With a little more than one month left until the likely unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, we expect to see even more frequent spec and photo leaks for the device. The most recent leaks come out of Asia, with supposed prototype photos of the Galaxy Note 3 shared on the Chinese social media website Weibo and a leaked benchmark discovered by Japanese tech blog Rbmen.
The leaked photos simply show the boxy hardware and internal components of a device, but are too poor quality to definitively reveal many details about the supposed Samsung Galaxy Note 3 prototype. The device clearly has a large screen, which falls in step with rumors suggesting either a 5.7-inch or 5-99-inch display for the Galaxy Note 3. Recent rumors have also proposed that Samsung is testing out a 5.55-inch display variant of the Galaxy Note 3.
Additionally, we have noted that if you look closely at the screen-facing photo, you can see a curvature at the left corner of the handset that could hint at the overall shape of the phone. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is expected to have a design similar to that of the Samsung S4, which features flat sides and curved corners. But with no notes accompanying the Weibo leak, all conclusions remain speculative.
Meanwhile, the recently discovered GFX Bench benchmark hones in on a number of features already proposed for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Testing device models SM-N900L and SM-N00S, the benchmark reveals a 1920 x 1080 display resolution, a 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with an Adreno 330 GPU, and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Samsung also appears to be testing Android 4.2 on the Galaxy Note 3 as the older operating system also is also present in the benchmark.
Recently, several model number variants have been circulating for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, but SM-N900L appears to be new. Many propose the number could coincide with a Korean variant of the device. Previous reports have suggested that the model number SM-N00S may coincide with a U.S. Samsung Galaxy Note 3 variant for Sprint.
While the specs singled out in this benchmark are among those currently accepted for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, recent reports have considered that Samsung may still be finalizing specs for its upcoming device. With so many conflicting rumors circulating, some wonder if Samsung is actually planning a number of variants with different features for the Galaxy Note 3, as has been proposed, or if the manufacturer has yet to decide on a specific set of features for its device. Alternative and additional specs for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 include an Exynos 5 Octa processor, a Super AMOLED or flexible display, a 13-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization and S Pen functionality.
No reports have been confirmed by Samsung, but as August approaches, the manufacturer may begin sending out teasers itself, similarly to how it advertised the Galaxy S4 in its pre-release. Reports have suggested that the Galaxy Note 3 will go into mass production in August, and we all expect to see the device unveiled in September during the preview days of the IFA Expo.
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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.