Galaxy S4 vs Galaxy Note 2

Galaxy S4 vs Galaxy Note 2

A South Korean report reveals where the Galaxy Note 3 will be unveiled and mentions the size of the display, apparently confirming some of the previous rumors on the matter.

In an article speculating on a potential Samsung vs Apple “phablet” war, The Korea Herald says that according to “industry officials,” the Galaxy Note 3 will be announced at IFA 2013 in Germany and will feature a 5.7-inch display.

While reports so far pointed to an IFA 2013 announcement for the handset – that’s where the Galaxy Note and the Galaxy Note 2 were also launched – when it comes to screen size, most rumors say the handset will offer a large 5.99-inch display, but some think the handset will pack a 5.7-inch panel.

The previous Galaxy Note generations had 5.3-inch and 5.5-inch displays (Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note 2, respectively), so jumping to 5.7-inch for the next version makes some sense, assuming that Samsung wants to keep adding 0.2 inches to the display of the new Note model.

However, the publication doesn’t mention more details about the handset, nor does it reveal who those industry sources are.

What the Herald does say is that Samsung has an advantage over Apple in the even the latter would launch its own extra large iPhone next year, as rumored, since Samsung has been building various such devices so far.

Galaxy Note 3 concept

Galaxy Note 3 concept

Increased Internet speeds provided by LTE-Advanced support in upcoming devices seems to be a factor that would motivate manufacturers, Samsung and Apple included, to create bigger smartphones. Here’s what one of those official apparently had to say about it:

“The revolutionizing LTE-A technology, which allows the users to search and download at up to 150 Mbps right in the palm of their hands, is expected to encourage more companies to explore a variety of ways to commercialize larger handheld devices from now on,” an industry official said. […]

“Slower mobile connection speeds back then [when the original Galaxy Note was launched] not only prevented the smartphone users from doing more on their devices but also held back the handheld makers from diversifying their products with different sizes,” the official said.

“The concept of the phablet can now be truly realized with the introduction of the LTE-A network and the apparent eagerness of handheld makers to answer the growing global demand for larger and more innovative mobile devices.”

On a different note, pun not intended, same publication sort-of-mistakenly suggests that the Galaxy Megas come with a stylus. The Galaxy Mega 6.3 and Galaxy Mega 5.8 are two supersized but mid-ranged smartphones announced by Samsung a few months ago, both lacking a built S Pen, even if they have support for a stylus.

Similarly, the Herald says the LG Optimus G2 will come with a 5.5-inch display when it launches later this year. But that’s contrary to what most rumors say. The device – which is rumored to be called LG G2 sans the Optimus part – is rumored to have a 5- or 5.2-inch display. The LG Opimus Pro, already available in stores, has a 5.5-inch display.

That said, we’ll take these new Galaxy Note 3 details with the appropriate grain of salt, just like we do with all rumors, until the handset will indeed become official.

  • Bone

    Makes sense, keeping the same size with slimmer bezels and thinner design. The Note II is still manageable with one man-hand.

    • huami

      i love my note 2 but hopefully note 3 wont be made of plastic anymore

      • MadMod

        but that’s how Samsung makes all of their smartphones , i don’t expect them to change from plastic.

        • huami

          i read somewhere that samsung “bought” a company that specializes in making tough casings. they can very well use that on their phones, tablets, laptops, etc. Hopefully they do. A little weight doesn’t hurt.

          • Koppana

            Are you saying polycarbonate is not good material choice? It’s perfectly adequate for such device, much better reasoned than, for example, aluminium. I’m not sure what other materials you could be considering. Nothing advantageous or fancy about aluminium. As long the display is layered with glass that can shatter into pieces when dropped or there are somewhat delicate electronics inside the package, the polycarbonate shell isn’t going to be a problem.

            (Not an owner of any of these devices, my Nokia actually has partly aluminium shell by chance)

          • Brian Dong Min Kim

            The S5 though, I do expect them to make it out of carbon fiber.

          • huami

            Hopefully note 3 too!

      • freedomspopular

        Hopefully it will. I want my SD card and extended battery.

      • hoggleboggle

        i hope they use the best material for the job. in most cases that would likely be “plastic”

        • huami

          I agree. But I hope for something more classy.

  • Terry

    Too small, not interested anymore. 6 Inches minimum, the note has always been about what you can do on the size of the display, not for whiny little idiots who keep complaining about the screen getting bigger. Ascend mate 2/HTC T6 and even a Nokia Phablet sound more interesting now, so let down by these small screen rumours.

  • klb

    My God, the same design all the way, I am sick.
    I love Sony

    • hoggleboggle

      you do realise that the design hasn’t actually been revealed yet? so you can’t actually complain about it

  • James

    Forget gimmicky Samsung and it’s boring cheap plastic exterior and half-baked buggy Touchwiz software it charges a premium for. Get a Sony Xperia Z Ultra with a 6.44″ display – unlike the Note 3, the Xperia Z Ultra is worth the money.

    • hoggleboggle

      based on what facts? i love the waterproofing and the ability to use any pen on the Z ultra, but i would still choose a Note 2 (let alone the note 3) over it as i would miss the pressure sensitivity and buttons of the stylus and the 6.4″ screen is just too big for me to be portable.

  • Brian barley

    Good size!

  • Laurent Maulin

    Hello, we need some more precisions about the HTC M4 please. Hvae you heard about its launch date then ?

  • deondraee

    What do you think of my presumed realistic NOTE 3 specs…

    1) 3 GB RAM
    2) 2.5 Ghz cpu (octa or snap800)
    3) 13 meg camera
    4) Android 4.3 (Already leaked for the s4 just isnt official by google)
    5) Improved Touchwiz (No lag and to take up less on board storage)
    6) Bluetooth 4.0
    7) LTE Advanced
    8) Flexible Super AMOLED 1080p Display with Gorilla glass 3 (doubtful)
    9) 4K recording (if not on the NOTE 3 then maybe the galaxy s5) – Snapdragon 800 supports 4K encoding
    10) 5.7 or 5.9 inch screen
    11) 802.11ac New Wifi standard (Three times faster than “n” / your current phone – apple is already using this in its recent releases)

    12) Bigger battery – 3500 (Note 2 has 3200)