As conflicting rumors continue to circulate about the features of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 3, new reports indicate that Samsung is now testing three display sizes for its yet-to-be-unveiled flagship device.
According to information discovered on the “Zauba” database, which keeps track of imports and exports to and from India, Samsung shipped 5.5-inch, 5.7-inch and 5.99-inch variants of the Galaxy Note 3 to India for research and development purposes. While it remains uncertain what this means for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, most consider that the South Korean manufacturer may still be deciding which display size it would like to use.
Rumors have been battling for weeks over whether the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 would feature a 5.7-inch or 5.99-inch display. Most recent rumors appear to be leaning toward the Galaxy Note 3 featuring a 5.7-inch screen. But this new report could throw a wrench in enthusiasts settling on one set of proposed features for the Galaxy Note 3.
Other conflicting reports have suggested that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will feature either an AMOLED or LCD display, or both in different variants.
One specific rumor has suggested that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will be released in at least four different models, including a high-quality variant with a 13-megapixel main camera and an unbreakable AMOLED display, a variant with a plastic chassis, a 13-megapixel main camera and a standard AMOLED display, a variant with a plastic chassis, a 13-megapixel main camera and a standard LCD display, and a low-cost variant with a plastic chassis, an 8-megapixel camera and a standard LCD display. If all true, these different reports could be alluding to the various features on different Samsung Galaxy Note 3 versions, but they could in fact indicate that Samsung has not yet decided.
Another recent report from the Korean website Asia Economic indicated that Samsung is still unsure as to whether the Galaxy Note 3 will feature a flexible AMOLED display. Rumors about flexible displays died down in April when Samsung admitted that it had a setback in the development of its flexible OLED displays, leading most to believe that the new technology would not be featured on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. These new reports may likely reopen the floodgates to flexible display rumors, but enthusiasts should keep in mind that if the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is still being shipped for research and development purposes, the company may still be in the middle of creating its design. Japanese website Rbmen notably also reported in early July that most of the hardware for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 was not yet finalized.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is expected to be unveiled during the preview days of the IFA Expo in September, which means the device will likely be released in late September or October, to judge by previous Galaxy Note releases. This may mean that Samsung still has a little more time in order to finalize the features of the Galaxy Note 3. However, previous reports have also suggested that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will go into mass production on Aug. 1, which indicates that all current reports about the device can only be taken with a grain of salt.
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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.