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Leaked image of Samsung Galaxy Note 3 appears before launch

With this week’s IFA event in Berlin looming we are expecting many a new handset to emerge, but one of the biggest (both figuratively and literally) of the phones will be the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 which is looking set to land at the Samsung Unpacked event on Wednesday (September 4th).

Before Samsung gets to go on stage and announce the handset, a leaked image reporting to be the incoming phone/tablet hybrid has appeared online thank to TechKiddy. The image shows what appears to be a blurry prototype version of the Galaxy Note III in black sitting pretty on a desk.

It’s not the clearest and quite frankly the handset could be anything as no clear design features point to it being a Samsung Galaxy branded handset. However, if the image is in fact real then we could be looking at a drastically, and some might say more grown up, version of the Galaxy Note handset. Our thoughts? We think it’s the Galaxy Note III but in disguise, hidden within a plain black boxy case.

The rumoured specifications already point towards the Note 3 having a 5.68-inch Super AMOLED screen with a full HD 1920 by 1080 pixel resolution. There’s a 13 megapixel rear facing camera with optical image stabilisation and the possibility to record 4K videos plus a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 3GB of RAM with 32GB or 64GB internal memory and a micro SD card slot for further expansion.

Samsung has been the king of the so called “phablet” smartphone but this year its title is being contested more than ever with Sony, LG, HTC and Nokia all entering or rumoured to be entering the large smartphone market – the Galaxy Note range will need to be stepped up to take on the new challengers.

We love the Note range of smartphones with their size, use of the Android operating system and S-Pen stylus so we have high hopes for the Galaxy Note 3. Roll on Wednesday!

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