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

A new report says that Samsung will release a cheaper Galaxy Note 3 in emerging markets, featuring an LCD display and an 8-megapixel camera. Read on for more details.
August 29, 2013
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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.