Big is set to get bigger
Update: It’s here! The Galaxy Note 3 has been
officially unveiled to world at Samsung Unpacked
2013, as part of IFA 2013 .
With the Samsung Galaxy S4 now out of the way
the door has been thrown open for the Korean
firm’s other high-end smartphone to get a reboot
in the form of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
Rumours are circulating about Samsung’s next
super-sized handset, suggesting it’s going to get
even bigger – even though the Samsung Galaxy
Note 2 raised eyebrows with its larger size.
Samsung executive J.K. Shin has confirmed the
existence of the Galaxy Note 3, revealing it will
feature a non-flexible 5.9-inch OLED display.
Samsung Kazakhstan has also slipped up ,
accidentally revealing the Galaxy Note 3 on its
official website alongside the Galaxy Z4 Zoom
and Galaxy Tab 3 10.1.
Watch Samsung’s IFA 2013 press conference for
all the news as it’s released:
We’re constantly on the look out for Galaxy Note
3 news and you’ll be able to find all the latest
right here. You lucky things.
Galaxy Note 3 release date and price
Update: the rumors weren’t far off, the Galaxy
Note 3 will be rolling out September 25.
After a tentative Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release
date of September 4 was leaked a while back the
Korean firm has now revealed that it will be
holding an Unpacked event on that date at IFA
We’ve already had one Unpacked event this year
which saw the introduction of the Galaxy S4 and
“Episode 2” (as Samsung is calling it) carries the
tagline “Note the date” – wonder what it might
You can expect the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 to
carry a hefty price tag, probably in line with the
Galaxy S4 – making it more expensive than its
Chinese rivals the ZTE Grand Memo and the
Huawei Ascend Mate .
The Note 3 will probably set you back at least
£550 (around $800/AU$770) give or take, plus
there will be regional variances too.
In terms of when you can expect it to hit stores a
report in Taiwan is suggesting the Galaxy Note 3
release date is set for September 27 – which
would be three weeks after the launch event.
However, a later report from the Three network in
the UK says that the Galaxy Note 3 release date
will actually be September 24 – which would be
even closer to the launch event.
Does the screen need to get bigger?
Update: the now revealed Note 3 has a slightly
taller 5.7-inch display, with the same width as
The screen has sized up a bit, but the weight is
actually down. The Note 3 tips the scales at
168g, compared the 183g of the Note 2. Due to
sheer size it’s still a two-handed device though.
Early reports pointed towards a whopping 6.3-
inch display , which would see the handset dwarf
the 6.1-inch Ascend Mate and 5.7-inch Grand
Other sources have claimed that the Galaxy Note
3 could actually pack a slightly more modest 5.9-
inch AMOLED screen .
We thought Samsung may have let the cat out of
the bag on its own website after listing a
smartphone accessory compatible with screens
from “4- to 6.3-inches”, potentially hinting at a
massive display bump for the Note 3 – although
with the announcement of the Galaxy Mega 5.8
and Galaxy Mega 6.3 this is now less likely.
Screen size, then, remains a mystery but that’s
not the only quandary we have regarding the
display on the Galaxy Note 3. Oh no, there are
now reports suggesting it will be the first phone
to sport a flexible OLED display .
Samsung did show off such a display at CES
2013 – although it wasn’t part of a phone at the
time and we reckon there’s still some way to go
before it’s ready to hit our handsets, but it
certainly gives us food for thought – especially
now there are reports that Samsung is mulling
three designs , one of which includes a flexible
We’re also hearing that the Galaxy Note 3 may
actually pack a 5.99-inch, Full HD display
(although this came from unknown “inside
sources”), as well as word that Samsung is
potentially working on a number of variants with
varying screen sizes .
Could this be Samsung replacing the Note range,
or adding more feathers to its super-sized cap?
With JK Shin “confirming” the existence of the
Galaxy Note 3, the Samsung exec is also
reported revealing the 5.9-inch OLED display the
super sized handset will pack.
The 6-inch screen size gets another shout out as
part of an image leak on Twitter, with
@punkpanda noting the screen was “accounting
for 84%” of the front of the device.
A full HD resolution looks to be pretty much on
the cards whatever size the screen ends up being
after more leaks pointed towards 1080 x 1920 for
the Galaxy Note 3.
Update: A couple of images have popped up on
ETrade Supply apparently outing the display for
the Galaxy Note 3 as a 5.68-inch affair .
More multi-tasking and enhanced S Pen
With a big screen comes big possibilities. The
new Galaxy Note 3’s combination of large display
and S Pen stylus are designed to make running
multiple apps in windows easier and more
Windowed apps have long been a part of
Samsung’s TouchWiz software, but the Note 3
has given it an overhaul. The S Pen can used to
open the Air Command wheel to launch apps or
write directly on the screen.
To keep all those windows manageable, you can
set a window’s size by drawing a box, then turn
into the app you want. That way you can have
two side by chats or browser windows, or any
set of multiple apps you choose.
Galaxy Note 3 operating system conundrum
Update: Samsung has confirmed that the Note 3
will launch with Android 4.3 .
We can be pretty sure that the Samsung Galaxy
Note 3 will roll up running Google’s Android
platform, but which particular version that will be
is not so black and white.
Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie was expected to be
announced at Google’s IO event in May , but it
failed to materialise and since then we’ve seen
the search giant launch a new version of Jelly
Bean, Android 4.3.
However if history has taught us anything it’s
that assuming is for fools – as we’ve seen
numerous handsets launched with older versions
of Android – but Key Lime Pie is pretty unlikely
and there’s no guarantee the Galaxy Note 3 will
arrive with Android 4.3 on board.
It could well run Android 4.2 out of the box, but
he latest reports do point towards the Note 3
running Android 4.3 .
Galaxy Note 3 specs
Update: Samsung has released the all the dirty
details on the Note 3’s internals. Like the Galaxy
S4, there will be two different version for the 4G
LTE and 3G markets.
The LTE version of the Galaxy Note 3 will pack a
quadcore 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor. In
3G markets it’ll have a 1.9GHz Samsung Exynos
octacore. Both versions will have a fat 3GB of
RAM. That should make it a multi-tasking
There’s a 3200 mAh battery in there as well.
Samsung is claiming that step up in cell size
means 30% more video watching time, compared
with the Note 2.
The big screen won’t be the only feature
Samsung will want to shout about though, as
you can expect the Galaxy Note 3 to be packing
some serious tech under the hood.
Big is set to get bigger