WASHINGTON, June 26, 2013 — Samsung seems to be stuck in its ways. The manufacturer keeps using the same “cheap plastic” materials when building its latest and greatest mobile devices, while its competitors are toying with aluminum (HTC One), glass (Nexus 4) or polycarbonate (Nokia Lumia phones), just to name a few.
However, only a couple of years ago, the manufacturer wasn’t so afraid to try new things. Back in 2011, Samsung singlehandedly created a new market segment, the one that we affectionately call the “phablet sector,” by releasing the Samsung Galaxy Note. Even though the first Galaxy Note hasn’t been the first smartphone with a huge display (does someone remember the HTC Advantage or Dell’s Streak?), it made history because Samsung hasn’t been afraid to innovate and take a risk.
After the resounding success of the Galaxy Note (not by Galaxy Sx standards but that’s besides the point), the South Korean manufacturer went on to release the Galaxy Note 2 (roughly one year later) and is now gearing up for the release of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Yes, we know it’s not official yet, but the device has been mentioned by so many rumors, has been featured in so many spy shots and has even been mentioned on a couple of official Samsung websites that there’s no question: the Note 3 is coming, and it will arrive on store shelves this year. Stay with us for the latest Galaxy Note 3 findings.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Let’s begin with the Note 3 sightings on Sammy’s official websites. Not long ago, the Galaxy Note 3 was spotted both on Samsung Kazakhstan’s official webpage (as SM-N9000) as well as on the international Samsung website (as SM-N900J), convincing even the most skeptical of Samsung’s fans that the device is in the works and planned for a 2013 release.
However, this was just the beginning. Earlier this month, several images allegedly featuring the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 have surfaced, courtesy of Sammobile and Techtastic. If you hit the link you’ll notice that what is claimed to be a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 prototype features an unusual straight-edged design. However, the manufacturer is known for its habit of placing prototypes in fake shells in order to keep them under the radar. Just a couple of days after, a new snap of the same prototype has surfaced, showing the phablet next to two other “normal” phones. It was a shocker really, because judging by the differences in size, the Note 3 appeared to have a screen much bigger than the rumored 6 inches.
That same week, a Picasa photo allegedly taken with a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 was published online. The photo itself wasn’t showing anything worth mentioning but some interesting details have been found in the EXIF data of the file. According to said info, the Note 3 prototype used to snap the photo featured a 13MP camera, identical to the one on the Galaxy S4.
Moving forward, last week, a new image made its way onto the World Wide Web, claiming that it features the upcoming Galaxy Note 3. In this new leak gone was the “boxy” design, replaced with a more traditional one following in the footsteps of the majority of Samsung devices released this year. Even more, the alleged Note 3 seems to have a very narrow bezel with the tipster saying that the smartphone’s display accounts for 84 percent of its front panel.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Release Date
As far as Note 3’s launch goes, we have always expected for the device to be announced during FIA, in September (just like its predecessors). However, various analysts have recently predicted that due to the fact that Galaxy S4 orders have gone from 10 to around 6 million units (for July), the manufacturer might release the phablet earlier than anticipated. However, fresh reports out of Korea are claiming that the Note 3 will start to be mass manufactured during the month of August which would mean that it will be announced and release as scheduled.
Which one of the prototypes, assuming they’re real, do you like better? Would you prefer a 5.9-6.0 inch Galaxy Note 3 or one with a much bigger screen? Let us know in the comments section.
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