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Samsung finally unveiled the much anticipated successor in the Galaxy Note line and fans will be pleased to know that the device has several improvements, both visually and under the hood. Firstly, the screen size has been increased from Note 2’s 5.5 to 5.7 inches, but that does not mean the device has gotten much bigger or bulkier. It is actually thinner and lighter than the Note 2 and the display now supports HD resolution, which is not an insignificant jump from the Note 2’s 720p screen.
The Note 3 also has an extra GB of RAM on its predecessor, and we are sure you won’t have trouble with multi-tasking given that 3 GBs of RAM should be more than enough for however many apps you throw at it. Like the Galaxy S4, the Note 3 also has two different processors for different variants, with the LTE version sporting a 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800 chip and the 3G version getting a 1.9 GHz Exynos Octa Core.
Coming to the S Pen, the main feature that sets apart the Galaxy Note line, Samsung have made sure to further enhance the stylus’ functionality to make it even more useful. When you take out the S Pen, a command wheel appears on the screen, allowing you to quickly select basic features like writing a note or working with something on the screen. Moreover, there is better handwriting recognition and you can now scribble e-mails and phone numbers and the Note 3 can open up the dialer or e-mail app for you.
Multi-tasking, which was much appreciated with the multi-window feature, has also been made more convenient. Now you can call up small floating versions of handy apps like the calculator or the dialer, and if need be, copy and drag data from one app to another without having to switch repeatedly. All this is made seamless with the S Pen and the command wheel.
S Finder is also a new feature, letting you search your Note 3 for anything, ranging from files, photos and videos to handwritten notes and symbols.
Visually speaking, the Note 3 sees a return to a design more similar to the Galaxy S2 and the original Galaxy Note. While the Note 2 had the more rounded shape, much like the Galaxy S3, Samsung seems to have dropped that and returned to the basics. The same is the case with the build materials. After the Note 2 and S3 received criticism on their plastic builds, especially the bland glossy backs, Samsung has come up with a leather-like finish for the Note 3’s back. The device looks good and the thinner bezels actually make the HD screen stand out more.
As usual, the device has support for external memory and has a removable battery, which has also been bumped up to 3200 mAh in order to power the 5.7 inch HD display and the faster processor. The rear camera now has a 13MP sensor and there is an IR Blaster in the device as well as NFC capabilities.
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|Specifications||Samsung Galaxy Note 3|
|Processor||Snapdragon 800/Exynos Octa Core|
|Processor Speed||2.3 GHz (quad-core)/1.9-1.3 GHz (Octa-core)|
|Random Access Memory (RAM)||3 GB|
|Internal Memory||32/64 GB (Card slot present)|
|Display Technology||Super Amoled|
|Display Resolution||1920 x 1080 (386 ppi)|
|Screen Size||5.7 Inches|
|Graphics Processing Unit||Adreno 330 (LTE)|
|Battery||3200 mAh (Removable)|
|Cameras||Front and Back (13MP & 2.1MP)|