It appears that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date in the United States is not over and that it will be bringing a bit of a surprise along with it as a Verizon Galaxy Note 3 Developer Edition release is apparently coming soon, according to Samsung.
Yesterday, after a lengthy pre-order, Verizon finally released the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear to its millions of customers around the United States. The device, which arrived early for those that pre-ordered, joins a number of top flight smartphones and replaces the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 as the company’s high-end Galaxy Note option.
The device has a lot of perks but like all Verizon smartphones, the device is locked down keeping those who love to customize and tinker with their smartphone at bay. However, it looks like relief might be coming soon as a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Developer Edition for Verizon has been spotted lurking on Samsung’s website with a ‘Coming Soon’ moniker attached to it.
The page advertises a device with model number SM-N900V, the same model number as the Verizon Galaxy Note 3. However, the device is listed as a Developer Edition which means that it will come with an unlocked bootloader, something that allows those to take total control over their device. Primary, it will allow users to install custom ROMs. Verizon devices are typically locked down and the Galaxy Note 3 is no different, so, this Developer Edition will provide many with relief when it arrives.
Samsung’s site doesn’t list a price for the Developer Edition but we imagine that it will boast the same $650 unlocked price tag that Verizon commands. Samsung hasn’t shown a willingness to offer any discounts to buyers in the past so there is no reason to believe that it will with the Galaxy Note 3. It’s also not clear when the device will make an appearance. The words ‘Coming Soon’ don’t always means soon. Often, it can take several weeks before Developer Editions hit shelves.
Whatever the case, this is a huge coup for those that are thinking about buying a Verizon Galaxy Note 3 and it’s a device that plenty of buyers will want to take a look at. It’s also likely to be one of the final, if not the final surprise of the Galaxy Note 3 release in the United States, one that saw a surprise early pre-order from Verizon and Sprint and U.S. Cellular, two carriers that typically offer information early, remain silent.
The device will include all of the bells and whistles of the normal Galaxy Note 3 which means a 5.7-inch 1080p display, quad-core processor, 13MP camera, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, a new design, new S Pen functionality and enhanced multitasking.