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13MP Camera and Snapdragon 800 Chip Reportedly Coming Equipped in Samsung Galaxy Note 3

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The newest report out of ZDNet has placed the same 13MP sensor found in the Galaxy S4 inside Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 3, as well as Qualcomm’s top tier Snapdragon 800 processor. While 13MP is nothing to dust off of your shoulder, since the Galaxy S4 features a fantastic camera, the Snapdragon 800 rumor runs a bit opposite from Samsung’s goal to integrate more of their Exynos lineup of chips into flagship devices. 

Much like we are already seeing, this could be because getting their Exynos 5 Octa to run on American bands is either somewhat of a challenge or they will leave it to Qualcomm who has already mastered the process. If U.S. customers have to go for the Snapdragon 800, they should know that they are in for a treat either way. The 800 is capable of maintaining a 2.3GHz clock rate, while also being reasonable on power consumption. It features Krait 400 architecture, plus the Adreno 330 GPU inside.

While some people have been hoping to see more “octa-core” devices introduced here in the States, if you planned on giving the Galaxy Note 3 a look and it does in fact run the 800, you will probably walk away pretty happy as a buyer.

Via: ZDNet | SamMobile

  • Blue Sun

    Has there been any info regarding screen size? I’m hoping this doesn’t get much more larger than the existing Galaxy Note II.

  • Dominick_7

    The Note 2 is incredible as is, but if they seriously step up the specs
    as rumored and add a 5.9 inch 1080p screen with better Wacom, this will VERY welcome! Very much looking forward to getting it!

    The thing I don’t like on the Note 2 is the Wacom digitizer loses calibration relatively easily and quickly, especially near the edges of the screen..this gets quite annoying. Having extra room to draw and paint will be awesome and if it has more touch sensitive points that maintains calibration, that would be fantastic.

    But yea, the rumored specs are definitely drool worthy: octa core CPU (the Note 2 does lag a bit when a number of apps are added, hopefully the base clock will take care of that for regular functions), a 5.9 inch 1080p 440 ppi screen, as good or hopefully better quality screen than the S4 using a diamond matrix (with zero clipping or other weird issues the S series has had), 3GB of ram, the cool features of the S4 along with new ones (though many of which were stolen from the Note 2), better camera (better sensor, don’t know that I want pictures that blown up with 13mp) with an anti shake 3x zoom and Android 5. Hope they make it with a better longer lasting removable battery like at 4100mAh, though I cannot wait to see what ZeroLemon and Hyperion come out with, yet if Samsung did a ZeroLemon out of the box using quick charge tech, woah. Hope it has better quality sound, with more bass (some Note 2s have a more bassy sound than others), they nerfed it on the Note 2 with the last update a lot:/, comes with a better front facing camera, and please please comes with 32 or even better 64GB internal storage (the other thing I don’t like about the Note 2 being left with 10GBs of storage), with expandable storage. Having all of that I think will let it have a serious jaw dropping factor to it!

    Does anyone know if Android plans on bringing back the ability to install apps to the SD Card? Having the larger screen makes gaming a serious draw for consumers (even my iPhone friends will switch to the Note 3 for the larger screen and high 440 ppi screen due to gaming) but having limited internal storage one is limited to as far as installation space really makes that a drag.

  • sk3litor

    I can’t wait to see the note3 but honestly haven’t run into anything that my note 2 can’t handle. I’m still amazed everyday at the things this beast can do.

  • the_real_patrick_bateman

    I can’t be the only person who thinks a 13mp cell phone camera is ridiculous.

    I defy anyone to give me one good example of what you would do with a 13mp photo taken with a cell phone. Piss off people by emailing huge attachments? Uploading it to Facebook where it gets over-compressed and even uglier, and nobody will look at it full-size anyway? Make some muddy 11×17″ prints?

    Right now, I’ve got a Note 2. It’s fast enough for what I do with it. I don’t care about whiz-bang features bundled with Touchwiz. The battery life is pretty great. I can’t think of a single thing they could add that make me want to spend $600+ to replace my Note2.

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      that last about being a note 2 owner is spot on. I feel the same exact way. There’s nothing hardware wise that can make me feel like my note 2 is outdated. Maybe the 720p screen but that’s still not enough.

  • Rickerbilly

    I knew the second I ordered my GS4 the Note 3 would be around the corner. ugh.

    • dmagicp

      Yes and as soon as you order the Note 3, it will be time for the S5. You just have to pick a phone that you know you will like and go for it. I’m actually tickled pink that I was able to get my Note 2 for less than a 100 bucks just by waiting for a few months. It’s still the same badass phone that it was last November, only I didn’t have to pay 300 for it which makes it even better. I think I’m going to start purposely staying behind on the upgrade cycles to save money. Lol! I have 2 lines on my account for the price of one thanks to my employer, so I will keep the note 2 for a year, then upgrade to the note 3.

      • Dominick_7

        One other thing I thought of is that I realize over time more and more root features get added to it.. if they could allow overclocking or at least enough root access so that if we want to get a root app we can use one, that would take away most of the attraction of rooting for me, away. No offense intended, but as much as I don’t like dealing with reps (east coast reps most especially), I’d much rather deal with them with a warranty for replacements, than geeks with no social skills or standards of conduct and zero warranty. Concerning rooting though, if they had some solid controls to not allow one to burn their phone via overheating and made the OS image available on their site, couldn’t rooting THEY provide be a draw for the company without it being a big headache for them?

  • Dave

    Should be an impressive device, but I can happily use my GN2 for another year or two, proper functionality pending.

  • Avery Dejuan Herron

    As long as it comes with a higher res screen, and a ir beam then that along will be enough for me to get it I haven’t wanted any other phone since I got the note 2 because of the form factor but I have wanted a few more features.

  • cvgordo

    I’m down with the snapdragon 800 or the exynos octa but with the snapdragon 600.

  • flosserelli

    I thought Samsung confirmed the Exynos 5 Octa supports all 20 LTE bands(?)

  • Brian P.

    I’m actually happy to hear the Snap 800 may be the chosen one. I hope Samsung implements the fast charge technology that the new Qualcomm processors possess.

  • Geoff Johnson

    Bionic, you didn’t post enough on this article.

    • Bionic

      Ok let me add another

    • Bionic

      and another

  • TheWenger

    S800 > Octa

  • schoat333

    I’d laugh if the release the note 3 mid summer. That would be Very Apple like considering the note 2 came out when?….

    • Butters619

      Note II was announced last August and came out end of September/beginning of October.. That is almost a year.

      • Bionic

        plenty of time between releases. not like they are pulling a motorola a month later or something

    • MKader17

      The Note 2 was released September 26, 2012. So you are right, releasing a new phone in approximately a 1 year span would be very “Apple” of them.

      • Geoff Johnson

        Not on Verizon :( They came out the end of November. DAMN YOU VERIZON!!

        • Bionic

          that isnt samsungs problem

          • Geoff Johnson

            I never said it was O.o

      • the_real_patrick_bateman

        I can’t fault Samsung or Apple for doing it.

        Lots of people still buy on contract. Not everyone thinks their phone instantly becomes a piece of crap as soon as the new model is released, and not everybody’s contract ends at the same time. For those who are suddenly in the market for a new phone, I can understand being a little apprehensive about buying an older model when new phones from other manufacturers are coming out all the time.

        It’s just marketing.

        So for those Samsung customers who will see the Note 3 getting released, and look down at their Note 2 with disgust — you have a lot more in common with Apple’s customers than you probably like to admit.

        • dmagicp

          I totally agree with you! All of my friends who bought their note 2s are already talking about how they want to sell them for the note 3 when it comes out. I tend to keep my devices until they can no longer keep up, performance wise.

      • Richard Yarrell

        Released in September but didn’t arrive to carriers in the States till October 2012. Tmobile was the first carrier to sell the Galaxy Note 2 last year. Either way I wanted the Exynos Octa 5 in the Galaxy Note 3 but if it has to be the Snapdragon 800 then so be it. Bit all the other specs better be right on point.

  • Bionic

    Those who have small cawks, buy huge phones.

    • JDub

      That’s an argument an iphone user would use.

      • Bionic

        its a joke dude, i can certainly see a market for phablets, even though I am not one of them. I prefer the 5 inch screen of the S4 myself.

        • CraigBoyte

          I loved my Note 2 in the winter, but I will admit since I am not wearing coats everywhere anymore I don’t love it as I much as I did a few months ago. (with a case on it, it doesn’t fit into pants very well)

        • the_real_patrick_bateman

          Personally, I think there’s a market for phones with a great stylus. I have a Note 2, but the stylus was the major deciding factor, not the size.

          I’d love to have a slightly smaller phone with a more solid feel (like my Droid X) and a stylus that rivals what is available on the Note 2.

        • dmagicp

          It’s only a half an inch lol! I like the larger screen on the Note because it’s more convenient and I can leave my tablet at home.

  • chris125

    Surprised they are using this instead of their own exynos chip.

    • Bionic

      My guess is that verizon and ATT LTE still isnt playing nicely with it exynos. There has to be a reason and that is the most likely given the history.

      • chris125

        Except the note 2 had the exynos processor on all the carriers…

        • Bionic

          I forgot about that. Well I still think the reason behind this decision is radio related. Qualcom radios are 2nd only to Motorola, so maybe that is why.

          Its something radio related to be sure though.

          • chris125

            Well the note 2 had better radios than the s3 with qualcomm chip and seems to still have better radios than the s4 so not sure if it’s radio related either. Just look at forums and see users complaining about the radios, it’s not happening with the note 2 nearly as much as the s3/s4

          • Bionic

            everyone i talk to with a S4 is getting great reception. So im not sure where the S4 talk is coming from.

          • chris125

            check any forums and you see this is one of the main( and only complaints for many is reception/signal strength)

          • LordVierge

            I finally decided to jump on an S4 (not literally) this weekend and so far I’ve been pretty happy. Sitting at my desk I used to get zero reception with the GNex. With the GS4 I get 2 bars 4G so I would agree with you on the newer qualcomm radios. Moto would have been my #1 choice but alas…

          • Bionic

            good to know thanks

          • T4rd

            I pretty much had the same experience fromg the Gnex to the Note 2 (on Verizon). I think Samsung improved their radios/antenna’s significantly from the Gnex.

          • Bionic

            Well its not a cost cutting measure to be sure. NO way in hell an 800 is cheaper than the “in house” made exynos. There has to be a reason for this.

          • chris125

            I can imagine that being they have to outsource it would be more costly. Maybe they are throwing in the towel because the snap 800 just performs better without the overheating/issues the exynos seems to have?

          • Bionic

            MAYBE. I still think its something hardware related or perhaps APP related.

          • cb2000a

            It’s more to do with supply chain problems. The 800 is an awesome cpu.

      • Richard Yarrell

        The problem is overheating issues in prototypes with the Exynos 5 Octa according to Samsung Tomorrow Twitter page. I’d rather see the Exynos Octa 5 too but not if these problems exsit.

  • Bionic

    Snapdragon 800 is no noke. Depending on release date i find this hard to believe though because the 800 isnt under mass production until mid to late summer. If this phone is on schedule with that, I believe it.

  • Bionic

    I thought we were going to see the octa ?

    • r0lct

      I don’t think many people really care. They just want to see that benchmark chart grow.

      • Bionic


      • http://twitter.com/DavidSheaffer David Sheaffer

        People only care so they can say they have 8 cores in their phone

        • Bionic

          2-3 of which never activate anyway so its just a merketing toy

  • r0lct

    I wonder if at 2.3GHz it can reheat my coffee if I leave it on top of it.

    • cb2000a

      Actually they run pretty cool. The battery is a different story,

    • Dee

      leave it on your lap – then sue sammy if you cant have kids

  • David Triscari

    Hopefully the form factor doesn’t get much bigger. If not, this is definitely on my radar to replace my Gnex

    • http://twitter.com/rbrtwillis Robert Willis

      I was thinking the same thing. I love my Gnex but its getting time…

    • r0lct

      With the rumor of it getting larger I have an eye on a 5″ screen for the next upgrade. But I’ll wait to see what happens.

    • http://twitter.com/Defenestratus Defenestratus

      Likewise. I’m replacing my Gnex with this phone if it ticks all my boxes. My friends all love their Gnote2’s.

      • Respen

        My Note 2 certainly ticks all of my boxes… if you know what I mean.

        • cb2000a

          Still rockin’ the original Note and will stay with Note’s. Everything else is just too small. And I use the pen all the time.

    • MikeCiggy

      Same here

    • Brian P.

      I kid you not…I will be replacing my Verizon Gnex with the Note 3. I literally pick up the S4 and put it right back down because I just didn’t feel it was worthy of replacing my GNex! Note 3 on the other hand…..

      • Steve Thornton

        i find that hard to believe. My Gnex was a snail compared to the S4. The S4 screen is 1000xs better. its night and day faster and dont get me started on the crap camera on the Gnex. Plus the battery can last through a youtube video on the S4.

        • Brian P.

          Let me restate and emphasize “FEEL”. The S4, an awesome but gimmicky device, didn’t have substance in the hand unlike my GNex. It being light weight to the point of loosing appeal was a downer for me hence not worthy of an upgrade. If your okay with it that’s fine. Look outside your own opinion before doubting someone elses.
          BTW Do you not notice the lag…I couldn’t believe Samsung QA would allow for the S4 not being optimized properly. I personnally would choose the NOTE 2 over the S4 for that reason alone. Each his own!

    • eli

      The did a pretty good job with the s4’s bezels, so it’s possible.

    • shnickburton

      Same here. I have been holding tight to my gnex. I might be jumping to T-mobile to support the non-contract and much lower rate. If I upgrade on VZ i will loose unlimited and have re-sign. T-mobile seems like the better option — much lower rate and keep unlimited.

      • rreich49

        I’m right with you on “holding tight to my gnex,and jumping to T-mobile when my contract is up.” All my friends who have done it have no regrets.

      • Dominick_7

        Is TMobile really that much cheaper? What sort of plan do you have and is that still available? I went on their site and asked their rep and it seems like they and Sprint and all the others are pretty comparable in terms of price per month..

        • cb2000a

          I really miss wifi calling and will be jumping back to T-Mo mainly for that feature (and more data for the same price).

          • Dominick_7

            Yea that seems like it’d be a cool feature.

        • shnickburton

          For 4 people unlimited everything on T-Mobile my bill will drop to $180 from $265 on Verizon.

          • Dominick_7

            Hmm so it’s a value of its more than one person then. My impression for one individual was that it was no different between the different companies.

    • EvanTheGamer

      Also was thinking the same. I REALLY want to get the SGS4 since I am seriously ready for an upgrade(even though my aging G-Nex still kicks ass), but…there could be something bigger and better out that that is on the horizon, so might just possibly wait. We’ll see.

      It could be awhile though before the Galaxy Note 3 gets released. Decisions, decisions!

      • Richard Yarrell

        I DUMPED that crappy ass GALAXY NEXUS on VERIZON June 28th 2012 and went to T-mobile and purchased the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note2. I haven’t looked back T-mobile BITCH SLAPS VERIZON easily here in NYC.

        • EvanTheGamer

          lol, your comment is pretty ridiculous as is the commenter who posted it. The Galaxy Nexus was a top selling phone once(doesn’t matter what carrier it was used on). It’s still an extremely solid phone, so I don’t know what kind of drugs you’re using, but you might want to seek help immediately with that.

          Also…. don’t blame the phone, blame the user because obviously the user has a problem, not the phone.

          Dumb ass trolls.

          • Blue Sun

            You’re holding it wrong.

        • squiddy20

          Just because you had problems with your Galaxy Nexus, does not mean all of them are “crappy”.
          Similarly, just because you had problems with your service on Verizon, does not mean it is the same for everyone. I’m sure there are millions in NYC who would wholeheartedly disagree with you. Also, if T-Mobile really is “bitch slapping” Verizon, why then is it generally referred to as the “nations 4th largest wireless network”, with less LTE markets and coverage than even Sprint?

    • Deylune

      i thinking the same thing. im looking to replace my GS3 with the Note 3.

  • Butters619

    I don’t think there will be many people out there complaining they got a Snapdragon 800 over an Exynos.

    • nocoast

      Lack of exynos5 is a dealbreaker for me…

      • Butters619

        Serious question, but how come?

      • http://www.getintonursing.com/ Jon

        Why? I had a S3, then upgraded to a Note 2, these phones aren’t exactly lacking in processing power. I’m no longer worried what the processor will be in my next phone as these phones are all blazing fast. I care more about other things that represent a more meaningful upgrade. Things like screen resolution, camera quality, battery life.

      • Rojo623

        Exynos5 is not ready yet, and Samsung would be smart not to put it in the GNote3. The Octa requires more optimization before it becomes my daily driver.
        Qualcom S600 (and probably the S800) is far more efficient and performs better in terms of battery life.

        Checkout the battery life on 2 identical GS4 (except with difference in processors – Exynos vs Snapdragon600)


        • Andru

          wow right on. perfect case in point for battery life.

      • Brian P.

        Dealbreaker? Really? Sounds like a possible touch of tunnel vision. The exynos5 is, better but, in more competition with the Snap 600. The Snap 800 is a Boss of a processor, however, to but the most tech inclined will never even know the difference.

    • Deylune

      agreed. im really excited about the Snapdragon 800.

  • Tirionfive

    I would get the note… If it didn’t make something else of mine look like a dwarf 😉

    • Bionic

      that isnt what airplay is for, stop it.

  • Warwick

    Shut up and take my money!

    • Brian P.

      Never heard that response before!