Samsung has a trend of announcing a new Galaxy Note at IFA every year and it’s the Samsung Galaxy Note III’s turn this year. The device was heavily rumored and leaked many times before the launch, so basically we knew almost everything that was coming though nothing is a secret now, because Samsung has officially unveiled it.
There are three variants of the Samsung Galaxy Note III – N9000, N9002 and N9005. The Samsung Galaxy N9000 runs on Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa 5420 chipset, which houses four Cortex-A15 cores clocked @ 1.9GHz and four Cortex-A7 cores clocked @ 1.2GHz. The Samsung Galaxy N9002 is just a dual-sim version of the Samsung Galaxy N9000. The Samsung Galaxy N9005 runs Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 SoC which has four Cortex-A15 cores clocked @ 2.3GHz. The Exynos 5 Octa variants have the ARM Mail-T628 MP6 GPU, while the Snapdragon 800 variant has Adreno 330 GPU.
The Note III packs a 5.7 inch Super AMOLED display. The dimensions of the device are a teensy bit smaller than its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy Note II which has a 5.5 inch display Samsung did the same trick with the Samsung Galaxy S4, which is actually a bit smaller then the Samsung Galaxy S3, even though there’s a 5.0-inch display on the S4 compared to the 4.7-inch on the S3. The Note III weighs 168g compared to 183g of the Note II and is actually lighter in hand, though a mere 15g difference won’t be very much noticeable. The dimensions of the Note III are 151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm while those of Note II are 151.1 x 80.5 x 9.4 mm. So, the Note III is 1.1mm thinner than the Note II and 15g lighter.
There’s also a 3GB RAM on the device which comes in two storage options – 32GB and 64GB. There’s also a microSD slot for memory expansion which supports memory cards up to 64GB.
The device packs a 13MP camera on the back which can record 1080p videos @ 30fps on the Exynos 5 Octa version and 4K UHD videos @ 30fps and 1080p @ 60fps.
There’s the usual S Pen that comes with all the Note devices and the TouchWiz goodies that it brings along, namely Action Memo, Pen Window, Scrap Booker, Screen Write, and S Finder. The device runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and has lots of add-ons from Samsung, which are not found on stock Android.
Samsung ditched the plastic back this time and instead went for an upgrade which is sort of like stitched leather. That’s an upgrade from the plastic, but we’re not sure if the leather back will be accepted by people either. Also, the back cover is removable to you can replace the battery in case one drains out or add a bigger batteries when those are available. The device comes with three color options: Black, White and Pink.
Another thing Samsung has added is the USB 3.0 port in the Note III. The USB 3.0 is backwards compatible, so it will work with any USB 2.0 charger which are almost found everywhere these days. USB 3.0 will definitely charge the phone faster and considering the capacity of the battery, it would take a much longer time to charge via USB 2.0. That’s a nice touch, Samsung.
A 3200 mAh Li-Ion battery powers the whole package, which is just 100 mAh more than the one in the Note II. Sadly, this device won’t last as much as the Note II from a single charge because the 1080p display compared to the 720p in last year’s flagship.
There are lots of color options available for the flip covers that Samsung will be selling. There will be two versions of the flip covers – one that doesn’t let you view the screen until you flip it, and one that has a window that lets you view a part of your screen like the time and the caller, which is called the S View Flip Cover.
The N9000 and N9002 versions support up to 3G bands while the N9005 supports 4G LTE. There’s A-GPS, WiFi a/b/g/n/ac, DLNA and MHL for TV-out along with Bluetooth 4.0.
There would be a slight difference in battery life and a teensy bit between the N9000/N9002 and N9005 versions along with the difference in camera. Of course, the performance difference won’t be noticeable in daily performance.
The list of countries that will be getting the N9000 is:
The list of countries that will be getting the N9002:
List of countries getting N9005:
Some countries will be getting both the versions and it will be carrier dependent on the countries where it will be sold on-contract and the ones where there are no such things as contracts, the decision will be solely of Samsung’s Marketing team of that particular country.
In the US, AT&T will ship the Galaxy Note 3 around October 1 and it will cost $299.99 with a two-year contract or $35 with AT&T Next program. T-Mobile will sell it for $199 and a $21/month fee for the next 24 months. T-Mobile expects the device to ship from October 2. Verizon will ship the device from October 10 and will charge $299.99 for the 32GB version plus a 2-year contract.
The device is expected to launch in India on September 25 and will cost more than INR 45,000. The price depends on the INR/USD exchange rates, which are fluctuating very much at the moment.
Lets recap the specs of the Samsung Galaxy Note III:
So, what do you think about the device? Will it be a hit or not?