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Samsung Galaxy Note 3: Release date and specs emerge to reignite war with Apple

The Samsung – Apple battleground has been decidedly quiet of late. While the Koreans continue to spew out a steady stream of phones, tablets, and indeed phablets, Apple’s product roadmap has remained measured and sparse, leaving us a little short of head-to-head market battles just recently.

And with courtroom showdowns also dying down since last year’s patent saga, it’s just as well new flagship handsets look set to emerge from both parties soon to reignite the rivalry. With ‘iPhone 5S’ rumours gathering pace lately, Samsung is likely to lock horns with Apple again this autumn by bringing the Galaxy Note 3 phablet to market.

The two handsets will obviously differ significantly, no more so than in form-factor, but the double release at the high end of the market nevertheless throws the two tech giants back into the ring, as Samsung renews its bid to end Apple’s era of industry dominance.

Settling the ball rolling for this latest duel, firmer details of the Galaxy Note 3 are now materialising. Samsung specialist Sammobile has uncovered a leak from a UAProf (User Agent Profile) within the company which alludes to the Note 3. The news outlet reports that the phone will have a 5.7in, 1080x1920, full HD super-AMOLED display, use a quad or octa-core ARM processor, and sport a 13-megapixel camera.

Moreover, it is believed the Galaxy Note 3 will launch at the IFA 2013 trade show in Berlin running from 6 - 11 September, just weeks before Apple’s next iPhone is expected to break cover.

ITProPortal will be in Germany to report live from IFA, so we’ll have solid news on the Galaxy Note 3 as soon as it emerges - telling you how it will impact on the wider business battle between Samsung and Apple.