Leaked images of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 offer no real indication of the phablet’s actual look and feel, it has been revealed, as anticipation builds for the smartphone-tablet hybrid’s debut later this year.
Unearthed by EV Leaks, photos purporting to show a prototype version of the Galaxy Note 3 depicted a handset with an angular look a million miles from the curved edges and 'nature-inspired' design of the previous two Notes.
The images sparked speculation that Samsung could be about to radically change direction for the design of the Note 3.
The stories were lent an extra veneer of credibility - in some circles, anyway - by separate reports that Samsung is contemplating ditching earlier Note models’ plastic construction for a metal frame. This was interpreted as a sign that some kind of design rethink was almost certainly afoot at any rate.
However, that sort speculation ground to a halt today, after an industry source got in touch with Sam Mobile to debunk claims that the pictured phone reflects Samsung’s new guidelines and claimed that the kit we're looking at is merely a prototype sent out to developers.
To corroborate his story, the site’s insider, himself a dev, sent in his own image showing his developer-only model, complete with the uncommonly square design that sparked the initial conjecture.
The latest bout of rumour-mongering over the Note 3 comes amid separate reports – admittedly pretty unlikely ones - that the handset could be the first from the Samsung stable to pack flexible screen technology.
Earlier leaks from the Samsung supply chain suggest that the Note 3 will also pack a 6.0” full HD AMOLED display, 4G LTE support, a quad-core processor and a 13-megapixel camera.