Samsung unveils Galaxy Note 3, its next flagship phablet

The king of phablets has just gotten even better. Samsung on Wednesday took the wraps off the Galaxy Note 3, its newest oversized smartphone that Samsung says is lighter and slimmer than previous Notes while featuring a 5.7-inch display, a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 3GB of RAM and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The new device will launch on September 25th in more than 140 countries around the world.

The new Note will also ship with Samsung’s Knox security suite designed to help companies integrate Galaxy devices into their IT networks. Additionally, Samsung says that it has redesigned its S-Pen stylus to be the “key” to the Note 3 user experience. Samsung has also redesigned the back panel of the Note and has given it a faux-leather finish that comes in three different colors and replaces the company’s standard plastic.

Although some reviewers ridiculed Samsung when it came out with its original Galaxy Note back in early 2012, the device quickly became a big seller for the company and sent rival manufacturers scrambling to release their own phones featuring displays of 5 inches or larger. Samsung further upped its game with the Galaxy Note 2 that came out last fall by refining the original Note’s rougher edges and by delivering a top-notch display that put copycat phablets to shame.

With the Galaxy Note 3, Samsung is pushing expectations for what phablets should deliver to a new level and leaked benchmarks suggest that this device might be the best-performing Samsung smartphone to date.


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