A new report says that Samsung may launch its third-generation Galaxy Note smartphone earlier than expected to counter Apple’s upcoming iPhone models.
DigiTimes says that the Galaxy Note 3 as well as the Galaxy S4 mini would arrive in the third quarter to take on new iPhone versions. The Galaxy Note 3 would arrive in July-August, which would be a lot earlier than anticipated.
Previous rumors said that the new Galaxy Note generation would be unveiled in September at IFA 2013, and hit stores thereafter.
Obviously, we’re taking DigiTimes’ report with the appropriate grain of salt, considering its not always accurate track record when reporting news.
The report does not mention other details about Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3, as it’s main focus is actually Apple and its iPhone plans for this year.
According to the publication, Apple would launch two iPhone models in the third quarter of 2013 including a “revised version of the iPhone 5” and a “low-cost iPhone model” that will be “comparable to the iPhone 4S in hardware specifications but with a lower specification display and processor.”
Apple is apparently preparing for producing 20 million new iPhones each month starting with the third quarter of the year. Launch details for the new iPhone models are not provided, but the report speculates that Apple could announce them in June at the earliest. The publication does say that iPhone shipments would start at the end of June, reaching a peak in August-September.
Other recent Galaxy Note 3 rumors claim that the handset would launch with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor on board and with a camera with optical image stabilization features.