Galaxy Note 3 prototype allegedly spotted; phone “shipped in low quantities for R&D” report says

June 9, 2013

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    A prototype of the next Galaxy Note flagship handset has been spotted in the wild one publication says, while a different source claims that the device is shipping for R&D purposes.

    From the looks of it, Sam Mobile and TechTastic handled the device shown in the images below, which is said to be a Galaxy Note 3 prototype. According to the first site, this isn’t the Galaxy Mega 6.3 “because of the corners, high resolution display and bezel.”

    The device is apparently packing a Full HD screen, but S Pen functions have not been confirmed yet.

    The second source says the handset has been “shipped in very low quantities for R&D purposes” – TechTastic’s report isn’t specifically talking about the device shown in the images in the following gallery though – and that it’s supposed to hit the Bluetooth SIG in the very near future. Apparently the handset has model number SM-N900, dropping a zero from the recently spotted SM-N9000 model number that was seen on a web page on Samsung’s website a few days ago.

    The smartphone is rumored to pack a 5.99-inch Full HD display, a 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with Adreno 330 GPU, 13-megapixel camera, LTE, 802.11ac, S Pen and Android 4.2.2 with TouchWiz on top.

    TechTastic also says that it can confirm the Galaxy Camera 2 (EK-GN120) and the Galaxy S4 LTE-Advanced (SHV-E330S), two other products that are apparently in the works and rumored to arrive soon. Both devices have been seen in previous rumors.

    Galaxy Note 3

    While these reports seem legitimate, we’re still going to advise you to take everything with a grain of salt, as nothing is confirmed yet. We’ll be back with more details on the Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Camera 2 and Galaxy S4 LTE-Advanced as soon as we have them.

    Let us know what device gets your blood boiling down below!

    Comments

    • Cl3v3rName

      hope it stays a prototype, those squared corners look ugly imo

    • Gilles LeBlanc

      Meh, no thanks I’ll take a Sony Togari on launch day. Loving my note 2 though :-)

      • Barry J

        Togari, like the Xperia Z…will be nothing special and certainly won’t set the world alight. Maybe for Sony and it’s brainwashed fanboys but for the rest of the world….meh.

        • Gilles LeBlanc

          Did you see their latest tablet and the HTC T6? Things are a changing in the da phablet world.

    • MasterMuffin

      I’d like to see the same miracle happen with Note 3 that happened with S4 (getting smaller while screen grows). Thickness can remain the same, huge battery FTW

      • Luka Mlinar

        You mean like giving you the same phone with minor upgrades? Yup, you can expect exactly that from Samsung :)

        • Mateusz

          Rather making better smartphone with bigger screen while staying in the same or nearly the same size of phone by shrinking the bezel to minimum. Yes, it would be nice – photos on the other hand shows quite big bazel (simillar to N2) and more square’ish form than in N2. Two not so good things, so let’s hope it’s only R&D temporary build form.

          • Barry J

            It’s pre production prototype, like with cars before they are unveiled to the public they are shielded with black and white fabric. Samsung has done the same with the S3/S4 and what looks to be the same with the Note 3. The home button should be signify design 2.0, which means that the Note 3 will be the last high end flagship since the S3 to don this very design before the S5′s 3.0 debut.

        • taz89

          By that logic everyone new phones has been a minor upgrade considering the spec of nearly every flagship has been pretty much identical.

          • Luka Mlinar

            That’s not true. Nexus has wireless charging out of the box. Sony Z is waterproof. HTC one has a killer unibody aluminum design. Huawei Ascend P2 has the fastest LTE. Asus Padfone 2 has a 10 inch screen that turns your phone into a tablet….
            What did Samsung do? Some minor UI upgrades. Everyone has a bigger screen and faster chips man. It’s all about what new features you bring to the table and everything you get with the S4 you could have had on a S3 with a software update. That’s food for thought when you’re cashing out 600 bucks for a new S4.

            • taz89

              I consider the 5″ screen and a bigger battery than most in a “smaller” body than most other 5″ and even smaller screens device out there quite an achievement.. Like you said it’s easy just to make bigger screen etc but it’s not as easy to increase screen size and battery but make the phone actually smaller and thinner. The camera has been reported by many as one of the best.. Sure the s4 don’t stand out like the s3 did last year but imo it’s a great all round phone..

            • Barry J

              You owned that chump, well said.

            • AnAdult

              are you serious? grow up.

            • Abdul

              Samsung created the first 5″ SuperAMOLED display which has a resolution of 1080p and 441 PPI.

              Considering they made it more efficient, better in color gamut and color accuracy, and it has the most accurate whites (better than LCDs) then its what S4 has against other phones.

              And I’m pretty sure you are not gonna stare on you HTC One’s unibody its not even a unibody!) the whole day or use the Xperia Z underwater, but instead you are gonna use their display’s the most, after all it is what lets you interact with your phone. Which is the reason the Galaxy S4 has an upper hand.

            • Luka Mlinar

              I see a bunch of people who bought it standing up for it and that ok. I would probably do the same if i was 6 hundy in the hole. This is the same thing we had with the iPhone users. Don’t see them fighting these days. Anyhoo ill let the S4 sales speak for themselves.

            • john

              Wow, all those features you mentioned falls under “minor upgrades” for me, except for the Padfone dock, I really like it…except it is actually cheaper to buy a tablet and a phone instead of the overpriced bull.

              There isn’t really much these manufactures can do. Like PCs, they are slowly approaching the limit of how much things they can pack into these phones without making them burn. Phones also have another problem of apps’ resource usages nowhere near these uber phones, making most of the new processing power increases rather dull. That might change over time, but at the moment, I just see them as marketing spec wars.

            • john

              Wow, all those features you mentioned falls under “minor upgrades” for me, except for the Padfone dock, I really like it…except it is actually cheaper to buy a tablet and a phone instead of the overpriced bull.

              There isn’t really much these manufactures can do. Like PCs, they are slowly approaching the limit of how much things they can pack into these phones without making them burn. Phones also have another problem of apps’ resource usages nowhere near these uber phones, making most of the new processing power increases rather dull. That might change over time, but at the moment, I just see them as marketing spec wars.

    • simpleas

      That’s a dummy casing. Can’t wait!

    • Cornstarch

      sketchbook and other drawing Apps will be faster, more abilities and closer to their PC counterparts because of the improved Wacom S Pen, more powerful processors and 3 GB of memory. My galaxy note 2 is as powerful as the Ipad 4! and the note 3 Should be 2.5× more powerful as my note 2!

    • JT

      LG OPTIMUS PHONES!

    • Vega

      The bezels around the screen are a bit thick imo. That is the most critical dimension of these phablets. The LG Optims Pro has thinner bezels making for a better fit in the hand. Will be interesting to see what HTC comes up with to compete.
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