Speculations are all fired up that apart from the quad-core Galaxy Note 8.0, Samsung will spring a giant surprise via the 2013 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and unleash the behemoth of a smartphone called the Galaxy Note 3.
But what makes a beastly device that is the Note 3? Until now, Samsung is tight-lipped on the matter and we can only rely on accumulated specs offered by numerous blog reports that summed up to the following:
- 6.3-inch Super PLS edge-to-edge display, 1080p with 350ppi
- Corning Gorilla Glass 2
- S-Pen stylus and Wacom Digitiser
- Polycarbonate housing
- 1.8GHz Exynos 5 Octa eight-core processor, 2GBof RAM and Mali-T604 GPU
- 64GB of maximum internal storage with microSD expansion slot that takes in 64GB
- Full connectivity on microUSB, MHL TV-out, NFC, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi ,Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi Hotspot, DLNA plus high-speed radio signals via 4G and HSPA +
- 13MP with 1080p video capture and a host of camera enhancement features with 2MP front camera for beyond decent video calls
- 3300mAh Li-Ion battery pack
Reconciling these features with the improvements we wish to see for the next Samsung phablet, we came with this Galaxy Note 3 wish list.
Solid built in a gorgeous handset
Samsung reaped success with the Galaxy S and the Galaxy Note handsets using largely plastic materials so why change the 'winning formula'? The company gave birth to its bestselling smartphones trying to snatch away some market pies from iPhone and it did. So its time for the South Korean tech giant to take on the premium level and give its money-sellers the look they richly deserve.
This can be achieved by deploying aluminium body-shell, instead of polycarbonate, on the Note 3 that will wrap around its rounded edge, nicely overlapping with the Gorilla Glass face of the device.
The whole body profile should get sizeable boost in sex appeal by embracing the edge-to-edge screen display, staying true to the promise of 6.3-inch screen while cutting away with the unnecessary bulk. This approach should lead to a bigger screen for the Note 3 minus the heft, making the phablet easier to handle.
A muscle-car in a mobile device with sufficient power
The 8-core Exynos, exclusive for Samsung, is remarkable enough for its pledged speed and efficiency, experts said. But more notable about the CPU is its ability to reserve its energy by putting cores in idle when unneeded, which leads to about 70 per cent of more battery juice.
Consumers would certainly appreciate a beauty and a beastly Galaxy Note 3 that will not die out too soon, providing more moments of productivity and amusement. It would help a lot if Samsung engineers could find ways to recharge the Note 3 battery without eating up too much time.
Optimal software collaboration with the hardware
Samsung is expected to let out the Note 3 with JellyBean 4.2, which should quickly absorb Google's Key Lime Pie anytime the new mobile OS is geared up for full operation. Given that the upcoming phablet is coming out with the right mix of power under the hood, users anticipate smoother integration between Android and the impressive Samsung hardware menu served via the Galaxy Note 3,
But this beautiful tandem will be all for naught with the same TouchWiz rendering by Samsung. Millions were already sold in to the Galaxy smartphones despite its perceived skin shortfalls and tens of millions more will jump in if Samsung is able to fashion out near-perfect behaviour for TouchWiz.
With a GPU on its board, Samsung would do well not to scrimp on pixel density provisions by giving the Note 3 at least the same ppi treatment as that of the Galaxy S4, affording more justice to a pricey phablet that already touts Full HD rendering.
The Note 3 appears headed for the cutting-edge wireless features - faster Bluetooth, NFC and the likelihood of wireless charging that reports said will be seen in the Galaxy S4. Better cellular connection via 4G and LTE should further bolster the Note 3's main function as a dependable communication tool.
And while the handset is set to carry a high price tag, Samsung will make it easier for buyers to own the Galaxy Note 3 by forging close partnership deals with major telcos around the world. Not only that the unit price will become more attractive but the likelihood of simultaneous global release will be a reality if Samsung can secure such arrangements.