Samsung's Galaxy Note III, the device hotly anticipated by existing Note fans and mobile watchers alike, is one step closer to its imminent reveal, recently passing Bluetooth SIG certification.

The certification listing from the Bluetooth Special Interest Group doesn't tell us much, except that the specific model certified is headed for NTT Docomo. From the reports existence, however, it's safe to assume (if you weren't already expecting an IFA reveal) that the device is coming relatively soon.

Users may recall that the Galaxy S4 Active was submitted in late April and debuted in June. This is certainly not a definitive yardstick for all product releases, but does provide some reference.


While we can't expect a Bluetooth certification to divulge any of the juicier details surrounding the as yet unannounced device, we shouldn't have to wait much longer. Until then, check out the report at the link below.

Source: Bluetooth SIG

Liam Spradlin
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  • Ark

    I'm goddamn retarded. I just clicked a hyperlink on a picture.

    • Joshua

      *slow clap*

      Admission: I've done the same and similar. (Attempted to like a Facebook status in a picture, attempted to close an ad in a picture, and so on)

  • Joshua

    Let's hope this is the first in a great series of leaks. I'm not one to mind if the magic is spoiled before the Big Reveal.

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    • drvadlamudi

      A phone the size of the note 2 that looks like a S4 running a snapdragon 800 chip with possibly 3gb ram and the same 13Mp camera as the S4 also with a 5.6" 1080p screen and most of the S4 software add-ons.

      • disqus_0DvjPGmqim

        Wow you sure are a detector of sarcasm. I've heard the same spec rumors you have. You haven't done anything but show your self a dry over analytical ass. Cheers

  • HotInEER

    I'm currently rocking the HTC One and I love it, however i'm a phone junkie and get new phones all the time. I'm interested in the LG G2 but before doing so I want to see what Sammy is doing with the Note 3, i'm just concerned they will make the same mistake with the Note they made with the S4 and put too much unnecessary stuff on it and make the phone jumpy and slow like the S4. I'll still wait for Sept too make my mind up.

    • ♜Donzzy™

      Laggy animations? You just have to adjust them in the Developer Options.

      • HotInEER

        I found the S4 to lag quite a bit to my HTC One and even my S3.

        • Wayne Peterkin

          True, but lag should be begins ids completely now. LG's UI doesn't really lag at all. Don't remember it happening on my previous phone, the optimus G. But my one lags in only certain animations. Helicopter view and a slight bit of frame drops in opening the app drawer.

      • Wayne Peterkin

        No, I have the same problems. Nothing helps, it's just poor software optimization

    • mascara

      let me know what you decide - you can make up my mind too.

  • spydie

    Had the Note 1, loved all the features, but real laggy even with Ice Cream Sandwich. Couldn't wait for the Note 2... this phone rocks. That quad-core killed all the lag problems. I can't imagine what they could possible do to a Note 3 that would make me upgrade. More processors? Nope, don't need it for any reason. More RAM? don't need more than 2gb for anything I do on my phone. Any software changes to the S-pen? Well that will filter down to the Note 2 and the hardware on the Note 2 will keep it current for a long time. You can't throw anything at a quad-core, 2gb ram phone that it won't be able to handle for a long, long, time. The hardware has developed as much as it needs to to keep up with any apps or software changes way into the future. It will certainly handle any android OS upgrades through several more stages. Happy camper here... Love my Note. Will never own any other type of phone. This is a perfect as it gets.

    • mesmorino

      You could always do with a bigger battery ;)

    • Peter Oliver

      You'll want the upgraded cpu and gpu if you do any android gaming, which is exploding in popularity right now. The new Note will also have a better screen in every way, slimmer bezels all the way around, and better battery life.

      It's a significant upgrade and most likely a tremendously future proof device if they update it's software in at a reasonable speed.

      • disqus_0DvjPGmqim

        Well judging from the updates the note 2 has had which is none, I wouldn't exactly state it being a future proof device.

      • Wayne Peterkin

        I think he has another year or even 2. I have a Chinese tablet that uses the same GPU as the note 2 and similarly benchmarked cpu and it handles modern combat 4 extremely smoothly.

        • Nomaan

          But that Chinese tablet is likely having single core mali400 gpu compared to the 4 core gpu in note 2. And it probably Is playing it on lowest graphics settings while note 2 at highest settings

          • Wayne Peterkin

            Lol, nope. Same quad core. Handles everything nicely and scores very similarly to the note 2 on benchmarks. Plus they added apps2sd on jelly bean, this thing really has surprised me for $130

    • Richard Yarrell

      I applaud how you feel causeI too feel as you do today about the Note 2. It is the GOLD standard of technology today. But I will be purchasing the Note 3 on day one launch why, Better battery life, better camera 100%, more internal storage, better screen at 1080p 380 pixels per inch, and far better Spen related features. There will be so much that Iwill use my current Note 2 to trade for my Note 3. You will never go wrong with Note products.

      • Wayne Peterkin

        Though I think the Note 2 was a great device, a lot of your comments are unreasonable and heavily favor Samsung devices. you are just so biased that it is almost impossible to believe your claims

        • Abhijeet Mishra

          He kinda makes it a habit to comment on every Note 3 article that he's gonna buy it, that it's definitely for him, that it's a day one purchase, it's almost as if he's addicted. :D

      • squiddy20

        Please. The Note 2 was only the "gold standard" for a few months. Then, other phones came along with better specs (such as the Droid DNA with its 1080p screen, as opposed to the 720p screen on your "pimp slapping" Note 2).
        Also, I find it hilarious that you continually claim all this stuff about what general specs it will have, when no one besides Samsung employees know. What a joke.

        • disqus_0DvjPGmqim

          Sorry he is not the only one who thinks the note 2 was and still is the gold standard. I cant speak on what the note 3 will bring to the table but as far as these other phones that are now the gold standard please enlighten us. The droid dna are you serious? Please tell me more how well this phone did. Oh battery life with a 1080p screen and a 2020mah battery please tell me more how this is the gold standard. Not to mention nonremovable battery and no micro sd card slot, automatic fail. So what other phone can you come up with that is now the gold standard?

          • squiddy20

            Did I say the DNA was the "gold standard"? No. I just stated that it had a better screen. Which is true. Countless other phones came out within months of the Note 2's release that had better specs. Such is the way of technology in general.

          • disqus_0DvjPGmqim

            True. I was just trying to communicate that just because it has "better" specs doesn't mean that it is superior. Sure you can throw better specs at a phone but how well are they matched inside the device. That is all. Didn't mean to misread your post.

    • flosserelli

      I love my Note 2 also. Absolutely nothing wrong with it, it does everything I could ask from a phone and more. But I am a phone junkie, and I will probably get the Note 3 once root is available. The HTC One Max has caught my attention, but I seriously doubt it will be as mod friendly as the GN3, especially on VZW.

    • Dex

      The Note 3 will come with a new function called "S-Gland".
      It will release an irresistible pheromone that might finally get spydie laid.

      • disqus_0DvjPGmqim

        Lmao. Win.

    • RH

      Note 1 here, got it in November 2011, FIRST phone I've kept for 2 years (will be by the time I get the Note 3). Laggy doesn't begin to explain ICS, but, I'm at 4.1.2 stock with a custom kernel, and it's 99% better than it ever was on ICS. I skipped the Note 2, the less than 1/2 inch larger screen wasn't a draw.
      Looking forward to the N3

  • Hakim Leveille

    2 words

  • Amir

    Shut up and take my money...!