Summer is here, and with it the wave of leaks, rumors, and speculation concerning the hottest Android device of the season, the Galaxy Note.
The latest piece of fodder for the rumor mill concerns the supposed start of the manufacturing process for the successor to the Galaxy Note 2. According to an insider quoted by the Korean site ETNews, Samsung’s upstream suppliers should begin receiving orders for components for the Note 3 starting in August. The info comes from a report discussing the drop in component orders from Samsung, caused by the lower than expected demand for the Galaxy S4, which left Sammy’s suppliers with unused inventory.
Unfortunately, this latest report doesn’t really tell us anything new. Like the Galaxy Note 2 last year, the Note 3 is likely to launch ahead of IFA 2013, which takes place in Berlin in early September. The device should then be made available in the following weeks. So it’s only obvious that Samsung would begin ordering components for the Note 3 in August, given the time required for suppliers to deliver them and for Samsung to assemble and ship the final product.
Another morsel of info concerning the highly anticipated Galaxy Note 3 comes from noted leaker of all things mobile @evleaks:
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 tipped as having a 5.7-inch screen
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) June 24, 2013
The Note 2 features a 5.5-inch display. How likely is that Samsung would increase the screen size of the Note 3 with just 0.2-inch? Previous rumors stated that the Note 3 would boast a 5.99-inch panel. However, we should keep in mind that Samsung already launched the Mega 5.8 and 6.3 devices. It’s possible that the Korean smartphone maker decided to keep the Note within a smaller size range, and leave the 6+ inch displays for the Mega line.
Moreover, a modest 0.2-inch increase would allow Samsung to keep the size of the Note 3 similar to the Note 2’s, or even make it more compact, like it did with the Galaxy S4, which is smaller than its predecessor.
The person behind the @evleaks Twitter account has consistently revealed genuine information on upcoming devices, though their track record is not, by any means, spotless. In other words, don’t take it for granted.
What do you want to see in the Note 3? Do you prefer a larger display or is 5.7-inch enough?