After weeks of speculation and leaks, Samsung today officially announced its Galaxy Note 3 smartphone during its IFA presentation. The device is larger than its Galaxy S line of phones and comes with slightly better hardware.
The Galaxy Note 3 will have a 5.7-inch 1920 x 1080 resolution screen. For markets needing 4G LTE, the new Note will have a 2.3GHz quad-core processor. For those with just 3G, the Note will come with a 1.9 GHz 8-core processor. The smartphone will come with either 32GB or 64GB of built-in storage, with a microSD slot for expansion. It also carries a 3,200mAh battery and comes with Samsung's "S-Pen" branded stylus.
While both Nokia and Sony are packing ever-better cameras into their flagship smartphones, Samsung has opted for an incremental upgrade. The front camera on the Galaxy Note 3 is 13MP, while the rear camera is 2MP.
As for software, the Note 3 will come running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (no Kit Kat yet). The device will also come with Samsung's entire suite of proprietary smartphone software, including "Multi Window" viewing, personalized news feeds, and the "Group Play" sharing feature. In addition, the new S-Pen now has a button that, when pressed, activates a special "Air Command" mode offering access to five different apps. The apps include a screen capture mode, a memo writer, a search function, and "Pen Window," which allows users to open apps in windows of any size they draw.
“With a simple click of the S Pen button, users can unlock opportunities for self-expression, features that transform everyday activities into extraordinary events and access to new experiences delivered to them on Note 3’s larger screen,” said JK Shin, CEO of Samsung Mobile.