Samsung makes the Galaxy Note 3 official
We knew it was coming, you knew it was coming – and it’s finally here as Samsung officially announced the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 last night, along with some other gadgets. Samsung’s 3rd iteration of the most popular phablet device on the market today comes as no surprise, but it does come with a few changes that you might not have expected, as you can see with the specs below.
- Processor – Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 Quad-core processor
- Display – 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with 1920 x 1080 resolution (386 PPI)
- RAM – 3GB
- Storage – 32/64 GB
- Camera – 13 MP, autofocus, Resolution: 4128 x 3096 pixels. LED flash for still images, (1080p HD video recording at 30fps), 2 Megapixel Wide-Angle Front Facing Camera
- Battery – 3,200 mAh
- Weight – 168 grams
- Size – 151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm
- OS – Android 4.3
- Colours – White, Black, Pink
It’s a standard regular upgrade, with Samsung impressing in the specs department as usual. They’ve once again increased the size of the screen by 0.2-inches, making this huge device 5.7-inches, and we questions where the line between a big phone and a small tablet lies now (especially with Samsung’s Galaxy Mega devices). Specs have been boosted as well, along with RAM for snappier performance and a large 3,200 mAh battery. This Note version also manages to increase the 720p resolution to a 1080p, a standard with high-end Android devices now. They’ve also managed to make it 20 grams lighter, and 1.1mm thinner, though we wonder how awkward this will be to hold with one hand now.
Colors wise, they’ve got the standard black and white, and they’ve added a dull pink color for the ladies as well. Build wise the front remains the same, but rather than a plastic back, Samsung have decided to go with a faux leather look and feel, in an attempt to boost the build quality of the device. We’re not sure it works, but then again we haven’t been able to play with the device yet – we’re more than happy to keep an open mind about it because we have complained about the plastic low build feel on the Note 2. There’s also a new S-pen that works incredibly well, and can be used by hovering the pen over the screen rather than actually touching it.
Overall, quite the decent upgrade, even if you have a Note 2, but at the same time – we wonder if anyone really needs a phone this big. There is a market for it, that’s for sure – but with other phones like the Galaxy SIII hitting the 5-inch mark, do we really need such large phones? It remains to be seen how it does, though we expect it to be popular like all high end Samsung phones.
Pricing and availability has to be announced as of yet, and it seems we’ve still got a few months to go before the phone is launched with global availability expected to be towards the end of the year.