Just as promised by the many rumors, Samsung has indeed been working on a one-of-a-kind phablet – the 5.7 inch Samsung Galaxy Note 3 which boasts of a ton of new features and impressive specs. Samsung has announced the third and newest member of the galaxy note family, taking the mantle from Samsung Galaxy Note 2 that the company unveiled last year and which has dominated the phablet market since. Samsung unveiled the phablet today in Berlin during the annual IFA.
Samsung’s President and CEO JK Shin announced the Galaxy Note line latest addition, putting a lot of emphasis on how great the device feels on the palm and how it features a whole new build – one that no other Samsung Galaxy device has. The Note 3 is built with a faux-leather at the back. This is expected to make the device even more popular as most other Samsung Galaxy devices have often been criticized for their cheap-looking plastic build.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 comes pre-loaded with a ton of tools including Knox, Samsung’s secure BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) system, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, integration with Samsung’s just launched Galaxy smartwatch, and support for the super-fast Category 4 4G LTE.
Most of the specs had been correctly rumored over the past couple of weeks, but just as an overview, here are the core specs off Samsung Galaxy Note 3:
Display: 5.7 inch 1920 x 1080 Super Full HD Super AMOLED screen
Processor: 2.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 for LTE and 1.9 GHz Exynos Octa for 3G versions
Cameras: 13 megapixels rear and 2 megapixels front cameras
Memory: 3 GB RAM, choice of 32 and 64 GB internal storage space
Connectivity: Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, NFC, Infrared Blaster, GPS/GLONASS, MHL 2.0, LTE and HSPA+
Build: Just 8.3mm thin and weighs 168g
Other specs and features
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will initially be available in 3 colors including Pink. Samsung has also equipped the device’s camera with optical image stabilization technology specially for HD video recording. Just as it has done during the release of every high end device, Samsung has also introduced a slew of software features with the Galaxy Note 3, top among them being an S-Pen feature that brings up a menu wheel that enables the user to navigate through actions and apps called Air Command. Pen Window is another feature that lets the user draw the measurements of floating on-screen applications. Another great feature is Action memo, a small app that a user can use to link notes such as a phone number to actions such as placing a call or sending a text.
Still on new features, Samsung introduced a Scrapbook feature that works with the S-Pen. This feature lets the user highlight and save any content on the screen just by drawing a circle around it. The S Finder on the other hand is a feature that makes searching all over the device simple by using keywords. The S Note has received an interface overhaul and is much more intuitive on the Galaxy note 3 than on other previous Galaxy devices. Finally, Samsung is launching the Note 3 with a Flipboard-like app to browse media and content on the large screen as well as a full year of Premium Evernote access.
Multi-window and Multi-tasking
One feature that I think most people with their eyes on the Galaxy Note 3 will appreciate is Samsung’s Multi-window app which makes multitasking even more simpler and with a better feature of allowing one app to have duplicate windows on the screen. This feature is a big blessing for Samsung fans considering that the device has a large screen and a pen that makes it easy to use. The functionalities of the S-Pen have also been significantly expanded such that it enables a user to even drag content and links and drop them on another screen. A group feature called Multi-Vision is designed to make it possible for one image to be displayed across several devices in totality when placed side-by-side.
If all these specs and features are impressive and can’t wait to get the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, you will not need to wait for long as the manufacturer promises that the phablet will be on sale in the US and japan in October and September for most regions globally. You can read the full PR PR Text on the Engadget website and a full first hand review on CNET.