updated 06:27 pm EST, Thu December 12, 2013
Lower-range Note 3 said to be in mass production
Samsung is reportedly preparing a scaled-down version of its Galaxy Note 3 smartphone for release in the next year. On Thursday, Korean tech news site ETNews carried word that Samsung has begun mass production of a Galaxy Note 3 Lite, with the new device set for release some time in 2014. Reportedly, Samsung has lofty goals for the lower-specced Note 3, as ETNews says Samsung expects it to account for 30 percent of all sales for the Note 3 lineup.
The new device will reportedly keep the same display size as the regular Note 3, sticking to a 5.68-inch diagonal screen. That is so that Samsung will not lose any of the benefits of the S Pen stylus that differentiates the Note line from most other smartphones. Beyond the display size, though, little is known about the device's prospective specs.
Rolling out less powerful versions of its flagship smartphones is something Samsung is becoming known for. It has already rolled out the Galaxy S4 mini, a smaller, cheaper version of its S4 flagship. A comparable but lower-specced version of the Note 3 would be in keeping with Samsung's recent patterns, and it could allow the company to expand the range of consumers that could afford it.
The Note 3, while priced at a premium, has seen considerable demand, shipping 10 million units in its first two months of availability. Its lower-cost counterpart may be announced in February at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Should that be the case, it may become available in late February or March.