With Samsung’s Unpacked event in Berlin just a day away now, it’s not shocking that containment efforts for the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear have basically been lost.
The newest leak for the Note 3, courtesy of @evleaks, is a couple of screenshots accompanied by some supposedly confirmed specs, which are mostly in line with what we have heard previously for the Note 3.
Let’s take the specs first, as that’s likely to be of the most interest to everyone. The screen should be a full HD 1920 x 1080. If the projected 5.68-inch screen size proves correct, that would mean a 397 ppi screen. It might not be the 1440p insanity that LG showed us a few weeks ago, but good luck finding any pixels without your trusty microscope.
Naturally you need a powerful processor to keep all those pixels moving, and the Note 3 will have a 2.3 GHz quad-core processor (read: Snapdragon 800) to get that done. It’ll also carry 2.5GB of RAM, a bit shy of the 3GB we have seen previously. (Frankly either is plenty).
Moving on to the screenshots themselves. Thankfully it seems that the Note 3 will launch with the same build of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean that is seen in the new Nexus 7. Assuming they manage to get this thing launched soon, it’ll be current. And the second screenshot offers an AnTuTu benchmark score of 24,497. That isn’t the highest score we’ve seen, but it places the device well ahead of previous generation devices like the Galaxy S 4 or HTC One. We’ll find out tomorrow if that translates into smooth real-world performance.
I’ve carried the Note 2 as my daily driver since its launch last year. Between the big screen and the S-Pen support, it has been one of my favorite devices to date. I’m really hoping that Samsung manages to deliver a worthy sequel here. I know they can put out solid hardware, but I hope to see advancements with the S-Pen and related software, as those are the real differentiators for the Note line. If they can’t continue to make that a compelling experience they may as well just build a better spec’d Galaxy Mega, and I can at least say that I don’t want that to happen.
Any current Note owners have something specific they want Samsung to do this time around with the software? Or if you are considering a Note, what could they announce tomorrow that would tip the scales for you?