Several Samsung Galaxy Note 3 model numbers have surfaced in recent days, and rumors now suggest that some of those numbers may coincide with Galaxy Note 3 variants to be released on the four major U.S. mobile carriers.
The model number SM-N9000 has long been rumored to be for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and has surfaced in several leaks over the past months. The model number SM-N9000 notably surfaced on the Samsung Kazakhstan website in early June, while the model number SM-N900J showed up on Samsung’s main website just days later.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Already In India?
Most recently, the Galaxy Note 3 showed up on Samsung’s User Agent Profiles under the model numbers SM-N900T and SM-N900A. Upon further investigation, Android Beat discovered the “Zauba” database, which keeps track of imports and exports to and from India, and found a total of eight similar model numbers that may be connected to the Galaxy Note 3: SM-N900, SM-N900V, SM-N900T, SM-N900A, SM-N900AI, SM-N900P, SM-N900R4 and SM-N900S. According to Zauba, the device under its various model numbers was imported from South Korea to India for research and development purposes.
Will U.S. Carriers Get The Samsung Galaxy Note 3?
Some have considered that these similar model numbers could back up recent reports suggesting that the Galaxy Note 3 will be released in at least four different models, including a high-quality limited edition model, two standard models with different display types and one possible low-end model with a smaller camera sensor.
However, others have noted nuances in the model numbers that may indicate the different mobile carrier variants under which the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 may sell in the U.S. The Korean manufacturer is known for differentiating its devices according to the regions in which they sell, among many other characteristics.
For example, the Samsung Galaxy S4 has two main models, the GT-i9505 for the version containing the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor and the GT-i9500 for the version containing the Exynos 5 Octa processor. But in the U.S. the SGH-I337 is the Galaxy S4 for AT&T, the SGH-M919 is the Galaxy S4 for T-Mobile, the SCH-I545 is the Galaxy S4 for Verizon and the SPH-L720 is the Galaxy S4 for Sprint. Similarly, Gotta Be Mobile considers that the proposed model numbers SM-N900T, SM-N900A, SM-N900V and SM-N900S coincide with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 on the AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint networks, respectively.
Currently, not much can be deciphered from this information. While damning, the existence of these model numbers on obscure databases does not confirm that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will be available on these mobile networks, especially when the Galaxy Note 3 itself has not yet been confirmed. However, Samsung flagship devices are more or less guaranteed to launch on the four major U.S. carriers, so its not surprising to see rumors about the carriers pop up. As of now, it is unclear as to what versions of the Galaxy Note 3 the remaining model numbers may correspond to.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3: 5.7-inch Display Confirmed?
In related news, Samsung’s User Agent Profiles have reportedly uncovered that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will have a 5.7-inch 1080p Full HD display, which further pushes the debate over whether the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will have a 5.7-inch display or a 5.99-inch display. Alternating reports of the size and type of display the Galaxy Note 3 will have has dominated rumors for several weeks.
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Fionna Agomuoh is a Technology Reporter for the International Business Times, a vegan foodie, and a lover of Electric Dance Music.