The Samsung Galaxy S series may be the most popular in the Android scene, but the Korean company’s phablet Note range has certainly risen to prominence over the past couple of years. 2011’s initial launch was followed by a successful follow-up last year, and as such, anticipation levels for the Note III are as high as they’ve ever been. With the Galaxy S4 now done and dusted, it’s perhaps one of the main focal points in mobile space, and an unnamed Samsung executive has apparently dished a few more intriguing details.

From information learned so far, it’s looking like the Galaxy Note III will indeed carry the same plastic design as the Galaxy S4. Many had hoped, with the likes of HTC and Nokia really going to town in upping their design games with aluminum-laden handsets, that Samsung would follow suit. While the Korean outfit may well be planning such a move in the near future, though, the chances of it happening with the Note III look decidedly slim.

Benchmark readings, which could easily have been faked of course, suggest the Note III will indeed run on Android 4.3, the mysterious forthcoming version of Google’s mobile operating system. Previously expected to be announced at the I/O developer conference, Android 4.3 will likely implement Bluetooth Smart, but until we hear any further details, it’s all a matter of speculation.

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The Samsung official, who naturally wished to remain anonymous, implied the next Note will include optical image stabilization (OIS) and 3x optical zoom along with a mighty 13-megapixel camera. This will certainly boost the photo and video capturing abilities of a company often panned by critics for delivering an average shooting experience, and on top of that, the executive also suggested the Note III will have slimmer body compared with its predecessors. That’s a bold claim, considering how much tech is supposedly being stuffed into the device already.

What the Note has given in screen real estate has certainly been counteracted in bloat, but if Samsung can hit the sweet spot of display size and svelteness, it will surely be a winner among consumers once again.

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We will, of course, keep you up-to-date should we hear any more info pertaining to the Note III or indeed Android 4.3, so stay tuned to our coverage here at Redmond Pie!

(via: CNet)

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