Today’s rumor, though, is one of the more ‘out there’ ones we’ve heard so far, so make sure you have a healthy dose of sodium nearby before we continue.
Apparently there will be an affordable version of the Galaxy Note III released at the same time as the ‘flagship’ model. This cheaper Note III will sport an LCD screen, and it will have an 8 MP camera. The flagship Galaxy Note III should come with an AMOLED display and a 13 MP rear snapper. Obviously, these changes are meant to make the affordable version cheaper than the other one.
It’s being speculated that around 30% of the first production run for the Galaxy Note III will be of the cheaper model. In absolute numbers, we’re talking 1 to 1.5 million out of 4 million. The more affordable variant will be aimed at and sold primarily in emerging markets. Unfortunately we can’t tell you anything more detailed than that yet.
This ‘self-cannibalization’ from Samsung is in part due to issues with sourcing enough parts for the Galaxy Note III. But it also seems to be a sort of experiment from the Korean company, an experimental way of launching a flagship (with multiple models). That is, if this rumor turns out to be true. We’ll have to wait and see.
In other Samsung-related news, the Galaxy S5 is said to get a metal casing. That would break with tradition, as for the first time since the original Galaxy S launched one of the Korean company’s flagships would not be made out of plastic.
The polycarbonate materials that Samsung has been using on its Galaxy S and Galaxy Note lines have been criticized a lot in the media lately, especially after HTC unveiled its all-metal One earlier this year. Some people say that holding a metal phone in your hand gives you a more premium feel compared to one made out of plastic. And other people keep repeating this idea over and over again.
So it looks like Samsung finally noticed all these people. And as it usually does, the company is getting ready to be a ‘fast follower’ yet again, only in this case it will be HTC’s lead that it will follow. Next year will be all about metal for Samsung, if it manages to sort out manufacturing in time.
It’s going to start a production line before the end of this year, and it’s looking to minimize the effects of using metal in the construction (bad reception, for example). Let’s hope that Samsung isn’t thinking about ditching microSD card support or removable batteries from its flagship handsets like so many of its competitors have already done (hopefully it will recognize what a competitive advantage this has become).