Samsung's newest flagship, um, phablet is finally here, folks. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 was released on September 4th. Most of the improvements are brought to us via the S Pen, which has been included with every Note device.
Quick rundown of the main specifications
- 5.7 inch Super AMOLED Display (1080p)
- Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
- 13MP (megapixel) rear-facing camera
- 2MP front-facing camera
- 3200 mAH battery
- LTE 2.3 GHz Quad-Core Processor
- Full HD (1080p) video recording on front and back cameras
Samsung released two videos on the samsungmobile YouTube channel last week, one introducing the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and one demonstrating the newest features, as well as their new smartwatch accessory, the Galaxy Gear.
I hope those two videos help you get familiar with some of the new Galaxy Note 3 features! If you want to read more, go to the Samsung Note 3 splash page: http://www.samsung.com/global/microsite/galaxynote3%2bgear/
The 32GB version of the Note 3 is coming to AT&T on October 1st for $299 with a two year contract, $549 with a one year contract, or $35 a month for 20 months with the new AT&T Next plan.
The T-Mobile Note 3 comes out October 2nd with no contract for $199 and an unknown monthly payment. The Galaxy Gear will also be available for $299.
Verizon's Galaxy Note 3 will be sold for $299.99 on-contract and will ship by October 10th. The Galaxy Note 3 will be available bunded with the Galaxy Gear for $599. Verizon will also offer the Galaxy Gear for $0 down and $29.16 a month on a Verizon Edge plan. No in-store purchase date has been released at this time.
So, what do I think? I think this could be my next phone. While $199.99 up front, plus an additional monthly cost isn't the most affordable, it'd be a neat upgrade for me, since I'm currently using the Galaxy S2. The screen size would definitely take some time to get used to. I already use and enjoy Samsung's Touchwiz UI, and I could always put a launcher over it if I get tired of it. That 13MP sounds pretty enticing for me, someone who wants to eventually use my smartphone as my primary camera.
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