Sourced by Chinese site Weibo, today’s photo is, however, by some distance the most convincing snaffled image so far. Not least because of its clarity and the fact that, unlike some earlier leaks, the phone in the photo features the rounded, curved edges of earlier Note models and a smart unibody construction.
The more angular handsets that appeared in earlier images are now thought to be prototypes, which in no way reflect the Note 3’s final design and were probably produced in part to throw leak-hungry tech journalists off the scent.
Rumbles in the techosphere today that Samsung has targeted August to begin production of its third-gen phablet have added ballast to rumours that the Note 3 will tip up a month later at September’s IFA gadget-gathering in Berlin.
As with earlier models in the Note range, the third-gen edition is expected to feature stylus support front and centre, as well as a 13-megapixel camera, a larger six-inch screen and Android 4.2.2 out of the box.