The first picture reportedly taken with the Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N900) has been spotted, well ahead of the handset’s official announcement.
As you can see in the screenshot below, we’re looking at a test picture taken with a Samsung device, the SM-N900. The same model number has appeared in recent reports and leaks in connection with the Galaxy Note 3.
The test picture itself is not special – we’re looking at part of a keyboard and other objects resting on a desk – but the EXIF data says that the photo has been taken with the SM-N900’s camera, which is expected to be a 13-megapixel shooter. The resolution of the image is of 4128 x 2322 pixels (16:9 aspect ratio) suggesting that we’re looking at a 13-megapixel camera.
The image has been posted on Picasa just recently, and because EXIF data can be faked, we can’t be completely sure that the Galaxy Note 3 was indeed used to capture it.
However, we’ve sort of gotten used to seeing such test photos leak ahead of the announcement of certain devices, so it wouldn’t be completely unreasonable to expect pictures taken with the Galaxy Note 3 to hit the web prior to the phone’s launch.
Unfortunately, a photo of the Galaxy Note 3 itself is not available yet although images of a purported prototype have been recently shown, and we assume Samsung is trying to prevent as best it can such leaks – the top image above is just a concept of the unreleased device.
The Galaxy Note 3 is rumored to arrive at some point in the following months – the handset will most likely be unveiled at IFA 2013 in Berlin, Germany, where its predecessors were also announced, although some rumors say the phone could arrive even earlier.
However, unlike in previous years, the Galaxy Note 3 will have some serious competition this year, with devices like the Sony Xperia Z Ultra (Xperia ZU or Togari) and the HTC One Max (T6) also expected to hit stores soon.