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Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 could offer more advanced camera

Popping up later this year, the third-generation of the Note will include a camera outfitted with anti-shake technology, claims Korean news site ETNews.

Will the successor to the Galaxy Note 2 beef up its camera?
Will the successor to the Galaxy Note 2 beef up its camera? Samsung

Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 could see some major enhancements to its onboard camera.

Due out in the second half of 2013, the next Note may sport a 13-megapixel camera with an anti-shake feature designed to capture higher-quality pictures. Citing "industry insiders," Korean site ETNews claims that Samsung's mobile communications team is developing technologies to bring OIS (optical image stabilization) and shutter functions to the Note 3, putting it more on par with traditional digital cameras.

An official from the communications division reportedly told ETNews that "we are pondering various technologies at this stage -- for example, OIS and shutter functions. But, nothing has yet to be confirmed, so we cannot conclusively say that those functions will be added to the Galaxy Note 3."

Samsung is also eyeing a 3x optical zoom but concedes that packing such a camera into the Note would be challenging given the phone's thin design.

Asked about the Note 3's potential camera specs, a Samsung spokesperson told CNET that "nothing has been publicly announced."

Updated 8:40 a.m. PT with response from Samsung.