March’s Samsung Galaxy S4 launch event will go down in history as one of the worst things I’ve ever had to endure, and the Galaxy Note 3 Unpacked event – unsurprisingly – didn’t scrimp on cringe. “Your thoughts and actions become the story of your future”? Jason Bradbury? Puppets dancing to “Dreams” by Annie Lennox?
Anyway! We’re here to talk about a phone people, a phone, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is pretty much everything we’ve been led to believe over the past few months – and more. Is that a good thing? Why yes, I believe so.
Team Shin has pumped a ton of focus into the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 design. On the back, you’ll find a soft, textured, faux-leather cover, which – in combination with the stitching and serrated side – makes the Note 3 feel almost like a diary.
As for Samsung Galaxy Note 3 specs, it’s a 5.7in Full HD Super AMOLED display (5.68in “measured value”), 2.3GHz quad-core (LTE) or 1.9GHz octo-core (3G) processor, 3GB of RAM, 13MP rear camera (with 4K video capture in some territories), 2MP front shooter, LTE compatibility on all the world’s bands, and Jelly Bean Android 4.3. Phew.
Interestingly, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 weighs less than the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (168g vs. 180g), and there’s no increase in width on the new guy. JK Shin says they’ve gone for “heft, but not weight”.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 battery weighs in at 3,200mAh, which is a modest upgrade from the Samsung Galaxy Note 2’s 3,100mAh. Sammo neglected to mention battery life specifically, but promised we can expect more video hours and such like.
As for Samsung Galaxy Note 3 storage, there’s no 16GB option, with 32GB or 64GB offered instead. In either case, you’ll be able to expand on the internal storage via the microSD slot, which welcomes up to 64GB.
Right, we’ve covered Samsung Galaxy Note 3 specs and design; that leaves software features, specifically what Samsung calls dot, circle and box.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 S Pen has been redesigned, with the headline feature being a little button you can push when hovering over the screen. When the dot appears, push said button to bring up a menu with five options. That’s called Air Command.
Next up, a “cool information gathering tool”. You can circle stuff and chuck it in the Samsung Galaxy Note 3’s Scrapbook, with content arranged in categories of your choosing. Say you save a snippet of an article, it’ll also save a link back to the full article, should you wish to view it.
There’s also the familiar S Note, while S Finder can perform a global search through all your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 content.
Finally, the box element. Drawing a rectangle (or indeed square) on your Samsung Galaxy Note 3’s display, you can bring up the app list, and have a chosen app run in that box. Samsung calls it Pen Window.
The example given at the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 launch was looking at expenses in the main window, and drawing a tiny window to bring up a calculator. Pretty cool.
Perhaps the most impressive Samsung Galaxy Note 3 feature, however, is Multi Window, which allows you to have two of the same thing running at the same time.
In the demonstration, we saw David (was it David?) open two ChatON windows independently, each occupying one half of the display. That actually got a round of applause.
The last thing I’ll scribble about (sorry, I didn’t mean to write War and Peace) is Samsung Knox, described as “best in class security”. JK Shin says it makes the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 ideal for BYOD (bring your own device) scenarios.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date? It’ll start rolling out globally on September 25, in Jet Black, Classic White, and – Jan’s favourite – Blush Pink. It actually doesn’t look too bad (ahem).
Additional colour options (including, er, Oatmeal Beige) are introduced via a range of Samsung Galaxy Note 3 accessories, including the Flip Wallet and S View Cover. We might have more on those tomorrow. Maybe.
Oh, and let the hunt for a decent shot of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 begin; hit me up below (EDIT: done!). In the meantime, I'm away to write about those other Samsung things...