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five things to note about the Galaxy Annotation 3

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Note fans, take annotation: Samsung’s newest plus-sized product has officially arrived.

Sammy introduced its Galaxy Note 3 at a glitzy press event in Berlin today. The Note 3 — slated to launch in the U.S. in October — builds upon the formula established with the original Annotation and turns things up another few notches.

The Annotation 3 is focused largely on refining and improving the existing Note experience — a welcome modify from the typical “jam-40,000-new-features-in-at that place-and-come across-what-sticks” approach Samsung tends to take with its mobile products.

Make no mistake, though: In that location’s a lot to say about the new Galaxy Note 3 — and a lot to wrap your head effectually. Let’s boil information technology downward to five key points:

1. The Galaxy Note three has improved hardware all around.

There’southward no question the new Note is a meaningful upgrade over its predecessor. The Note 3 has a 5.7-in. 1080p AMOLED display compared to the Note Ii’south 5.5-in. 720p screen.

Despite the increased display size, the new Note is actually about the same size as terminal year’s model — a flake thinner and lighter, even.

The Note iii packs a thirteen-megapixel camera, up from final year’s 8MP. It also runs on a new ii.3GHz quad-core fleck (for the LTE version) along with 3GB of RAM, which should — theoretically — make for impeccable performance.

ii. The Note 3 has a new simply familiar look.

Galaxy Note 3 (back)

Samsung’due south switched to a more squared-off look with the Annotation 3, and — peradventure most notably — has moved to a faux-leather expect on the phone’s back that brings to mind a paper-notebook-similar blueprint.

That said, the Notation iii nevertheless looks very much like a Samsung Galaxy production. And the dorsum, while a definite step away from the oft-criticized sleeky plastic of yore,
is, in fact, withal a thin, removable plastic console.

three. The Note 3 has several new S Pen capabilities.

The Southward Pen is the Note’south true calling carte du jour, and with the Note 3, the stylus is starting to seem more like an integral part of the phone-using experience than an easily overlooked accessory.

The Annotation three introduces a new S Pen command center known as Air Control. You but click the push on the side of the stylus while belongings information technology above the screen, and a semicircle of options appears on superlative any else you’re viewing.

Air Control gives you a 1-terminate shop for creating interactive notes, saving URL-tagged screenshots of information for later viewing, and searching through your previously saved content.

Perhaps most interestingly, it also lets yous run certain applications in a pocket-size movable window, similar to a characteristic nosotros commencement saw in LG’s Optimus Yard Pro. The part is express to a handful of specific apps — it won’t piece of work with just annihilation — only information technology’s nonetheless a cool and potentially useful concept that puts the large screen size to proficient use.

four. The Note 3 has a couple of other noteworthy software improvements.

With the new Note 3, Samsung has tweaked its Multi Window multitasking tool to allow you to run 2 instances of the same program — such as browser tabs or chat windows — side past side on-screen together. The company has too enabled drag-and-drib functionality between windows to permit y’all plop text or images from i identify to another.

(Similar with the Air Command multitasking feature, Multi Window works simply with a specific set of applications, then it may or may not support the apps you want.)

The Note 3 besides ships with Samsung’s Knox security system in place and prepare to coil. Knox adds a layer of security onto the phone that allows yous to shop information in split up “containers” — something that could hold item appeal for Information technology departments and enterprise-oriented users.

5. The Note iii notwithstanding has TouchWiz — and that odd mix of physical and capacitive buttons Sammy inexplicably adores.

Yup — forth with all the Note-specific features, yous likewise become Sammy’due south cluttered mess of a user interface and dated concrete-capacitive button setup. Y’all can cover up some of the UI problems with a custom launcher, but doing then would eliminate many of the S Pen-targeted enhancements built into the Note’southward software.

Hey, c’est la vie when it comes to Samsung.

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AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon and U.S. Cellular take all confirmed plans to comport the Galaxy Note 3. Thus far, no specific launch dates or pricing details take been released.


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