Yesterday’s Samsung Galaxy Note 3 launch cleared up many of the questions that consumers had about the Galaxy Note 2 successor including those about its hardware, software and more. However, for some Galaxy Note 3 buyers, there are still some key pieces of information missing about Samsung’s upcoming flagship.
As expected, Samsung took the stage yesterday in Berlin, Germany and announced a new Galaxy Note smartphone dubbed, Samsung Galaxy Note 3. The device, on paper, looks to be a solid addition to Samsung’s smartphone lineup and a worthy successor to the company’s successful Galaxy Note 2 from last year.
At the event, Samsung announced many of the key Galaxy Note 3 details, details that the company hopes will entice buyers into placing an order for the Galaxy Note 3 ahead of its release date.
Those details include its screen size and resolution, the dimensions of ifs form factor, the intricacies of the Galaxy Note 3’s 13MP camera, its enhanced S Pen and multitasking features, its carriers, and yes, even its release date in many of the major battlegrounds, including the United States. Indeed, Samsung put most of the Galaxy Note 3 on display for consumers, key word being most.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 may be official and it may have had many of its key details announced, but there still are several key features that Samsung, and its U.S. carriers, left out of yesterday’s announcement.
Here, we take a look at what Samsung didn’t announce yesterday and what Galaxy Note 3 details remain unknown ahead of the device’s upcoming release date.
Specific Release Dates
Samsung announced that the Galaxy Note 3 would be hitting over 140 regions around the world on September 25th. Some of those regions, including the UK, have already seen pre-orders for the Galaxy Note 3 arrive, well ahead of schedule.
Unfortunately, Samsung did not use exact timing for the Galaxy Note 3 release in the United States and Japan, only saying that those two countries would be getting the device sometime in October.
This gives carriers a ton of breathing room as far as the Galaxy Note 3 release is concerned. We could, in theory see them release the device well over a month from now at the end of October. We could even see them release it after October given that we saw the Galaxy S4 release pegged for April in the U.S. and we saw one carrier, Verizon release it in May. It’s wide open.
We’ve seen carriers throw their support behind the Galaxy Note 3 though we haven’t seen a single one confirm a specific release date which could lead to the same confusion and misinformation that we’ve seen plague numerous Galaxy launches in the past.
We’re hoping that Verizon answers a ton of question tomorrow when its pre-order for the Galaxy Note 3 kicks off but even then, it’s possible that we could see the carrier offer the pre-order without a specific release date.
While we know that at least some carriers will get the Galaxy Note 3 in October, there are two things that remain completely mysterious. Yesterday, we didn’t see any carriers reveal just how much they will be charging for the Galaxy Note 3.
Historically, the device has arrived with a $299.99 price tag and we expect that to be the case this time around though if that’s true, carriers and Samsung aren’t saying.
Unlike the release date, we should have answers to this puzzle soon as Verizon is unlikely going to offer a blind pre-order for Galaxy Note 3 users. If the price tomorrow is $299.99 on-contract expect that across the board, if it’s more expensive than that, it’s possible that Verizon might be on the high-end while other carriers like Sprint and U.S. Cellular try and undercut it.
So while it’s possible that this will remain a mystery for most carriers, we should see Verizon partially solve it tomorrow.
Yesterday, Samsung confirmed that it will be offering 32GB and 64GB Galaxy Note 3 models to carriers. This is a change from the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB format that we’ve seen with the past two Galaxy Note models.
What this means is that the base model in the U.S. is likely going to be 32GB, though, we still don’t know if that will mean an increased price tag or if a 64GB model will accompany it to shelves.
We’ve seen carriers pick and choose, most recently with the Galaxy S4, so it’s possible that we could see both variants emerge on U.S. carriers. Unfortunately, we still don’t have any idea.
Tomorrow’s Verizon pre-order should give us a hint though as we’ve seen, carriers also have launched larger storage options later on, well after the initial launch date. Hopefully they clear this up from the start this time around.
Even with the mysteries, we have to give credit where credit is due. This year’s Galaxy Note 3 launch was the cleanest that we’ve seen from Samsung. No, the event wasn’t perfect, but the company included many of the important details, something that wasn’t always the case in the past.
Samsung’s events are still not on par with Apple’s, the latter typically offers solid U.S. release dates and pricing, but the fact that we’ve seen Verizon take charge with the Galaxy Note 3 is a sign that Samsung is making headway.
Perhaps next year, with the Galaxy S5, we’ll finally see the company issue all of the pertinent details at launch. It would certainly resonate with consumers.