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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 & Gear: all there is to know

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 & Gear: all there is to know
It's been a crazy few days, with the excitement and hype leading up to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3's unveiling refusing to plateau at all. With that in mind, and looking at the somewhat hectic month we've had, we're unsure whether we're suffering a bad case of the mood swings – are we really glad that the wait for the Note 3 is finally over? A talk for another day, perhaps, for regardless of our celestial musings, it's the firmly-grounded, cold hard facts that you're seeking coming here. And we'll provide.

Speaking of facts, it seems appropriate that we also mention their arch-nemesis – rumors. A quick glance at our admittedly extensive collection of Samsung Galaxy Note 3-related leaks over the months serves as a reminder for even the most conservative of us: the street has stepped up its game significantly – Sammy hardly surprised us at all.

Here are the main points to take home


Our affair with unconfirmed intel aside, find below the most essential information on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

How does the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 stack up?


A privileged Samsung offspring or not, we'll be putting the Galaxy Note 3 to the test for a long time to come. Curious to see how it stacks up against the competition? Then head right below!


Missed the show?


Late for the party, are we? No worries, you can check our live coverage of the Samsung Unpacked 2013 Episode 2 (ain't that a mouthful) or see the full one hour presentation below.


Samsung Galaxy Gear, Galaxy Note 3's companion smartwatch:


Seeing as the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 came with a dedicated (for now) companion smartwatch, it felt right we should include the essentials on the Galaxy Gear and cherry-pick some extra content that will prove relevant if you're looking to dive into the wearables market.

Last updated: 18/09/2013

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posted on 05 Sep 2013, 03:16 10

1. AsisHaas (Posts: 42; Member since: 14 Jul 2013)


What's the price ? take my money

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 13:26 6

29. Commentator (Posts: 2374; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


A billion dollars. Cash only, please.

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 16:59 2

36. akki20892 (Posts: 3387; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


hey dude r u talking about Company to buy.

posted on 07 Sep 2013, 09:23 1

39. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2157; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


A billion dollars isn't anywhere near how much it would cost to buy Samsung.

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 03:17 1

2. Giltongkp (Posts: 4; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


The Galaxy Note 3 will shoot in 4K? or is it just in 1080p with 60fps? I saw on some site that will not shoot in 4K

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 09:58 4

22. tomn1ce (Posts: 101; Member since: 12 Mar 2012)


I think that the version with the S800 will shoot 4k videos. That's one of the features of the S800.

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 13:22 2

27. rd_nest (Posts: 760; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


LTE version (qualcomm 800) will shot 4K 30fps, 1080p 60fps, 720p 120fps.

For 3G (Exynos), 1080p 60fps, 720p 120fps.

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 03:23

3. Tattari (Posts: 11; Member since: 14 Aug 2013)


the snapdragon 800 version shots both 4k and 1080p at 60fps
octa core one shots at 1080p fps maximum .. not 4k
and apparently the snapdragon 800 version is gonna be what most people are getting

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 03:35

5. Giltongkp (Posts: 4; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


Not. Snapdragon 800 version has support for 4K video, but the Note 3 using the Snap 800 will not record video in 4K, he uses a Sony sensor

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 14:16 2

35. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3006; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Haw!!!
The stylus fooled you in thinking Note III is a 'HE', eh?

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 03:34 1

4. Topcat488 (Posts: 1134; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


Still wondering if the battery cover comes off.!.

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 03:40

6. Topcat488 (Posts: 1134; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


Never mind, the back cover does come off. :)

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 04:04 20

7. PAPINYC (Posts: 2243; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


What were you thinking, this is not an iThing.

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 09:59 11

23. tomn1ce (Posts: 101; Member since: 12 Mar 2012)


or a One thing....

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 13:27 1

30. Commentator (Posts: 2374; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


or an LG thing...

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 13:27 1

31. Commentator (Posts: 2374; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


or a Sony thing...

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 22:38

37. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1184; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


or a Nexus thing...

Sorry Nexus but it's true.

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 13:27

32. Commentator (Posts: 2374; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


or a Moto thing...

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 13:53 2

34. tech2 (Posts: 1991; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


you just had to ruin a nice thread didn't -.-

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 04:13 7

8. PAPINYC (Posts: 2243; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


Thanks for the Samsung Unpacked Episode 2 video link guys, Youtube told me I couldn't download it, so I did. Pretty cool that they had a live stream here in NYC, why didn't PhoneArena report this on it's site?? (Too busy posting pictures of the various 5C rainbow templates and new Home fingerprint buttons are we??)

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 04:50

9. pakaaz (Posts: 3; Member since: 05 Jun 2013)


USB 2.0 or 3.0??

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 09:16 1

21. hellonerds (Posts: 194; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


Both.. The 2.0/3.0 ports are next to each other

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 04:55 7

10. mr.techdude (Posts: 542; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


I'm not impressed at all :/

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 08:45 1

19. chunk1x (Posts: 248; Member since: 25 Jun 2011)


I agree. Nothing really special with it. Just another phablet. It is not as spectacular as the Note 2.

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 13:24 1

28. alouden (Posts: 189; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Kinda seems like the lukewarm reaction to the GS4 (not knocking it, I own a GS4). The GS3 was soo good, that it was hard to top it. I am not knocking the Note 3 (I am sure it will be an outstanding phone), but I think the note 2 had a bigger wow factor.

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 22:52

38. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1184; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


I definitely can understand because nothing was truly ground breaking. But on paper everything was an upgrade compared to the Note 2. The only thing I would say that was missing when comparing to the competition is that it's not waterproof (but that would be near impossible with an s-pen on board), finger print scanner and optical stabilization.
But Sony does have the right idea with those attachable lens cameras. Imagine Canon, Nikon and Panasonic getting into that field. I can see on board cameras taking a major hit because sensors can be bigger and you have true optical zoom. And why not unlock and re-lock your phone using a NFC wristband or pinky ring. Hell, with NFC I would love to gain access to my house using a nfc pinky ring.

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 05:17

11. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2556; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Now tell me the price...

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 06:17

12. AlikR (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Sep 2013)


While I like what I see in general, it seems that one feature is missing from N3 - led notification light. I am used to just glancing at my phone and I already knew what email I had, missed calls, appointments, etc, just based onthe color of the light. I was looking very closely at the shots of the dark N3 body an ddidn't see the light window (on the white one it is just hidden under the surface). Can someone confirm if it is there or not? might be a deal breaker for me - I will stick with my N2...

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 06:31 2

13. emadshiny (Posts: 1130; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


My next phone but without Gear!
Waiting for the price and release and then goodbye to my money!

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 06:37

14. Johnabis (Posts: 54; Member since: 17 Feb 2011)


so I guess its confirmed there is no optical image stabilization like the LG G2?

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 07:54 1

15. HouTexan (Posts: 307; Member since: 08 Jan 2012)


Can't wait to buy this beast.

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 08:14

16. rusticguy (Posts: 2826; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


And Samsung Galaxy S4 Polaris Viewer has buffer overflow problems and there's no solution from yet .

http://secunia.com/advisories/54701/

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 08:23

17. thephonedude (Posts: 59; Member since: 27 Oct 2012)


It's nice to see that Sammy is going back to the design language of the S2 era. Look at the newer Samsung devices at IFA. The corners are more angluar and it reminds me of the S2. GO samsung! Go back to the S2 era!

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 08:44 1

18. chunk1x (Posts: 248; Member since: 25 Jun 2011)


Boring square thingy.

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 09:14

20. hellonerds (Posts: 194; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


What's the max speed write/read for the SD card slot? Will it fully read 50/80+mbp on them San disk extreme micro SD card?

Right now I have a 32Gb San disk class 10 and max read is 30mbp I believed..

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 10:19

24. k1ng617 (Posts: 244; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)


Hi PA,

Will the camera be able to shoot HDR video? Also, the mentioned slow motion what resolution and fps does is it capable of?

Thanks!

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 11:32 1

25. Ikechukwu (Posts: 135; Member since: 03 Oct 2011)


I don't know why I hate this touchwiz UI.... Not bad but I'll skip this one

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 12:42

26. kanagadeepan (Posts: 663; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


FHD display is Pentile or non-pentile one???

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 13:37

33. thedarkside (Posts: 652; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


either this or the s4 active.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 08:48

40. poping (unregistered)


super duper nice phone...

http://www.androidauthority.com/galaxy-note-3-pink-vs-white-vs-black-color-comparison-266874/

...

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 08:50

41. poping (unregistered)


the first energy efficient 4g phone...

http://www.androidauthority.com/lte-galaxy-note-3-energy-efficient-qualcomm-chip-266782/

..

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 14:20

42. jamesedward318 (Posts: 99; Member since: 25 Dec 2010)


Apple Hate...it doesn't stop

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