Photo taken with Samsung Galaxy Note 3 LTE
A photo taken with a Samsung device has appeared on Picasa and according to the model number (SM-N9005) it is assumed to be the LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. According to a web page spotted on the website of Samsung Kazakhstan back in June, the new Galaxy Note 3 will carry the SM-N9000 model number. The EXIF data in the photo on Picasa carries the same model number but with a 5 at the end.

For the Galaxy Note 2, Samsung used the model number GT-N7100 for the generic international version of the device and GT-N7105 for the international LTE version. If Samsung are following the same numbering scheme then the photo could indeed be from the LTE version of the Note 3.

EXIF data from photo taken with Samsung Galaxy Note 3 LTE

However, a little caution is needed. It is very possible to fake EXIF data and the photo only has a resolution of 1024 x 576 which is VERY low. The image is also very blurred.

But if it is genuine then it looks like Samsung have a few prototype Note 3 devices out in the field for beta testing! It is anticipated Samsung will unveil the Galaxy Note 3 at IFA 2013  which was also the event chosen by Samsung to launch the original Galaxy Note and the Galaxy Note 2.

As for specs, the current rumors suggest at least a 5.7 inch display and couple of different CPUs. Like the Galaxy S4, which has two processor variants, the Note 3 is expected to come in Exynos Octa and Qualcomm Snapdragon flavors.