While we've been hearing a lot about Samsung's rumored Galaxy S IV lately, we've also been hearing quite a bit about the supposedly upcoming Galaxy Note III. The follow up to 2012's successful Galaxy Note II should be coming sometime later this year, and The Korea Times has apparently spoken to an anonymous Samsung official who claims the phablet will come equipped with a 6.3-inch screen. That's absolutely massive for a smartphone, in case you were wondering.
With a 6.3-inch screen, we're inching toward the realm of the Nexus 7, and indeed, a screen of that size would outshine the displays of Galaxy Notes past. The original Galaxy Note, as many of you will remember, had a 5.3-inch display, while the Galaxy Note II's screen came in just a little bit bigger at 5.5-inches. With the Galaxy Note III, we could potentially see Samsung bring the screen size up by nearly an inch, which of course means even more screen real estate for users. To put things in perspective, the phone would probably be similar in size to the massive Huawei Ascend Mate, which features a 6.1-inch screen, but even then, the Note III would boast a bigger screen size.
We're also hearing that Samsung's freshly revealed Exynos 5 Octa CPU will be front and center in this device, which was essentially a given. Samsung will naturally want to use the new processor in all of its upcoming high-end phones, so the Note III probably won't be any different. This Samsung source says the Note III should be debuting later this year, and taking that a step further, it seems safe to assume that it will enjoy an autumn launch, just like its predecessor.
Interestingly enough, the specs of the Note III were just a footnote in The Korea Times' larger write-up, which is about what Samsung is doing to secure new customers for its chip business. We've been hearing that the relationship between Apple and Samsung is deteriorating, so Samsung wants to secure more customers in an effort to keep profits up once Apple begins looking elsewhere for chips. Potential business partners include ZTE and Huawei, which were both supposedly approached by Samsung during CES. It would seem that Samsung is turning its eye to the emerging smartphone market in China, and if it can secure chip buyers there, then it should be fine despite the fact that its biggest customer is going elsewhere for chips. Stay tuned.
[via Unwired View]