It’s almost inevitable Samsung will release the Galaxy Note 3 later this year, given the huge success of the previous two versions, and the continuing obsession with massive touchscreens. Rumours have been flying around regarding the possible spec for a while, and they often included references to Samsung‘s eight-core, Exynos 5 Octa processor.
This is the chip which powers some of the Galaxy S4 models, although not those in the UK, and it was expected Samsung would also fit it into the Note 3. However, a rumour published by Asian tech site ZDNet Korea indicates Samsung may not do this, and will instead fit a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chip.
The Snapdragon 800 isn’t out yet, and the Note 3 would probably be one of the first phones to use it. It promises to be a real powerhouse, as it has a maximum clock speed of 2.3GHz, and comes with the latest Adreno 330 graphics chip, which is capable of playing 4K resolution video.
Apparently, the decision has been taken due to Samsung not being able to make enough of the chips for a product as popular as the Note 3, and the Snapdragon 800 should be able to match the eight-core chip for performance. It also has the benefit of coming with 4G LTE connectivity on the chip itself, while Samsung’s chip doesn’t, making the Qualcomm system more energy efficient.
The news regarding the processor joins talk of a larger, 5.9-inch, shatterproof touchscreen being fitted to a much slimmer than before Note 3, along with the latest version of Android. Like previous Note devices, a September announcement at the Berlin IFA trade show is possible.