It looks like Samsung is making steady progress on crafting the sequel to one of 2012’s biggest (no, literally, biggest) phones. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has been in the rumor mill for a while now, with many different things being said to happen. At the beginning of the journey it was believed Samsung would go with an aluminum build for the device, but recent rumors have since suggested plastic would be making a return for this version. We’re also expecting the device to be at least 5.99 inches in size with a 1080p display. We’re also told to expect 2GB of RAM and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 processor or Samsung’s Octa-Core Exynos processor depending on region.
It’s easy to guess what else we might get based on the Galaxy S4, which features Air View without the need for the S Pen, a 13 megapixel camera, new camera software features, and a lot more. Whatever Samsung decides to do, it appears they have partially settled on a solid device as rumor has it they’re entering limited production with the current rounds of prototypes.
As for what those prototypes look like? Well, SamMobile is saying it’s what you see in the picture up above. It certainly seems Samsung-ish, with the usual configuration of navigation buttons below the display. You can also notice some of Samsung’s distinctive TouchWiz markups throughout the notification bar. The device is a tad boxy compared to what we’re used to seeing, but that doesn’t mean much — their curvature tends to change from product to product.
Of course, we’re still wondering when, exactly, we’ll be able to see this thing in action. Many are looking to the June 20th London event coming up, but we have a feeling that’s going to be a showcase event for the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active and Galaxy S4 Mini (alongside various other Android and Windows products). We wouldn’t expect to see the Note 3 officially unveiled until August at the absolute earliest, with early September being our vote as the Note was announced at that time during IFA in Berlin.