With a little over a week left until its unveiling, the Note 3 is probably the most discussed phone of the moment (if you’re into Android, that is).
While a series of rumors and leaks have painted a relatively complete image of the Note 3’s specifications, so far we haven’t really seen any credible leak about the appearance of the device. But that could change with this set of pictures, which well-known Australian leaker Sonny Dickson claims represent the front panel of the Galaxy Note 3.
Note there’s a slight chance we might be looking at a different device or a prototype or a total fake. With the caveat out of the way, the images below seem credible, knowing Samsung’s record of employing iterative designs on the Galaxy Note series. The panel is more squarish that the Note 2’s and seems to be a throwback to the more angular lines of the original Galaxy Note.
The most striking features are the very slim bezels, which are hard to see in some of the shots. In this respect, the Note 3 could be similar to the LG G2, another device that sports almost negligible bezels.
The placement of the speakers, front camera, and sensors on the panel is almost identical to that of the Note 2. The Note 3 is supposed to have about the same dimensions as its predecessor, which is something that wouldn’t surprise us, considering that Samsung did the same with the Galaxy S4. As for the materials, the panel looks to have a metallic sheen in some of the pictures, but that might be just an illusion.[Update September 1st, 2013:] An internal memorandum was leaked to Engadget and seems to show that the release date of the Galaxy Note 3 on Three UK will be occurring somewhere around September 16th. While the 16th is unlikely for an actual release, it is likely the date the carrier is set to receive the Note 3 itself.
The Note 3 is rumored to feature a 5.68-inch display, a Snapdragon 800 processor (at least initially), 3GB of RAM, and a 13MP camera with no optical image stabilization. Samsung just officially confirmed that the Note 3 and the Galaxy Gear would be unveiled on September 4 in Berlin, so we will get the official skinny on both devices in a matter of days.