Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Is this a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 prototype?

Despite the fact that the latest Samsung Galaxy S4 has just reached consumers’ hands starting this weekend, rumors and speculations regarding the next version of the company’s popular Galaxy Note line-up, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, have started gaining momentum.

The so-called Galaxy Note 3 rumor mill got boosted up by a new report on Sunday, which claimed that the upcoming iteration of the popular Galaxy device would receive a significant specs bump.

Along with a leaked image (obtained from a Baidu forum thread) that appeared to be of the Note 3 frame, the report from Chinese website Mydrivers said that the device would sport a 5.9-inch Full HD display (1080p), which is considerably bigger than the existing Galaxy Note 2’s 5.5-inch screen. Based on the leaked screen size, some of the forum users even speculated that the image could also be of the recently announced Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8.

The report revealed that the Galaxy Note 3 could come with 3GB of RAM, which would be a major improvement from the current industry standards. Both the Galaxy Note 2 and the latest Galaxy S4 are provided with 2GB of RAM.

According to the report, the Galaxy Note 3 would be a power-house performer featuring Samsung’s own Exynos 5410 Octa-core processor that includes four Cortex A15 chips clocking 2.0 GHz and four power-saving Cortex A7 chips running at 1.7 GHz.

Other internal details of the Galaxy Note 3 include 32 GB of internal memory with micro SD card slot for further storage expansion and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean out-of-the-box.

As far as the release date of the Galaxy Note 3 is concerned, the report suggested that the South Korean tech giant could make the device available in mid-June, which is a lot earlier than previously expected. Some earlier reports said that Samsung might release the Note 3 at the IFA 2013 that is scheduled to take place from September 6 to 11 in Berlin. This was the event where both the previous versions of the Galaxy Note were announced.

I9500 – The Quaint Model Number

The purported leaked image of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 apparently revealed the model number of the device – I9500 – which is too good to be true.

There are a couple of facts that prove the I9500 model number wrong for the Galaxy Note 3. First of all, GT-I9500 is the model number for the international version of the Galaxy S4. Therefore, using the same model number for another device does not make any sense.

In addition, Samsung always uses “N” in the model numbers for its Galaxy Note series – the Galaxy Note has model number GT-N7000 while the Galaxy Note 2 has model number GT-N7100.

Given the fact that Samsung has already announced a couple of smartphones – the Galaxy Mega 5.8 and Galaxy Mega 6.3 – that are bigger than the Galaxy Note 2, the logic behind a Galaxy Note 3 with the same screen size as that of Mega 5.8 seems a little far-fetched concept.

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