The Galaxy Note series is one that meant success for Samsung right from the beginning, when the first Note broke sales records and properly introduced the concept of enlarged smartphones in the market. Now, several years apart, Samsung has finally unveiled the third generation device and by the looks of it, we dare to say it will be another successful release.
As we speak, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is being welcomed in the scene by IFA’s Berlin audience and Samsung’s own CEO, JK SHIN. Besides an XL-sized display, a new technology stylus and impressive technical specifications, the Note 3 does come with some interesting tricks up its sleeve. Without further ado..
Meet the Galaxy Note 3
Unlike previous generations and pretty much every smart device that exists in Samsung’s line, the Galaxy Note 3 will be covered in a warm, texture-based cover which somewhat resembles leather, from what we managed to spot during the event. While design modifications to make the phone slimmer, lighter and more powerful were truly expected, I dare to say that the decision of abandoning cheap plastic (at least for some parts of the phone) in favor of a more friendly, even premium material, will be vastly appreciated.
In matters of functionality, the latest Galaxy note comes with an even larger display and a crisper resolution, which will cope nicely with the new and enhanced S Pen. Application wise, the Note 3 is said to be capable of powerful multitasking and faster downloads, thanks to category 4 LTE antennas with multiple bands.
Speaking of transfers, every bit of information processed by Samsung’s large beast will be protected by Samsung Knox, the company’s proprietary encryption service which has been integrated by default in this edition. From what we’ve heard, the Knox service paired with Note 3 will cope with business-to-business and business-to-customer services.
Software wise, the smartphone is powered by the latest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean version and we have high hopes of seeing it upgraded to Android 4.4 Kit Kat as soon as it’s available. The phone will also be integrated with the just announce Galaxy Gear smartwatch.
Galaxy Note 3 Specifications Sheet:
- Display: 5.7-inch Super AMOLED screen with 1080p resolution
- Weight: 168 grams
- Processor: 2.3 GHz quad-core chip for the LTE version and a 1.9GHz octa-core for non-LTE Camera
- Camera: 13-megapixel back shooter that can record 60fps videos with 1080p resolutions and, even 4K videos
- RAM: 3GB
- Sound: Improved audio speakers
- Battery: 3200 mAh battery
- Storage: 32/64 GB
- Air Command – using the latest S-Pen, owners will have the posibility of entering this smart menu, from which you can navigate through applications and functions in an easy and quick way.
- Pen Window – draw dimensions of floating onscreen apps.
- Action Memo – can link scribbled memos to specific actions, like sending a SMS or placing a call.
- Scrapbook – can easily copy and save any content by drawing a circle around it. This goes beyond the usual screenshot feature, becaus the content saved is automatically linked towards the original information.
- S Finder – a search engine for the entire device, which works even for hand-written notes.
- S Note – although this app exists on past generations, the core engine has been overhault to feature a more intuitive interface and immediate synchronization options with 3rd party services, like Evernote.
- My Magazin – the perfect solution for browsing larg-screen content, pretty much similar with Flipboard.
- Premium Evernote – all those who purchase the phone will get a one year free of premium access to Evernote.
- Multi-Window app – multitasking has been revamped and now a single application can be duplicated on the screen, in which users can easily drag and drop content using the S Pen.
- Multi-Vision – display an image across multiple devices grouped side by side.
Release and pricing
While a steady pricing feature has yet to be attached to the Galaxy Note 3, we’ve learned that the phablet is going to be launched in 149 different countries, on September 25th (alongside the Galaxy Gear and the latest tablet). A worldwide launch is expected in October. We also want to note that the phone will be available in three distinct colors: jet black, classic white and blush pink.
Moreover, depending on the country and Samsung’s own will, two variants of the phone will be shipped: one that can access LTE networks with a quad-core processor and one that cannot but packed with an octa-core processor.