The next hotly anticipated Samsung Galaxy device is the Galaxy Note 3, the successor of the highly successful Galaxy Note 2. While analysts are expecting the device to show up in September at the IFA event in Berlin, it made an inadvertent appearance on Samsung Kazakhstan website for a short while. The listing has vanished now, but tech blog Techtastic, which unveiled the news, posted a screenshot of the so-called VIP webpage to back its report.
The screenshot does provide convincing evidence that the Galaxy Note 3 is in the pre-launch stage, though it does not indicate an official announcement from Samsung. As for now, the device will launch in September and reach consumers by Christmas. In the U.S., the arrival of the device depends on carriers, as each carrier will release its version at its own time.
The 6-inch Galaxy Note 3 is expected to mimic quite a few design features of the Galaxy S4, one of the hottest selling smartphones right now. It will come with a Super AMOLED 1080p display, 13MP rear camera, 3MP front camera, the most recent iteration of Android Jelly Bean and the S Pen Stylus.
Analysts expect the Galaxy Note 3 to come in two processor versions – the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 and Exynos 5 Octa eight-core versions. Samsung released its flagship Galaxy S4 in two processor variants, probably to prevent supply issues caused by chipset shortage. Some rumors say that Samsung may drop the Exynos 5 option for the Galaxy Note 3 due to time constraints, if it intends to take on Apple’s iPhone 5S.
The advanced camera features have caught the attention of many a Samsung fan. Along with the 13MP sensor, the camera is expected to feature optical image stabilization capability and possibly a 3x optical zoom if it can be accommodated in the slim profile of the device.