The next big thing coming our way from Samsung is of course the Galaxy Note 3. With an unpacked event scheduled on September 4, analysts are betting the launch of the Note 2 successor on that day though some believe the D-Day could be on the 6th of September as well. While a debate continues on which of these two days Samsung eventually chooses to launch the Note 3, a clear picture seems to have emerged with the device irrespective of when it is eventually launched.
Another quite significant development to have happened in the meantime is the launch of the new Exynos Octa 5420 chip today as was promised by Samsung. The new chip marks a considerable improvement over the previous Exynos 5420 chip with enhanced 3D processing capability touted to be twice that of the 5410. Also, Samsung has revealed that the new 5420 chip will be able to support OpenGL ES 3.0 and Full Profile Open CL 1.1. This, the company claims “enables the horsepower needed in multi-layer rendering of high-end, complex gaming scenarios, post-processing and sharing of photos and video, as well as general high-function multi-tasking operations”. Further, the new chip is slated to hit production lines in August.
As such, analysts have been quick to predict that all of the above makes it just right for the new Exynos 5420 to be just right to make it into the new Galaxy Note 3 device which is set to be launched in September. However, experts have also been saying that there is no reason to believe Samsung won’t be following the same strategy as far as the choice of processor is concerned as it did with the S4. So there could be variants of the Note 3 powered by the Snapdragon 800 chip (clocked at 2.3 Ghz) meant for sale in the US and Europe. For the rest of the world, Samsung could rely on its own Exynos 5420 chip to power the Note 3 devices.
Meanwhile, positioned as it is at the premium segment, there surely will be no dearth of high end features on the Galaxy Note 3. However, there could still be one extremely desirable feature less on the Note 3, that being a fingerprint sensor. Samsung has reportedly been working with Validity Sensors for the incorporation of fingerprint tracking technology in the Note 3 device. However, according to the latest on this front, such claims could well have hit the wall due to production issues as Validity is reported to have failed to deliver the sensors in enough quantity for Samsung to consider fitting them in the Note 3 while still sticking to the September launch schedule. This no doubt will be extremely disappointing if it’s indeed true considering Samsung’s arch rival Apple too is being rumored to be including such a feature in its upcoming iPhone device. However, while a fingerprint tracker could have led to higher security for the Note 3 device, the phablet will boast of several security measures, including the Samsung KNOX.
The rest of the features that are being associated with the Note 3 include a 5.7 inch display having a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. There could be two different displays on offer, a Super AMOLED and a Super LCD display though both will have the same resolution. The big screen smartphone will come with a 3 GB RAM while internal memory options could range from 16 GB to 64 GB. The primary camera will include a 13 mp sensor and will also incorporate advanced image stabilizing feature to allow for better photography. Further, Samsung Eye Scroll and Eye Pause eye tracking technology could also be a part of the new Note 3 device.