The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is now official and after months of rumors and speculations we’ve finally seen the new Sammy phablet in flesh at company’s Unpacked 2013 Episode 2 event in Berlin. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 announcement has come to confirm almost all the rumors that made the headlines over the past couple of months and, yes, the Note 2 follow-up is indeed a pretty impressive piece of device.
While the initial rumors pointed towards a 5.9-inch or even 6.1-inch display, the South Korean phone maker chose only to increase the display size with 0.2 inches. Thus, the new Galaxy Note 3 comes with a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with full HD resolution and Gorilla Glass 3 protection. Even though the display is larger than the one of the previous generation, the new Galaxy Note 3 is not bigger than its predecessor, while the generous screen will make the Multi View feature even easier to use.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 that was showcased on the stage was underpinned by Qualcomm’s mighty Snapdragon 800 chipset based on four Krait 400 cores clocked at 2.3 GHz and an Adreno 330 GPU. It seems that the rumors saying that the Galaxy Note 3 will be the world’s first smartphone to come with 3 GB of RAM were accurate after all.
In terms of connectivity, you will get everything you wished for and more: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy with A2DP, EDR, NFC support, IR blaster (you will be able to use it and transform the device into a TV remote control), and microUSB 2.0.
As usual, there will be three internal storage options 16, 32, and 64 GB and support for microSD cards up to 64 GB.
Just like the Samsung Galaxy S4, the Note 3 comes with a 13 megapixel camera with autofocus, LED flash, and support for 1080p@60fps and 2160p@30fps 4K video recording , also borrowing all the innovative features introduced by the flagship smartphone launched in March. Besides Dual Shot and Dual Video recording, the users will also be able to enjoy Eraser (remove moving objects from a picture), Cinema Photo (animate or freeze certain objects in a picture), Drama Shot (merge several photos of a subject into one), or Sound and Shot.
Samsung’s decision to buy 5% in Wacom shares, a Japanese company that manufactures graphic tablets with stylus input, has materialized into an improved S Pen for the Galaxy Note 3, with new S Pen-optimized features like Air Command, Scrapbook, and New S Note app.
The representatives of the South Korean phone maker didn’t mention anything about the Exynos 5420 Galaxy Note 3 that made the headlines over the past couple of months, nor about the alleged cheap variant intended for the emerging markets. Rumor has it that the later one will come with an LCD display and an 8 megapixel camera.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 leaves the factory gates pre-loaded with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, customized with Samsung’s proprietary interface, the popular TouchWiz Nature UX.
While having the same width as its predecessor, the Galaxy Note 3 is only 8.3 mm thin while weighing 1683 grams. One of the most interesting about the new Samsung phablet is that it has a textured leather back which is supposed to bring it closer to the looks of a premium smartphone. Moreover, the new terminal will be available in not less than 9 different colors.
Samsung failed to reveal the price of the new smartphone, but the company’s officials announced that the Note 3 will become available for purchase on the selected markets later this month, on September 25th.