that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will see the ‘phablet’ device sport a new generation of Samsung S-Pen stylus. It is predicted the new S-Pen will offer even more detailed control than the MWC 2013 unveiled Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet.
One of the most hotly contested points of the device’s specs sheet, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 screen is expected to be heading for an increase of size over its predecessor. However, that said, much speculation still remains around exactly what size form factor the stylus hosting device will eventually sport.
With the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 lining up at 5.5-inches in size, up on the 5.3-inch of the original-generation model, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has been tipped to play host to an even larger display.” Recent “R&D samples” found entering India confirmed that Samsung has tested prototypes with 5.5-inch, 5.7-inch and 6-inch screens.
Although a 5.7-inch Samsung Galaxy Note 3 screen size has received the most backing from the rumour mill, it is far from a foregone conclusion that this is how big the phone will be, with a 5.99-inch display also being widely banded around.
“Samsung is working on introducing a new phablet using a 5.9-inch organic light-emitting diode (OLED) screen,” Korean news outlets recently quoted unnamed Samsung officials as revealing.
Suggesting that Samsung will implement a reduced bezel design to provide as large a screen size within a shell as small as possible, the sources added: “Even if these kinds of sizes ? from 5-inch to 6-inch ? are stretching the limits of traditional pockets, well-made phablets using bezel-less technology have been warmly received. Users prefer bigger phones and they use them more often. Samsung will be more focused on larger phones.”
Adding backing to these claims, further Note 3 rumours have suggested that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 screen will be “6-inches” is size and will see the “screen accounting for 84 per cent” of the phone’s overall size.
What’s more, regardless of the screen’s size, a spattering of Samsung Galaxy Note 3 rumours have suggested the third-generation device will be the world’s first device to land with a flexible, unbreakable display. Although it is well publicised that Samsung is working on such technologies, it is unlikely that flexible displays are ready for mass production, and, as such, reports to this nature should be taken with a considerable pinch of salt.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Specs
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is expected to be one of the most powerful phones on the market at launch, rivalling even its flagship sibling, the Samsung Galaxy S4.
“The new handset will be powered by the in-house Exynos octa-core chipset to meet consumer demand for faster data processing and download speeds,” reported insiders recently revealed. They added: “Samsung plans to use the Octa core processor in the upcoming Galaxy Note 3, which will debut later this year.”
Arguably more important, the Note 3 specs sheet will benefit from 3GB of RAM according to multiple leaks. Allowing for improved multitasking and smoother app transitions, the 3GB of memory would be the first for a smartphone device. It has been suggested that next year’s Samsung Galaxy S5 will feature the same option.
On a camera front the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 looks set to host a strong photographic offering, with the same 13-megapixel snapper found within the S4 partnered by a Xenon flash and a second, 2-megapixel snapper up front.
A range of Samsung Galaxy Note 3 rumours have claimed the phone will be just 8mm thick. Although it is believed the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will feature a design similar to that of an oversized S4, with a slim profile and softly curved edges, a selection of claimed leaks have pointed a boxier, squared off finish.
A selection of rumours which are far from confirmed, the discussions of the Note 3 design have pegged the phone as sporting everything from a squared off plastic finish, to a more luxurious, metal construction. In short, it is unclear as yet exactly how the Note 3 will look.