Samsung Galaxy Note 3 rumors are swirling ahead of its September 4th launch date, many of them in regards to the upcoming Galaxy Note 3 release date which is said to possibly be just a few weeks away. Ahead of the device’s launch date, it’s time to take a final look at the device’s release as we break down everything there is to know about the Galaxy Note 3 release.
For several months now, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has been one of the most heavily rumored smartphones with leaks surfacing on a near daily basis. Those rumors picked up steam after Samsung sent out invites to an Unpacked Episode 2 event in Berlin, Germany ahead of the IFA 2013 trade show. The invite didn’t explicitly confirm the Galaxy Note 3 but it did make it clear that it was likely going to be the star of the show.
Earlier this week, Samsung actually confirmed the Galaxy Note 3 ahead of schedule, saying that it would be announcing the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Gear on September 4th. The Galaxy Gear is thought to be the company’s new smartwatch.
Despite the confirmation, the company remains mum about any of the specific details regarding the Galaxy Note 3. Not like it matters as rumors have seemingly revealed just about everything there is to know about the Galaxy Note 2 successor.
Whispers suggest that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will come with a 5.7-inch 1080p display, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, a 13MP camera that may be able to shoot 4K video, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, new S Pen features, and a design that appears to be made of plastic rather than metal. Samsung has said that it will be focusing on the key Galaxy Note features which likely means heavy upgrades to multitasking and S Pen apps though that still isn’t know.
Also unknown is the device’s specific release date, one of the key pieces to the puzzle. There are a host of rumors out there right now, but unfortunately none of them have been able to put the Galaxy Note 3 release date into stone.
We should know more on Wednesday but ahead of that, it’s time to examine what we think we know about the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date and what we now expect to occur.
Galaxy Note 3 Release Date
There has been a lot of speculation in regard to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date but there haven’t been a ton of credible rumors. In fact, so far, we’ve only seen three possible Galaxy Note 3 release dates emerge from the shadows though they all have been very specific.
The earliest rumored Galaxy Note 3 release date comes from an Engadget leak which displayed an internal document from Three UK. Three UK is one of several UK carriers likely to get the Galaxy Note 3 when it arrives.
This leaked document indicates that the carrier will begin selling the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 on September 16th. Problem is, the document doesn’t elaborate which means that September 16th could mean the date that the carrier starts taking pre-orders or the date that the carrier actually releases the phone. It gets more confusing.
SamMobile recently said that it believes the Galaxy Note 3 will start shipping almost immediately after the Galaxy Note 3 launch, something that seems to suggest pre-orders coming shortly after September 4th. That lines up well with a Galaxy Note 3 release in mid-September.
However, another rumor out of ETrade claims that the device will go up for pre-order in Taiwan on September 16th with a release on September 27th. Taiwan, in the past, has been amongst the first regions to get Samsung’s flagships. The United Kingdom is always almost always one of, if not the first to get them.
Further complicating matters is the fact that an early report from Geeky Gadgets, a site that was dead on with the iPhone 5 release date last year, claimed that the UK would be getting the device in late September, something that seems to back the September 27th as a possible release date in the UK and elsewhere.
So at this point, while a date hasn’t been nailed down, it’s pretty clear that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will be announced on September 4th and that its release date will likely land at some point in either mid or late September. Dates are always subject to change but it’s pretty clear that it will be out in some capacity next month and that it will have a pre-order, at least through some carriers.
Galaxy Note 3 U.S. Release Date
Three UK is not the first Galaxy Note 3 carrier that has popped up. In fact, numerous Galaxy Note 3 carriers have been rumored including Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo which was casually confirmed in a report by Reuters.
In the U.S., a report from Samsung-Updates claimed that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 would be coming to AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon with a model number breakdown that is supposed to look something like this:
- SM-N900 – International version based on Samsung Exynos SoC
- SM-N9005 – International version based on Snapdragon SoC (Possibly Snapdragon 800)
- SM-N900A – AT&T Galaxy Note 3
- SM-N900T – T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3
- SM-N900V – Verizon Galaxy Note 3
- SM-N900S – Sprint Galaxy Note 3
- SM-N900R4 – Unknown
- SM-N900P – Unknown
U.S. Cellular, the country’s fifth largest service provider, still hasn’t been rumored but given that it carried the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy Note 2, buyers should expect it to also offer the Galaxy Note 3.
Thus far, we haven’t seen any specific dates emerge for the United States, which isn’t at all surprising. Carriers are likely still playing with their release pipelines, especially because of the iPhone 5S launch that is expected to take place on September 20th.
The United States, in the past, was late to Samsung’s big devices. The Galaxy Note 2, in particular, didn’t arrive until two months after the announcement. And the Verizon Galaxy Note 2 didn’t emerge until November 29th, just about three months after it was first shown off on stage.
It’s possible that we could see the U.S. get the Galaxy Note 3 a bit late this year given that the event is not taking place in the United States. However, there are two things that lead us to believe that the U.S. could get the device much quicker this time around:
- The U.S. was among the first to get the Samsung Galaxy S4.
- Samsung is marketing the device in Times Square and will be live streaming the event from Berlin.
These are not guarantees, but they are signs of Samsung putting importance upon the U.S. market. Whether that’s a whole month quicker or just a couple of weeks quicker is not clear but it would be surprising, given what we know, to see the U.S. Galaxy Note 3 struggle to launch.