May, 28 2013

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has been rumored for quite some time now. I think we all agree Samsung would be foolish not to release a third edition of this phone in a hotly contested market (that Samsung created, to its credit). Until now, the most we’ve heard regarding the oversized Android phone was that it could come in with at least 5.8 inches of HD display goodness and that it might come to market with a metal chassis (though latest rumors suggest Samsung decided to continue with the tried and true plastic).

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Now, we’re getting a few more details about the camera itself. According to ETNews, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will feature a 13 megapixel camera. That doesn’t sound all that far off the mark considering the Galaxy S4 comes with a 13 megapixel camera as well, but the Note 3’s is said to be quite advanced for a smartphone. Samsung is reportedly testing out a 3x zoom mechanism, as well as hardware-driven optical image stabilization.

It doesn’t sound like ETNews was all that convinced Samsung would end up using this technology in the final product. For starters, Samsung is reportedly shying away from it because it can’t come up with a practical way to include a zoom sensor without substantially increasing the size of the device right now. The image stabilization could still be in play, though, which would still be a significant upgrade compared to the Galaxy S4.

We’re going to be hearing a lot of crazy rumors about this device over the coming months, folks, so if something sounds too good to be true it’s probably best to err on the side of caution. Take whatever comes with a grain of salt, because nothing is promised until Samsung makes this thing official. PS: the photo you see above is only a concept rendering.

[Update]: Just to add a bit more fuel to this fire, ZDNet Korea is also reporting that Samsung has employed the Snapdragon 800 processor for added horsepower. Doesn’t sound bad at all.

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