When Samsung unleashed the Galaxy S4 in New York last week, the company also provided a peek on what to expect for its future handsets. Automatically, Android watchers look to Galaxy Note 3, said to represent Episode 2 of the tech giant's major gadget unpacking this year.
Much have been speculated about the upcoming phablet but mainly, they all amounted to speculations because what makes the definitive Note 3 release points to one reliable source only - Samsung.
And without the active mention of the Note 3, the South Korean company pointed to features and functions that most likely will end up powering its second device flagship for 2013.
Here is a rundown of specs that the Note 3 will carry on its reported Q3 2013 rollout.
Full implement of 8-core Exynos Octa CPU
With the Galaxy S4, Samsung confirmed that its in-house developed computing chip is ready for deployment. Experts were sold on the power potential and efficiency that the CPU will bring - faster processing, less energy requirement and more operating hours.
However, Samsung opted for a select implantation of the latest Exynos architecture at the moment, with U.S. consumers having to make do with the quad-core Snapdragon while other market get to taste the faster and snappier S4.
That will change with the Note 3 arrival as Samsung is expected to push for a uniform launch of Exynos CPU with the global distribution of the new phablet serving.
Small footprints, larger display
While reports are conflicting, one thing is sure, the Note 3 will flash a massive display screen that hovers on sizes between 5.9-inch and 6.3-inch. Whatever screen size that the phablet will flash, there is no denying that Samsung is working hard to shrink it shell as manifested by the Galaxy S4 body-mass.
We saw a slimmer and lighter build on the S4 and it makes sense that Samsung will replicate that feat through the Note 3. For sure, Samsung enginners would want consumers to enjoy a sprawling screen real estate while ensuring at the same time that they don't hold too big of a brick to their faces.
Wireless charging and mammoth battery
No doubt the Note 3 is a beast and it requires the best source of power juice to keep the portable chugging along. The S4 came with a 2600mAh battery and to reference the pattern being followed by Samsung, it's safe to assume that the power upgrade for the Note 3 would run between 3600mAh to 4100mAh.
And the best part is, this power-plant will be recharged wirelessly, a feature that is 'introduced' by Samsung with the S4. For the new phablet, Samsung is expected to bring forth this offering out of the box. No additional accessories to purchase.
Stream of official Samsung accessories
Silently, Samsung has been creeping into the phone accessories business, fully-aware that the popularity of Galaxy handsets is fuelling side-business opportunities that third-party firms benefit from. In general, the global phone accessory market generates billions in revenues so it's not a surprise that Samsung would want to take a bite.
The company started out with the mid-range models like the flip covers for the Galaxy S3 Mini and the Galaxy Grand Duos. When the S4 was unveiled, a wide-array of accessories were also introduced - from multi-coloured flip covers to the new GamePad that Samsung said works with the S4 and a future device with screen size of 6.3 inches.
That could be the Note 3 and if proved true, the GamePad will only be the first of phablet accessories that Samsung will make for its smartphone lines.
Key Lime Pie
Yes, reports are rife that Samsung is gradually easing away from Google and Android. But whether the company like it or not it has no solid alternative to Android at the moment and the Galaxy Note 3 will have to debut with the Google platform still running the show.
And since the Google is scheduled to release Key Lime Pie by Q3 2013, the Note will likely use the latest mobile operating system from the internet giant like the Note 2 did last year, which was given life by the then newly-released JellyBean.
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