Samsung Galaxy note 3

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is finally announced.

Today Samsung finally announced the next installment to the Galaxy Note series phone. First impressions are that the device is everything we hoped it would be and maybe even a bit more.

Okay hang on I know you are just dying to find out how it actually looks. Let me start this of by showing you some official pictures of the newly announced device.

Looks like the note 3 will be launched in 3 colors

Looks like the note 3 will be launched in 3 colors

official samsung galaxy note 3 images

Is it a looker ?

As you can see from the image the note 3 is a bit more square than its predecessor. I feel it’s pretty safe to say that the note 3 is to the note series, what the galaxy s4 was to the Galaxy s series. the resemblance between the note 3 and the Galaxy S4 is striking. Happily the S4 has a design that appeals a lot to me and because they look so much alike I can safely say that the “new” look is a good one. Samsung has also tried to make it look a bit more exclusive by adding stitches to the back cover. Sadly though the back casing is not made from leather but it sure looks like it from a distance.

So now that you know how it looks like I know you just can’t wait to find out what is under the hood.

It’s what’s inside that counts

Network

2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE): 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
3G (HSPA+ 42Mbps): 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
4G (LTE Cat 4 150/50Mbps) : up to 6 different band sets (Dependent on market)

Processor

LTE 2.3 GHz Quad-Core Processor
3G 1.9 GHz Octa Core  Processor ( A15 1.9 GHz + A7 1.3 GHz)
The selection of AP will be differed by markets.

Display

5.7inch (144.3mm)  Full HD Super AMOLED (1920 x 1080)

OS 

Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean)
Camera

Main(Rear): 13 Mega-pixel BSI Sensor, Auto Focus camera with Smart Stabilization, LED Flash(High CRI), and Zero Shutter Lag
Sub (Front): 2 Mega-pixel BSI sensor with Smart Stabilization, Full HD recording @30fps

Dual Camera: Dual Shot / Dual Recording/ Dual Video Call
Recording: UHD 30fps, Smooth motion (FHD 60fps), Slow motion (HD 120fps)
Camera Mode: Drama Shot, Sound & Shot, Animated Photo, Eraser, Best Photo, Best Face, Beauty Face, HDR (High Dynamic Range), Panorama, Sports, Golf, Surround shot, Live effect

Video

Codec: H.264, MPEG-4, H.263, VC-1, WMV7, WMV8, Sorenson Spark, MP43, VP8, HEVC
Recording & Playback: Full HD (1080p), UHD (may differ by market)

Audio

Codec: MP3, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, AMR-NB/WB, Vorbis, FLAC(), WAV()
() Ultra High Quality Audio (~192KHz, 24 bit) support

S Pen

Optimized

Features

Air Command: Action Memo, Scrapbook, Screen Write, S Finder, Pen Window
S Note, Multi Window, new Easy Clip, Direct Pen Input
AdditionalFeatures Group Play: Share Music, Share Picture, Share Video, Share Document, Play Games

Story Album, S Translator

Samsung Smart Scroll, Samsung Smart Pause, Air Gesture, Air View

Samsung Apps, Samsung Hub, ChatON (Voice/Video Call, Share screen, 3-way calling), Samsung WatchON

S Voice™ Hands Free, S Health

Samsung Adapt Display, Samsung Adapt Sound
Auto adjust touch sensitivity (Glove friendly)

Samsung Link, Screen Mirroring

Safety Assistance, Samsung KNOX

Google Mobile

Services

Chrome, Search, Gmail, Google+, Maps, Play Books
Play Movies, Play Music, Play Store, Hangouts
Voice Search, YouTube, Google Settings, Play Games, Messenger

Connectivity

WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (HT80)
GPS / GLONASS
NFC,  Bluetooth® v 4.0 (LE)
IR LED (Remote Control), MHL 2.0

Sensor

Gesture, Accelerometer, Geo-magnetic, Gyroscope, RGB
Proximity, Barometer, Temperature & Humidity, Hall Sensor

Memory

32/ 64 GB User memory + microSD slot (up to 64GB)
3GB RAM

Dimension

151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3mm, 168g

Battery

Standard battery, Li-ion 3,200 mAh


Galaxy note 3 cases

S view covers in a variety of colors

New to the Note series phone is the S-view cover or case. If you want on original Samsung case you can either get the regular Note 3 leather case or if you like the way the S- view covers on the S4 worked you should get the Note 3 S-View cover.

If you think that is a bit to much information and you just want a list of the highlights let me show you what I think is the most important ones.

  • Battery

Once again they have managed to put an even bigger battery in a thinner device than the previous one. As we know the Note 2 had a 3100 mAh battery. It is kinda sad I think that the race to make thinner phones has to compromise with battery juice. Imagine how long you could use your phone on a single charge if they had increased its thickness with a single mm in stead of shrinking it.

  • Processor

The new Note comes in two different variants just like the Note 2. A quad core for the countries that have LTE ( 2.3 GHz Quad-Core Processor ) and a octa core for the 3G markets ( 1.9 GHz Octa Core  Processor ( A15 1.9 GHz + A7 1.3 GHz) The selection will be differed by markets )

  • Memory

Finally the moment we have been waiting and hoping for. In the months before the device was announced a lot of rumors about it has been heard. Among the more persistent ones was that the Note 3 would get 3 GB of RAM.

  • Display

As Samsung releases a new Note there is one thing we can count on. Just about every aspect of it is going to be improved over the last one. This also goes for the screen. On the Note III Samsung has given us a 5.7 inch screen to play with. But not only is it bigger, and this should come as no surprise to anyone  it is of course a full HD display. It is 1080 by 1920 pixels which gives us a pixel density of 386 pixels per inch at this size. Like the Note 2 this one also has a super AMOLED screen.

  • Camera

The Note 3 comes with a 13 mega pixel camera capable of capturing video at 2160p at 30 frames per second. If you are lucky enough to get the LTE version it can even shoot 1080P video at 60 frames per second. Even though Samsung was not the first to announce a cell phone capable of shooting 4 K video it sure looks like they are going to be the first ones to start selling one.

 

What else is new under the moon ( software features )

Even though the way it looks and the with all that new hardware it’s is another thing that really impresses me the most about his new cell phone. I should not have been surprised by this as Samsung has quite a reputation for announcing new ways of using their hardware with ever new phone. The most impressive thing about this phone is the host of new software features. Let me tell you about the most important ones.

 

  • Pen window

Whoa, I don’t think anyone saw this one coming. By using the S-pen you can draw a new window anywhere and in any size you would like on the screen. Once your you have drawn the window you can pick which app you want to run in it. Impressive stuff !

  • Action memo

Those handwritten notes has always been one of the highlights of the Note phones and the S-pen. Your notes has now been taken to a new level. If you have written down a phone number in a note by hand you can now call that number directly. The Note 3 recognizes your handwriting and dials the number.

For more details Samsung has just published a video that highlights the new features of the device.

Love or hate the new Samsung Galaxy note 3 ? let everyone hear your opinion in the comments section below.
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12 thoughts on “Samsung Galaxy note 3

  1. The screen size is always measured diagonaly. The note 1 display (5.3″) has 16×10 aspect ratio, the note 2 (5.5″) has 16×9 aspect ratio; Result: the screen was not wider, only taller! Discussions about how big is too big’s pointless when the aspect ratio’s not mentioned, nor bezel width!
    I bet you: the note 3 will be the same physical size as the note 1 and 2 (hardly any difference between’em too), yet have a bigger display. I believe the samsung phablets have an overall design/handling envellope that they won’t stretch. Anyway, I want one!

  2. christopher turner says:

    I had both notes so far dont want a third just yet

    • Why wouldn’t you get the galaxy note 3?
      Because the note 2 is so darn good or you don’t like the idea of an even bigger screen? Just curious.

  3. The Note 2 seems so great, it’s hard to envision what comes next. Samsung has been trying to innovate software/firmware “features” on the S4 and it seems there’s a bit of gimmickry.
    Here’s what I’d be looking for as improvements:
    A better “skin”! Samsung’s same old crappy plastic shells are getting very, very dated and in the face of iphone and HTC’s latest ONE, seem very lame indeed, for an expensive flagship device.
    I’d ask them to amp up the design appearance and durability/build “feel”.
    Secondly (and HTC has also gotten this one perfectly correct), front-facing stereo speakers! All our media is in stereo. What are smartphones restricted to dinky, single, rear-facing speakers? How does this make any sense? HTC has proven that the speakers can sound great, face forwards, be two//stereo and have substantial amps to drive them; a real mobile audio environment. Samsung? Bring it!

    Personally I won’t go for the HTC ONE, as beautiful as it looks and sounds, because they dropped the microSD card (what were they thinking?!) and because the battery is not replaceable or accessible. Two big fails in my book. Those are the big deficits that the iphone suffers from; why emulate THAT?

    I’d be happy with a display anywhere from 5 1/2″ to 6″. Beyond that, I think it’s just too close to 7″ tablet parameters…and that is not pocketable in my opinion. I think 5.5 or 6 is the sweet spot for an all-in-one device.

    Also, what ever happened to pico-projectors in smartphones? That idea seems to have vaporized but I thought it could be very useful.

    We’ll see…

    • First of all, thanks for that very vell thought out post.
      I tend to agree with almost anything you have said about the Galaxy Note 3. I hope however that the enginers manage to do with the note 3 as thay did with the Galaxy s4 where they managed to make a phone with a bigger screen without increasing the size of the device itself.
      I am particularrily impressed with the way the Galaxy s4 has a bigger screen and a bigger battery and at the same time being both slimmer and less wide. That beeing said I hope the note 3 gets a bigger screen than the s4 to help make it different from the Galaxy s4 cell phone.

  4. Andrew Nicholas says:

    LOL In Latest Update The S4 Gamepad Will Have Phone Sizes Between 4-6.3inches which Gives A Big Hint That FOR SURE THE GALAXY NOTE 3 WITH BE 6.33 INCHES WITH 1080P ^_^ >:D yeah baby!!!

  5. MahendraShah says:

    All innovations are welcome from Samsung… But the battery will have to be removable…Otherwise I will not buy the product. I like the Nokia but it is a sealed device and so are all Apple gizmos… I keep away from them..Note 3 needs to have a removeable battery….otherwise I will not care to buy it… Samsung needs to have removable batteries in their TABLETS ALSO…..AND WHY NOT BECOME THE FIRST EVER MAKER OF MULTI SLOTS FOR MICRO SD CARDS…I KNOW YOU WOULD ONLY USE ONE CARD AT A TIME. ..BUT TO HAVE THE EXTRA CAPACITY FOR VARIOUS FILE SYSTEMS WOULD BE GREAT…IMAGINE

  6. Hi,
    my opinion is that 6.3-inch OLED display is too for phone…
    I have note 2 and 5,5 inch screen it is some times cumbersome especially in hot weather.

    A great way, for my opinion, would same design of Sony Tablet P: closed could be used as telephone, open as tablet.

    Regards

  7. I hope that the size remains the same instead of making it bigger. Furthermore I would prefer either remain the same size as note 2 or increase it the max. at 5.8″ but for both cases I think it would be better to replace the hardware buttons with software buttons so that the overall size will be smaller!

    • I hope you are right about the screen size. The very max I could live with I think is a 6 inch screen. As for the home button I wish there was a way to make the device smaller without the need to remove the button.
      Do you think it would be possible to place it underneath the volume rocker..?

  8. The rumor is that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will feature a 6.3-inch OLED display (likely at a 1080p resolution), a mere 0.7 inches shy of what we typically consider tablet proportions.

  9. More cores doesn’t make a faster phone you would need higher ram for multitasking you might as well buy a tablet.

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