Rumor: Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Tab 3 hardware tipped for September launch

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The phrase, “The next big thing is just around the corner,” has never been more relevant, as rumors have begun to appear concerning the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, which if earlier chatter is correct will be bigger than ever. According to Samsung gossip blog SamMobile, the Note 3 will launch at the IFA Berlin tech trade show later this year, where it’ll be joined by a new series of Galaxy Tab tablets.

The Galaxy Note 2 was announced at the end of August 2012 at an Unpacked event just before IFA Berlin opened, so it’s logical to expect the company to do the same again this year. However, with the Galaxy S4 arriving only ten months into the Galaxy S3’s lifecycle, there’s also a distinct possibility Samsung may introduce the Note 3 early too.

As for the Galaxy Note 3’s tech specs, SamMobile’s anonymous insider had nothing to say on the subject, but this news comes soon after another report indicated the third incarnation of Samsung’s smartphone/tablet hybrid would boast a 5.9-inch display. This would make it almost half an inch larger than Galaxy Note 2’s screen, and just over an inch smaller than the company’s smallest tablet.

On the subject of tablets, there’s a chance the Note 3 will be joined by the Galaxy Tab 3 series, updating the Galaxy Tab 2 range launched in early 2012. Exactly how many Tab 3 tablets will be revealed isn’t discussed, as in previous years Samsung has used a wide variety of screen sizes, from 7-inches to 10.1-inches, with 7.7-inches and 8.9-inches in-between on its Galaxy Tab devices.

We already know the Galaxy S4 smartphone’s Unpacked event was the first of several events the company has planned this year, so should the rumor turn out to be factual, we can expect the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Tab 3 hardware to arrive not at the show, but at a dedicated Unpacked event just before it opens. The IFA show in Berlin opens on September 6 and runs until September 11, so there’s still a few months to go before we’ll hear anything official.