A wild rumor made the rounds through the blogosphere yesterday, sparked by a report in the Korean publication ETNews. According to the report, Samsung is preparing no fewer than four distinct variants of the Galaxy Note 3, including a “limited edition” premium variant with an unbreakable display, an AMOLED version, an LCD version, and an LCD version with an 8MP camera.
Now, several model numbers have been spotted online, which may or may not prove the theory that Samsung is bringing an entire Note 3 family to the market.
First, two model numbers were spotted on a Samsung site that collects User Agent Profiles – these are SM-N900T and SM-N900A. From the UAPs, we can tell that the devices will feature Full HD displays, but we can only speculate what the difference between them is. The different model numbers could belong to devices sold in distinct markets or with distinct hardware configurations.
Stefan Constantinescu from Android Beat ran a search on the “SM-N900” code and discovered a site that keeps track of goods that are imported in and exported from India. The site’s database contains multiple references to devices bearing variations of the SM-N900 code that were imported from South Korea for “R&D purposes”.
The variants are:
This laundry list of codes could indicate that Samsung is simply testing multiple prototypes, but it could also add credence to the multiple versions theory. Two of the entries contain references to a 5.7-inch display, which corroborates with earlier reports.
Update: According to Samsung Updates, the V, A, T, and S codes could refer to the four big US carriers.
According to multiple sources, Samsung will manufacture the Galaxy Note 3 in August, with a likely announcement to follow in early September at IFA Berlin.
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Hope there is a big display version as well, and waterproof, to punish the Togari. Sony need some serious punishment for omitting the led flash, there was no reason to be that stupid. It has given me a growing distaste for all Sony products, wishing all the best for note 3, may you crush the Togari and teach Sony a lesson about the obvious.
I totally agree, I want to love the Togarri but the lack of flashlight, haptic button to maximize screen size and bigger screen smaller battery aswell as no proper split screen multitasking is no red hereing. I started out wanting to buy it but my hate for it grows. Things are shifting back to HTC T6 and Note.
The lack of a camera flash is a big mistake by Sony but I am still interested in the Togari/ZU. The split screen multitasking of Samsung isn’t my cup of tea of the following reasons:
1. It requires TouchWiz and the TW framework.
2. It requires phone mode (on the Note series, the tablets are exceptions).
3. Because of 1 and 2, it is lost when a superior ROM such as the Paranoid Android is flashed.
I just can’t stand TouchWiz and my first action with Samsung devices is to get rid of it. Another problem is the simple fact that the S-Pen is heavily dependent on the TW framework again while Sony implemented a more general solution in the ZU, which isn’t locked down to a particular stylus.
It doesn’t matter what Samsung and Sony offers in their standard ROMs since PAC is vastly superior and offers tablet mode. I take tablet mode all days a week before Samsung’s implementation of split window multitasking and TouchWiz.;)
It is also worth to mention Sony small apps as a way of running things in windowed mode – then we have Halo which is another solution that is elegant and useful.
It is also worth to notice that Samsung has a history of severe fragmentation of their devices where each carrier has their own version plus different CPU/GPU depending on market – all of this creates a terrible mess for ROM development. Sony offers standardized devices on the other hand. The ZU is offered in two versions with just slight band difference (and ROM standardization like the Xperia Z C6602/C6603) and here we are talking about a couple of different Note 3 versions.
I have owned the Note N7000 and Note II N7100 – both are nice devices and I am sure that Note 3 will be interesting in many aspects but Samsung and their lack of standardization paired with TouchWiz and a development problem on the source code side of the things (resulting in CM10.1 being stuck on nightlies etc) puts me off.
Even if the Xperia Z Ultra has drawbacks (especially the camera flash), I view the whole package as more attractive than the Note 3 based on what we know so far together with the track record of both makers.
My main requirement for new devices from now on is that the PAC ROM must be there with good performance and stability.
Realistic NOTE 3 specs… (“NOTE 3″ NEEDS TO STAND OUT FROM THE LIKES OF – Z ULTRA, G2, MEGA 6.3/5.8, T6) – Samsung likes to be different and is quite generous with its hardware updates! Specs that will place the NOTE 3 above all the rest are:
1) 3 GB RAM
2) 2.3 GHz snapdragon 800 or Exynos 5420 8core (Note family uses Exynos)
3) 16MP camera & atleast a 5MP Front facing Full HD (TO MAKE IT STANDOUT)
4) Android 4.3 (Already leaked and working on the s4 just isnt official by google)
5) Improved Touchwiz (No lag and to take up less on board storage)
6) Bluetooth 4.0 & LTE-Advanced
7) Super AMOLED 1080p with Gorilla glass 3 or resolution higher than 1080p
8) 4K recording – Snapdragon 800 supports 4K encoding (MAKE IT STANDOUT)
9) 5.7 inch screen (5.7 will fit in the note 2′s body) Slimmer bezels, Weigh less
10) 802.11ac New Wifi standard (Three times faster than “n” / your phone)
11) Bigger battery up from 3100(note 2) to 3500mAh OR 4100mAh
12) Better PPi “sweet spot” at 400+ (S4 has 441 at 5inch and Mega 6.3 has less than 300 with reviews saying the screen is no good!)
Here again? I’m not going to argue more, but I have to point one thing still: 400+ PPI is IMPOSSIBLE, even if the screen was 5.7″ 1920×1200 screen it’s still under 400!
Apparently one of the executives confirmed it, 1920×1080 sammobile. How do you work out the PPi just by using these figures?
PPI calculator, my math isn’t so good that I could count it in my head :D
oh right i didnt even know such things existed so apparently the samsung executives have confirmed that its 1920×1080 but havent confirmed the screen size what would be the PPi if the size is 5.7 and when the size is 5.9?
i say 5.9 because a recent leak seems to suggest that it might be a 5.9inch screen within the mega 5.8′s body.
373.37 for 5.9 and 386.47 for 5.7
argh i really hope its the 5.7 then. the screen on the s4 just looks beautiful nothing can touch it and this is coming from someone who has an iphone 5 but im gonna wait for the note 3.
Not sure if it was androidauthority or pocketnow who did a lil short story about phones that might start adopting the 2k aspect… if double 1920×1080 (2k) what would the PPi be ? – i know it wont happen this year but im curious regardless
http://members.ping.de/~sven/dpi.html you can find all the answers there :) I think 5.7 would be better too!
thanks muffin man
the resolution i was talking about isnt 2k just to clarify, its actually 2560 x 1600 which sharp already made on a 6.1 inch display and demoed as a concept.
Sammy recently invested millions in Sharp, specifically its IGZO technology as thats what is used in the 6.1 to generate that resolution.
here are some figures with regards to samsungs best screen sizes:
2560 x 1600 at 5 inch (s4) = 603 PPI
2560 x 1600 at 5.7 inch (NOTE 3 hopefully) = 529 PPI
2560 x 1600 at 5.9 inch (NOTE 3) = 511PPI
2560 x 1600 at 6.3 (MEGA) = 479 PPI
MY point is samsung invested in sharp so we could well see this 2560 x 1600 in an upcoming device but most likely in the s5 as they need something major to get people to buy the handset. S4 sales slowing down as its basically a slightly improved s3.
I don’t say that resolution will or will not be necessary, but that will be BEAUTIFUL!
im interested in such things especially new tech with regards to mobile phones so let me ask you something…
does a higher PPI lead to better quality display ?
here is a video link to sharp’s IGZO 2560 x 1600 on a 6.1 concept screen
The screen will be sharper the higher PPI, but screen’s quality depends on other factors too like color reproduction and viewing angle and stuff so not necessarily
ok so when you say color reproduction i guess thats where the sAMOLED comes in as colors are beyond crazy on those displays – to a point that some even say it doesnt look natural as in its beyond the natural
Something like that, though I prefer sAMOLED’s colors over any LCD :)
Same here like i said the s4 is the best smartphone screen ive ever seen. my iphone 5 has nothing on it
that last line is so true !
first one is too
I believe that, but the last is SO true :)
Why would you want 4k recording, do you have a 20,000$ + TV with that kind of resolution? Also the 16mp camera isn’t going to happen
So 5,99 inches is NOTE 3…. That means that 5,7 is NOTE 3 mini ??
It is crazy to see who our world is evolving. Technology is progressing for the better of our people. I think you blog was full of content, and filled with tons of important information that is good to know for the upcoming months in the phone industry.Keep up the great work! And thank you
By the way the cell phone in the picture is so elegant. I want to have one like that, where can I have this one, any idea?
It will be a 5.7″ screen that will fit in a Note 2 body to create a thinner bezel. Just like the S4 having the same body size to the S5. Also, it will have S Pen features and a faster CPU, Android 4.3 or 4.2.2, 13MP camera, and a bigger battery than the S4. It will have the same design language as the S4. The reason the Note 3 won’t be too big is because the Note line of devices is known for S-Pen not for big screen size. Samsung wanted to emphasise that by releasing the Mega line for bigger screens. So a 5.7″ screen would seem reasonable also because every year, the screen size gets bigger by 0.2″, but this time, the body of the phone itself will remain the same of the Note 2 for comfortable handling but with a bigger screen.
Variants of the Note 2:
In other words, this really isn’t anything tio get excited about.