On September 4th we expect Samsung to show off the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 — a new big-screen, S Pen toting phablet designed to deliver a familiar Galaxy Note experience with updated specs and features.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is the new Galaxy Note for 2013 which we believe will arrive soon after a September announcement internationally and in the UK.
We’ve yet to discover everything there is to know about the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, but we expect a faster processor with battery sipping technology, an improved camera experience and the latest version of Android.
Buyers looking at the Galaxy Note 2, should hold off until the Galaxy Note 3 release, which looks like it is on the fast track for September soon after the announcement.
The Samsung Mobile Unpacked Episode 2 is already on the books for September 4th in Berlin at IFA 2013. This event will likely feature an extravagant launch event full of accessories and even a Galaxy Gear smartwatch.
As the fall progresses we are looking at a slew of new phablets, and large screen smartphones like the HTC One Max, a Nokia phablet and larger screen devices like the LG G2 and a possible Nexus 5. Let’s explore the Galaxy Note 3 specs, features and more to see how Samsung will likely compete with the influx of new smartphones.
Here are the latest Samsung Galaxy Note 3 rumors in a five-minute video summary.
Galaxy Note 3 Video: Rumor Roundup
We’re still waiting for a leaked Galaxy Note 3 video, and we may not see one until the days before the launch event, but we do have a roundup of the latest Galaxy Note 3 release date and rumors in a five-minute video that will bring you up to speed with what you can expect in September.
Galaxy Note 3 Display Rumors
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 display is reportedly increasing from the 5.5-inch size of the Galaxy Note 2 to 5.7-inches on the Galaxy Note 3. This small increase would put the screen size nearly 3/4 of an inch bigger than the Galaxy S4, and Almost 2 inches bigger than the iPhone 5.
With the Galaxy Note 3 we also expect a high-resolution display with a 1920 x 1080 resolution that should equal out to 386 ppi, which should deliver a sharp looking display for photos, videos and text.
As part of the Galaxy Note 3 display, we expect S Pen support. Samsung delivered a new S Pen and a new set of S Pen apps and features with the Galaxy Note 2, and while we haven’t seen any new S Pen leaks for the Galaxy Note 3 it looks like Samsung is banking on an improved Galaxy Note 3 S Pen.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 already brought some of the S Pen features to the screen with just a finger, so we could see a mix of S Pen and touch controls come together.
Galaxy Note 3 Design Rumors
A large number of Galaxy Note 3 photos leaked out in recent weeks and months, but none have shown off a final or near final design for the Galaxy Note 3.
Even though we haven’t seen any clear photos of a Galaxy Note 3, we have some ideas about the Galaxy Note 3 design.
First off, we could see a thinner Galaxy Note 3, shrinking from over 9mm to about 8mm in thickness.
This can come from enhancements in designs, internals and new materials, similar to how Samsung shrunk to the Galaxy S4.
Even though the larger Galaxy Note 3 display is rumored, rumors suggest the overall size of the Note 3 shouldn’t grow much. This is possible thanks to thinner bezels along the sides of the Galaxy Note 3, similar to the Galaxy S4 shown in the photos above.
When it comes to the materials used in the Galaxy Note 3 it looks like plastic is in the cards. While some users may go for the HTC One Max solely for the aluminum materials, it looks like the Galaxy Note 3 could come with better plastic.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 arrived with a new polycarbonate plastic that is thinner, lighter and stronger than that in the S3 and Note 2. This plastic also feels better.
In addition to a plastic design, look for a removable back on the Galaxy Note 3 that provides access to the battery and a MicroSD card slot.
Galaxy Note 3 Camera Rumors
Rumors point to a new Galaxy Note 3 camera with a 13MP sensor as the likely upgrade. There is talk of optical image stabilization which if it is included should help users take better photos and videos.
In addition to the new sensor, look for new software on board, similar to the Galaxy S4, which allows users to use both cameras at the same time and modes to erase unwanted people from photos and much more.
Galaxy Note 3 Performance & Battery Life
Both of these processors include battery saving technologies that should help the Galaxy Note 3 last longer and charge faster.
Two leaks point to a massive 3,000+ mAh battery in the Galaxy Note 3. While the actual size is unconfirmed expect a big Note 3 battery that will give users long life.
Galaxy Note 3 Software
We expect the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will run Android 4.3 with a new TouchWiz overlay that delivers a host of Samsung specific features.
Look for Multitasking with the Samsung Multi-View feature that puts two apps on screen at the same time, allowing users to watch a movie and check Twitter or take notes and surf the web at the same time.
In short, TouchWiz is Samsung’s branded version of Android that should arrive on the Galaxy Note 3 with a suite of Samsung-specific features. The video above highlights the latest Samsung software features, some of which could come on the Note 3.
Galaxy Note 3 Release Date
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date rumors point to a very swift release. Two separate rumors suggest a September Galaxy Note 3 release date. Both rumors come from trusted publications that previously shared information about smartphone launches.
Both of these sources point to an International release soon after the Galaxy Note 3 announcement, which would help Samsung get to market in time to compete with the iPhone 5S and possibly ahead of the HTC One Max.
If Samsung is aiming for September, the U.S. Galaxy Note 3 release date could arrive soon after. The Galaxy S4 release came for AT&T right after the international release, soon followed by T-Mobile.