At the Mobile Unpacked event in Berlin, Germany yesterday, Samsung announced the third iteration of its Galaxy Note smartphone. The Galaxy Note 3 is a step ahead to the predecessor with improved hardware, design and software. Samsung hasn’t shed the plastic chassis completely but the back has been transformed with a faux leather finish for a premium look and feel.
The Galaxy Note 3 dimensions are identical to the Galaxy Note II but packs in a larger 5.7-inch Super AMOLED with full HD 1920×1080 resolution. Powering the device will be two different SoCs – the Snapdragon 800 2.3GHz quad-core CPU for the LTE markets and the new Exynos 5 Octa as the 3G variant. There’s also 3GB RAM, 13MP camera with smart stabilisation, 2MP front-facing camera, 4K video recording support (Snapdragon variant), Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, infrared port, 32GB/64GB internal memory, microSD card slot and 3200mAh battery.
The Galaxy Note 3 will run the latest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update and brings better S Pen support with a new feature called as Air Command. Air Command is a pallete of S Pen supported features. Other software features include WatchON, Air View, Multi-window, S Health etc.
Samsung will release the Galaxy Note 3 on September 25 in 149 countries in Jet Black, Classic White and Blush Pink and will be available in US and Japan in October.
To complement the device, Samsung also announced the Galaxy Gear smartwatch that will be released along with the Galaxy Note 3. The smartwatch connects with a smartphone over Bluetooth and allows users to take calls or messages from the phone. The colourful watch also features apps support and Samsung enhancements like S Voice, Smart Relay, Voice Memo and packs in hardware like a 1.63-inch Super AMOLED display (320×320) 800MHz processor, 512MB RAM, 4GB internal memory, 1.9MP camera with 720p HD video recording support, 315mAh battery, mic, speakers, gyroscope, accelerometer.
The Galaxy Gear is priced at $299.