Sep 04 AT 1:00 PM Dima Aryeh 38 Comments

Samsung announces the Galaxy Note 3, its newest entry into the phablet space

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When it comes to phablets, Samsung basically pioneered the category with the original Galaxy Note. Many thought the device would flop, but it was really successful. The next year, Samsung released the Galaxy Note II, which I personally still use to this day. These large devices with a built-in stylus have so much versatility and surprising popularity that Samsung has announced the new Galaxy Note 3!

The new Galaxy Note 3 is now larger than the previous model, with a 5.7-inch full HD Super AMOLED display to replace the previous 5.5-inch Note II. However, Samsung kept the width of the device the same by using slimmer bezels. So, the size of the device stays about the same. It will be thinner at 8.3mm and will only weigh 168g. With a change of heart, Samsung has made the back a leather sort of material instead of shiny plastic.

The S Pen has also been improved. It has taken on a slightly different design, but the functionality has been massively improved. And by improved, I mean Samsung added a ton of features. The first is Air Command, a radial menu that pops up when you hover the pen over the screen and press the button. It offers five options, including Action Memo. Action Memo allows you to perform actions like adding numbers to contacts and searching addresses on a map.

They have also redesigned multitasking for the larger display. Multi Window now allows you to have two windows open for the same app. This allows you to chat with two people at once in ChatON, for example. You can also drag and drop things between the two windows, which is an awesome addition. Pen Window allows you to draw a box and have a quick app pop up in your chosen size, like a calculator.

In terms of specs, you’ll be getting a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 quad core processor on the LTE model paired with 3GB of RAM. It’s a real powerhouse. And finally, Samsung has made the minimum storage 32GB as well as included microSD slot. The audio has been improved, allowing playback of 24 bit 192khz audio. Throw in Category 4 LTE and a large 3,200 mAh battery, and you have an amazing device.

The rear camera is a 13MP BSI sensor with Smart Stabilization and can shoot 4K video at 30FPS, 1080p video at 60 FPS (on some models), and 720p video at 120 FPS slow motion. It also has a high CRI LED flash to help with better low light shots. The front camera is a 1.9MP BSI sensor, also with Smart Stabilization.

There are a bunch of software features; surprisingly few, in fact, considering how much Samsung usually packs into its devices. Multi Vision lets you combine multiple Note 3s to make a larger screen for watching video, which seems a bit of a gimmick to me. There are also new and redesigned apps like My Magazine and S Note.

The device will be coming out September 25 for many countries and will appear in October for the US and Japan. A lot of us will have to wait. As a Note II user, I’m very impressed. Are you?

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Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things car and tech. His time is split between gaming and fixing his racecar. He also does photography in his spare time.

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  • pekosROB

    Hopefully everyone in the US won’t have to wait past October. Even though I’m still grandfathered in with unlimited data, I am constantly tempted to go back to the GSM world where you can just pop your SIM out. I miss those days.

    • scottydroid1

      my Aunty Bella recently got a stunning yellow Hyundai Santa Fe SUV by working part time online… my review here

    • Nick

      I’m from the UK and I’m using mine now, it’s fair to say you will NOT be disappointed!

  • Jeremy

    What’s the deal with the port(s) on the bottom? Definitely isn’t a standard microUSB port like my note II

  • redraider133

    Seems like a real beast of a device

  • nivekkev

    Can’t wait for the reviews on this one. Was hoping I would not have to go get another gig so I can get it but it appears to be a big step up from the Note II making it worthy of upgrading.

  • Franklin

    It’s exactly what I was expecting….I’m a note 2 owner myself, so am happy that, they kept it at the same size as the note 2…To me note 2 is the best phone allround and it jux got better, but am wait to see what the HTC max is packing and then decide which one to get….!

  • MrMrMan

    This looks like my next phone. Nothing else right now can compare.

    • Richard Yarrell

      I have said for over 7 months. Nothing will be better than Samsung period.

      • Orion78

        Nobody cares, moron.

        • Richard Yarrell

          Same old butt holes go piss on yourself. Fuck @squiddy20 also

          • squiddy20

            Wow. Childish insults from a 50+ year old man over the Internet. We’re all quaking in our boots. /s

          • squiddy20

            Also, you do realize the “@username” doesn’t work here, right? You also realize it makes you look incredibly stupid when you could just say our usernames and be done with it. But no. You have to be “kool” (your spelling) and put the “@username” everywhere even though it either doesn’t work at all on the website you’re using it on, or you’ve done it improperly so that Disqus isn’t able to pick it up. Good job.

      • squiddy20

        And that is your opinion. Period.

        • Richard Yarrell

          Just like this is your opinion. Why do you care or post your not buying you never do. Plain and simple get a life or a job if you’re able to.

          • squiddy20

            Haha wrong again. It’s a fact that it’s your opinion. For every person that says “Samsung is the best” I can find someone that says “Samsung is the worst”. Those quoted statements are opinions. That’s a fact, a truth, a certainty, what have you. Sad that you don’t understand the difference and/or that I need to explain this to you again after our many “conversations” about the difference between fact and opinion. Do you have short term memory loss or something?

            “Why do you care or post your not buying you never do. ” Firstly, if I “never” buy anything, then how did I get the Galaxy Nexus that I currently have about 1.5 years ago when it was still $150-$200? Riddle me that one, Dick. Secondly, as if people need “the latest and greatest” in order to make a post on the Internet. With that kind of mentality, are you sure you’re not 8 years old?

      • redraider133

        Well by all the reviews the htc one and moto x are better from a real world usage perspective. Ybe not sales but Samsung definitely has lots of room to improve its software and not put such strain on even the highest end specs.

        • Richard Yarrell

          You sound like someone on medication are you a retard??? This site has tuned into a pretty sad place that’s for sure.

          • Max.Steel

            Actually, YOU sound like the retard. The only reason this place is sad is because it lets good for nothing losers like you spread your stupidity all across the comment section.

          • squiddy20

            All of this brought to you by the same guy who claimed rooting was for “2plus year old devices”, despite at the time owning an Evo 4G which had a HUGE root community behind it. The same guy who claimed Verizon’s *low* frequency LTE didn’t penetrate buildings well, when in fact, it’s *high* frequencies that exhibit that quality, such as Sprint’s now failed Wimax which you so “applauded” time and time again. Or how about the time you “knew” the US version of the S4 would have 3GB of RAM, the Exynos 5 Octa, wireless charging, and “a pad” on the device to measure blood pressure/blood sugar levels, the latter of which would be a health/safety hazard. Or how about the time you claimed Nokia made Android powered devices? Yep, that happened.

            Are you sure you’re not the one on medication, or a “retard”?

          • Steam

            Stop projecting your issues onto others, Richard. Your broke black ass was on the streets, scared shitless, unemployed, rabbit-eyed, clueless, and sucking dick for nickels just a few years ago. The Bowery may have removed the Red Door newsletter, but we still have it in .pdf form and screenshots.
            With that said, how insecure are you, really? Calling people retarded, gay, broke, useless, bums…you were, or currently are, all of these. You’re not important, you think phones are status symbols (in your shithole ghetto,I imagine they are), you work in homeless shelter that took you in, you can’t spell (even with your “kool pimp-slapping note 2″, or whatever your current imaginary friend is), you have very obvious and glaring mental issues, you are so immensely insecure from your father fucking you up the ass, donkey punching you, and making you suck it clean while calling you useless, that you spam-fuck every android blog imaginable (that you’re not banned from) with some mindless drivel about your current imaginary phone in the hope that you impress someone, or someone reaffirms you.
            Good Lord, you’re more fucked up than I even initially thought when I first outed your dopey ass with that Red Door letter (yes, that was me who first discovered that and outed you for who you really are on Phandroid a few years ago, giving people like squiddy even more ammo, not that anyone needs any-you provide plenty of your own) and seeing to it that everyone I come in contact with who donates to the Bowery Mission, doesn’t ever again.
            Your welcome

      • Max.Steel

        You were singing a different tune last year about them. You’re nothing but a flopper.

  • JQuest81

    Okay, I’m officially impressed! This is my next phone…

    • Dima Aryeh

      I can say the same! Looking at the Galaxy S 4, I didn’t expect much from the Note 3. I was impressed.

    • redraider133

      Same. This may be the phone I give up unlimited data for.

  • Stu

    is the ir blaster included on this phone?

  • alexanderharri3

    Looks like a beast

  • pjamies

    Nope, I will wait for the next Nexus phone to come out.. that way I can at least get updates in a timely fashion ..

  • breckdroid

    Well, There goes my unlimited data on VZW. Goodbye grandfathered data, Hello Note 3!!!! I, along with many of y’all, am very impressed. I cannot wait to find out when this will be released stateside and preorder it.

    • redraider133

      I am the same way. This is the first phone that has tempted me to part with my unlimited data. Hopefully they still have that maxx plan with 6gb of data when this is released.

  • Daniel Smedegaard Buus

    I am thoroughly disappointed. Not with te specs, which are great, nor the new features.

    I am disappointed with seeing what I feared most about this phone: the faux metal plastic crap they wrap it in. And that ugly mixture of plastic, faux leather and faux metal. They might as well have put a leopard fur on it.

    Why do they have to create these fantastic phones and build them to look like something a girl turning tricks would carry around?

    I so want to own that hardware, but there is no way in hell I am going to carry that cheap looking thing around.

    I still have the GS2, and at least that has the decency to appear like what it is: Plastic. Black. Thank you. I don’t know why I keep waiting for Samsung to produce a follow-up that is not designed for cheap pimps with bad taste. It appears it will not happen. Don’t know what my next phone will be, but it won’t be Samsung apparently. Can’t wait yet another year to see if they can at least just let the plastic be plastic.

    • taki

      95% of the front is beautiful screen/glass. The back looks great & is flexible/replaceable, which is the best design I like.
      If you like, you can replace the back with integrated flip cover, gold/diamonds/wood…

      Anyway, the iPhones are boring by now & mostly covered by plastic cases. So what are you complaining about? If you care about the outside only, put a sticker of an apple/banana…on the back.

      Being non slippery & comfortable to hold is the most important for the back.

      • Daniel Smedegaard Buus

        “the iPhones are boring by now & mostly covered by plastic cases. So what are you complaining about?”

        Are you joking? What’s the iPhone got to do with anything? I’m talking about the Galaxy Note, which is a completely different piece of hardware AND software.

        If I wanted an iPhone and join the ranks of the anonymous mass of Appleites, I’d have bought one already.

        Sad to see that addressing the flaws of this device (while still calling it fantastic and pointing out that there’s nothing wrong with the specs nor features) gets you a -3 downrating.

        I could see people defending their purchasing choices and acting out against me if they already owned this device, but obviously none of us owns it yet.

        I’d wish they’d just wrap this device in a sheet of aluminum. Or, missing that, just let the plastic be plastic. There’s nothing wrong with plastic. But there’s just one thing that looks cheaper than plastic: Plastic posing as something else. It’s also aesthetically disastrous.

  • sweet

    the specs look solid and now we just have to see how it will perform and what new features they’re bring to the s-pen

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  • HeadDoc

    So, yeah, a beast, but… I like the proportions of the LG G2 better, and LG still fits 5 app icons in a row on the home screen. I am betting the Galaxy S5 next summer will hit the sweet spot. One other thing to consider: the GS3 on AT&T was hobbled by the inability to install apps to the sd card. Sammie fixed the problem with the GS4, after people realized that they had about 12 gb of storage for apps TOTAL, and complained. I worry that Samsung is upping the built-in memory so they can prevent app installs to the sd card again. Why do they care? Or is it the carriers?

  • GE918

    Sammy hits a home run!