With so many conflicting rumors about the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, it makes sense that new ones would surface to try and make sense of them all. Reports out of South Korea now propose that the Galaxy Note 3 will be available in four different models upon its release.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Limited Edition?
The four Samsung Galaxy Note 3 models would confirm rumors that have suggested the device would release in variants featuring either an LCD display or an AMOLED display. According to ETNews, the first model will be a limited edition Galaxy Note 3, featuring a chassis made of high-quality materials, a 13-megapixel main camera and an unbreakable AMOLED display. While the type of "high-quality" materials to be used remains unknown, previous reports have indicated that Samsung may introduce its first device with a metal exterior with the Galaxy Note 3. Other reports have noted that Samsung is collaborating with the SGL Group in order to develop carbon fiber materials, with which the Korean manufacturer may outfit the exterior of future devices.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 AMOLED Variant?
The second Samsung Galaxy Note 3 model will reportedly feature a plastic chassis, a 13-megapixel main camera and a standard AMOLED display. Many note that rumors of Samsung switching to metal exteriors for coming devices have followed several of the company’s flagships during their pre-release. Rumors insisted the Samsung Galaxy S4 would be the first to feature an aluminum exterior, in order to directly compete with the HTC One and its aluminum unibody, but the Galaxy S4 released with a polycarbonate outer body, similar to all of the Galaxy S series devices before it.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 LCD Variant?
The third Samsung Galaxy Note 3 model will reportedly feature a plastic chassis, a 13-megapixel main camera and a standard LCD display. When rumors of a Galaxy Note 3 with different display variants first surfaced, many compared it to how several popular Samsung devices sell with different processor variants. Samsung Galaxy S series devices often feature either an Samsung processor or a Qualcomm processor. Most recently, the manufacturer outfitted its Galaxy S4 with either a Samsung Exynos 5 Octa chipset or a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chipset. Samsung has admitted that it provides different processor variants for its devices in order to keep up with demand, with CEO J.K. Shin saying that the processor types within the device didn’t matter because the two chipsets were selected for their complementary user experiences.
Display rumors similarly propose that the Samsung Galaxy brand has grown so popular, consumers won’t care about the brand of display Samsung uses in its devices. Samsung reportedly has the majority of its AMOLED displays wrapped up in production of the Samsung Galaxy S4 as well as the company’s OLED display televisions, which is the reasoning behind why Samsung may need to use LCD displays to keep up with demand. This model would likely be identical to the standard AMOLED model with the one obvious exception.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Low Cost Or Mini Variant?
The fourth Samsung Galaxy Note 3 model will reportedly feature a plastic chassis, an 8-megapixel camera and a standard LCD display. At first glance, the 8-megapixel camera appears to hints at a low-cost variant or perhaps even a mini variant, similar to how the Samsung Galaxy S4 features a 13-megapixel camera while the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini features an 8-megapixel camera. However, the idea of a mini-variant on a device that is intended to be extra large is far-fetched. There would likely be no reason to truncate the sensor on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 other than to truncate its price.
Other Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Rumors Not Tackled
Even with this new report, questions about several other Samsung Galaxy Note 3 rumors remain unanswered. This four-model solution does not account for the conflicting rumors that propose either a 5.7-inch display or a 5.99-inch display for the Galaxy Note 3. The most recent reports insist on a 5.7-inch display; however, this rumor has gone back and forth between the two display sizes so often that this feature likely won’t be known until Samsung confirms the device.
While most have accepted the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 as the chipset most likely to power the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, some still consider that the device may be powered by the Exynos 5 Octa chipset. Lots of news has surrounded the processor recently, with Samsung having announced its LTE-A variant of the Galaxy S4, which features the Snapdragon 800 chipset. Many other devices, such as the LG Optimus G2, are expected to feature the 2.3GHz quad-core processor. However, Galaxy Note devices are known for featuring Exynos processors. The original Samsung Galaxy Note contains the Exynos 4 Dual chipset while the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 contains the Exynos 4 Quad chipset. Early Samsung Galaxy Note 3 rumors proposed the Exynos 5 Octa chipset, but amid news of Samsung’s component shortages, most considered there would not be enough 5 Octa chipsets to power the Galaxy Note 3. The Exynos 5 Octa chip reportedly began mass production in April, which could possibly indicate that Samsung has had time to replenish its supplies since the release of the Galaxy S4.
Some of the earliest Samsung Galaxy Note 3 reports proposed that Samsung had three design prototypes for the device, rumors which have since been dismissed. ETNews insists that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will adopt a “multi-model strategy,” and that these models are not just simply prototypes from which one final model will be chosen.
This report doesn’t reveal as much about the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 as it appears to, especially since the device is still early enough in its pre-release for rumors to be incorrect. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is expected to be unveiled Sept. 4 during the preview days for the IFA Expo in Berlin. While many would likely love to believe all of the rumors coming out about the Galaxy Note 3 at this time, by the time the device is official, most rumors will likely be proven false.
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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.