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.
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.
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.