The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is less than six months old and already we’re seeing rumors about the next version of the Galaxy Note, the Galaxy Note 3, which reportedly will debut later this year with a larger display and a much faster processor.
Back in December, a report claimed that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 would arrive in 2013 with a larger display than the 5.5-inch HD display that is currently found on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. No other specifications were rumored at the time and the Galaxy Note 3 seemingly faded away, replaced by the onslaught of Galaxy S4 rumors that have surfaced in recent days.
Today though, the Galaxy Note 3 has surfaced again in a report from The Korea Times, the same publication which was the source of the original screen bump rumor back in December.
The publication again claims that the Galaxy Note 3 will be released later in the year and that when it does, it will feature a 6.3-inch display. However, it also looks like, unsurprisingly, that Samsung will be using a new processor inside of the Galaxy Note 3 as well.
At CES 2013, Samsung introduced a new processor called the Exynos 5 Octa processor that it will be debuting in devices in the coming months. And while the Galaxy S4 is thought to possibly have the processor on board, it’s looking like Samsung is preparing to include it in the Galaxy Note 3.
The Exynos 5 Octa features two sets of four-cores that will run as needed. One set of four cores is Cortex A15 while the other is Cortex A7. Depending on how the device is being used, one set of four cores will spring into action. High performance will be handled by the more powerful Cortex A15 cores while the low-level usage will be tackled by the Cortex A7.
According to Samsung, the Exynos 5 Octa also uses 70-percent less power than a typical quad-core Cortex A15 processor and it also supplies better battery life than its own Exynos 5 processor found in the company’s Nexus 10 Android tablet.
It’s unclear if the Galaxy Note 3 will be the first device to offer this processor though given how far away its launch is, it could be that we see the Exynos 5 Octa launch on devices prior to its launch.
The Galaxy Note 3 will replace the Galaxy Note 2, launched back in August, and which currently is available on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon Wireless.