This, though just a rumour, should lighten up the faces of all those who were heartbroken because they won’t be able to afford the Galaxy Note 3 which goes on sale globally in the next few hours. Reports from Korea indicate that Samsung is hard at work pumping up a cheaper version of its highly successful phablet line ready for release sometime in November to complement the high end Galaxy Note 3.
The cheap version of the Galaxy Note 3 is very much in line with what we are seeing lately. Samsung has always been known for releasing different versions of its flagship devices targeting various levels of the market and different regions. For instance in the case of the Galaxy S4 we had the Galaxy S4 Mini to cater for those who couldn’t afford the premium pricing of the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy S4 Zoom for those who wanted a more rugged high end device. Galaxy S4 Zoom was also announced for the shutterbugs while a Galaxy S4 Advanced came much later to take advantage of high speed LTE networks in the Far East.
The chep version of the Galaxy Note 3 as expected will have many features stripped down in order to match the low pricing it is expected to start retailing at. The casualties here will be the display which is expected to be cut down from 5.7 inches to 5.5 inches (the size of the Galaxy Note II) and the panel changed from a Super AMOLED one to an LCD. The camera is also expected to lose some megapixel count from the 13 MP on the Note 3 to 8 MP (just like on the Note II too). There are also rumours that we could see the cheap Note 3 have S4 Active-like features i.e. rugged. Only time will tell.
The speculated November date is so that it doesn’t divert attention from the opening month of the sale of the Galaxy Note 3.