The latest Samsung Galaxy Note 3 rumors propose that the device will begin mass production on Aug. 1, which falls in step with its likely unveiling at or around the IFA Expo in September in Berlin and probable release soon thereafter.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3: To be made of old Galaxy S4 Parts?
In the wake of reports that Samsung was moving up the release date of the Galaxy Note 3 to make up for decreasing sales of the Galaxy S4, a tipster from the Wireless Business Division at Samsung Electronics told Korean site ETNews that the company will begin ordering components for the Galaxy Note 3 that are actually leftover supplies from the Galaxy S4.
Despite the Galaxy S4’s impressive 10 million handsets sold in the first month after its late-April release, experts believe that Samsung will not reach its sales goal for the 2013 flagship device, which was between 80 million and 100 million handsets for the year. This has reportedly left many suppliers with extra inventory that will now be used in the Galaxy Note 3 and other recently released or soon-to-be released devices such as the Galaxy S4 Zoom and the Galaxy S4 mini.
Whether the reports are valid is uncertain, but many have noted that despite other news alluding to the contrary, production beginning on Aug. 1 would put the device right on schedule for its long-expected launch and release. Taking cues from predecessor phablet unveilings, the original Samsung Galaxy Note was announced at IFA 2011 in September and released in October, while the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 was announced at the Berlin Radio Show in August 2012, which took place just before the opening of that year’s IFA event, and released in September. With the late summer tech event taking place Sept. 6 to 11 this year, if the Galaxy Note is unveiled, we can expect it to be released about a month later. And an autumn release, again, is not for uncommon a Galaxy Note device.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3: 5.7-inch Display?
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 tipped as having a 5.7-inch screen
â€” @evleaks (@evleaks) June 24, 2013
Meanwhile, famed tipster @evleaks has tweeted that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 may possess a 5.7-inch display, not a 5.99-inch display as was previously rumored. Many consider the display size increase minimal, but the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is only .25-inches wider at 5.55 inches than the original Galaxy Note, which is 5.3 inches. It could make sense for Samsung to only gradually increase the size of the display on the Galaxy Note 3. While fans hoped for an extra-large screen on the Galaxy Note 3, Samsung may be reserving those for its recently released Samsung Galaxy Mega, which is selling with display variations of 5.8 inches and 6.3 inches.
Android Authority mentions that the Galaxy S4 has a display that is .2 inches larger than its predecessor the Galaxy S3, but the S4 is the smaller device at 2.75 inches width overall, while the S3 is 2.78 inches. With rumors suggesting that the Galaxy Note 3 may adopt a design similar to that of the Galaxy S4, likely with a thinner bezel to accommodate a larger display, a 5.7-inch display could be more plausible. While not impossible, it could be could be difficult to maintain the overall size of the Galaxy Note 3 with a 5.99-inch display. Comparing the overall widths of Samsung’s monstrous phablet devices, the original Galaxy Note comes in second for size at 3.266-inches with the smallest display. The widest device is obviously the Galaxy Mega 6.3 at 3.46 inches, while the Galaxy Mega 5.8 is 3.24 inches wide and the Galaxy Note 3 is the smallest at 3.17 inches.
The width of the Galaxy Note 2 and its considerable bezel could probably handle a 5.7-inch display, but a 5.99-inch display could be a stretch, especially when you consider the overall size of the Galaxy Mega 6.3 with its .4-inch larger display, as well as the possibility of Samsung taking from the Galaxy S4 and making the overall size of the Galaxy Note 3 smaller.
Thus far, we have no confirmations from Samsung. But luckily, we still have several months for rumors to become more concrete.
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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.