A Samsung press invitation has removed any doubt that the next edition of the Galaxy Note will drop at Berlin’s IFA tech trade show in September, triggering what promises to be an explosive fourth quarter in the smartphone sector.
The invite for a Samsung Unpacked event doesn’t mention the Note 3 by name. But it certainly drops the heaviest hint that’s exactly what we’ll getting by punningly directing us to "Note the date, 04.09.13, Berlin”.
Interestingly, though, there’s no reference whatsoever in the invitation to the Galaxy Gear, aka the device otherwise known as Samsung’s first-ever smartwatch, which was also widely tipped to debut at IFA alongside the revamped phablet.
Putative spec-sheet details of the Note 3 have been leaking for months on tech sites, with the smart money now on the handset including a 13-megapixel camera with Xenon flash and a whopping 5.7-inch screen with 1080 Full HD video playback.
Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) is also expected to be present and correct out of the box. Naturally, though, it’ll be Samsung’s highly customised Nature UX edition of Android that you’ll be getting, most likely augmented with some exclusive apps optimised for the Note range’s trademark stylus.
The Note 3’s arrival is expected to be followed in short order by the launch of the next standard iPhone and the debut low-cost iPhone 5C and the HTC One Max.
Smartwatches from Apple and Sony, as well as the aforementioned Gear, are also thought likely to tip up some time in the last quarter of the year.