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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Galaxy Note 3
  • Display 5.7" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 3200 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. AsisHaas

Posts: 42; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

What's the price ? take my money

29. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

A billion dollars. Cash only, please.

36. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

hey dude r u talking about Company to buy.

39. g2a5b0e unregistered

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

2. Giltongkp

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 19, 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

22. tomn1ce

Posts: 247; Member since: Mar 12, 2012

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

27. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

LTE version (qualcomm 800) will shot 4K 30fps, 1080p 60fps, 720p 120fps. For 3G (Exynos), 1080p 60fps, 720p 120fps.

3. Tattari

Posts: 27; Member since: Aug 14, 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

5. Giltongkp

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 19, 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

35. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

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

4. Topcat488

Posts: 1415; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Still wondering if the battery cover comes off.!.

6. Topcat488

Posts: 1415; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

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


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

What were you thinking, this is not an iThing.

23. tomn1ce

Posts: 247; Member since: Mar 12, 2012

or a One thing....

30. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

or an LG thing...

31. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

or a Sony thing...

37. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

or a Nexus thing... Sorry Nexus but it's true.

32. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

or a Moto thing...

34. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

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


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 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??)

9. pakaaz

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 05, 2013

USB 2.0 or 3.0??

21. hellonerds

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

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

10. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

I'm not impressed at all :/

19. chunk1x

Posts: 248; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

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

28. alouden unregistered

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.

38. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 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.

11. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Now tell me the price...

12. AlikR

Posts: 45; Member since: Sep 05, 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...

13. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

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

14. Johnabis

Posts: 61; Member since: Feb 17, 2011

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

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