The Galaxy Note 3 has a 5.7-inch, 1080p display, up from 5.5 inches on the Galaxy Note 2.
And despite the larger screen, Samsung has actually managed to maintain the same width of the Galaxy Note 2, while making it lighter and thinner. The Note 3 measures just 0.32 inches thick and weighs 5.9 ounces, which is actually the same weight as the 5-inch Sony Xperia Z1.
The phablets it’s all about the screen and the one on the Note 3 is even bigger, measuring 5.7″ which at 1080p resolution works out to 388ppi pixel density. It’s Samsung’s own Super AMOLED and it looks stunning as usual.
The Galaxy Note 3 is the first mobile device to feature USB 3.0 using the micro version of the port. The connection consists of two parts – one that is backwards compatible with microUSB 2.0 and one that adds additional pins for faster data transfers.
The 13MP camera on the back is having an LED flash. And, it supports the 4K video recording. But it’s important to note that only the Snapdragon 800 version of the Note 3 will have that option – the Exynos 5 Octa edition will not.
Due the humongous size of the smartphone, it is powered by a quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and features a whopping 3GB or RAM. It also packs in 13-megapixel camera and a 3,200mAh battery. The phone will come in 32GB and 64GB versions, along with a microSD card slot for expanded storage.
Samsung is planning to launch the Note 3 in 149 countries on September 25, and worldwide in October. In the U.S. the phone will be available on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon and U.S. Cellular. Pricing has not yet been announced.
The big novelty on the software front is called Air Command.
“The Air Command menu is a virtual ring with five shortcuts – Action Memo, Scrap Booker, Screen Write, S Finder and Pen Window.“
This menu pops up any time you extract the S Pen from its silo, and can also be brought up by hovering the stylus above the display and clicking its built-in button. From the Air Command launcher, you can access all the central S Pen features — dubbed Action Memos, Pen Window, S Finder, and Scrapbook.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 introduces a new “My Magazine” interface for “content snacking” which is similar to the Flipboard or HTC’s BlinkFeed. It’s accessible by swiping up from the bottom of the home screen.
The back cover is now made up of faux leather on the outside but is still the exact same thin plastic as
before on the inside. It really has no right to work, but Samsung has actually pulled off its design very well. Even the false stitching detail doesn’t look too bad. The sides of the Note 3 have been given a metallic look, though they too are plastic, while their lined appearance is intended to emulate the profile of a closed notebook.
For sure, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is going to put forward a good run for money to Sony Xperia Z1, Sony Xperia Z Ultra and LG G2.