The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has not been announced yet but it is already making a buzz in China.
A perfect clone of the Samsung's phablet was found and getting popular in the Chinese market named as Knock-Off manufactured by Century Electronics Group.
Marketed simply as the Note 3 and shipped in rather plain box, the new smartphone bears a very similar design. However, this Chinese phablet uses the more powerful and efficient Mediatek MT6589 quad-core chip.
Under the decidedly Samsung styled exterior, and behind the 720HD 5.7-inch IPS display sits a Mediatek quad-core MT6589 CPU, 1GB RAM, 8GB ROM, SD card reader and dual-sim support. The camera hardware is pretty impressive too, with a rear 8 mega-pixel sensor taking up the main camera duties, and a 5 mega-pixel sensor on "duck-face" watch.
According to the specs this knock-off will run on GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz 3G: WCDMA 2100MHz, networks GSM / GPRS / EDGE / UMTS / HSDPA / HSUPA. 802.11n Wi-Fi, GPS, A-GPS and Bluetooth 3.0 are all onboard too.
The price is not yet disclosed but it is speculated that it will cost around 999 Yuan or $160.
On the other hand, iDigitalTimes reported that the Galaxy Note 3 release date is pegged for Samsung's Q2 (summer 2013) just in time to compete with Apple's next iPhone launch.
Industry analysts predict that Samsung will unveil the highly anticipated Galaxy S4 in April 2013 before announcing the Galaxy Note 3 release date for either late Q2 or early Q3; in layman's terms that probably June or July, which just happens to be around the same time we expect Apple to launch their next iteration of the iPhone.
"The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date might be scheduled for late Q2 2013 or early Q3 2013, in an attempt to bite a large chunk of iPhone 5S' market share pie," Android Geeks stated.
The upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is also rumoured to have a massive 6.3 inch flexible screen display and Samsug's newest eight core processor. Samsung is also speculated to put a generous 70% increase in battery life, and at this time wireless carrier availability and pricing has not been revealed.
See the slideshow for the photos of Samsung Galaxy Note 3's clone - Knock-Off.