Samsung Galaxy Note 3 enters the phablet ring: 5.7" AMOLED display and new S Pen

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 enters the phablet ring: 5.7
Tears of joy are running down the cheeks of phablet fans worldwide today, as the third edition of the phone that created the category was just announced by Samsung at the IFA expo today.

It is dubbed Galaxy Note 3, runs Android 4.3 with Samsung's Nature UX overlay, and will throw its weight into quite the different phablet environment than what it was used to the last two years. 

New S Pen

Against the formidable competition of gigantic phones like the Sony Xperia Z Ultra the Note 3 wields a new S Pen stylus with increased functionality, dubbed Smart Freedom. The new S Pen pops up a circle with five actions to choose from when you press its button - Action Memo, Scrapbook, Screen Write, S Finder, Pen Window - and there is a much enhanced Multi Window mode now, letting you switch seamlessly between applications without closing the window, drag and drop stuff into the open ones, and you can even draw your own app window with the stylus via the Pen Window function, with a size and shape of your choosing.


There is stitched leather material on the back, quite the bold move by Samsung, and the handset is not wider than the Note II, for example, at 151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3mm, despite the larger screen, while it weighs the reasonable 168g. There will be official cases in nine different colors, and the S View cover now has a much larger window opening for more information pouring in.


We get a 5.7" Full HD Super AMOLED display - a feast in its own - as well as all the flagship bells and whistles we'd expect this season, and even more. Blazing 1.9 GHz Exynos 5 Octa or 2.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 chipsets will be inside, depending on the market, and 3 GB of RAM are above and beyond anyone's offerings. The handset starts you off with 32/ 64 GB storage plus a microSD slot (up to 64GB).

The 13 MP camera on the back seems to be directly borrowed from the S4, ensuring some of the top quality images coming from an Android phone, plus it comes with high-CRI (color rendering index) LED flash. Depending on the model, the camera can record 4K Ultra HD video (we are guessing with the Snapdragon version), or 1080p video with 60fps. In addition, Ultra High Quality Audio (~192KHz, 24 bit) support is present, just like on the LG G2.

As for radios, the Snapdragon version of the phone will support 6 different LTE bands, there is WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, GPS / GLONASS, NFC, Bluetooth v 4.0, IR LED (Remote Control), and MHL 2.0 port for wired connectivity. A hearty 3200 mAh battery is keeping the lights on, which should be plenty for the phablet, with only a few other handsets out there sporting similar or larger capacity, and Samsung cited 40% more video playback than the previous Note, which is quite the achievement. 

The handset will arrive September 25th in more than 140 countries worldwide. In the U.S., it will appear later this year on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and U.S. Cellular.

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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. Ninetysix

Posts: 2964; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

6. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

Another gimick unveiling :|

63. htc_evo_3d

Posts: 84; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

I was saving my money for past 5 months for this beauty monster. Samsung did not disappoint me :)

82. HouTexan

Posts: 461; Member since: Jan 08, 2012

No doubt!

113. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2350; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

I gotta admit, thats a nice phone... :-) wanted a 6" screen.. but still good.. i know have 2 phablet option

73. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

But where is rumoured OIS & finger print scanner well its just a rumour...

74. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

that's for iPhone 5s :D


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

I agree and we just got an Apple-type upgrade, so much for those 6.3 inches I was hoping for.

107. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Already done. It's called the Galaxy Mega.

25. daniel_bargs

Posts: 325; Member since: Nov 27, 2010

The features of Note 3 are all to be expected: faster processor, more megapixels, larger screen, higher resolution and nothing more. Xperia Z1 has removable, wireless lens which is groundbreaking!

26. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Which can also be used with the Note 3.

41. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Note 3 > Z1.

61. AnTuTu

Posts: 1612; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

In every damn way just look at the beast gorgeous Sammy u jus nailed it with Note 3 n Gear m sold :) FTW Sammy

62. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

It got into your nerves Smurf LOL, Seriously, Phablet and phone? CRAPMANSHIP of leather? hmmm

72. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Seems to me you're feeding PA money by refreshing the page every minute. P.S. No one cares about you. Have a nice day.

81. giani

Posts: 269; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

yep you are right...just like "sammy" cares about u..:)

94. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

They obviously do since they sent me a $10 Google Play card in the mail. Problem?

121. giani

Posts: 269; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Was that $10 voucher send as a payment for all your hard work on promoting their stuff on forums ?! Yr not a student by any chance are u ?! U sure are active today..who knows..they might give u $2 more next month..

104. MistB

Posts: 581; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Yep, I concur, i didn't know Sony even had a phone unveiling today considering it was practically another snoozefest and ANOTHER goddamn Xperia hyped to death by a vocal yet irrelevant minority.

124. giani

Posts: 269; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Yep...nothing compares to the majority of brainwashed plasticboys..u are right in some way..

128. MistB

Posts: 581; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Nope, u are the brainwashed one my friend. Following the herd that is the sony crowd, u think it's cool to bash the best but everyone knows that the Sony phone, no matter how good it is, will be completely forgotten without a legacy. Take that POS glass crap or whatever, you can keep it. Sony what? Even the BBC didn't acknowledge the Sony crap on their front page news and the most read headline was Samsung, Sony nowhere to be seen.

130. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You literally took the words out of my mouth. +1

134. giani

Posts: 269; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Right and u figured I root for Sony from exactly what ?! Does the fact that I do not like samsungs designs or their 'premium materials' makes me a Sony fanboy ?! Can't see the logic..but then again...I don't expect a lot. P.s. smurf..I'll give u $10 have a well deserved rest...sammy is proud of yr performance.

135. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Thanks! I prefer cash btw.

140. MistB

Posts: 581; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Yep, and in your case just because I also came to the defence of Samsung also, I immediately like plastic. Again, I can't see the logic in that too, but whatever, whether you like LG/Apple/HTC/Nokia/Motorola, no doubt we will agree to disagree.

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4. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

Truly a BEAST without BEAUTY! :D

12. umadden

Posts: 90; Member since: Apr 14, 2013

Truly a buttmad retard! :D

15. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Now they make a pink one just for the ladies out their.

111. laheelahee

Posts: 213; Member since: Apr 09, 2012

finally!! they're releasing the colors at the same time!!

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