I came across an interesting rumor today at Android Headlines and I thought I gotta share this – it regards Samsung’s next phablet, the Galaxy Note 3. You see, there have been countless rumors about this much anticipated device, but so far the most interesting is that a model of the phablet designed for ‘emerging markets’ will come with an LCD display and an 8 megapixels rear camera. This rumor apparently came out of a South Korean news outlet ETNews which has in the past published images and rumors of unreleased devices, especially those made by South Korean’s LG and Samsung and Sony.
This new rumor, if true, could mean that Samsung is making a specific model of the Galaxy Note 3 for the African and Middle East markets that will sport an LCD display and not the Super AMOLED screen that the main model of the phablet will sport. The device is also expected to have a 13 megapixels camera that the Galaxy S4 came with but the leaked information indicate that at least one model – including one bound for the emerging markets – will have an 8 megapixels camera. In the past, Samsung has never been so choosy or too aggressive when it comes to Galaxy Note devices – starting with the Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note 2.
ETNews goes ahead to say that about 30% of the Galaxy Note 3s rolling out of the production line will be this variant but it is not clear just which ‘emerging markets’ they will be shipped to because 30 percent of all the initial devices seems a lot for Africa and Middle East markets only. Earlier, there were rumors that there may be a number of Galaxy Note 3 variants (perhaps like the Galaxy S4 variants) but there is no evidence to back this up either.
Samsung has however tried to reach every consumer in the market when it comes to their flagship smartphone as it launched different versions including a mini-version, a mega version, rugged version and super camera version – you know what they are. Could the performance of the Galaxy Note 2 made Sammy work on a lesser impressive (and I am assuming cheaper) version of the Galaxy Note 3? Could the retail price of Galaxy Note 3 be so high that Sammy has to make a downgraded version for some markets? We cannot tell now.
My assumption is that in using cheaper components in this version of Galaxy Note 3, Sammy aims at making the device as much as $100 cheaper. Do not worry though, here in the US, Samsung will retail the Super AMOLED (HD) and 16 megapixels version, unless of course the cheaper model for emerging countries makes its way to the local stores.
You can read earlier reports and rumors we published on the Galaxy Note 3 including expected date of release, a comparison of Galaxy Note 2 and 3 display panels, the colors the phablet will come in and rumored processors in different variants
Sources: ETNews via Android Headlines
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.