While Samsung enthusiasts anxiously await the Sept. 4 unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, they can at least take comfort in the fact that we can pretty much predict how the release of this next flagship device will pan out.
Samsung has become particularly habitual with its releases. In recent years, the South Korean manufacturer has developed a routine of releaseing recurring flagships around the same time. Consumers have become accustomed to seeing Galaxy Note flagship devices come out in the fall, while other flagships like those in the Galaxy S series usually release in the spring.
The fall release of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 appears to be no different. Taking into consideration prior Samsung Galaxy release, many are already certain about the release schedule that the Galaxy Note 3 will take.
There likely won’t be a long wait for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 to release after its Berlin Samsung Unpacked unveiling. The device should be available to several markets within weeks of being unveiled. Not only did we similarly see a prompt release with the Samsung Galaxy S4, which launched in mid-March and released in late April, previous Galaxy Note devices have also rolled out quickly after being announced. The original Galaxy Note was notably unveiled in September and released in October, while the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 was unveiled in late August 2012 and released in late September. Current reports suggest that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will release in late September; however, many also consider that the device could be released sometime in October.
Few Release Details from Carriers
While we will likely have a good idea of the time frame under which the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will release, we can also expect specific carriers to not be forthright with information about the Galaxy Note 3 model on their network. Many international markets should release the device on its designated release date; however, many U.S. carriers, such as T-Mobile will likely release the Galaxy Note 3 a little later. Carriers including Verizon, U.S. Cellular and others should release the device much later after that. We can expect carriers to have little information available to the public until very close to their own specific release dates. Once information is revealed, it will likely be in the form of pre-order pages detailing price, specs and shipping information.
Limited Storage Options
Despite previous devices like the Samsung Galaxy S4 being advertised as having 16GB, 32GB and 64GB internal storage options, the device largely sold in its 16GB model to the dismay of many customers. Current reports indicate that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will come in the aforementioned three internal storage options; however, many expect to see only one variant prominent in the market. According to a recent specs leak, Samsung has designated the 32GB model as its primary storage option, but this is not certain. Consumers have hoped for a memory boost after the 16GB Samsung Galaxy S4 was heavily criticized for having only 9GB of space available for personal use. The device was often compared to the HTC One, which sells in 32GB and 64GB storage options. Even if the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 did primarily sell a 32GB option, 64GB options will likely be scarce and exclusive to only a few carriers.
Once the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is released, customers shouldn’t have a problem purchasing a handset. While new Galaxy devices are prone to some release delays, Samsung has done a good job of keeping availability of its handsets up so that they don’t sell out. There is always the chance that Galaxy Note 3 handsets may sell out during the online pre-order period before its release, but there should be few issues with in-store availability. During the release of the Samsung Galaxy S4 for example, Sprint noted that its supplies were replenishing so promptly that if the Galaxy S4 is sold out at a location, customers would be able to check back the next day to buy a handset.
While the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is a highly anticipated device, there are a considerable amount of other highly anticipated devices preparing for fall releases. In September, we expect to see the unveiling of the iPhone 5S and the HTC One Max. The Sony Xperia Ultra Z is also expected to hit the market in September, while the recently unveiled LG G2 and Moto X will also be on sale soon.
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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.