Samsung's invitation to see "the next Galaxy device" at its Unpacked event on 4 September at IFA means we finally have a date to circle on our calendar.
The Galaxy Note 3 is coming, and the following is what we'd like to see Samsung announce on stage in Berlin.
If what we've seen from the Sony Xperia Z Ultra is anything to go by, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor should be able to handle whatever Android can throw at it. It also capable of supporting the burgeoning LTE-Advanced for faster 4G downloads.
Combined with a generous 3GB of LPDDR3 RAM – a number that's consistent with recent Samsung announcements – the Note 3 should fly through apps and multitask seamlessly. Qualcomm's silicon also has the power to play back 4K video - a chance for Samsung to snatch up the title of the world's first 4K smartphone. Recording 4K video and outputting 4K content to your Ultra HD telly would earn the Note 3 the upmost respect from its fellow phablet rivals.
Ditch the plastic
There have been rumours that the Galaxy Note 3 will feature a premium metal build, so here's to hoping that it's the first of the flagship Galaxy handsets that your hands will want to caress over and over again. We're not holding out much hope, mind you – Samsung's plastic bodies tend to come with benefits such as swappable batteries and microSD card slots. If we can keep those benefits and get metal, we'll be in raptures.
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Go big or go home. That's the mantra that anyone eyeing up a phablet should have. They're all too big to comfortably use one-handed, and they all make you look like a hobbit when holding them up to your face either way, so you might as well go all out.
It may surprise you to learn that the Galaxy Note 2 'only' has a 720p screen. The Note 3 will certainly go full HD, but we'd anticipate it stretching to match the 6.5 inches of the Sony Xperia Z Ultra.
It'll win bonus points if it can match the Ultra's ability to work with regular pens and pencils in addition to the existing built-in stylus. Oh, and an edge-to-edge screen to cut down on pesky bezels (and make it more phone-like in size) would be nice too. Greedy, aren't we?
Considering a phablet isn't the ideal form factor for on-the-go snaps, we'd be more than happy if Samsung bestowed the Note 3 with the S4's camera, which impressed us in our Samsung Galaxy S4 review. Throw in a Xenon or even an LED flash and the Note 3 will immediately have an advantage over the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, which lacks any form of light for low light shots.
Although the Galaxy Note 2's battery life is already the stuff of legend, the Huawei Ascend Mate manages to squeeze in a huge 4,050mAh removable battery – and we'd expect Samsung to match that or even better it with the Note 3. A 6+in full HD screen will suck up lots of juice, so the Note 3 will have to compensate with a battery that can take the abuse if it wants to stay competitive with the Note 2.