Rumour: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 to shun Exynos 5 Octa in favour of Snapdragon 800

The eagerly anticipated Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is likely to feature a Snapdragon 800 SoC, if a recent report served up by ZDNet Korea is to be believed.

Some pundits had speculated that the Note 3 would be the first device to arrive in the UK running Samsung's new 8-core Exynos 5 Octa chipset. However, the latest rumours indicate that the Qualcomm processor may get the nod instead.

It is thought that the Snapdragon 800 is being chosen partly because Samsung is unsure of being able to manufacture the Exynos 5 Octa in sufficient volumes to meet expected demand for its next flagship 'phablet'.

There is also the possibility that Samsung simply feels the Snapdragon 800 is a better fit for the Note 3 than its in-house SoC.

The Snapdragon 800 features a quad-core Krait CPU, which has been clocked at up to 2.3GHz, alongside Qualcomm's new generation Adreno 330 GPU.

Two major benefits of the Snapdragon 800 configuration are that it supports on-die LTE, and that the aforementioned GPU can support 4K video playback.

Samsung is expected to launch the Galaxy Note 3 in Q3 of this year, with Berlin's annual IFA consumer electronics showcase - held in the second week of September - touted as one potential launch platform for the new smartphone-cum-tablet.

In addition to running a Snapdragon 800 chipset, rumours point to the Galaxy Note 3 coming with a 6in, Full HD display and at least 2GB of RAM - as well as a vastly improved 13-megapixel camera complete with anti-shake functionality and optical image stabilisation.