As reports of slowing sales continue to raise questions surrounding Samsung’s Galaxy S4 flagship smartphone, a new claim suggests Samsung will soon begin mass-producing its next major smartphone, the Galaxy Note III. A new report from ETNews, which had previously detailed troubling news regarding component orders for Samsung’s Galaxy S4, claims that the Galaxy Note III phablet will enter mass production in August ahead of a launch this fall. The South Korean news site quoted an unnamed Samsung executive as saying the company will begin “placing orders for follow-up models, such as Galaxy Note III, from August.” Component orders for the Note III and other upcoming models are expected to offset some of the hit suppliers will take as a result of decreased Galaxy S4 part orders.

According to earlier reports, Samsung’s Galaxy Note III is expected to feature a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, a 6-inch full HD Super AMOLED display, a 13-megapixel camera, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and improved S Pen support. A new report on Monday from Twitter user @evleaks, who often posts accurate information about unannounced mobile devices, claims that the Note III’s display will actually measure 5.7 inches diagonally, rather than 6 inches.

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