KOREAN PHONE MAKER Samsung surprised no one today when it unveiled its Galaxy Note 3 large format smartphone or "phablet" at the IFA tradeshow in Berlin, a device that has been subject to many a leak over the past month or so.
Boasting a 5.7in full HD 1080p Super AMOLED touchscreen and running the latest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean mobile operating system (OS) skinned with Samsung's Touchwiz user interface, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is yet another, even bigger upgrade for the Galaxy Note phablet range.
As well as the huge screen, the device's features include Samsung's S Pen technology, as seen on the phablet's predecessor, the Galaxy Note 2 that was unveield at IFA last year. Samsung says users can expect a more "enhanced" S Pen experience than found on last year's model, and claims this will enable improved multitasking.
Powered by a quad-core 2.3GHz processor, or Samsung's homegrown octo-core Exynos chip in some markets, the Galaxy Note 3 has a rear-facing 13MP camera and a front-facing 1.9MP camera, and also touts a rather impressive 4K Ultra HD video recording capability, as seen on Acer's S2 phablet that was announced earlier this week.
The Galaxy Note 3 measures a pocket busting 152x79x8.3mm and weighs 163g. It boasts standard 3G and 4G connectivity, complete with advanced LTE and support for all LTE bands globally, and comes with 32GB or 64GB of internal storage. The device also includes a microSD card slot for storage expansion, while a sizeable 3,200mAh battery means that the device should last for at least a day.
Samsung was keen to point out that its security software Knox also comes pre-loaded on the Galaxy Note 3, and said that the software is now commercially available worldwide.
Samsung has said that it will launch the Galaxy Note 3 globally starting 25 September, although it did not announce specific availability details or pricing information. According to speculation, however, the Galaxy Note 3 will fetch around £650 SIM-free. µ
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