KOREAN PHONE MAKER Samsung unveiled its latest phablet device, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, at its glitzy IFA conference in Berlin on Wednesday.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 held few specifications surprises, thanks to the months of leaks surrounding the handset ahead of its launch. It improves on last year's model with a larger 5.7in HD 1080p display, 3GB of RAM and either a 2.3GHz quad-core processor or a 1.9GHZ octa-core processor, depending on whether you pick the LTE or 3G-only model.
The handset's design was perhaps the biggest surprise, with the Galaxy Note 3 touting a leather-feel casing, which Samsung claims makes it feel like a physical diary.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 also features Google's Android 4.3 Jelly Bean mobile operating system skinned with Touchwiz, a stylus, a 13MP rear-facing camera with Ultra HD video recording support, a 2MP front-facing camera, either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage and a 3,200mAh battery.
With so much hype surrounding the handset before it was even launched, it's likely that the Galaxy Note 3 will be as popular as its two predecessors. Below is all the UK release date and pricing information for the handset, and keep this article bookmarked as we'll update it when we hear more.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is now available to buy from Samsung's own stores price at £625. In the UK, the handset makes its official debut at Samsung's flagship Stratford City Westfield store, alongside the £299 Galaxy Gear smartwatch.
4G mobile operator EE was quick to announce that it will be selling the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. The LTE version will be available on its 4G network, while the 3G model will be available for less on the Orange and T-Mobile networks.
The handset is available to order from EE both instore and online now, costing £149.99 on a 24 month £31 price plan which offers unlimited calls, texts and 2GB data.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is now available to buy via O2. It's available on the network's confusing refresh plans - which start at £12 and go up to £27, while buyers will see the cost of the phone added to their monthly tariff.
For example, O2's £27 a month tariff - which comes with unlimited texts, minutes and 4GB data, is paired with a fee of £25 a month for the handset.
Three is also now offering the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, with buyers set to be upgraded to the operator's 4G network for free once it launches later in the year. The handset is available on three different tariffs - price at £34, £36 and £38 respectively, each of which come with a £99 upfront fee.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has got a clean sweep of UK networks, with Vodafone planning to stock the phone too. There are no details on pricing or release date yet, but the network has said the tablet will work on its 4G network.
SIM free retailer Unlocked-mobiles is offering the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and has started taking pre-orders from £598.97, with delivery expected on 29 September. That's for the 32GB model, with pricing for the 64GB model yet to be revealed.
Check out our Samsung Galaxy Note 3 hands-on review. µ
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