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Note 3 Specs “Confirmed” for the Umpteenth Time – 5.68″ 1080p Display, Octa Processor, 3GB of RAM, 13MP Camera

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According to an exclusive report from SamMobile, who are usually dead on with their Samsung-related leaks, they have received reportedly official word on the Galaxy Note 3 final specs. Of course, take all of this with a grain of salt, considering we only have another few weeks until the official unveiling from Samsung on September 4. Plus, there was another rumor floating around this morning that the Note 3 would feature a larger battery than the one that is being suggested by this leak.

Anyways, the newest list of specs feature some highlights which should get potential fanboys riled up quite a bit. Take a look below. 

Galaxy Note 3 specs:

  • 5.68″ Full HD Super AMOLED display (1920 x 1080)
  • Octa-core processor clocked at 1.8GHz (depending on the market)
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 13MP back-facing camera with OIS technology
  • ARM Mali-T628 MP6 GPU
  • 4G LTE
  • 16GB/32GB/64GB storage options
  • microSD slot supportable of additional 64GB
  • Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
  • 3,200mAh battery

In addition, the Note 3 is reported to have the same dimensions as the Galaxy Note 2, but will feature thinner bezels with a larger display.

As this point, let’s just leave the specs at this and wait for the official announcement from Sammy.

Via: SamMobile

  • turb0wned

    Blah blah blah.. The HTC One Maxx will be better. The Note 3 will sell more. The Moto X will run smoother than the 8 core crap because it doesn’t have touchwiz crap. The iPhone will continue to sell more than all 3 put together somehow.. Just another day. I’m so tied of so many Android phones coming out and just adding more cores, it’s getting old.

    • Nexus Lifestyle

      Exactly my feelings, ditch the cores. It was fun while it lasted the spec craze is over. Make a good effing phone, no need to even list these dumb specs anymore.

  • Adrynalyne

    Unless Samsung does a little more software innovation, I will be passing on this one.

  • Ryan Ropero

    Verizon will get it 2 years later.
    Also I hope we get a GPE.

  • jaredgreenwald

    why is it that the US almost never gets the high-spec processors

  • wh1te_mag1c

    With those kind of specs, the GNote 3 is begging to have some more serious software to be run on it. Maybe Ubuntu, eventually?

  • Avery Dejuan Herron

    verzion will only get the 16gb version because they like to screw any phone that isn’t a droid in some kinda way!

  • Godzilla

    “Ah you think octa core is your ally? You merely adopted the X8 architecture. I was born in it, molded by it. I didn’t see lag until I was already 4 years obsolete, by then it was nothing to me but crippling!”

  • droidrazredge

    I would get this but something tells me that Samsung might release a Note 3 Active with better build quality and water proof or Note 3 mini with a Exynos 5 hexa- core and 2.5 GB ram a month after this release.

  • Trab Dub da Vet

    Mmmmm….64gb….

  • bassman418

    I see alot of post about the Galaxy Note 2 having lag, Verizon bloatware, locked bootloaders and crappy Touchwiz. Ive had mine since 12/31 and I rooted it and been running Beanstown106’s Jellybeans since and my phone is a unbloated beast that has the look and feel of my old galaxy nexus and I even retained anything worth wild of the touch wiz. Couldn’t be happier. Im am looking forward to the Note 3 to see how much nicer the 1080p screen will be. This is by fay the best phone I’ve owned . Screen size, speed, battery life, etc..

  • James Hill

    I will enjoy having this be my phone.

  • http://www.baldypal.com/ BaldyPal

    Oh that big beautiful Verizon logo, and on the home button! YES! /s

  • Roguefort

    Wow these specs sound amazing. I am going to get the Note 3 for sure.

  • beaumac

    Is the battery removable?

  • Joey Wollenburg

    Add water repellent and IR blaster to the phone and I might be more interested…

  • Little Piggie

    G2 > this trash. Only upside is the 3g ram but whatever

    • Godzilla

      Not the same category of phone. One is a phablet, the other is a 5 inch flagship

  • arayew

    Huge screen is a turn off for shoulder surfers in public. Even at a restaurant, people/waiter gawking at your text or even you logging into bank account, etc

    • beaumac

      get a privacy screen protector for $5 bro

  • chris125

    I feel like the note line is becoming their true flagship. I mean these specs are crazy and a huge step over the s4..

    • Godzilla

      ehhhhhh…….only because it comes out later in the year. For me it’s hard to consider a phablet a flagship

      • chris125

        I agree but specs wise this will easily be a solid performer a year or even two down the road. It seems like s4 is mainstream flagship and note is niche flagship and they don’t hold anything back specs wise

  • chris125

    And they said the specs race is over…….. Samsung just kicked that door wide open after LG bumped it open a tad

  • Sirx

    “ERMAHGAHHD MOAR COREZ!!!” -Every Droid-Life commenter ever.

    I hear they’re testing an additional core that is in charge of softly whispering “Verizon” every 2 minutes while you are on a phone call!

  • crazed_z06

    Moto X .. what

  • RoadsterHD1

    This phone does not look nearly as good as the Droids. A verizon button? Really???
    How much power does a phone need anyway? Someone has to do an analysis on this. I would but I don’t know how. A brilliant person needs to step up for the community.

    • roberthenderson

      Are you on crack? Granted, Verizon is ultra tacky with the branding, but you can buy a button cover after market to make it look even better. What are you going to do with the droids to make up for the lack of quad core, 1080p and much less ram and memory?

      • RoadsterHD1

        Read the second part of my reply, how much more power is needed or is more going to be able to show you a difference. Lack of Quad-core is made up for by the X8 computing system.

        • roberthenderson

          testing I would like to see is all systems loaded up with very intensive applications running at the same time to see if there is any lag anywhere on the phone

          • RoadsterHD1

            Good start. Let’s discuss what apps. How about MAPS or Google Earth?

        • roberthenderson

          And I’m pretty sure 8x can’t compensate for more ram vs less ram

    • Sporttster

      I’d agree looks wise the Droid line is better. But specs wise, I’d have to go with this. sd card expandability alone is a go for me….if the Droids had it, I’d go that route. They do not…

  • Vaporware

    With each new version of TouchWhaz Samsung NEEDS to throw more hardware at it to TRY to keep their poorly written software somewhat smooth. Pretty soon you wont even know their phones are running Android. More junk.

    • Tim242

      I love some of their features. Voice controlled camera is great. Android was made to improve on. All custom ROM’s add features and tweaks.

      • Vaporware

        If these specs are true its ridiculous. Android shouldn’t need 3Gb of ram to run smoothly. Not even close. If Samsung is going to continue to bastardize Android they should at least hire some coders that know how to write some tight code. That or…… Samsung is just trying to keep phone prices high by continually adding hardware that’s simply not needed. Anyone that knows Android knows that you don’t need anywhere near this amount of hardware to run Android smoothly. And Samsung is known for price fixing.

        • Tyler Durden

          Lol even the best hardware doesn’t run android smoothly. Cough Nexus 10

    • Jason B

      You’re spot on, don’t know why you got downvoted, but it’s the truth. There’s a reason why S-BenchBooster maxes the GPU and CPU (frequency lock + all cores active) with Samsung apps. They’re using brute power to cover up their poor software code.

      Samsung is the king of doing the least amount of work possible (for the highest possible gain – i.e. profit), so they throw good hardware at piss-poor software.

      I’d guess they’re using Samsung RAM rather than Hynix or some other manufacturer. Definitely a Samsung screen, a Samsung SoC, and perhaps Samsung NAND flash. How much Samsung subsidized hardware will be in this thing? I say subsidized because the prices they charge intra-company is practically nothing. They make up for it with sheer volume sales and data mining (how do you think they know what features you are/aren’t using in TouchWiz?).

      I’m willing to bet the GPe ROM for the S4 runs better than the TouchWiz S4. With 2GB of RAM on the S4, 100% of the apps can be held in RAM (1st party apps; cached). Doesn’t matter that there’s less running with the GPe ROM, I thought that was the huge selling point of quad-cores and more RAM? If there’s a significant performance increase using the GPe ROM over the TouchWiz ROM, Samsung is doing it wrong.

  • MaulingDeOso

    They’re not going to design a new memory controller or fab custom modules to do 3GB of RAM. Whenever I see that figure, it’s easy to discard said rumor as fake.

  • Justin Kos

    The full retail price is going to be like a mortgage payment

    • ApplesNAndroids

      This would be insane. I couldn’t imagine paying almost three thousand dollars for a phone!

  • DJyoSNOW

    Samsung = life is complicated lg = life is good….I know what I’m waiting for

  • Mike

    Love these people eating up motos bs about specs. What’s wrong with having beast specs? Oh yeah Moto says they are bad!

  • Mitch Joa

    So…the Moto X didn’t have enough in the hardware department, but with the Note 3 the spec wars are getting old? /c

  • RaptorOO7

    So what will the US get 16GB ONLY or will we get 32GB & 64GB versions as well? My guess is Verizon will only offer a 16GB with less than 9GB of usable space.

    • Charlie R.

      Exactly. You can count on it.

    • Sporttster

      And sd card slot removed…..

  • Joshua Bailey

    Getting a little tired of spec this spec that, lol. Things getting a little stale? That’s what it feels like.

  • Bigwavedave25

    They could easily fit it into the GN2 chassis with a larger screen IF THEY REMOVED THE OFF SCREEN BUTTONS!! (Please!)

    • Tim242

      What? Remove the off screen buttons and use the space for on screen buttons? No thank you. The S4 has the smallest bezel of any released phone to date…with all screen real estate in tact.

    • roberthenderson

      Using my best sarcastic voice, “Yeah, I’m really impressed by the lack of bottom bezel on all the phones with onscreen buttons.”

      • Bigwavedave25

        I could care less about the size of the bottom bezel (within reason). I care more about following the android guidelines for on screen navigation. On screen buttons make for a cleaner looking face to the device, period. Plus, adds an area for visual customization/expression that otherwise wouldn’t be available. Hmm, I would rather have 4 Nav buttons instead of being stuck with only 3. OK done, no problem. I would prefer to reverse the order, OK no problem. Wow, those look cool… I think I’d like to use the Sony style images, no problem.

        I hate the thought of being stuck with capacitive buttons that I can’t do a thing about… not to mention that crappy home button, just to have a Note series phone.

  • mike

    Honestly, 4 cores on a phone is enough, and 2 would get the job done pretty well. 8 Is just ridiculous, and you will probably never use more than 2 of them. They’re just going to be there to kill your battery life. If anything put more dedicated RAM on graphics, as well as processing RAM.

    • Tommy Thompson

      You still don’t understand how the Octa-core works do you?

      • Justin Kos

        8 cores bro!

      • Addison

        So, explain it.

        Otherwise, why even bother posting your comment? It doesn’t add a damn thing to the conversation.

        • Tommy Thompson

          The same question could be asked to you. I added more to the conversation than your little outcry for attention just did.

          • Addison

            The Exynos 5 Octa isnt a “true” octa-core processor. Yes , it has 8 cores, but not 8 of the same cores. Its a hybrid design that includes Cortex-A7 and Cortex-A15 cores together in a configuration ARM calls big.LITTLE. This is done as a power saving feature for the most part, as it allows the phone to save power when it needs to by utilizing the Cortex-A7 cores, and have the power it needs for heavy lifting by using the Cortex-A15 cores.

            Big.LITTLE uses two different CPU cores, one fast/high power (Cortex-A15 at 1.2GHz) and one slower/lower power (Cortex-A7 at 1.6GHz). These two cores support the same instruction sets and can execute all of the same code, so speed and power consumption are the main differences between them. Lightweight stuff like web browsing and email checking utilizes the power-saving Cortex-A7 cores, while heavy lifting like gaming utilizes the Cortex-A15s.

            The core switching is controlled by a firmware layer that sits in between the software and the chip itself. Operating systems can be tweaked to better support big.LITTLE’s setup, but any OS that supports power state switching for CPUs (any mainstream operating system from the last decade or so) can take advantage of big.LITTLE without any additional changes.

            Different versions of this idea have existed in shipping products for some time now — the most prominent example is probably Nvidia’s Tegra chips, which include a single “companion” or “shadow” core that kicks in for light use so that the more power-hungry main CPU cores can switch off. Big.LITTLE simply takes it further, pairing each high-end CPU core with a slower one. Since the Exynos 5 Octa is the first big.LITTLE chip to ship, we don’t have much real-world evidence that one approach is superior to the other, but in both cases the concept is similar.

            There are two different implementations of big.LITTLE that hardware makers can use: one in which the Cortex-A7 and A15 cores can be active at the same time (called “big.LITTLE MP” in ARM’s documentation) and one in which a Cortex-A7 core powers down when its corresponding A15 core powers up and vice versa. By all appearances, the Octa uses the latter implementation.

            Samsung’s demo video for the chip has some CPU usage examples toward the end, and as long as the examples used here are representative of how the chip actually works, the A7 and A15 cores can’t both be used at the same time — the chip has eight cores, but only four of them can be active at any one time. The upshot of this is that the Exynos 5 Octa’s maximum performance will be consistent with a quad-core Cortex-A15 chip like Nvidia’s Tegra 4.

            So, if you notice from the fourth paragraph, you’ll see that this particular arrangement has not been proven to be better, just different. So, stop acting like you know that octa-core is any better than any other setup, cause no one really knows yet.

            mike’s comment was exactly correct, four cores is plenty evidenced by the fact that the Exynos 5 Octa can’t even utilize more than four cores at once! It effectively runs as either a low power quad-core or a high power quad-core, what makes it “octa-core” is that it contains both.

            No one knows if a quad-core chip with Cortex-A15 cores that uses frequency stepping (i.e. Tegra 4) is more or less power efficient than Samsung’s implementation. End of story.

            To add to that, even though the chip is able to use four cores at once, Android practically never utilizes four CPU cores at once, even while gaming.

            mike was absolutely correct. You were lazy and arrogant.

          • Tommy Thompson

            It only uses 4 cores at a time, so no, he was not correct. I’m sorry you’re so mad that I didn’t take time out of my day to explain to someone else who could have searched it. I hope you feel better with your little internet rant out of the way too. :)

          • Addison

            He was correct in that four is enough, and I’m pretty sure Samsung happens to agree with him seeing as it only uses four cores at a time. He was also correct in that rarely will the phone ever utilize any more than two cores at once. The statement that 8 cores is ridiculous is an opinion, and can’t be said weather it is true or not, it is subjective. He was missing the point on the power consumption issue, which could have been remedied by explaining why he was off base instead of dismissing him as just wrong. Did you learn everything you know now by yourself?

            Why does it matter if he was wrong? To say he is wrong and not at least lead him in the right direction is pointless.

          • Tommy Thompson

            That is not at all what I was referring to. I also never said anything about him being wrong about two cores or about 4 cores being enough. He gave the impression he thought the octa used all 8, which it doesn’t. You are turning nothing into something and I don’t really understand why. Do you just really really like to argue or what?

          • Addison

            Honestly, I’ve just gotten sick of what these comment sections have turned into. They used to be helpful and you could actually have a conversation instead of just seeing people attack each other’s opinions and fight over who is right and who is wrong.

            This may be unfair, but I saw your comment and it pissed me off, cause he hadn’t done or said anything that really needed to be corrected. I posted what I did because I hoped that maybe people might read it and be better informed and learn.

            You just happened to bear the brunt of my frustration, and for that I apologize.

  • lakers1moretime

    I get an upgrade the 20th (YES!!!) Just in time – wait who i’m kidding – Verizon will have this phone available on 1st or 2nd quarter 2014 LOL _ thanks VZW

  • Bigwavedave25

    Awesome, the overall size didn’t jump too much! [I'm hoping it is not the 6+ inches screen reported before] The GN2 was borderline for me on size coming from a GNex. I really want this for my next phone b/c of the stylus and accompanying features.

    Starting to get excited!! :)

    • Bigwavedave25

      Sorry, I’m not willing to wear a fanny pack / belt clip. I want that beast to be able to fit in my pants pocket…

      • ApplesNAndroids

        That’s what sh… Ehh, too easy.

  • Bigsike

    So will if be physically bigger than the N2? that’s what I have now and don’t think I could afford anything bigger even by a little.

  • Michael Harrison

    Also comes with a big ugly hardware button borrowed from 2009.

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      But but…it sells millions so its obviously what everyone wanted!! /s

  • Shane Redman

    Yes, Yes…but what will it do that the current Galaxy phones can’t do?

    • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

      new _________(body part) tracking sensor. some random gimmick. who knows. samsung is a joke. useless features.

      • Mike

        Obvious moto fanboy is obvious.

        • Ian

          I love how Apple has become so lame we have to resort to infighting to see any real competition.

          • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

            Nah, Apple is superior. Sorry.

          • Ian

            You can’t honestly believe that can you? I mean, 80% market share opposed to 13%…..c’mon man

          • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

            Profits, young Ian. Profits…

          • Ian

            Profits != superiority. You could make a case for stupid consumers, but not superiority.

          • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

            Android still LAGS. You can’t even scroll in a web browser smoothly. You can scroll smoothly on an iphone 3gs. Case closed.

            I love android and it’s my platform of choice, but be realistic/objective here.

          • LionStone

            Sorry bro, my stock DNA scrolls smooth & fast!

          • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

            Put it side by side with an iphone and pinch to zoom in browser. You’ll be shocked at how much better it is. Google acknowledges this and promises that Key Lime Pie will be better. Still a long ways to go.

        • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

          You disagree that the GS4 came with a lot of marketing fluff that nobody ever uses (and took up valuable internal storage space? interesting…you’d be alone in that belief.

          • Tim242

            I work in a cell phone store. I assure you, those features are what sells the phone to average consumers.

          • Ian

            No, you are what sells the phone to average consumers. :)

          • Franklin Ramsey

            But how many of those average consumers actually use those features once they leave the store. Most of my friends who have the S3 or S4 turned the extra features off and have forgotten about them.

          • Tim242

            Not everybody uses every feature. I use a few of them, the rest I turn off. My favorite one is voice actions. I use them in the camera to take a picture by saying “shoot.”.

          • Godzilla

            who cares? SD card slot, unlike other OEM’s

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

      This is a total first world problem…but yeah. My Note 2 is pretty damn amazing and not really seeing anything here that will blow my mind other than 1080p. Larger screen is a turn off at this point.

      Improved speaker would be great. Better camera will be awesome. Other than that…yeah snooze fest.

  • Guest

    OR my pristine S3??

  • LameCarrot

    What a spec overkill. But then again, I like spec overkills.

    • Tyler Durden

      Beast device needs beast specs. Future…. Pretty much future proof.

      • mustbepbs

        Unfortunately, the specs don’t make any phone “future proof”, it’s the OEM’s decision whether or not a device gets an update. And it’s the developers who decide what devices get what apps/games.

        • Tyler Durden

          In terms of handing anything that is thrown at it. There’s always a way to get the newest OS etc

          • mustbepbs

            Also down to the developers who port. Nothing is “future proof”.

          • Tyler Durden

            Lol the Gnex is still supported. So I’m %100 sure the Note 3 of all phones will be.

          • mustbepbs

            Galaxy NEXUS is just that, a Nexus.

          • Tyler Durden

            Besides the Gnex. Plenty of phones are still being supported. It won’t change.

          • legaceez

            Do you realize the difference between a Nexus phone and a Samsung branded phone?

            Yes plenty of phones are still getting updates, just 6 months to a year late where as the Nexus gets them almost right away.

            That being said I still want this phone…

          • Franklin Ramsey

            Unless he is on Verizon.

          • Dave

            A lot of those updates are so minor that only Android extremists care about them. My GN2 doesn’t have 4.2.2 yet, so what am I missing? A couple tweaks and photosphere and daydream….I get the point but it’s a little trivial for 99.99% of users.

          • Nexus Lifestyle

            you’re so clueless. for someone that comments so much you’d think you actually have some knowledge in the phone game.

          • http://androidforums.com/members/kwest12.html kwest12

            Your logic is a bit flawed, I think. The Galaxy Nexus is still supported for 3 reasons: 1) it was very VERY widely adopted 2) it still gets the newest version of Android almost instantly (without porting, which inevitably causes bugs) and 3) it is a nexus device which makes it abnormally easy to develop for. Obviously, not all of these bases will be covered with Note 3, so I don’t know that you can infer that just because the Gnex is still supported the Note 3 will be too when it’s 2 years old.

          • wh1te_mag1c

            “1) it was very VERY widely adopted”.
            According to who? Droid-Life readers? The GNex had abysmal sales. Look it up.

          • Nexus Lifestyle

            gnex was not abysmal.. you are making the claim, you look it up.. can’t stand when people make up facts they are clueless on. the phone was the first phone with ICS.. was eaten up by the android fan base.

          • wh1te_mag1c

            Yes, “by the Android fanbase”. But that’s an important qualifier. In the big picture of things, the GNex’s sales numbers were tiny. I know what claims I’m making and I’m supported by the facts.

          • j

            It was very widely adopted among members of the dev and rom communities. AKA a lot of people who care about support have Gnex.

          • socarwolverine

            Well aren’t you just a ray of sunshine?

          • mustbepbs

            I stand for truth and justice.

        • Justin Barrett

          The S4 can’t even handle it’s own software without hiccups. So much for “future proof”.

          • Tim242

            My S4 disagrees with your nonsense.

          • Godzilla

            The hell are you talking about? I have yet to see any lag on mine and I run a lot of shitt.

          • Bill Hill

            Dat Verizon bloatware 0_o

          • James Hill

            Hey there Bill.

        • RaptorOO7

          I prefer to rely on the developer community to support what the mfg doesn’t. of course with the GS4 bootloader fiasco we can only expect future Samsung bootloaders to get WORSE.

      • Robert Willis

        I’m very excited about the Note 3 but even I’m going to wait to see how the device is received in the dev community first before buying. If I’m going to leave my GNex, its not going to be something that can’t be exploited/unlocked.

    • EvanTheGamer

      Damnit Samsung! Make the official Spec announcement already! My upgrade is finally this Friday and can’t decide now if I should just wait for the Note 3 or get the S4. DAMNIT! /firstworldproblems

      • ToddAwesome

        #BoughtGNexOnReleaseDayProblems

        • EvanTheGamer

          lol

        • Black Roger

          Hashtagging a Droidlife post = downvote

          • ToddAwesome

            Seriously, the Droid Life comments section is a bastion of intellect and brilliant conversation, I apologize 1000 times to you and I’ll work to make myself a better person.

          • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

            #Hashtags are awesome. #H8ersGonH8 :)

          • ToddAwesome

            I love when a slow news day brings out the infighting. Must be a Monday.

          • http://androidforums.com/members/kwest12.html kwest12

            #comeatmebro

        • samizad

          Shouldn’t you be waiting for the Nexus 5?

        • Dee

          #YourWifeMarriedYouAndHasRegrettedItEverSince

          • ToddAwesome

            Ha, wife jokes. Good for you.

        • wh1te_mag1c

          #WaitedAYearForAPhoneLikeGNexOnVerizonToBeMyFirstSmartPhoneProblems.

          I can’t say I regret it that much. It’s a good phone, but has abysmal battery life. So I have learned to use it differently.

      • sk3litor

        Note 3 buddy note 3. As long as you can get used to the size (which im sure you could). Ive never heard one complaint from a note 2 owner except the storage and look of tw.

        • EvanTheGamer

          Oh yeah, I can definitely get use to the screen size, not that big of a deal.

          But man…those specs if they are actually real, WOW! Octa-core in a bloody phone? That’s insane!

          Also, it all comes down to when the Note 3 will actually be released. If I have to wait three month(Nov.), and even though this mega device will be well worth the wait, I may get impatient and just settle for the S4.

          We’ll see.

          • sk3litor

            I know right, what a beast. Unfortunately this just means now there will be 6 cores that are never used instead of just 2 like in a regular quad core…..but who cares, 8 cores baby.ha ha ha. Just get all three droids for 13 days a piece then the s4 then the motox. Ride out the 14 day return period till it comes out. Big “f-u” to Verizon

          • duke69111

            I’m pretty sure they limit your returns to two phones. Nice try though.

          • JoshGroff

            Not to mention the restocking fees.

          • chris125

            I went with the s4 and have no regrets at all. Haven’t had any issues with the s4 and that screen is amazing.

          • RaptorOO7

            I got the S4 32GB and still want to see what the GN3 looks like in person, if Verizon (you know they will) is going to put that tramp stamp on the home button again and IF we get 32GB or higher storage in the US, of course we WON’T.

        • Dave

          When I run my old Razr HD (bone stock) next to my Note 2, the differences are there, but not enough to ruffle my feathers.

        • RaptorOO7

          If you were on Verizon then you would have hear LOTS of complaints. Storage being the first, quickly followed by their F’n bootloader crap they pulled.

          • sk3litor

            I am on verizon and yeah the storage is complete bs and border line illegal I would think in a false advertising sense.but the bootloader bs is all verizon. I wasbjust speaking of the phone itself. Luckily thoufh we have Adam to help us say f u to vzw

          • Big_EZ

            What bootloader crap? It was hacked, then Verizon put out an update that fixed that exploit, then it was hacked again. This isn’t a problem with the Note 2, it’s a problem with Verizon and all their phones. Was there another problem I missed?

      • Godzilla

        Seems like a simple decision to me. Either you are a phablet fan or you are not. I am not, thus I got the S4

        • EvanTheGamer

          That’s true, but still, look at ‘em specs! And I love crazy overkill specs!

      • BrandonP

        lol this isnt even a question dude…wait for the note 3.

    • HighTechToid

      Speaking as someone who has had both the GS3 and GS4 the only thing that’d make me even consider this would be when/if Samsung ever improved their lag associated with Touchwiz. Both devices lag and it just seems Samsung cares less about improving the experience as much as they just want to throw in a ton of useless features and higher specs. A redesign of the Gingerbread’ish looking touchwiz skin wouldn’t hurt either. (black bg on ugly blue bars). Now, a Google Edition (unlikely to happen because of Stylus) of the Note 3 is a different story. I’d rock that.

      • Godzilla

        totally disagree. I run a ton of widgets, weather apps, you name it. I see no lag.

    • Richard Yarrell

      Just as expected in my book. Plain and simple nothing will matter after September 4th. This is and will be the device of the year and will place Samsung furtheraaheadall the step child manufacturers on the android platform. The Galaxy Note 3 will definitely be a day one purchase for me nothing is better period.

    • alexjoaana325

      til I looked at
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  • Mark Mann

    would you look at that, app…i mean samsung did it again!

  • Ron_Swanson

    Does it also come with the awesome Verizon logo on the home button?

    • mustbepbs

      You bet. It also comes with one near the earpiece, just so you know who owns you.

    • Tim242

      Old “joke” is old.

    • Dave

      GS4 doesn’t have one….hopefully the trend continues.

      • itsacardigan

        I don’t believe the S3 had one either…but the Note 2 managed to receive one.

  • MichaelFranz

    specs-schmecks….

    hoping for a new samsung design of the actual device, would love to see a GPE edition, would be no need for s-pen though

  • Kevoskee

    If only there was a phone with these specs and vanilla on it. Would be a guarantee buy

  • Justin Fosco

    I want!!! But im on Verizon so who knows how long it will take before they release it…

  • DJyoSNOW

    It will really depend on price. Since a 5.2”may also have simplicity. (Lg)

    • Tim242

      You mean 4.9″. The on screen buttons take some of that 5.2″.

      • Ian

        Yea, but we don’t count that. They go away in full screen mode.

        • Tim242

          The buttons only disappear in a few video apps. They are stuck wasting space in Gmail, the browser, and the other million plus apps.

          • Ian

            wasting space or useful navigation? Either way, gots to haves the space for buttons, I’d rather they be on-screen so that it is possible for them to go away.

          • Tim242

            My S4 has off screen buttons, I have the full screen in all apps, and it still has the smallest bezel of any phone. The issue with on screen buttons is that they don’t reduce the bezel. The Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4 have double the bezel of the S4.

  • abhisahara

    U seriously need to put that pic on the header with the verizon logo on the home button …..ewwwww

  • Christopher Carafello

    Just what my phone needs.. 8 cores.. Reading this headline is really making me start to think maybe the moto-x really did get it right.

    • Jordan Webb

      It’s the same Exynos that was in the international GS4. American versions will probably be running a Snapdragon 800. Not much difference here.

      • Fozzybare

        except that the us version of the note 2 had the exynos.

        • Jordan Webb

          Huh, you’re right. Wonder if that’s got to do with the s-pen stuff.

      • Christopher Carafello

        Yea i know.. headline just looks silly.. 8 cores in a cell phone.. i’d like to see an innovative phone hit the market rather than just pumping more and more useless hardware into the same phone.. industry was extremely hot for a while, it getting stale.

        • Tyler Durden

          Do you even know what you’re talking about ?

          • Christopher Carafello

            Nah bud, no clue. Fill me in.

          • Tyler Durden

            It’s basically a quad core. But you’re an assumer so there’s no point in trying to explain it to you.

          • Christopher Carafello

            pretty sure my point is that the spec game has become overkill. IDC if it has 8 or 4 and neither does the phone. Time to take a step back from specs and concentrate on the UX. I know that may blow your mind .. “WHHHHHAAAATTTTT i’m not cooler b/c my phone has more cores?”

          • Tyler Durden

            I couldn’t care less about cores. But my Note 2 was lag free and a beast and I don’t expect different from this.

          • Christopher Carafello

            EXACTLY.. your not 2 was lag free. why do we need a processor upgrade?

          • Tyler Durden

            Why not put the latest and greatest? 5.0 is going to be a big overhaul and needs the power to push it and for 2 years, while you’re in contract, you want it to last.

          • Christopher Carafello

            Ok so you’ve shown your true colors. You’re a beginner.
            1. 5.0 doesn’t need more cores, that’s a myth they tried to push with honeycomb.
            2. Contract? whats that? its 2013, get off your contract and buy your devices.
            3. Note 3 is getting an update to 5.0?
            Have good day sir.

          • Tyler Durden

            I didn’t say that 5.0 needed more cores. But it needs the power to run it. Sorry I need my money more than paying out $600. Why not do a contract for $300 and put that other $400 in my 401k.

            And it doesn’t need an update. Its called rooting and romming

          • Christopher Carafello

            Come on bro, you’re actually embarrassing yourself now.. contract for 300$? and put 400$ in your 401k? come on really?

            Do you know how much more money you actually pay for your device over the course of a 2 year contract as apposed to buying it outright?

            Depositing your savings on a phone into your 401k? lord..

          • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

            You do realize Verizon and countless other carriers in the USA will NOT give discounts out to users who pay full price. You pay just as much as someone else who bought their device as a subsidy! If I like my carrier and don’t plan on switching (assuming I’m on Verizon, AT&T or any of the other major carriers) then there is absolutely no difference in price long term between buying the device outright and a subsidy.

          • Christopher Carafello

            I know that I have tmobile and I currently pay $30.00 a month for my phone. 5gb of data.. Nexus 4 off contract. The entire industry is moving off contract. Hop on the waive.

          • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

            I would rather have service everywhere I go then “hop on the waive”. Until a carrier such as T-Mo has enough coverage to compete with Verizon in my area and the areas in which I travel frequently (all the way from Florida up through North Carolina) I will stick with Verizon and their subsidized devices.

          • Christopher Carafello

            I live in NYC, no issue with Tmob here. Verizon is also moving off contract.. I’ll never sign another 2 year contract.

          • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

            Verizon won’t be moving off contract until T-Mobile, Sprint and the smaller carriers prove that there is still profit to be made in the “uncarrier” world.

          • Christopher Carafello

            Verizon already is.

          • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

            Says who? It might be in their plans for 2014 and beyond but for right now just look at their recent rounds of advertising. They’re still pushing selling phones at insanely low upfront costs in order to get customers through the door and in the near future it looks like there are no plans to stop!

          • Christopher Carafello

            You make a lot of bold statements that have no facts linked to them.

            As for proving its profitable. Did you see Tmobile’s last quarter report? Up big.

            Please respond with some sort of fact not generic big words floating around your head.

          • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

            What? Now you’re the one not backing up your facts!

            Last quarter T-Mo gained subscribers (688,000 on contract to be exact) but in that same time period, they took a loss of 16 million dollars. In order for any carrier to follow suit in what they are doing, they’re gonna have to prove that they can actually MAKE money and not lose it.

            http://bgr.com/2013/08/08/t-mobile-earnings-q2-2013/

          • Nexus Lifestyle

            Ok, you clearly are young or dont understand how the market works and what making money means. Tmobile’s report crushed expectations, stock prices were up big following the quarter report. What does that mean? the company is worth more money, the company made money..

            Put down googling headlines and come back in a few years bud

          • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

            Stock prices went up over the prospect of more contract subscribers (long term income) and the fact that the revenue coming in was up. Re-read your last comment about where it involves T-Mobile, last quarter and up big. Ok, now lets think about this for a sec…how can T-Mobile be “up big” if they’re losing money? A carrier is NOT a non-profit charity and eventually those stockholders are gonna want to see profit! Right now they’re holding onto the prospect of new plans, increased on contract subscribers (long term income for the company) and the company’s on going LTE expansions. Now if Verizon is able to make BILLIONS of dollars and add millions of subscribers every quarter offering subsidized devices, why in the world would they want to change over to a strategy that involves losing money?

          • Nexus Lifestyle

            woah woah got back to your bold statements without facts there for a second.. calm down..

            keep googling.. you will learn.. REVENUE drives the stock market.. INCREASED REVENUE. thats what people want to see.. Tmobile had that.

            Verizon is a bigger carrier as a whole.. obviously.. no one arguing that.. You said tmobile had to prove it could make money.. they had their best 1/4 in a long time.

          • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

            I’m making bold statements? You’re the one saying they had their best quarter in a long time when they still LOST MONEY!

          • Nexus Lifestyle

            Buddy, revenue drives the stock market. Increased revenue. Tmobile had a great 1/4 stock prices went up win.

            You will learn.

          • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

            Just as you will learn it is impossible to operate a company that loses money!

          • tomn1ce

            That only works if you don’t use no more then 500MB/month that’s when buying the phone on contract makes sense and not much sense. Vzw is charging twice for 2GB than what I pay for my unlimited data plan. I use more then 10GB/month so buying any device under contract will cost me more for the life of the contract if a get the 10GB plan.

          • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

            I was just using that as a reference for the conversation. I personally am still hanging onto grandfathered unlimited data through Verizon and I have no plans of getting rid of it especially because my usage last month was around 40Gb…I don’t even think Verizon offers a plan with 40gb of data at this point…

          • itsacardigan

            Damn it Champion….i was about to say the same thing.

          • Tyler Durden

            Well here’s an example of somebody who won’t be retiring til 75.

            I also save %20 on my monthly bill…so your point is invalid

          • Christopher Carafello

            Yea you. relying on savings from their phone purchase to retire.. This is comical..

          • James Hill

            You don’t realize that the “Note” are built for multitasking. The reason people love the Note devices isn’t just because the Note phones are big, they’re built around multitasking. If Samsung is putting an eight core chip in the Note 3, I’m sure they are planning software to take advantage of those cores. I’m not sure if you know this, but the TW Samsung has been using on the Note 2 is quite useful.

          • Avery Dejuan Herron

            Actually you spend more money not getting the contract because the service price won’t change based on weather you pay full retail or not meaning if you spend $500 dollars on a phone and keep the service for two years you paid what the two year contract person did + about 300 to 400 dollars that you didn’t save signing the contract the subside is built into all there pricing on and off contract.

          • Nexus Lifestyle

            That is actually false. There are cheaper month to month plans. Educate yourself, I have a 30$ 5gb 4g plan no contract. Read up

          • Avery Dejuan Herron

            No that is that is not true on most carriers and I’m willing to bet that even that price plan could be had on contract, meaning your still paying for a subside on a phone you didn’t get discounted!

          • znibbor

            Hmmm… that math seems wrong, but I’m not a scientist or anything.

          • Tim242

            You speak the truth, my man.

          • MacNificent

            I keep hearing people say that their Samsung phones were lag free. I beg to differ. and i have seen and owned a few (verizon galaxy nexus, gs2, gs3, gs4, gn2). And they all seemed to have some or alot of lag no matter how beastly the spec were at the time. for example, take a picture then click on the picture icon and just watch and enjoy that wonderful circle wheel while it loads the picture. I use to be so embarrassed that i would have to start a pseudo conversation so the other person wouldn’t notice

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

            there you go again being you in the comments.

          • Guest

            there you go again just being yourself

        • ToddAwesome

          Are we pumping useless hardware into phones now? I thought it was useless software? My head hurts.

          • Christopher Carafello

            100% both.

        • speraider430

          You’re spot on…I’m not complaining about the specs but I’d like to see something push the design envelope a little bit. LG’s offering didn’t wow me either because I think we’re stuck in a rut of incremental processor and battery updates.

          I want to see something push the envelope. The Moto X wasn’t perfect but it was a good start. If someone wants to dethrone Sammy they need to have that wow factor.

      • joejoe5709

        It is getting a little crazy. I don’t think the Moto X got it “right”, but it certainly makes a statement. Let’s focus on better batteries, better designs, better cameras, and of course better user experience.

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        I’m pretty sure there’s a sizable difference between the Exynos Octa and the Snapdragon 800. Not sure which is better, but pretty sure both are going to be about the same until TouchWiz is re-written from AOSP up.

  • Radgatt

    I’m not sure what to make of it. I guess they did the same thing that they did with the GS3 to GS4. I’ve had the note two since February and I like it. I think I’ll be OK and not get the note 3. I actually miss being able to use my phone with one hand. But I do love the battery life on this thing.

  • Malia Obama

    Needs full Windows 8. So tired of mobile OSes.

    • Ej McCarty

      dafaq?

      • ToddAwesome

        WinMo on my Palm Treo was the bomb diggity!

    • ToddAwesome

      I’m afraid to downvote this comment.

      • joejoe5709

        It’s a trap! Lol.

    • mustbepbs

      I just tried and failed with a Windows 8 tablet. It was a Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet 2 with full Windows 8 Pro on it. It was really, really miserable. I don’t even blame the sub par specs. Stuff was constantly closing on me (Modern browser, reader, desktop), performance was good, even with an Atom processor, though. Hopefully a refresh to their affordable Atom line will do it well, as well as the 8.1 update. For now though, definitely not ready for prime time, and this is coming from someone who hated the Nexus 10.

    • speraider430

      Best. Troll. Ever.

    • Tyler Durden

      Your dads a great president.

      • ToddAwesome

        Oh great, another comment I’m scared to downvote.

        • Tyler Durden

          I like how somebody down voted lol. Probably an ignorant citizen.

    • chris420o

      ill be the first to like this lol

  • Tony G.

    who wants to buy my S4?

    • CJ SMOOVE

      Pristine S3 on the market as well…