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We’re now less than a month away from seeing the Galaxy Note 3 revealed, a fact confirmed by Samsung’s less than subtle, “Note the date” event invitation, and the latest leak gives us the most complete picture of its specs yet. The information comes from the SamMobile blog, a serial leaker of Samsung secrets, and clarifies much of what we already suspected.
This version of the big-screen device, which essentially created the phablet genre, will be Samsung’s third and seemingly largest yet. The screen, according to this leak, could measure 5.68-inches and have a 1080p resolution. This would give the screen a pixel density of around 380, slightly lower than the Galaxy S4’s excellent 441ppi.
Powering at least some Note 3 phones could be Samsung’s eight-core Exynos 5 Octa, but not the old version seen in international S4 devices. According to the leaked spec list, it’ll be the Exynos 5 Octa 5420, the revised version announced in July. The clock speed is up to 1.8GHz for the primary cores, while the secondary cores now run at 1.3GHz, plus there’s a new graphics core onboard. Despite all this, it’s not known if the eight-core Note 3 will be sold everywhere, or if most markets will end up with an alternative, presumably the quad-core Snapdragon 800 chip.
It’s also written the Note 3 will have 3GB of RAM. While 2GB is common on high end smartphones this year, we’ve yet to see a phone with 3GB. However, Samsung announced at the end of July it had started mass production of low power, 3GB LPDDR3 RAM for mobile, and devices using it would appear during the second half of 2013.
The Note 3 could be one of the first devices to come with Android 4.3 installed from the factory too. Not only is this mentioned by SamMobile’s anonymous industry source, but a phone with the model number SM-N900 (believed to be the Note 3) undergoing certification by the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) also lists the device as having Android 4.3 onboard.
Finally, like the Galaxy S4, expect a 13-megapixel camera, a choice of 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of storage memory, and 4G LTE connectivity. To power all this, the battery may have a capacity of 3200mAh, slightly up from the 3100mAh cell in the Note 2.
We’ll find out if all this is correct on September 4.