The Samsung Galaxy Note 3, the company’s best smartphone to date (and already an Android classic in the making), may have been unveiled close to three weeks ago, but you didn’t really think that was the only Note 3 you were going to see this year, did you?
Sammy announced two different Note 3 versions, one with a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU inside and one powered by an Exynos 5 Octa chip.
Meanwhile, at least two more slightly tweaked S Pen-toting phablets are said to be in the making, one rocking two SIM card slots and aptly named Galaxy Note 3 Duos, and a so-called “entry-level” model.
Why “so-called”? Because describing a member of the GNote family as entry-level is really a stretch no matter how you look at it. Sure, rumor has it this particular variant will swap the Super AMOLED screen for an LCD unit, which is an obvious downgrade, plus the rear-facing camera is to sport an 8 MP sensor instead of 13 MP.
But that doesn’t make it an entry-level handheld. Not even mid-range. Worst case scenario, it’s high-end with a few minor downsides. Reportedly set for a November launch, the new 5.7-incher is for the most part covered in mystery, with nothing revealed so far on pricing and targeted markets.
Also, could it be not an “entry-level” Note 3, but rather an “Active” flavor, with water and dust protection a la Galaxy S4 Active? Only time will tell.