Confirmed: Galaxy Note 3 to run Android 4.3 out of the box

August 12, 2013
After test firmware suggested that the Galaxy Note 3 would run Android 4.3 out of the box, now a DLNA official document confirms the speculation.

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Last week, the purveyors of Samsung insider info from Sam Mobile tweeted that the highly anticipated Note 3 would be running the latest version of Android at launch.

There was little proof to back that report, but now some confirmation comes our way from the body that certifies devices for DLNA compliance.

The Galaxy Note 3 variants destined for the South Korean market were spotted on the DLNA’s certification website with Android 4.3 mentioned as an operating system. These variants are SM-N900S, SM-N900K, SM-N900L, which will launch on SK Telecom, Korea Telecom, and LG Uplus, respectively.

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While sometimes there are hardware differences between the Korean and the international versions of flagship devices from Samsung or LG (the most recent example is the removable battery and SD slot on the G2), software is almost always the same, which gives us hope that we’ll see the Note 3 with Android 4.3 in international markets as well.

We were a little skeptical that Samsung would manage to pull off a current Android version ahead of the Moto X and the LG G2, but it seems that the Korean giant put the Google Play Edition program to good use.

In case you need a refresher, the Note 3 is scheduled to launch on September 4, at a pre-IFA event. We look forward to trying out the 5.7-inch device equipped with a mighty Snapdragon 800 processor, an OIS camera, and of course, the trademark S Pen stylus.

As for Android 4.3, there’s a bevvy of interesting, though not major updates, about which you can read more here.


  • MasterMuffin

    This is one the reasons (with removable battery and sd card slots) why Samsung is one of the best Android OEMs no matter what people say.

    • abazigal

      What, that it would release a phone running an OS that was released more than 2 months ago?

      • RaptorOO7

        Are you high, it was released a few weeks ago, not 2 months ago. Also no other OEM has released or updated their devices (other than the (2) Google Play Edition) devices with 4.3.

        • abazigal

          By the time the Note3 is out on the market, it would be roughly about 2 months (I assume they announce roughly 1 month from now, and take 2 more weeks to ship?).

          • Lisandro O Oocks

            You do know they don’t bake them right on your hand

          • Anthony Walker

            How long do you think it’s going to take other manufacturers to update their phones to 4.3?

          • abazigal

            Maybe you can tell me? What exactly is the hurdle here?

          • Anthony Walker

            The track record of other manufacturers is not too good so I’ll venture the end of the year or much later.

    • Gilles LeBlanc

      Yea now that Sony and HTC messed up their phablets with lack of flash/sd your statements stands strong. I love touch wiz multitasking man nothing comes close other than paranoid android.

      • MasterMuffin

        The multitasking is really useful with that big screen indeed!

        • lil bit

          I dont know, i didnt find it that useful when i had Note 2, it was nice at first but it soon felt less than useful. One problem is that it only works with select apps, i cant pull up the calculator while using a non supported app, but with Sony Small Apps i can, anytime in any app/game.

          Sony Small Apps is not as impressive as Samsungs multiwindow but it is more practical, the most used ones are always just 2 taps away.

          • Gilles LeBlanc

            Thats what custom Roms are for. Even if one comes out for the Z Ultra It still has sonys horrible nightmare glass not Gorilla and no flash light.

          • MasterMuffin

            I just flashed the mod that allowed to do it for every app. Those floating things are in Google Play anyways

          • Smile

            The point is, you must need a custom roms to do what Z’s can do why they didn’t think about it before?It is like you were saying that, that feature of Z’s are useful. Samsung should not call their phones as a smart phones it is safer to say that Samsung phones is an Android phone, most of their features had done by others, and most of their features is just for gimmick, but in my opinion we have different choice and different taste. Samsung is not a phone that defines as “Smart Phone” for me it is more on “Gimmick Phone”. Smart Phones should have features that is really useful not just for gimmick. Not trying to brag anyone just saying my opinion

      • Michael Hofmann

        Both Xperia Z and Z Ultra have slots for up too 64GB Micro SD Cards

        • Gilles LeBlanc

          But no LED flash AKA “eL FlasHlight”. Damn that flashlight is usefull. Its such beautiful glass and aluminium like a crippled unicorn with no flash. :-(

          • Smile

            Why do you need a phone if you need a flashlight?

          • Cole Raney

            Your phone is right on you. It is more convenient to pull out your phone and use it really quick than to find a flashlight in the dark.

          • Smile

            then you need a Flash Light Phone.

        • lil bit

          Off topic but Xperia Z supports 64GB cards AND ABOVE since 4.2.2 update. Even 256GB. Since such cards do not yet exists one have to use a MicroSD to SD adaptor, for now. Hoping for 128GB micro cards at an ok price by the end of the year.

    • Ant

      Have you compared the specs of the Mega against the Xperia Z Ultra? You’re happy because of the removable battery and SD card slot yet overlook other more important features such as a 1080p screen, better processor ect..

      • MasterMuffin

        WUT, please take a look at what device we are talking about here

  • Mayoo

    I can’t help to think Moto X is getting his a** kicked each day another company release specs about their future phones.

  • A person who asks for too much

    I do not get it…how can the model number be SM-N900 when the previous models of Galaxy Note were GT-N7000 (Galaxy Note 1) and GT-N7100 (Galaxy Note 2)?


    • Jeremy Osborne

      The sprint vatiant of the note 2 is a sph-l900

  • blowntoaster

    the Note 3 is shaping up to be what I wanted it to be. a better, faster, sharper version of the Note 2. bring it on. can’t wait to be tapping that stylus on my New Note 3 screen, while watching a video on that gorgeous FHD SAmoled screen, that lightweight but large n sturdy plastic body.
    Performance, battery life, big comfortable screen…me likey…A lot.

    • lil bit

      One word: Complete.

      A word that Sony, HTC and LG never heard of.

      • SammyIsNotSmartPhone

        Complete your cheap plastic Sammy Fanboy :)

    • freddieboy

      Oops, Polycarbonate/Carbon Fiber body. Oh Yea.! ? !

  • lil bit

    Note 3 will be a success no matter what, Sony made sure of that with their pathetic Z Ultra. Why Sony refuse to make competitive products? Putting so much high end stuff and then crippling it to the bone with a non-flagship cam sensor and no flash?

    I been saying this since the launch of Z Ultra and i can see more and more people who are unable to stay exited about it.

    Sorry to say ppl, but “i told you so”

    Just kidding! Im not sorry =)
    Not at all.

    • Smile

      and why Note 3 is putting so much high end stuff and then putting a cheap plastic on it?

      • Cole Raney

        Doesn’t the Z Ultra have plastic? In fact most phones have plastic. There is a reason, it is way more practical than glass or metal.

        • Smile

          “Cheap Plastic”

          • freddieboy

            Nope, high quality polycarbonate (like millions of folks glasse’s frame. Not the cheap plastic on u’re squirt gun or little duckie.

      • freddieboy

        Might want to hold u’re breath on that one. And yes it will have the usual high quality polycarbonate (just like the frame of my cheapie S & W 9mm auto). However since Sam bought 50% of a major Carbon Fiber Co., u may see a touch of Carbon Fiber on the
        removable back batt. cover.

      • Aus_Roh

        Plastic is good. If I had a choice between metal or glass, plastic is the clear winner. Light and tough. It’s the best. Unlike metal it does not interfere with 4G/3G/Wi-Fi/Blue-tooth or FM, or dint as bad. Plastic is the winner. I’m sick people putting down the light-weight option as Samsung may one day may have to give in for misconceived market desires. Samsung has engineered the best smartphones and Phablets with the best technology. If plastic cases were bad it wouldn’t have been engineered in the first place. Go and get yourself an unnecessarily grossly heavy useless iProduct if you’re that ignorant. I don’t, but most people put their phone in rubber or a flip-case anyway! (I use a belt clip so my phone is ‘naked’ in its finely engineered pragmatic plastic self.)

  • tony greene

    Anyone have a word on price point at launch?

    • TAUSMC

      I heard 300 dollars for the 16GB one with a 2 year contract. Like the Note 2 when it came out. If you aren’t in the United States then I want to say expect the same price as the Note 2 when it came out last year.

      • freddieboy

        $299 correct, only 32gigs of internal storage & possibly 64gigs for $349. Yes…!!! On contract of course, provided u’re eligible for an upgrade. If not pay u’re friend $50 & use his/hers…!!!

  • JIscariot

    You complete me.

  • Wolf Warren

    Love my note II , SO LOOKING FORWARD to this

  • Laurent Maulin

    Galaxy Tab DuoS 7.0 Can anybody tell me what will be different between an Exynos and a Snapdragon ? They will work perfectly the same i reckon.

    • TAUSMC

      Exynos is an Octocore (8 core) processor. They are doing big little quad core processors. Meaning 2 quad core processors one being a 2.3 ghz and the other being 1.3ghz. It is to save battery life because they are using the little quad core for basic stuff like phone calls and texting. Then the big quad core for gaming, videos, and stuff that needs more processing power. Doing the switch helps save battery life by at least 50% maybe more. The Snapdragon 800 is just a 2.3 ghz Quad core processor.

      • freddieboy

        Sorry the 8 core maxes @ 1.8ghz. The Snap 800 is @ 2.3ghz with much better power management & a killer Graffics Prosser Unit (GPU) Also Snap includes LTE-A & Exynos does not.The 8 core uses 1 or the other Quad cores, not both @ the same time, so the Snap 800 is actually the best choice, for speed, graphics & less power consumptio, NO DOUBT. ! !

        • Skander

          That is NOT correct, samsung announced the new Eynos Octa (an improvement over the one on the S4) with the latest Mali graphics, (better than the snapdragon graphics).

          Exynos Octa has 2 quadcores, one powersaving A7 cluster, and a powerhouse A15 cluster.

          A15 at 1.6Ghz tops Snapdragon at 1.9Ghz.
          The new octa has 1.8Ghz, that also matches the 2.3 Ghz performance of the Snapdragon.

          Only difference is:

          Faster and better battery: Exynos.
          Developer support for CM etc: Snapdragon. (Exynos doesn’t have up-to date documentation.)

          • freddieboy

            Of course the Exynos Octa 5 is faster with better graphics than the GS4, but GS4 is a SnapDragon 600 with Adreno 320GPU & only 2gigs of DDR2 ram. The Note 3 has a SnapDragon 800CPU, with Adreno 330GPU, 3gigs DDR3 ram (50% faster than Snap 600/320) & ever core running @ 2.3ghz (as necessary or not) & LTE-Advanced on chip. Octa DOES NOT have LTE @ all. Even if I had a choice (US will not), personally I prefer the Snap 800/330 combination.

          • Skander

            I’m talking about the international version of the S4 with the old octa, that tops the US S4.

            I suggest educating yourself a little bit on the subject so we can talk with accurate numbers here.

            The Exynos platform does support LTE if samsung wants to (S4 Advance), they just don’t have enough volume for the demand so they opt for snapdragon processors in LTE regions, either way, the new exynos octa outperforms any sock out there (including the S800) at only 1.8Ghz, you can check the official Exynos blog for benchmarks.

          • Skander

            Also, I’d like to remind you that the Note 3 (like the S4) will come in a variant with the new Exynos according to sammobile, so yeah.

  • I_Love_Samsung_But_Not_Lag!!!

    does anyone knows the thickness of the samsung galaxy note 3???

    • freddieboy

      <8mm, also bout 1.5mm narrower than Note 2.

      • I_Love_Samsung_But_Not_Lag!!!


  • AndroidRasta

    Price range anyone? I Love having an Smart Phone and Nexus 7 with me well i guess Phablet will minimize my things having two gadgets in one. Z Ultra has released on our country and does Note 3 will have the price range as Z Ultra?

  • RaptorOO7

    Well until it arrives or gets announced I am not betting on anything being confirmed. After the LG G2 announcement where only S Korea gets microSD and swappable battery based on the leaked owners manual (in Korean) I am waiting for 9/4.