Samsung is fond of producing several different versions of their devices to reach different market segments. The pending release of the Samsung Galaxy Note III could represent a significant change in how Samsung goes about doing this though. According to reports from Korean web site ET News, Samsung is preparing to release four different versions of the Galaxy Note III at the same time. Unlike other smartphone models, the different devices will not have different names to distinguish them like the Samsung Galaxy S 4 versus Samsung Galaxy S 4 Mini versus Samsung Galaxy S 4 Activ. All of the devices will be Galaxy Note III models and they will all be released at the same time. The differences in the models will be in items like screen sizes, types of screens, camera hardware or the chassis material. Core components like the processor or amount of memory included will be consistent throughout all of the devices.
The different versions can be summed up as:
- Version 1 – made with a high quality metal case, a 13MP camera, and an unbreakable AMOLED screen;
- Version 2 – made with a plastic body, 13MP camera, and a regular AMOLED screen;
- Version 3 – made with a plastic body, a 13MP camera, and an LCD screen;
- Version 4 – made with a plastic body, an 8MP camera, and an LCD screen.
Given the different types of screens, it is suspected different versions will come with different screen sizes. If this information is accurate, it could explain why there has been so much variation in leaks regarding the specs for the Galaxy Note III. The other big question that will be on everyone’s mind as this story develops is what kind of cost differential will there be between the different models and who will be able to buy these different models?