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It’s not just Apple that garners some attention in the smartphone world these days. Samsung, Apple’s arch nemesis also receives more than its fair share of enquiring eyes these days, with the flagship Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II currently forming a formidable partnership in the high street. With that in mind, any new iteration of either phone is bound to receive plenty of attention.

That no doubt explains why the news of a new Galaxy Note, the third release in fact, is already beginning to circulate amongst those in the know. The handset, a behemoth amongst ever increasing screen sizes, is Samsung’s phablet. That is, a cross between a tablet and a smartphone. Don’t shout at us, we didn’t make the word up!

Galaxy Note

The Galaxy Note III is expected to debut later this year, and TheKoreaTimes is already beginning the media onslaught with the news that it believes the new handset will feature an all-new, even larger screen weighing in at an amazing 6.3-inches. That’s BIG!

Samsung’s original Galaxy Note featured an already large 5.3-inch screen, with the second generation handset adding a couple of tenths of an inch for good measure. This new screen, if it were to debut at 6.3-inches, would be a full inch larger than the first handset. Anyone who’s ever held one of the original Galaxy Notes will tell you that it was already a little on the large side, with the Note 3 arguable simply too big. Does it really need to keep growing?

Beating at the heart of the new device, and powering that humongous screen is expected to be Samsung’s new Exynos 5 Octa CPU. This chip is believed to be the powerhouse for Samsung’s new flagship phones like the Galaxy S IV, so the Note III is rather likely to follow suit.

Exynos 5 octa

Samsung is currently pushing Apple hard as the maker of some of the world’s best smartphones, and the pair are currently embroiled in a less than friendly legal battle that spans the entire globe. Samsung currently provides chips for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch but it is not expected that the Exynos 5 will see the light of day behind an Apple logo.

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