Samsung's latest phablet, the Galaxy Note 3, hasn't gotten any phatter, though it's has gotten slightly larger. And it's trying to be more stylish, too.
The new device offers a slightly larger display than its predecessor, the Note 2, but in a slimmer and lighter package. It also boasts an improved camera, upgraded processor and an enhanced S Pen stylus, as well as these specs:
- 5.7-inch, full high-definition 1080p screen
- Dimensions: 151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3mm
- Weight: 168 grams
- 2.3 GHz Quad-Core processor (LTE) or 1.9GHz Octa Core CPU (3G)
- 3GB RAM
- 32 or 64 GB storage
- microSD support up to 64GB
- 3,200mAh battery
- 4G LTE
- 13 megapixel camera with LED flash, 4K video recording
- Android 4.3
- New textured design featuring a leather-like back panel with edge stitching
The pre-launch rumors about the Note 3 appear to have panned out for the most part. Samsung's focus on exterior hardware design clearly reflects its answer to criticism that the company favors "cheap and plasticky" devices. The Note 3 comes with beveled edges and a textured, leatherish back panel—one Samsung calls a "soft and textured-touch" cover—that's available in a range of colors.
The S Pen also comes with a range of new stylus-driven features for notetaking, clip-saving and organization—including Action Memo, Scrapbook, Screen Write and S Finder.
In addition to the Note 3, Samsung debuted the Note's larger sibling, the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 edition) tablet, as well as its new wearable Galaxy Gear. The Note 3 will be available on U.S. carriers AT&T, Sprint, US Cellular, Verizon, and T-Mobile, launching on September 25 in more than 140 countries.