Samsung teases Galaxy Note III reveal September 4th

Samsung is getting ready to reveal its next major smartphone product and, based on the invite they sent out to select media outlets today, the reveal will almost certainly center on the next version of the Galaxy Note, the smartphones with such huge screens that they are now being called "phablets" by some in the press.

As reported by Engadget, the second Samsung Unpacked press event of this year will be held on Sept. 4 in Berlin, Germany. The invite states that the media should "note the date," a clear reference to a full reveal of the Galaxy Note III.

One early rumor claimed that Samsung was going to put in a 6.3-inch screen in the Galaxy Note III, but a more recent image leak report claims that it will have a 5.7-inch display. That's still larger than the Galaxy Note's 5.3-inch screen and the current 5.5-inch display for the Galaxy Note II.

The same report that included the leaked prototype images also claimed that the smartphone will have either an Octa-Core or Snapdragon 800 processor, a 13-megapixel camera, and the newest Android 4.3 operating system. The next Galaxy Note is also expected to include the S Pen stylus for drawing and other software uses.

Source: Engadget | Image via Engadget

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This is real tempting. I just bought a 8 inch note tablet and I like it but it's too big to hold with one hand. Since I am using my phone more and more as a computer this might do the trick.

The only holdup I have is that I really enjoy using my iPhone. It just works so much more fluid and easier for me. I have all my notes, numbers, pages, etc. on there and it seems easier to do more business stuff. I will have to get rid of the Apple ecosystem I am so used to and go with the google ecosystem. I have several mac computers so it may be a little tough but man with that big screen it's very tempting but I really do enjoy the fluidity of iOS. Tough decision.

I really do hope that they enable big.LITTLE MP along with GTS on that Exynos 5420 SoC since it already supports it. That would make the Note III the first device to use all 8 cores at the same time.

yowanvista said,
I really do hope that they enable big.LITTLE MP along with GTS on that Exynos 5420 SoC since it already supports it. That would make the Note III the first device to use all 8 cores at the same time.

Why? Software can barely take advantage of multicore offerings! IIRC, all 8 cores CAN be enabled at once, it's a kernel limitation, then, not to mention battery wise. Again, with not point.

Draconian Guppy said,

Why? Software can barely take advantage of multicore offerings! IIRC, all 8 cores CAN be enabled at once, it's a kernel limitation, then, not to mention battery wise. Again, with not point.

The underlying Linux kernel and scheduler used in Android actually can take advantage of all cores. Allocation of processing to each running VM will therefore be done as usual. Besides the Dalvik VM is optimized for multi-core processors so 8 cores shouldn't be an issue. This might be the first Exynos SoC that can fully operate with all cores enabled, the previous Exynos Octa wasn't capable of doing so since it had some broken CCI-400 bus which effectively crippled it.

Very interested in this phone, however I'm still torn. Do I really want to wait extra long for updates, and have carrier bloat, or go with the Nexus 5 and not have any of that?

I can see the Note III having great support from the Cyanogenmod team.

The again, I wouldn't buy it due to the hardware home button. I'm spoiled by my Nexus 4's clean, buttonless face.

This. I currently have a GS3, and I'm happy with it, but I would love to have the buttons on screen like the Nexus 4.

nvllsvm said,
I can see the Note III having great support from the Cyanogenmod team.

The again, I wouldn't buy it due to the hardware home button. I'm spoiled by my Nexus 4's clean, buttonless face.

If it has a Snapdragon CPU then it'll have great AOSP/CM support. If Exynos forget about it. I still wouldn't use AOSP or CM for my Note 2.

same, have the gs3, skipped the gs4 to see what was coming out. plus, i've been using my phone more and more as an internet device and not as much as a phone, so i might like the bigger screen. I was hesitant to go bigger than a 5" screen before, but i'm more open to it now.