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Samsung reveals Note 3 with bigger screen and enhanced features


galaxynote3demo4Samsung has introduced the Galaxy Note 3, which is part smartphone and part tablet, with a larger and improved screen along with an even sleeker design.

Unveiled in a special media event on the eve of the IFA consumer technology tradeshow in Berlin, the device – a follow-up to the hugely popular Galaxy Note II – now has a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display that has a full high definition resolution of 1920 x 1080.

Also onboard is a higher resolution 13 megapixel camera with LED flash and a blisteringly fast 2.3Ghz quad core processor and 3GB of RAM – the industry’s largest.

Despite having a larger screen the device itself is still the same width as the Note II but it is slimmer and lighter at a slender 8.3mm and a lightweight 168g and also has a textured leather-like back panel complete with stitching.

Tech Guide had a hands-on look at the device and found the build quality to be quite high and the textured leather back cover also adding to that feel of quality.

The new Samsung Galaxy Note 3

The S Pen, the device used to write and draw directly on the screen, has also been updated and puts a lot more capabilities in your hands with features that are relevant and useful and which can be used everyday.

These include Action Memo that can take a handwritten note and either convert it to formatted content or executes a function like making a call or looking up an address on a map.

The leather like back cover of the Galaxy Note 3 complete with stitching

Scrapbook lets users gather content from several sources in one place while Screen Write can capture a full screen image and allow users to write comments or additional information on the captured image.

S Finder makes it possible to do a device-wide search for content while Pen Window lets the user create a new window of any size to run other applications for a true multitasking experience.

Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Another feature called Multi Vision can combine two or more Note 3 devices next to each other to watch videos on a larger scale.

Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch will also link seamlessly with the new Galaxy Note 3 and form an ideal companion for the truly connected user.

The S Pen allows users to access to many features of the Galaxy Note 3 as well as write directly on the screen

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will be available in 32GB or 64GB versions, in three colours – black, white and pink – and will launch worldwide on September 25.

Oprus, Vodafone and Virgin Mobile have all confirmed they will be offering the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 to their customers.

Also unveiled at the Samsung event was an update to the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet that inherited many of the new features of the Galaxy Note 3 including most of the new S Pen features.

Group Play with the Galaxy Note 3 means users can combine their screen to form one big image

The device has a stunning 10.1-inch WQXGA 2560 x 1600 resolution screen and will be available in 16, 32 and 64GB versions.

It is just 7.9mm thick and has the same textured back panel as the Galaxy Note 3.

* Stephen Fenech travelled to Berlin as a guest of Samsung

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