As the line between smartphones and tablets continues to blur (creating the so-called “phablet” devices), Samsung continues to push the limit with the capabilities of these devices. Featuring the best of both worlds, the new Samsung Galaxy Note 3 comes packed with some of the most cutting-edge features of any mobile device available today.
With a Full HD Super AMOLED screen measuring in at 5.7″, the Galaxy Note 3 is plenty large for watching videos or productively multitasking, yet still compact enough to comfortably hold with one hand. Slightly larger than its predecessor, the Galaxy Note 3 combines its generous screen real estate with the clever Multi Window functionality we first saw on the Galaxy S III, letting users view multiple apps at once. The S Pen makes calling up and selecting multiple apps a breeze. Taking notes with the S Pen will also be easier thanks to the larger screen. New features add to the S Pen’s functionality, letting you jot down a phone number or email address and then use that exact note to launch your dialer or email client.
Some of the most exciting aspects of the new Samsung Galaxy Note 3 are features hiding under the cover. A 13-megapixel BSI sensor claims to offer zero shutter lag, and the backlit tech should help out with low-light photos. One thing we’re particularly eager to test out is the native 4K video recording. 4K TV sets are starting to really gain a presence in the showroom, but we haven’t seen many options for recording the Ultra HD content. The Note 3 does 4K recording at a full 30 fps. We’d like to get a look at that footage on one of the new Samsung 4K TVs available. Complementing the UHD video recording is support for Ultra High Quality Audio (24 bit @ 192 KHz). With 3GB of RAM, 32 or 64 GB of memory (plus up to an additional 64GB via microSD) and the industry’s first mobile device with Micro USB 3.0, the Galaxy Note is looking like it will really be a multimedia powerhouse.
Other impressive specs include a wealth of sensors beyond the standard accelerometer/gyro you’ll find in most phones. Among those are a geomagnetic sensor, which will provide accurate compass and mapping apps; a hall sensor, which will interact with smart covers; an RGB light sensor which adjusts not only the brightness of your display but also the hue to perfectly balance with environmental light; and a barometer, thermometer and hygrometer, which will give you accurate weather readings without needing a third party weather source. App and accessory developers are certain to find innovative ways to leverage all of the technology packed into the Galaxy Note 3.
Abt is currently taking pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and will begin shipping it within the next two weeks.