Samsung will begin the mass production of the Galaxy Note III this coming August, according to a report in ET News.
Samsung’s announcement is a response to a growing concern from its suppliers, who have expressed unease over the declining production line operation rate of electronic parts used in Samsung’s mobile devices. A recent report estimated the rate to dip by as much as 20 to 30 percent. The reason is an order that is lower than what such suppliers have expected from the South Korean electronics giant. According to ET News, Samsung has placed a placed a final order of 6.5 million units of the Galaxy S IV smartphone. Meanwhile, suppliers still have a sizeable amount of safety stock in their inventory that would have covered any shortages. Such an overstock would mean lower profits for these suppliers.
Samsung, however, assures its partners that there is no reason to worry over the reduced orders. In fact, the company will soon start ordering from these same companies for upcoming devices. These future orders may offset whatever effect would have felt by the companies due to the decreased orders for Galaxy S IV parts.
Among these upcoming devices is the Galaxy Note III. Rumors have suggested that the Galaxy Note III would pack a larger display than its predecessor, as well as the Galaxy S IV. Various speculations have indicated that it could feature a display measuring 5.7 inches, 5.9 inches, or even above 6 inches. It may also offer either the eight-core Exynos 5 Octa or the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. Lastly, it could have a 1080p screen resolution like what is found on the S IV. If everything goes according to schedule, the phablet could be launched before the IFA event in Berlin, Germany this coming September.
Apart from the Galaxy Note III, the ET News report also includes the Galaxy S IV Mini and the Galaxy S IV Zoom as two of Samsung’s future devices that will be arriving during the second half of this year.