As Samsung Galaxy Note 3 news continues to emerge, a new set of leaked specs suggests a number of features that were expected, and some that are also a bit surprising.
Tech informant SamMobile has shared spec leaks for at least two variants of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3: a SM-N900 model and a SM-N9005 model. According to insider information, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 may feature several processor variants, straying away from suggestions of a singular Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor powering all models of the device. Additionally, this new information indicates the Galaxy Note 3 will may feature a 3,200mAh battery, contrary to very recent reports that suggested a 3,450mAh battery.
Prior Samsung releases such as the Samsung Galaxy S4 came in two main variants: The GT-I9500 featuring the Exynos 5 Octa 5410 CPU and the GT-I9505 featuring the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor. The GT-I9500 saw distribution throughout Asia, Africa and the Middle East while the I9505 was largely released in Europe and North America.
This most recent specs leak indicates similar features and release details as were seen with models of the Samsung Galaxy S4. The SM-N900 model will reportedly feature a 5.68-inch 1920 x 1080 Full HD Super AMOLED display, just short of the 5.7-inches that has been long rumored for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
Powering this model will be an 1.8GHz octa-core Exynos 5420 processor, according to the new information. Samsung recently unveiled its new Exynos 5 Octa processor with a 20 percent increase in CPU power and the ARM Mali-T628 MP6 GPU with double the graphics processing capacity. However, this model of the Galaxy Note 3 will reportedly not include LTE connectivity. We saw a similar lack of LTE support on the Exynos 5 Octa variant of the Samsung Galaxy S4, to the disappointment of many consumers -- especially since Samsung released an LTE capable Exynos 5 Octa variant only in its home country of South Korea.
The amount of RAM this model will contain is currently unconfirmed; however the leak does confirm a 13-megapixel camera with Optical Image Stabilization, 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB internal storage options with microSD support of up to 64GB, a 3200mAh battery and the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system.
Meanwhile, the specs leak also indicates a different set of features for the SM-N9005 model. Remaining the same are the display, camera, storage options, microSD support and operating system, but SamMobile's insiders were unable to confirm the processor and GPU for this model.
However, long standing rumors have proposed the the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 would feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, which clocks in at 2.3GHz, and features not only LTE connectivity but also 150Mbps LTE-Advanced support. Samsung introduced the Snapdragon 800 processor and its LTE-A technology onto a variant of the Samsung Galaxy S4 that also only sold in South Korea; however, several other manufacturers such as LG and Sony have already announced upcoming devices, which will feature the processor. The leaked specs for the SM-N9005 model appear to match up with rumors about a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, including reports of the device featuring 3GB of LPDDR3 RAM. Samsung has already confirmed that it is in the process of mass producing 3GB LPDDR3 RAM chips and consumers have been anticipating future Samsung devices with the memory boost after the LG G2 was unveiled without its rumored 3GB of RAM.
SamMobile's insiders also note that despite the three internal storage options, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will largely ship in a 32GB option. Additionally, the device will also reportedly maintain an overall size similar to that of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 while having a screen size larger than its predecessor. A similar design was seen in the Samsung Galaxy S4, which was slightly smaller overall in comparison to its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S3, while having a larger screen than the Galaxy S3.
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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.