A Samsung Galaxy Note II phone-cum-tablet is displayed during the first day of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas January 8, 2013. (Photo : Reuters)
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone/tablet hybrid will debut in September with a 5.9-inch screen, according to a Korea Times article that has since been taken down.
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The article says Samsung officials plan to unveil the phone at the IFA trade fair in Berlin later this year.
It also says Samsung officials are showing a mock-up of the Galaxy Note 3 to U.S. AT&T reps visiting Korea this week.
The mock-up reportedly has a 5.9-inch OLED screen, not the 6.3-inch screen or LCD display rumored previously.
It should also feature the eight-core Exynos 5 Octa processor being used in some versions of the Galaxy S4. The Note II also used an Exynos processor, though it was the quad-core predecessor to the Exynos 5.
As for rumors of a 6.3-inch Samsung device compatible with its new GamePad accessory? The Korea Times article says Samsung is working on a downmarket phablet that will have a 6.3-inch LCD screen. It will be cheaper and lower in quality than the Note 3.
"The Note 3 should be the most-advanced phablet because it is going to use Samsung's in-house octa-core processor and support Long-Term Evolution (LTE) technology, including the addition of various features, though discussions are still under way regarding what they should be " an unnamed source said to the Korea Times.
Apparently, rumors of LCD screens coming to smartphones are true, but they won't be used in flagship devices. "Samsung will use OLED technology of its flagship models as OLED technology is much better in viewing quality and energy consumption. In budget models, the company is expected to use picture quality-advanced liquid crystal display (LCD) panels as part of its two-track approach," the same source said.
Check back for the latest info on the Galaxy Note 3 as it becomes available.