10 9 / 2013
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 was unveiled at technology trade show IFA in Berlin, alongside the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch and a 10.1-inch Galaxy Note 10.1.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 sports a 5.7-inch, full high-definition screen, a slight boost from the Note 2’s 5.5-inch display. But despite the bigger screen, the Note 3 is thinner and lighter, measuring 8.3mm and weighing just 168g.
The Note 3 has been confirmed for US carriers AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, US Cellular, and T-Mobile, and will hit shops on 25 September in more than 140 countries. It’ll emerge for the rest of the world come October.
As expected, Samsung has gone with the latest chip from Qualcomm with a 2.3Ghz Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, but this time around they have gone with a whopping 3GB of RAM, making it the first smartphone to do so. In another first, select models will also be able to record and playback 4K video.
And the Note has plenty of speed, too: it has 4G LTE for connecting to the Internet at high speeds, with support for the fastest category 4 4G.
Note 3 comes with a 13 megapixel snapper but the phone should produce sharper images and better low light shots due to the sensor now incorporating Optical Image Stabilisation hardware. Audiophiles will be happy to hear that the smartphone now supports 24-bit/192kHz Hi-Fi audio, a feature that some other smartphone manufacturers such as Sony are also incorporating.
Thankfully, Samsung has decided to make the 32GB version the base model, a trend that we hope to see continue with future flagship smartphones. The phone still comes with the ability to expand the storage using a Micro SD card and the battery is also removable.
Speaking of battery life, the capacity has been ever so slightly increased to 3200mAh but Samsung have done some software optimisation that they claim boosts runtime even further. Considering that we were able to comfortably achieve all-day battery life with the Note 2, we would be curious to see how much more juice this translates to in terms of real world use.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 N9000 Key Specs
- 5.7″ HD 1080p screen – super AMOLED
- Android OS, v4.3 (Jelly Bean)
- Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 (LTE model)/ Quad-core 1.9 GHz Cortex-A15 & quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7 (3G model)
- 3GB of RAM
- Internal storage of 32GB or 64GB
- 13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
- 1080p video camera at 60fps
- one version can record the rediculous 4k Ultra HD video
- 3,200 mAh battery
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