Samsung’s Galaxy Note II was a very successful phablet when it hit the shelves in September last year, a couple of months after the manufacturer’s hugely successful Galaxy S III smartphone caused ripples in the smartphone market. The successor to the Samsung Galaxy S III, the Samsung Galaxy S4, hit the shelves just last month and it sold over 10 million within the first month.
Most of us knew that the successor to the Galaxy Note II which is a 5.5 inch smartphone and tablet hybrid will be coming shortly after the S4. The specs of the galaxy Note 3 are already surfacing and it seems to be quite an impressive device but may not sport Samsung’s latest octa-core processor: rumors indicate that the Note 3 phablet may come with a Qualcomm 800 processor.
The Note 3 phablet is rumored to be in the works and may be coming in the next couple of months. According to a Korean News site ZDNet Korea, the phablet is just one of the several devices that are expected to come with Qualcomm’s most powerful chipset as of now. Other devices that will come with this processor include Pantech’s IM’A880, the Sony Xperia Honami and LG’s Optimus G2 smartphone, all of which are not yet official yet.
Why Qualcomm not Exynos processor?
The US version of Samsung’s flagship smartphone Galaxy S4 also comes with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 processor while the international version had the Exynos Octa-core processor. We would anticipate that because the Exynos fully supports 4G and has proven to perform better than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor. However, it makes sense that Samsung would choose the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 since its benchmark results show it is much better performer than the 600. It is likely that the Note 3 may come in a mix of both Snapdragon 800 and Exynos 5 Octa processor if the rumors doing rounds are anything to go by.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is also said to come with a new camera technology that offers optical image stabilization technology which promises to offer better camera performance for both still images and video recording. Recent benchmark results on AnTuTu suggest that the Note 3 will offer better camera and processor performance than the Galaxy S4 whose performance is currently off the charts.
Qualcomm is said to be in the process of producing the Snapdragon 800 chip, confirming that different device manufacturers may have placed orders for the chip for their various devices which include smartphones, phablets and tablets. The benchmark results reveal a quad-core Krait 400 processor with a 2.3 GHz clock speed, an Adreno 330 GPU and support for Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, LTE and LTE cat 4, 7.1 stereo surround audio and ultra-High Definition video playback of up to 2560 x 2048 resolution.
For now, these are just rumors and speculation. We will just have to wait for solid leaks or confirmation and other core specs of the phablet for now.