As Samsung’s Galaxy Note III has basically starred in a new rumor every couple of days for the past month or so, you’d think the phablet would be as transparent as glass by now. And it is in many ways, only a number of tidbits are yet to be revealed or confirmed.
For instance, how much will the thing cost? We have a small hint from Russia, but it’s not enough. Then there’s the issue of the release date, which has only been uncovered in the UK. And you can’t even be very sure about that.
As far as specs go, the puzzle nears completion, with a couple of pieces still out of place. The biggest question mark is whether the Note III will pack 2 or 3 gigs of RAM, as a number of conflicting reports have come our way of late.
And now we have @evleaks messing with everybody’s heads by saying Samsung’s “next big thing” might actually sport 2.5 GB RAM. Where do we file that? Under possibly maybes, I’m afraid, as even our pal and leaker extraordinaire tweeted a “clarification” soon after making the disclosure, saying “the 2.5 GB RAM may only be what the phone reports after resources have been accounted for”.
In other words, the SM-N9005 (aka LTE-enabled Note III) that everybody’s go-to source for rumors benchmarked could still come with 3 GB RAM. Confusing stuff, but at least I’m ready to rule out 2 gigs as a possibility.
The AnTuTu test performed by @evleaks on what we’re guessing was a pre-release prototype of the phone seems to also confirm there’s pre-loaded Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, a 2.3 GHz quad-core CPU beneath the hood (likely a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 unit), plus a 1,920 x 1,080 pix res panel to run the entire show.
Remember, there’s speculation going around that the standard, high-end Note III will boast a Super AMOLED screen and 13 MP rear-facing camera, whereas a secondary, lower-cost, lower-end variant will come with an LCD panel and 8 MP snapper in tow.
At this point though, rather than try to keep up with this nutty rumor bonanza, you might as well just wait for Samsung’s official unveiling of the device. 33 hours and counting…