Samsung has recently announced the release of its new high-end tablet phone, or “phablet,” the Galaxy Note 3. The device will be the successor to the company’s successful Galaxy Note II, and is one of the first devices to be running the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system at launch.
The Galaxy Note 3 has been designed to look classier than Samsung’s previous products. The phablet comes attached to a stitched faux-leather case, which is available in nine different colors including white, black, pink, and gold. The casing can be snapped off to reveal the battery as well as be replaced with a differently-colored case. It also provides a better grip and a cleaner look to the device’s back – no more visible fingerprints on shiny plastic.
The phablet’s 1080p HD screen has also been upgraded to 5.7 inches from the 5.5 inches of the Galaxy Note II. The increased size does not come at the expense of a larger body: Samsung has refined the device’s bezels and casing to keep it from feeling bigger, and it is actually slightly lighter and thinner than previous models. One reviewer states that the Note 3 is actually more manageable and comfortable to use than its predecessors.
Along with its stylish exterior, the Galaxy Note 3 comes equipped with excellent hardware. Its large 3200 mAh battery should provide plenty of usage time, although as yet there are no reports indicating the total battery life of the device. The phablet’s processor will be available in one of two separate versions, depending on the market in which it is being offered: an LTE 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800 Processor, or a 3G 1.9 GHz Octa-Core Processor. The Note 3 will also come with either 32 or 64 GB of storage, along with 3 GB of RAM, support for Bluetooth 4.0 and Wifi, and a slot for a Micro SD card.
The Galaxy Note 3 contains two cameras. The rear face boasts a hefty 13-megapixel camera that has Smart Stabilization technology and can record in ultra-high-definition as well as regular HD. The front camera is smaller, and can take only 2-megapixel images.
Samsung’s offerings have always included new and innovative software features, and the Galaxy Note 3 is no exception. The new phone’s most anticipated features include a variety of elements incorporating the use of Samsung’s stylus, the S-Pen. The S-Pen is a next-generation stylus which claims to deliver greater fidelity and create the feeling of a real pen writing on a page. The Galaxy Note 3’s new software includes “Air Command,” which allows users to interact with the phone by simply waving the S-Pen over the screen, and “Action Memo,” which can be used to handwrite notes, browse and search the Internet, write memos and even initiate calls by writing a phone number. Another function, “Pen Window,” lets the user draw a square anywhere on the screen, which becomes a new window into which any app can be opened without pausing current activity.
The Galaxy Note 3 is set to hit international store shelves on Sept. 25, and will be released in the US and Japan sometime in October.