Samsung’s rumored Galaxy Note III is expected to launch sometime between now and the fall in an effort to steal the spotlight from iPhone 5S, and we’ve already seen leaked photos of the phablet, suggesting it’s in early production. The over-sized handset will go head-to-head with Apple’s flagship smartphone later this year, since both are expected to hit the market around the same time, and based on the rumors its massive display could range anywhere from 5.7 to 6.3 inches.
Regardless of the Galaxy Note III’s screen size, some models of the handset may not feature Samsung’s classic AMOLED display. ET News reports that manufacturing issues mean about 10 percent of the new phablet units will sport LCD screens instead, likely from Sharp, which Samsung invested in earlier this year. Then again, ET News doesn’t have the best track record, so until we hear some official news we’ll leave this report in the rumor pile. Maybe there’s a rugged model planned, too, since the Galaxy S4 Active uses an LCD panel while the original S4 uses an HD Super AMOLED screen.
We’re expecting the Galaxy Note III to feature a 1080p resolution and Qualcomm’s latest ultra-fast Snapdragon 800 processor. Samsung will likely unveil the new handset at IFA in Berlin this September, following a precedent set by the company in recent years.