Samsung yesterday launched the Galaxy Note 3 at its annual pre-IFA press conference in Berlin. The Galaxy Note 3, which represents the third generation in its series of flagship phablet devices, features the latest and greatest hardware specifications that money can buy and Samsung will launch it in India on September 25. Let’s take a look at what exactly has changed in the Galaxy Note 3 from its predecessor, the Galaxy Note 2.
To begin with the exteriors and the design, the Galaxy Note 3 boasts a different design language with a noticeably thinner and even lighter body. The biggest change is the soft textured stitched-leather back instead of a plastic one as seen on most of the other Samsung smartphones. It also comes with a metallic rim around its edge. On comparing it to the predecessor, while the Galaxy Note 2 did not have much change to offer in terms of the chassis and looks, the notebook-like back texture of Galaxy Note 3 makes it look far more premium and comfortable to hold than the Galaxy Note 2.
Another impressive part about the design of the phone is the bezel around the display, which certainly has gone slimmer at 2.2mm than that on the Galaxy Note 2. Talking of display, the Galaxy Note 3 comes with a 5.7-inch full HD Super AMOLED display with 1920×1080 pixels resolution, which will offer a better visual experience than the 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED display with a 720p resolution on the Galaxy Note 2. Despite having a bigger display, the overall footprint of the two devices remain almost the same.
On the hardware front, Samsung has bumped up the processor to 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor or an eight-core Exynos 5 Octa chipset, depending up on the market of launch. India is likely to get the Exynos 5 Octa variant. The Galaxy Note 2, on the other hand, had the previous generation Exynos 4 quad-core processor. So technically, the Galaxy Note 3 has an edge. This new processor is also accompanied by 3GB of RAM than 2GB of RAM offered on the Galaxy Note 2. All of which means a much smoother and seamless performance on the new phablet.
The new variant of the phablet now offers 13-megapixel rear camera which is paired with Smart Stabilization and high CRI LED flash for better low-light photography. While, the Galaxy Note 2 comes with an 8-megapixel primary camera with auto-focus and LED flash and was capable of recording videos at 1080p at 30fps. The front sports a 1.9-megapixel camera which is the same as than on the previous model.
Additionally, the Galaxy Note 3 also comes with a new and improved S Pen, which has a new Air Command feature that will open a palette of five tools to use the Pen even better.
It is not only the hardware that has been updated, as the newbie also boasts the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean version straight-out-of-the-box, and comes with Samsung’s newly introduced enterprise and consumer security service-based feature – Knox mobile security. Samsung Galaxy Note 2 was introduced with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, latest around that time and now runs on 4.2 version, however has not yet been updated to 4.3 version.
And knowing that all these new features will certainly consume more battery juice, the phone does feature a massive battery at 3,200mAh. Performance-wise, going by the company’s claims, it offers up to 40 percent of better backup than the previous generation model, which sounds promising considering the 3,100mAh battery on the Galaxy Note 2 had also come with an improved backup. The Galaxy Note 3 starts with a 32GB variant now, while the Galaxy Note 2 started with 16GB of internal memory.
Now by taking all the features in to account, Samsung surely has introduced Galaxy Note 3 with a far more better set of features than that on Galaxy Note 2, which is a noteworthy device in itself. Now all that remains to be seen is how Samsung prices the Galaxy Note 3.