Samsung Galaxy Note 3: What You Need To Know Right Now

By Matthew Klickstein , May 11, 2013 11:01 AM EDT

There's been a great deal of talk, rumor and deliberation over the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Which is saying a lot, considering the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 - only recently released - is still one of, if not the, most popular/well-performing mobile device on the market.

With that said, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is on its way, likely sooner than later, and here are a few things you should know before you start saving up your pennies and junking your Note 2 to buy one.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will likely be released in second half of this year ... but it may also come much sooner than that.

In an article published on Thursday, May 9, Gotta Be Mobile tells us that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 "is not coming any time soon, no matter how bad some consumers want to get their hands on it."

But then the site goes on to stipulate that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will likely come out in the latter half of this year. Which, if you think about it, is really only six months or so away. I guess "any time soon" is quite relative, especially in the tech game. Six months in fact might be the perfect amount of time to get tired of your Note 2 and be ready for an update in the Note 3.

Right now, the big bet is on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 being released at IFA Berlin in September. But then again, it's possible the Note 3 might be coming out as early as June, as per an article we published a few days ago that reminds readers a few things about the possible flexible screen information we've glommed over the preceding months and the fact that Samsung might need to quicken its pace on the Note 3 to beat out the LG Optimus G2.

Will the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 come out in September at IFA Berlin or will it come next month to pave the way as the first device with a flexible screen? It matters not. What does matter is: It is coming.

We might see a 32GB variant of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 only just came out, and already there's people bitching and moaning about various aspects of the device, including the fact that its internal storage suck-diddily-ucks. As Gotta Be Mobile so eloquently puts it, "the 16GB Galaxy S4 isn't actually a 16GB Galaxy S4, more like an 8GB Galaxy S4."

(Yes, there's a microSD card slot that can boost the internal storage to 64GB, but as Gotta Be Mobile also points out - so eloquently yet again - it's pretty much "useless.")

Samsung ain't no fool, and if it wants to stay Numero Uno, it will have to make sure not to flub the release of the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy Note 3.  

When we first got our Samsung Galaxy Note 2 units in the U.S., we only got 16GB variants. This in itself upset a lot of people, and now with all the tizzy over the 16GB Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung may - once again, as it tends to do so very, very well - actually listen to its own consumers and give us what we so desperately jones for: a 32GB variant Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

Here are the specs/features for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 as we know them to be up to now (Saturday, May 11): 

  • 5.99-inch 1080p display
  • Exynos 5 Octa processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 13MP camera
  • Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie (unless, of course, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean is what's next)

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 might still be worth hanging onto even after the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 comes out.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is awesome. Plain and simple. And although Samsung has had a stellar reputation as of late, it can't possibly keep churning out the goods without there eventually being some problems. Exhibit the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the issues a bunch of folks of been having about it already - including it burning up in your hand.

There are plenty of other reasons to keep your Samsung Galaxy Note 2 even after the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 comes out, but whatever you do, it's probably best to stick with Samsung for the time being. It does seem to know what it's doing, even if it might be going a bit too fast with it all.

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