Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Rumors: 5.9-inch Display, Exynos 5 Octa

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3, which isn’t expected to debut until the second half of 2012, has been no stranger to rumors and it appears that potentially new, contradicting Galaxy Note 3 rumors have surfaced today indicating that the company may be working on a device with a 5.9-inch display with a Exynos 5 Octa quad-core processor for later this year, a device that is presumably the Galaxy Note 3.

Read: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Rumors: Larger Display, Better Processor.

Samsung’s current phablet, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, has already been rumored to be getting replaced in 2013. Previous rumors of a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 have suggested that the device would carry a 6.3-inch display, Samsung’s new Exynos 5 Octa quad-core processor which features a total of eight cores and a release later in the year, possibly at IFA in August.

The Galaxy Note 3 is rumored for the second half of 2013.
The Galaxy Note 3 is rumored for the second half of 2013.

However, a new report from The Korea Times suggests that Samsung may be preparing to release a 5.9-inch smartphone later this year with a Exynos 5 Octa processor. While the device isn’t mentioned by name, given the size and the fact that it’s slated for a release in the second half, it could be that this is the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

Other details surrounding the device remain scarce but the report does refer to the name, phablet, a name given to the Samsung Galaxy Note due to its size. The device sports a massive display which means it features the functionality of both a smartphone and a tablet.


This new device is supposedly not going to feature flexible display technology, something that Samsung introduced alongside the Exynos 5 Octa processor back at CES 2013 in Las Vegas.

So while it’s possible that this device will be a different device than the Galaxy Note series, the size and supposed launch date seem to point to a larger Galaxy Note 3 for some time later this year. Whether it sports a 5.9-inch screen, 6.3-inch display or something else entirely remains to be seen however.

Samsung’s current model, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, went on sale in the United States at the end of last year and it’s currently home on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon.


  1. I just want to note that I wish Samsung would add a detachable bluetooth ear phone on their phablets. One that is ready to use upon detachment and is placed within the contour shape on the side of the phablet body.
    It doesn’t need a lot of battery juice like the typical earphone because once you’re done talking with it, it will go right back on the phablet and be recharged. Much better than having the whole phablet on your ear and having to deal with ear phone battery life issues also. With regard to uncomfortableness on the ear usage this will get better during trial and error in the development stage or successive model issues or they could get it right the first time. And when competition kicks in you’ll see several awesome choices instead. If you compare it with the typical earphone you will be wearing this one on your ear a fraction of the time only as once you’re done with a call it does not rest back on you’re ear but instead it will rest back on the phablet. There is only less time to feel uncomfortable with it if it ever. Another feature also is that you won’t look like a geek anymore.

  2. If it is 6.3 inch, I would get it to replace my Note 2. But 5.9 inch is not much different from 5.5 inch, I might just stick to Note 2 as it’s not worth all the hassles of replacing.

  3. damn it!, i already missed this phone come out last year, here i was all excited about the siv and i could already be buying this! … oh he meant 2nd half of 2013

  4. Why is everyone still saying octa core processor when Qualcomm clearly stated no phones are going to have it until next year? Did something I don’t know about change or did everyone just forget about that announcement?

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