At its second Unpacked event of the year, Samsung has revealed the Galaxy Note 3, it’s third version in the Note smartphone/tablet hybrid series, also known as the-one-that-started-it-all. So how has the Galaxy Note 3 changed from previous models? Well, not surprisingly, it has got bigger, faster, and flashier.
The screen size has been increased to 5.7-inches, but Samsung has managed to do this without increasing the size of the phone’s chassis, which is great news. The Super AMOLED panel has a resolution of 1080p, just like the Galaxy S4, while the processor is the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chip, which runs at a very speedy 2.3GHz.
Rather than a plastic rear panel, Samsung has opted for a leather-look cover, complete with stitching around the edges. In the pictures it looks good, and Samsung made a point of praising its warm, tactile feel. Fitted into the back cover is the lens to the 13-megapixel camera, which can shoot video in 4K, just in case you’ve got a TV that will play it back.
Android 4.3 will come installed on the Galaxy Note 3, and Samsung has added a few new toys made especially for the revised S Pen stylus, including a pop-up menu with shortcuts, an intelligent memo app, plus the intriguing Pen Window, where drawing a shape on the screen makes a window in which a new app can be opened.
The Galaxy Note 3 is compatible with UK 4G LTE networks, and also comes with NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, an infrared blaster, 3GB of RAM, a microSD card slot to boost the 32GB or 64GB of internal memory, plus a 3200mAh battery. Samsung says the Galaxy Note 3 should hit stores on 25 September.