Samsung Galaxy Note III color versions detailed. First 4 million units to have Snapdragon 800 CPU
The Samsung Galaxy Note III will be officially announced on September 4, in less than two weeks from now. As we’re getting closer to that date, we’re flooded with leak after leak about this upcoming phablet.
This time around, we have two different bits of news to share. First, the initial color versions. And second, which processor we can expect to power the first batches of the device. Let’s dive in.
The Galaxy Note III will initially be offered in white and black. That will happen before the end of the week of the announcement, so at the latest on September 8 we should see the new Galaxy Note in stores in these two color variations.
Following that a few weeks later a pink Galaxy Note III will be released. This will go on sale during the 43rd week of the year, which starts on October 21 and ends on October 27. It’s good to note though that this pink color may see a limited rollout, perhaps favoring such countries as South Korea and Taiwan (because that’s what’s happened to the pink Galaxy S4).
Obviously the aforementioned release time frames are still subject to change, so don’t take them for granted just yet.
As for the mobile chipset employed by Samsung’s next phablet, we have heard countless times so far that once again the Korean company opted for two solutions in parallel: its own Exynos 5 Octa (5420), as well as Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800. A similar thing happened for the Galaxy S4, yet in that case the Snapdragon version ended up being produced in mass quantities, while the Exynos variation is still only to be found in much fewer places across the world.
And it looks like the story will repeat itself with the Galaxy Note III, at least at first. According to a report from Korea, the first 4 million Galaxy Note III units will all sport Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800. And even after that, the Exynos 5420 chip is only expected to show up in around 20-30% of the Galaxy Note III units sold worldwide.
The culprit for this situation is the fact that Samsung is still having issues making its ‘octa-core’ processors. These started with the chipset developed for the Galaxy S4, and the problems are still there even if the Galaxy Note III is going to get a refreshed part.
Because of these issues, Samsung’s market share in the mobile chipset space has dropped considerably. In the first quarter of the year, Qualcomm had 44.6% and Samsung 13%, but in the second quarter of last year Qualcomm’s lead was only 38.8% to 25.9%. These numbers don’t take into account the Galaxy S4, as that too ironically contributed to boosting Qualcomm’s share even more.