Even though we know the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is coming, appearances of the device at the Federal Communications Commission further solidifies the release schedule for the Note 3.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 models for all five of the major U.S. carriers have recently made their way through the FCC for approval of their mobile frequencies. Engadget was the first to pinpoint a number of Galaxy Note 3 model numbers, which coincide with U.S. mobile networks.
The model number SM-N900A has been certified with support for GSM, HSPA and LTE bands on AT&T, while the model number SM-N900R4 has been certified with support for such LTE-capable CDMA bands for Sprint, US Cellular and other regional providers.
Later, the tech website discovered several other Samsung Galaxy Note 3 model numbers: SM-N900T and SM-N900W8, which provides support for AT&T and T-Mobile bands, SM-N900P, which is compatible specifically with Sprint and SM-N900V, which is compatible with Verizon.
It is now customary to see anticipated handsets surface at the Federal Communications Commission within weeks before release. Following the Galaxy Note 3 unveiling last Wednesday, all five of the major U.S. carriers announced their plans for the Note 3 release on their respective networks. Currently, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 for AT&T and Verizon is available for pre-order, with the AT&T Note 3 expected to be released on Oct. 1 and the Verizon Note 3 expected to be released on Oct. 10. While T-Mobile has announced it will release its Galaxy Note 3 on Oct. 2, it does not have pre-orders available for its model.
Sprint and U.S. Cellular have announced their intentions of carrying the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 but have not yet revealed a launch date or pre-orders. However we essentially have confirmation that the carriers will have the Galaxy Note 3 at some point, with models of the Note 3 for both networks having passed through the FCC.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 features a 5.7-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display, a 2.3GHz quad-core LTE processor for the U.S. market, 32GB and 64GB internal storage options with microSD expansion up to 64GB and 3GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel camera, and a 1.9-megapixel front camera with 1080p/60 video recording and 4K video recording for some models. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 also runs the latest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system and a 3,200mAh battery and features boosted 24-bit and 192 KHz audio.
Software features for the Galaxy Note 3 include Samsung Knox preloaded on the Galaxy Note 3 and able to work for both personal and business capacities. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 also focuses on improved multitasking with the Air command feature, which directs users to the Action Memo, Screen Write, S-Finder, Scrapbook and Pen Window applications. With an enhanced S-Pen, users can easily navigate their Samsung Galaxy Note 3 handset with simple dot, circle and box motions.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will come in jet black, classic white and blush pink color options. It isn't yet known whether the U.S., U.K. or Canada will receive the blush pink Galaxy Note 3. Most carriers are expected to sell the Galaxy Note 3 for $299.99 with a two-year contract; however, noncontract prices may vary.
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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.