Rumor: Galaxy Note 3 version for emerging markets to have LCD display, 8-megapixel camera

by: Chris SmithAugust 29, 2013
Galaxy Note 2

Samsung Galaxy Note 2

A new report from South Korean media seems to indicate that one of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 3 will be made specifically for emerging markets, and therefore sport cheaper components.

According to ETNews, the Galaxy Note 3 for emerging markets will have an LCD display instead of an AMOLED screen and an 8-megapixel camera instead of a 13-megapixel one.

Using cheaper components means that the handset would be cheaper to manufacture and therefore have a cheaper price. However, pricing details for such a model aren’t mentioned.

The publication apparently says this Galaxy Note 3 version will account for 30% of the initial production run, although it’s not clear what actual markets will get the phone.

Considering that Samsung is used to making a Galaxy phone for every need, and considering that previous reports have indicated that the company would introduce various Galaxy Note 3 models this year, we can’t say we’re particularly surprised to hear that a cheaper version (at least for Samsung) may also be in the works.

On the other hand, the Galaxy Mega handsets, which have 5.8- and 6.3-inch screens, should already offer mid-range specs to consumers interested in more affordable extra large smartphones, shouldn’t they? Both handsets pack LCD displays and 8-megapixel cameras, but neither model comes with a stylus.

That said, we’ll add that we’re looking at just another rumor about the Galaxy Note 3 – we have a Galaxy Note 3 rumor roundup for you – so we’ll have to wait for Samsung to officially confirm the news.

The phone will be unveiled on September 4, during a special pre-IFA 2013 Samsung media event.

  • Ruz

    Wow now thats interesting.. The one who pays full price for the phone gets a cheap display and the one who buys them in subsidized rates gets bestest one

    • MasterMuffin

      Bestest xD And also, NO

    • Joshua Hill

      In general LCD’s are more accurate but SAMOLED’s consume less power. For me the best display on a phone is the one that works and looks amazing, even with over-saturated colours, but most importantly doesn’t kill my battery as quickly.

      • Ruz

        somehow for me lcd’s always look and feel dull as they dont have full colors. I prefer that. Battery consumption can be reduced by lowering your brightness or contrast of a phone. I m impressed with Sony having lcd panel but did some major changes to it

  • Maher Salti

    let’s hope this isn’t true…

  • Cristi13

    Wasn’t also this kind of rumor before s4 launched?

  • john

    Damn it, the only reason that I didn’t buy Ultra Z is because I love reading ebooks with black background on a AMOLED display.

  • nishantsirohi123

    why not release it as an “active” version like the s4 active

  • Lisandro O Oocks

    Yo Chris quit reading those low spec’s rumors.. You’re making it sound like it’s gonna be worse than Galaxy Note 2.


    This is way off from all the rumors I have been hearing. I have heard 5.68 screen, 1080p Super Amoled screen, jelly bean 4.3, Snapdragon 800 2.3ghz smart quad core for the US, 13 mega pixel camera with 4K recording capability, unfortunately no OIS (because of supply issues), the same camera features of the S4 plus more, 3420mhz battery, smaller side bezel with the phone about the same size as the Note 2, and more SPen features.

    I don’t know who came up with this crap in this article. Probably someone that want the Note 3 to look bad and hopes to convince someone not to wait for it to cone out.

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  • Blowntoaster

    Samsung must just make sure I get the Top model in my country. Otherwise I’ll sue….or cry…or punch a Sammy sales Rep. Please Sammy…give us the top dog.

  • Luka Mlinar

    Why don’t they just make 2 models. One with high specs and this one. both would sell fine.