Galaxy Note 3 rumor roundup – everything we think we know [Update]

by: Chris SmithAugust 27, 2013
Galaxy Note 3 concept

Galaxy Note 3 concept

The Galaxy Note 3 will be officially unveiled on September 4 during a special Samsung media event scheduled to take place in Berlin, Germany, a few days ahead of the IFA 2013 show.

As you expect, the web is filled with Galaxy Note 3 rumors and leaks, with more reports appearing day after day – even Samsung has mentioned the product’s name a few times on certain pages of its website. With less than three weeks to go, we’re going to tell you what we think we know about the device based on these unconfirmed reports mixed with educated guesses on the matter.

While rumors about an upcoming device aren’t always on the same page, we’ll notice that in the past few months there were some very conflicting rumors out there regarding certain design aspects including screen size, and the kind of materials that will be used to build the handset.

That said, here’s what we can expect from Samsung’s upcoming flagship extra-large smartphone.


The Galaxy Note 3 is expected to be somewhat similar to its predecessor, the Galaxy Note 2. Some reports claim that the handset will have exactly the same size as its predecessor, but the display will be increased from 5.5-inch to 5.7-inch.

Galaxy Note 3

Purported Galaxy Note 3 sketch | Image Credit: Sim Only Radar

Based on what we’ve see from Samsung in recent years, we expect the Galaxy Note 3 to be slim and all screen (slim bezels that is). Furthermore, we expect round corners and a Home button to be found on the phone. An S Pen stylus should also be found inside.

Galaxy Note 3 Front Panel

Purported Galaxy Note 3 front panel

[Update August 27, 2013:] Images showing the alleged front panel of the Galaxy Note 3 have been leaked (see image above), and while they can’t be confirmed at this time, they’re certainly interesting. According to them, the Galaxy Note 3 will have slim bezels and will be similar in size with its predecessor, albeit we expect it to pack a bigger display.

Display size matters

Speaking of the display size, we’ll remind you that early Galaxy Note 3 rumors claimed that the phone will have a 5.99-inch Full HD display.

But in the last few months we’ve heard time and again that the device will come with a 5.7-inch screen. At some point, we even seen reported evidence that suggested Samsung was testing three display sizes for the handset: 5.5-inch, 5.7-inch and 5.9-inch.

The most recent reports that have offered a more complete rumored specs sheet suggest the phone will come with a 5.7-inch (actually 5.68-inch to be more precise) display.

Galaxy Note 3

Purported Galaxy Note 3 Prototype | Image Credit: TechTastic

Too flexible or not too flexible?

Samsung was rumored more than once to consider launching the Galaxy Note 3 with a flexible display, but the rumors have been shot down by other reports claiming that Samsung isn’t ready to mass-produce the necessary amounts of flexible displays for a handset that will most likely sell like hot cakes – even though it won’t match Galaxy S4 sales.

Samsung has been teasing flexible displays for years now, and while the Galaxy Note 3 may not be the first device to get such a panel, there’s a Galaxy Gear smartwatch in the works that could have such a screen. The Gear is also supposed to be unveiled on September 4, right alongside the new Galaxy Note model.

[Update August 27, 2013:] A Samsung exec has confirmed that the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear will be launched on September 4, adding that the Gear smartwatch will not pack a flexible display after all (something other recent reports have hinted at).

Plastic is still fantastic

In addition to flexible display rumors, we’ve seen plenty of rumors suggesting that the Galaxy Note 3 might come with a metal design – seen as Samsung’s response to the competition’s design advancements.

But then we’ve seen plenty of rumors saying that Samsung will still use plastic for the handset. Will a waterproof Galaxy Note 3 also be announced later this year to compete against Sony’s products? We wouldn’t be surprised to see it happen, considering that Samsung is known to make a phone for every need.

Show me the pictures

Unfortunately, while there were various leaks and alleged sketches of the Galaxy Note 3 in the wild (you can see some of them above and below), we don’t have any confirmed images of the handset for you at this time.

In fact, considering all the aforementioned contrasting rumors, we’d have no idea whether to believe any of the leaks we’ve seen or not. From the looks of these rumors, Samsung kept changing its mind on the design of the phone – or didn’t make up its mind until the very end; it’s likely we’ll never find out.

Galaxy Note 3

Galaxy Note 3 allegedly shown in leaked image | Image Credit: @PunkPanda

Phone versions

Various reports claimed that there will be a variety of Galaxy Note 3 models out there. Some said four, other said eight, while recent unconfirmed information provided indirectly by an Indian logistics site revealed that there may be quite a few different Galaxy Note 3 models out there (at least when it comes to model number).

No matter what Galaxy Note 3 versions you’ll get – the model number for the Galaxy Note 3 family starts with SM-N900 – chances are the overall design will be the same, with internal components expected to differ, which is exactly what Samsung did with other flagship handsets in the recent past.

  • Chris

    “Various reports claimed that there will be a variety of Galaxy Note 2 models out there”??? Note 2 or 3??

  • legoman

    doesn’t matter what they do the battery size is pathetic just 100mah increased? the adreno 330 uses way more juice than the 320 as shown in another review site of the lg g2.

    • Joshua

      Like ChrisBrown Wbeater said, hopefully there will be some crazy optimizing. Also, remember it’s supposed to be 1080p.

      • crazy

        Crazy optimizing by Samsung in Android?

        • Joshua

          Yes, so the applications and overall UI takes a smaller toll from the battery life.

        • simpleas

          yeah thats why they owning everyone. including your sorry azz

    • Ivan Myring

      All rumours I have heard say 350mAh increase.

      • bikerider

        did u read the article? there are more sources that says the battery will be 3200mah

    • Plazmic Flame

      Battery size pathetic? Welcome to the internet but the Note series is a great example of battery life, only second to the Motorola Razr Maxx series of devices.

      You must have lots of hands on experience…. /sarcasm

  • ChrisBrown Wbeater

    hopefully the screen is not pentile and yeah like the other guy said hopefully the battery is bigger or maybe theres some crazy optimizing going on. Oh and I thought most note 3 will come with 32gigs of storage? maybe with thatbnew nand emmc 5.0 or something???

    • Gilles LeBlanc

      Yea you know with all these LCD superphones out there I really love OLED to the point I think I require it.

    • simpleas

      Will it matter at 1080p? GS4 officially has the best mobile screen at this point in history. and im happy if it comes with that.

  • xtriker360

    So when do you guys think this will be available in the US?

    • Joshua

      Most likely a month after announcement, give or take. It’s impossible to know until Sammy tells us. Also some carriers and countries get it it before or later than others.

      • xtriker360

        I’m getting a phone by September 20th (my birthday) I was hopping to get this or the LG 2? I really don’t know what to do. Do you guys like this one better over the LG G2? And do you think I better wait for this one?

        • Joshua

          Awesome, my b day was July 28, and i will be getting a new phone too. I am waiting for the Sony Honami/ i1 announcement. If it isn’t on verizon, I will jump on the LG G2 bandwagon right away.

          It the matter of GN3 or the G2, what it really comes down to is two things. One is a 6 inch screen just too darn big. That was my problem. Also, is the S pen necessary. I have the Galaxy Note 10.1 and i love it. Honestly, i would go G2.

        • Joshua

          Oh also remember the G2 has unique button placement. Some people don’t like it. But hey, don’t know it till you try it.

        • freddieboy

          Note 3, no doubt, its worth the wait.

  • Lego, remember we have been told the new phone will have a quantum leap in battery life, so the rating of the battery is secondary to how it will actually perform. We can’t wait to get a hold of this one so we can do design details on the lakes, ponds and streams we build on the fly!

    • fromtheback

      i looked up on what lego is talking about. on phonearena they did a battery consumption test with the adreno 330 in the lg g2 and that thing chewed up the battery. the adreno 320 fared way better

      • freddieboy

        Its not the GPU eating power. The Snap 800 quad core n ATT unit has the ability to go from 1 core or up to 4 as needed. Batt life will b as good as Note 2 or better.

  • ProudToBePinoy

    “Galaxy Note 3 GFX Bench results | Image credit: Sam Mobile”, is this accurate?

    • freddieboy

      Yes it is. My wife’s Galaxy S4, with Snap 600 @ 1.9ghz with Adreno 320 & only 2 gigs of ram is @ 16.4Fps on AnTuTu. Much higher than my Note 2 @ only 4.7Fps. The Mali 400 n the Note 2 is not a very good GPU, since the Snap 800 @ 2.3ghz & Adreno 330 with 3gigs of DDR3 ram should b 50% faster which is exactly what is shown. We have a winner. 1st set of pics are correct. Did u notice the dedicated Camera button below power button on right side..?! Also since Samsung partnered with & purchased 50% of major carbon fiber co. u may see @ least a carbon fiber rear batt cover. Also the units actually look like an oversized I-5. Guess apple will b thrilled.

    • bubby

      Why is the s4 outperforming the Note 3??

  • Notice the 1st picture labelled ‘Galaxy Note 3 concept’ in this article?
    I have the feeling this is nearest to the real thing.

    • Plazmic Flame

      Probably spot on because it looks like the GS4 design…

  • Joe

    If the note 3 looks anything like the render on the top of page 1 of this article, I’m gonna be on it like flies on sh*t. I notice some people saying the phone will be too big…well, I’m ready for a phablet! A few years ago I had the Droid X, and then moved on to the Galaxy Nexus which I’ve had for about a year and a half now.

    The Droid X only had a 4.3″ display, and the G-Nex is 4.65″, so I’m ready to take the leap and have a display more than one full inch larger (assuming the 5.68″ rumor comes true).

  • I have the Note 2 which has been a great choice.

    Unless I pay full-price, I may not be getting it unless there are enough features to make me thing otherwise. But I sure want to.

    • Mark Doten

      Are you able to use the phone with one hand (flipping through screens, send texts, etc) or is it too big?

  • Guido

    AWESOME! The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will be mine when it is available for purchase :)

  • hades

    can’t wait until i got hold of my new SGN3. SGN as always been my partner in biz and work — productivity and features truly unmatched! still got my iphone anyway for call and text use only! it is not as useful as my SGNs. but i love both…

    • Topcat488

      I’m kicking the same combination… OG-N7000 with a iphone, i skipped the SGN2 because i love the “FAT” 16:10 ratio of the Note 1. And it looks like the SGN3 will also be 16:9 ratio but i can’t wait any longer… I’m getting it. Other Phablets must have a built in stylus with S-Pen like functionalities, in order to compete in my book.

      I’ll be getting a ip5C to go with the SGN3, for like you said quick calls or texts, and for that internal memory that hold so many 1GB+ App games. unlike most Android phones that need SDcards, and games can’t move to SD cards anyway.

  • dissatisfied

    Very disappointed in rumors, especially the wimpy 5.68 screen size. I’ll probably head over to the sony xperia z ultra when it comes to tmobile, or just stay with my note 2.

    • j¤n Gårrëtt [5,000+]

      then go with the Galaxy Mega, that shit is huge.

  • Jimmy Drew

    With Steve 200 percent more than likely pay full boat for Note 3. Got to be visible in bright sunlight.

  • Osama Rehan

    Hahah note 3
    Can’t beat iPhone

    • kato

      Bitch please

    • SeraZR™

      Haha noob

      Can’t understand sh!t :D

  • Idris Hussain

    Definitely this time Note 3.

  • RaptorOO7

    Will it have the obligatory Verizon Tramp Stamp on the HOME button again.

    • j¤n Gårrëtt [5,000+]

      Verizon tramp stamp, lol. that’s a good one.

  • Note Lover

    I will upgrade to the Note 3, from the Note 2, can’t wait!!!!!!

  • Jones7

    Screen size and battery = total let down for me.. Should have had at least 6 inch display and 4000mah battery, though phablet isn’t official yet.

  • Md.Hasan Reza

    Nice apps and software.Thank you. Android,apps,software,theme,

  • I LOVE my Note II, it’s mostly replaced all my other computing devices. After I rooted it and “fixed” all of Samsung’s artificial restrictions, my laptop became almost obsolete.

    Having said that, the thought of a 1080p screen in 5.7″ size has me drooling. And I no longer want to use a phone without an S-Pen, so I guess the Note 3 is on my shopping list for the near future! Especially if the rumors of 24bit/192khz sound turn out to be true… the sound quality from my wife’s HTC One has me really jealous.

    • j¤n Gårrëtt [5,000+]

      I have the Note I which I still love and use. I have the One vs my Wife’s S4 and she loves my camera but I miss all those Samsung-Only goodies.

      Life’s been great since switching from the iPhone 4 back in Nov 2011.

  • venvet

    debating between z ultra or note 3

  • Robb

    If this concept is real (which it probably isn’t) samsung will get sued for the rounded edges which apple has a patent on.

  • John Rainey

    I wonder if there will be a package deal with the new smart watch? I think that would be good.

    • Mark Doten

      I just saw one on Verizon.

  • TronPhenix

    I would love to get the note.

  • sick person

    yah that looks “nothing” like the iPhone!

  • sick person

    I see samsung is also letting the pictures of its phone to “leak out”…. i wonder who why!

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  • Hitesh

    I am using Samsung note 2 n waiting to see note 3 in my hand
    Am dieing to see note 3.

  • Jack

    I can’t wait to see the pre order offers for the Galaxy Note 3! I hope it will be not to expensive.

  • Mark Doten

    Maybe you guys can help. I’m trying to decide between a note 3 and an s4. I’m unsure how useful the SPen is and whether the screen size is too big. I need to be able to type one handed.