The start of IFA event in Berlin has become a routine fixture by now for the next generation of Samsung’s hugely popular Note edition to be unveiled. So come IFA 2013, Samsung as expected announced the Galaxy Note 3 in their second unpacked event this year along with Galaxy Gear and Note 10.1 2014 tablet edition.
Launched first in 2011, Galaxy Note virtually opened the gates for the phablet craze and also brought back stylus into focus with S-Pen to which Samsung has added interesting, intuitive and laudable features.
Now that the Note 3 is finally here, how does it compare with its highly acclaimed predecessors?
Let’s begin with specs first.
Every generation of Samsung Galaxy Note has seen a .2 inch incremental increase in the display and the trend continues with Note 3 too. The Galaxy Note 3 comes with a 5.7-inch full HD Super AMOLED display and the resolution is upped to 1920 x 1080, giving it 397 pixels per inch. It runs on a Quad-core Snapdragon 800 Processor that’s clocked at 2.3 GHz and has 3GB of RAM. As expected in the lines of Galaxy S4, the back touts a 13 megapixel camera with Smart Stabilization and high CRI LED flash but Samsung has raised the bar again with the camera now capable of 4k video capture. A 1.9 megapixel camera finds its place in the front. Doing away with the 16 GB internal storage option, the device features either 32 or 64GB which is a good news. Again you can use the microSD card slot for additional storage. Out of box, the device comes with the latest to date, Android Jelly Bean 4.3 and the battery which has always been impressive enough in Note series also sees a marginal bump with a 3200 mAh nested inside.
And then of course there is the highlight of the Note series, the S-Pen which is now symmetrical which means you can simply push it into its slot without having to worry about the right way up.
Design-wise Samsung has meted out some surprising yet pleasant changes to Galaxy Note 3. The highlight is the back panel with Samsung ditching its fondness for shiny plastic and instead using a peculiar textured faux-leather backing with even details to stitching pattern. The sides has a faux-metal band and on close scrutiny they have fine lines reminding of hardcover note pages. The overall design shape of the Note 3 reverts to the original Galaxy Note with sharper corners.
In spite of having a larger screen, Note 3 maintains the same width as the previous generation, Galaxy Note II courtesy small bezels. The device is also slimmer (8.3mm) and lighter (168g) in it’s new avatar.
In total, Galaxy Note 3 is a step forward on design scale and looks appealing and beautiful especially with the faux-leather backing.
Samsung has done incredible job with S-Pen. It’s no ordinary stylus like any other in market. In the age of touch-screens, Samsung has literally revolutionized the application of it’s S-Pen with amazing software features in Galaxy Note. It has also managed to enhance the S-Pen features with every new Note editions.
An important software addition is the new Air Command functionality. A small pop-up window that automatically springs up on the screen when the S-Pen is pulled out and offers quick access to S-Pen features like Action Memo, Scrapbook, S Finder search option and S Note. At any point of time when the assigned button on the S-Pen is clicked while the pen is hovered above the screen, it pops the Air Commond feature.
Samsung has released a video talking about the new enhanced features of S Pen and what one can do with it in every day life. Check the video below
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will be available in 149 countries starting on September 25. There is no word on pricing yet.