Samsung announces Galaxy Note 3 with 5.7-inch 1080p screen, leather back

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At its “Unpacked” event in IFA, Berlin, Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 3, the latest smartphone in Samsung’s very popular “phablet” category of devices. The Note 3 comes with a 5.7-inch 1080p screen, 3GB of RAM, a huge 3200 mAh battery, a faux-leather back and more.

At 5.7-inch, the Note 3’s display is bigger than its predecessors 5.64-inch screen, but both the devices have the same physical size. This is largely due to the bezel space being greatly reduced, with the side bezels measuring a mere 2.2mm. With a resolution of 1080p, the Note 3’s Super-AMOLED display has a pixel density of 368ppi.

The device has a quad core 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB or 64GB storage options, and a 13MP rear-camera camera capable of shooting 1080p videos at 60FPS. The rear-camera also comes with a CRI LED flash, which will result in better low light photography.

The Note 3 has a huge 3200 mAh battery, which Samsung claims will give four hours of additional battery life when playing video, and up to 40 percent gains in overall battery life during normal usage.

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The stylus, or as Samsung calls it the S-Pen, has been an important feature of the Note series of phones, and Samsung has added some new features to it. “Air command,” one such addition, is a quick access tool that allows users to automatically perform actions quickly via a small circle, when they push a button on the S-Pen. This includes jotting down quick notes, opening the scrap book, performing a search and more.

Other improvements on the software front include an enhanced multi-window multitasking mode, where users can have multiple windows of the same app open on the screen simultaneously.

In the last few event launches, Samsung has tried to put an emphasis on design, at least in their presentations, and this time was no different. The company ditched the Note 2’s plastic back in favor of a faux-leather texture with a metal rim around the edge. The device will come in 3 colors, black, white and pink.

Here are the full specs:

  • 5.7-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display with a pixel density of 368ppi
  • Android 4.3
  • Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, GPS
  • Snapdragon S800 SoC or Exynos 5250 SoC depending on your region
  • 13MP camera with a CRI LED flash
  • 3GB of RAM, 32/64GB of storage space
  • Dimensions of 151.2mmx79.2mmx8.3mm
  • 3200 mAh battery

The Galaxy Note 3 will be available in more than 149 countries worldwide from September 25th this year. In the US, the device will be available on all major networks including AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile sometime soon.

What do you think of the Note 3? With Samsung seeing a reasonable demand for “phablets” do you think Apple should cave-in and make an iPhone with an even bigger screen?

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