Samsung Galaxy Note 3 specs and features confirmed: 5.7in 1080p display, 3GB RAM, 13MP rear camera, enhanced multitasking

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 specs and features confirmed: 5.7in 1080p display, 3GB RAM, 13MP rear camera, enhanced multitaskingMarch’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...

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29 comments

Treab  Sep. 4, 2013 at 19:46

why did they ask jason bradberry to interview them DURING THE PRESENTATION... hes a bad when he rehearses and i refuse to accept that was rehearsed...

im buying a nokia 515

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 4, 2013 at 20:03

me too...

Treab  Sep. 4, 2013 at 20:05

me too...

shocker :p

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 4, 2013 at 20:09

I bet it's a great device. I had both previous Notes.
I just a) don't need all that much device and b) Android. Google. :p

Kidding about the 515, also. No idea what I'm getting.

Treab  Sep. 4, 2013 at 20:11

i reckon herpes

mercurystar999  Sep. 4, 2013 at 20:35

Looks a top phone. Very interested but will wait for the htc one max and nexus 5 until i decide/

universe1992  Sep. 4, 2013 at 20:38

I prefer my nokia 5110

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 4, 2013 at 20:58

universe,
no kidding - I'm using my old E75 quite a bit these days.

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 4, 2013 at 20:59

Matt's official opinion: looks mint. If I didn't already have a Note 2, I'd snap one up on launch day. I need a 4G device for Three's free 4G, but that might end up being the Note 4, I'm truly taken by the Phablet concept. Seriously, don't knock it until you've tried it.

Opheliac  Sep. 4, 2013 at 21:03

Wonderful stuff X)

Treab  Sep. 4, 2013 at 21:20

Matt's official opinion: looks mint. If I didn't already have a Note 2, I'd snap one up on launch day. I need a 4G device for Three's free 4G, but that might end up being the Note 4, I'm truly taken by the Phablet concept. Seriously, don't knock it until you've tried it.

probably gonna be my next phone but jesus sammy really need to stop doing these truly awful presentations

AhmadCentral  Sep. 5, 2013 at 11:17

Matt's official opinion: looks mint. If I didn't already have a Note 2, I'd snap one up on launch day. I need a 4G device for Three's free 4G, but that might end up being the Note 4, I'm truly taken by the Phablet concept. Seriously, don't knock it until you've tried it.

probably gonna be my next phone but jesus sammy really need to stop doing these truly awful presentations


I'd be perfectly content with JK Shin doing a formal presentation.

Did you guys see the Sony presentation with Kaz Hirai. Sure it wasn't big but it was simple and he got the main message across with out resorting to gimmicks or big public displays.

apcody  Sep. 5, 2013 at 13:30

Doesn't alter the fact that Samsung make great phones consistently this being another.

Treab  Sep. 5, 2013 at 13:47

Matt's official opinion: looks mint. If I didn't already have a Note 2, I'd snap one up on launch day. I need a 4G device for Three's free 4G, but that might end up being the Note 4, I'm truly taken by the Phablet concept. Seriously, don't knock it until you've tried it.

probably gonna be my next phone but jesus sammy really need to stop doing these truly awful presentations


I'd be perfectly content with JK Shin doing a formal presentation.

Did you guys see the Sony presentation with Kaz Hirai. Sure it wasn't big but it was simple and he got the main message across with out resorting to gimmicks or big public displays.


agreed i wish they would be honest with themselves and admit simple straight forward and clear presentations are best (boring yes) but the only way to do it

AhmadCentral  Sep. 5, 2013 at 13:52

Just watch the first 5 mins here.

Kaz is calm, cool and gets the point across without resorting to gimmicks or tricks. But he still gets the point across that Sony is the best.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=-4NGiWDy0T8#t=120

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 5, 2013 at 14:01

Doesn't alter the fact that Samsung make great phones consistently this being another.
^^^ You can't argue that the man doesn't have a point.

AhmadCentral  Sep. 5, 2013 at 15:22

Agreed. Samsung do make some excellent products. (Hence why i have a Note 2) and it's very likely my next phone will be a Samsung. (Or a dual sim phone)

Treab  Sep. 5, 2013 at 15:33

My next phone maybe the n3 or sgs4 or sony z1 (gotta say looks good) but the note has a bigger internal memory...

but the adverts are still shocking JASON BRADBURY FGS never again sammy... never again

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 5, 2013 at 15:48

Agreed. Samsung do make some excellent products. (Hence why i have a Note 2) and it's very likely my next phone will be a Samsung. (Or a dual sim phone)
Yeah, their launches might be cheesy as hell, but their products are top notch. If I didn't have a Note 2, I'd be pre-ordering a Note 3 ASAP.

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 5, 2013 at 15:49

My next phone maybe the n3 or sgs4 or sony z1 (gotta say looks good) but the note has a bigger internal memory...

but the adverts are still shocking JASON BRADBURY FGS never again sammy... never again

Got to be the Note 3, they've gone back to the, IMO nicer, SGS2 style design too.

Treab  Sep. 5, 2013 at 15:52

just wondering about that fake leather back... also is the battery removable?

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 5, 2013 at 16:03

just wondering about that fake leather back... also is the battery removable?
Yes, it's removable (well, the battery is, so I hope the battery cover is haha).

Leather, fake or not, beats shiny plastic like the S3 and Note 2 have. Oh and black, the white looks nasty.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 5, 2013 at 16:41

The E71 aside ALL white phones look nasty! Thanks a lot, crapple :p

darakh  Sep. 6, 2013 at 10:46

cant outclass the xperia z1!!!!

AhmadCentral  Sep. 6, 2013 at 14:18

cant outclass the xperia z1!!!!

Kaz for the win!!!! Amirite?

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