Mystery Samsung device identified, it isn't the Note III

Mystery Samsung device identified, it isn't the Note III
This past week, we saw a mystery Samsung device that had a decidedly different design than we are used to seeing from Samsung. The early rumors said that the device could be the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note III, but now SamMobile is saying that is not the case and has identified what the device actually is.

According to SamMobile, the device in the picture is not a new design idea for the Note III, but a failed prototype design for the Samsung Galaxy S4. The info comes from a developer who actually still has the prototype design, and sent in a picture of the device as proof. The device pictured looks the same as the mystery device we saw, so it seems believable. As you can see below, the pic on the left is the original evleaks image, and the one on the right is the pic submitted by the developer to SamMobile.

There are still rumors that Samsung will be changing up its design strategy for the Note III by using a metal body, but we'll just have to wait and see about that.

source: SamMobile via pocketnow



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Galaxy Note 3
  • Display 5.7" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 3200 mAh(21h 3G talk time)

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42 Comments

1. lovenyc8

Posts: 164; Member since: Mar 13, 2013

i know it

11. jcarrigan unregistered

please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please make the note 3 out of some type of metal :) I love Samsung phones but making a metal one will give it a whole new look, surely samsung doesnt want to make the iPhone mistake and pretty much stick to the same general design on a new phone year after year.

22. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Samsung Galaxy devices do have metal on them between the screen and black plate. The reason the back is made of plastic is because metal causes problems with the wireless chip, wifi and NFC. HTC was able to fix it first so they got the first full metal phone, it is believed they fixed it by making the things go around the camera area, Look at the metal black plates 3rd party makes, they completely break NFC and severe your wifi/ wireless connection. Trust me, if Samsung had figured out how to fix the metal issues they would of used metal.

27. jcarrigan unregistered

well the least they could do until they make a FULL metal one is to go back to the sliding back plates. the way the back plates come off now just feels like one day im going to break.

28. jcarrigan unregistered

and i dont count having metal on the side as it being a metal phone.

36. yahoo29

Posts: 71; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

Your right that's why sammy doest make metal back because of that problems.

39. JEverettnow

Posts: 228; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

Yeah, I tried to transfer a file via NFC to an HTC one and it didn't work, hmmmm

12. dan86

Posts: 298; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

Failed prototype? But that looks good to me. May be Samsung should think over design change now! People love the hardware and chip a new design will win the hearts of critics for design.

13. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Reminds you of Sony Xperia smartphones right? They have rectangular design too, same as this failed prototype! :)

33. SleepingOz unregistered

Same as GSII, Omnia M, Omnia W, Wave M, Optimus G etc.. Try harder next time.. =]

37. kclgphilsbsa

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

Maybe bcoz the it has sharp edges like Xperia Z that is uncom4tble to hold. Xz feels bigger than my note2

19. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

Probably a Tizen phone might follow this kind of design language in future - my guess. We all know Note 3 will be a bigger S4 with the same plastic unless Samsung wants to break that tradition. Note 2 was a bigger S3 and the first Note was a bigger S2.

2. _VipeR_

Posts: 47; Member since: May 30, 2011

Can't wait for the design renders to start hitting on the Note 3. Hoping that the rumored metal body is brought to fruition.

3. shy2papa

Posts: 336; Member since: Jan 23, 2010

About time

4. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

k bring on the note 3 rumors and leaks and fakes lol

5. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Phew! I know Samsung won't make the Note 3's design like this! (Takes deep breath) Ahhh......I'm feeling better right now! :)

26. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Looks like Xperia Z to me........!!!

34. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Huh?!

6. ckoch125

Posts: 193; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Looks like it may be one of their WP devices.

8. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

ckoch125, read the article properly, it said "a failed prototype design for the Samsung Galaxy S4." :)

23. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Samsung isn't making windows phones, they are against windows 8.

41. TheBitterTruth unregistered

Then why did they make Ativ S?

7. ItsMyChoice

Posts: 37; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

Again Copy.... Sigh

10. MultiYouTroll

Posts: 29; Member since: Apr 19, 2013

what does it look like now? does it look like a phone? a rectangular one? with a home button? with volume rockers? with android in it? hurrr durrr.. everything they do is a copy.. hurrrrrr... What would you expect a smartphone should look like? wavy sides with uneven bezels? People complain too much about manufacturers copying each other..

16. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Now a plain rectangle shape is copying?

9. LodeStar

Posts: 28; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

oh no not another huge screen with low specs phone, or it could be the galaxy s4 mini im so haaapy

14. KFear

Posts: 170; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

Won't this just make the Note 3 heavier. I vote for a nicer, non-glossy plastic with an ACTUAL aluminum side band along the boarder. I've had metal phones before and they tend to show scratches, dents, and scuffs a lot more than a good plastic. I've held the S4 in my hand. It's very hard to say that it feels and looks cheap. Just wait, you'll be surprised with how much better "plastic" can feel.

20. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

This, for the Note which is a big device using metal would bring the weight to about 200g which could be a tad heavy for some users, and despite liking the HTC One's design more than the Samsung's i actually find the Galaxy S IV quite good looking with the aluminium sides. (I don't like the S3 because of the faux metal look.)

21. dan86

Posts: 298; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

Its not like only metal or glass is beautiful. A unibody look polycarbonate like one we find in Lumia can be a good choice too.

24. TheBitterTruth unregistered

Well it looks better than the present S4 :s Geeez!

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