A new Galaxy Note 3 report seems to suggest that Samsung is testing different sizes for its upcoming flagship smartphone, although it’s unclear at this point whether the company is actually thinking of launching the handset in different screen sizes.
While this is an unconfirmed rumor, it looks like there’s a document in the wild that lists shipments of several Galaxy Note 3 models with screen sizes of 5.5, 5.7 and 5.99 inches. This would match Samsung’s policy of launching a phone for almost every taste – just check out this year’s Galaxy S4 family.
Initially spotted by TechKiddy, the screenshot below comes from Indian logistics website Zauba, which shows the Galaxy Note 3 coming in three different sizes.
Considering the variety of Galaxy Note 3 rumors out there that are rather conflicting when it comes to display size – some older ones say 5.99-inch while newer ones say 5.7-inch – such a document makes some sense, and seems to indicate that Samsung may have not chosen the final design of the handset.
Similar reports concerning the nature of the display – flexible or not flexible – as well as fingerprint-reading technology have also circulated recently, suggesting that the design of the handset is far from final.
Furthermore, some reports said that we will see at least four different Galaxy Note 3 models in stores later this year, but these versions would reportedly offer subtle differences, which wouldn’t affect the overall design, display included.
As you can see on Zauba’s site, there’s import data for SM-N900 versions (Galaxy Note 3) from May 4 to July 19, and all of those units are marked as “R&D purpose” or “for testing & evaluation & not for retail sale.”
As for those model numbers, you’ll notice that there are many Galaxy Note 3 versions in there, and Samsung-Updates can explain some of them:
- SM-N900 – base International Version of device based on Exynos SoC
- SM-N9005 – international version based on Snapdragon SoC (probably Snapdragon 800)
- SM-N900A – U.S. AT&T Version of Device
- SM-N900T – T-Mobile Version
- SM-N900V – Verizon Version
- SM-N900S – Sprint Version
- SM-N900R4 – Unknown, but probably another carrier variant (Rogers?), or simply test version passed to the testers
- SM-N900P – Unknown, but probably another carrier variant.
Samsung is expected to unveil the Galaxy Note 3 in early September at the IFA 2013 show in Berlin, Germany, at which point we’ll have actual details about the handset. But let’s just hope there won’t be a Galaxy Note 3 Mini model – or that at least it won’t use that name.