The Galaxy Note III is slated to be Samsung’s “Next Big Thing,” with an expected launch date this fall, but according to a new report from ET News, the third-generation phablet may arrive even sooner. A parts supplier told the publication that mass production for the upcoming handset will begin in August, suggesting the device could be released soon afterwards. However, ET News doesn’t have the best record with this kind of information, so we wouldn’t recommend you mark the Galaxy Note III release date for August 2013 in your calendar just yet; it seems more likely that Samsung will debut the new smartphone at IFA in Berlin this September.
With alleged leaked Galaxy Note III photos surfacing online almost daily there’s been much debate over how big the upcoming phablet’s display will be, with some predicting that its screen size could surpass 6-inches. However, according to a tweet from @evleaks, which has a solid track record when it comes to breaking mobile news, the handset’s screen will measure 5.7-inches.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 tipped as having a 5.7-inch screen
— @evleaks (@evleaks) June 24, 2013
A 5.7-inch Galaxy Note III would be just 0.2-inches bigger than the Note II, which follows the trend set when the current Note replaced the original 5.3-inch model. The third-generation Samsung phablet is also rumored to sport a 13-megapixel camera, either an octo-core or Snapdragon 800 processor, an S Pen stylus, the latest Android OS (either 4.2.2 or 4.3) and the company’s own Touch-Wiz UI.