We expect Samsung to announce a new iteration of the Samsung Galaxy Note in the coming months. Now a source is reporting a small supply of the units have been shipped for R&D purposes. And the same source is reporting that it has acquired a prototype unit of the alleged phablet.

According to an image provided by Techtastic, the Note III will carry the model number SM-N900.

Though Samsung has an event scheduled later this month in London, the Galaxy Note III won’t yet be ready for release. Instead we’ll likely see the Samsung Galaxy SIV Zoom and the Note III will arrive at IFA in September.

The Note III is expected to incorporate a lot of the functionality added on the Galaxy S4 along with the obligatory upgrades in specs (1920 x 1080-pixel resolution, 2-3GB of RAM and either Android 4.2.2 or 4.3 Jelly Bean) and an increase in screen size (5.9-inch).

According to Techtastic and Sammobile, they do not believe this particular prototype unit to be the Galaxy Mega (6.3-inch) due to its corner design. What do you think, is it the Note III?

In this same “confirmation” Techtastic also notes the shipment of a second-generation Galaxy Camera and an Galaxy S4 LTE-Advanced edition sporting a Snapdragon 800-soc processor.

Samsung currently has two windows for product announcements, June 20 in London, and September at IFA in Berlin. We’ll be sure to cover both events with great detail and announce the new products as they arrive.