Samsung Intros Galaxy Gear Smartwatch, Note 10.1, Note 3 Phablet

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2013-09-04 Print this article Print

• A price was not officially revealed at the event, but the Wall Street Journal has reported that the price will be $299. Samsung will begin shipping with the Note 3, in more than 140 countries, on Sept. 25.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

With the Note 10.1 and the Note 3, Samsung departed from the nature-inspired aesthetics it touted in its previous Galaxy devices. With these new devices, both of which feature an S Pen, Samsung went for a journal-feel in the hand, covering the back in a leather-like fabric and "fine stitching."

The Note 3 is slimmer (8.3mm) and lighter (168 grams) than its predecessor but manages to feature a larger (5.7-inch) full HD Super AMOLED display. It also has a 3,200mAh battery, for more a longer use time, and a 13-megapixel rear camera with Smart Stabilization technology and a "high CRI LED flash," said to produce crisp images in low light and active situations.

Samsung also grew the capabilities of the S Pen. Hovering it over the screen produces a palette of five options. Action Memo lets a user handwrite a note and initiate actions from it—call the number written down, for example. Scrapbooks helps a user to collect various kinds of content, including Web pages, in a single place—research for a vacation, say—so that it's easily referable; Screen Write lets a user capture a screen image and write comments on top; S Finder allows for a full-device search, including hand-written notes; and Pen Window, surely the coolest of all, lets a user draw a box on the screen with the S Pen and then open another application, such as YouTube or the calculator, inside the box, regardless of the app that's currently running.

The Note 3 also enables other multitasking capabilities that  take advantage of its screen real estate, and it comes with Knox security protection, which makes it possible to create a safe "container" on the device that offers enterprise-grade security against phishing and malware attacks.

The Note 3 will be available in 32GB and 64GB versions, with the latter featuring an additional microSD slot, beginning Sept. 25. The device will come in black, white and blush pink, though Flip Wallets will come in loads of colors and styles.

Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition

The new Note 10.1 features a 10.1-inch WQXGA display with a resolution of 2560 by 1600, a 1.9GHz Octa Core processor, 3GB of RAM and Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean). It measures 243.1 by 171.4 by 7.9mm and weighs 1.2 pounds.

It includes the key perks of the Note 3, including Knox security and Pen Window, in addition to Multi Window, which lets a user run separate instances of the same application.

"The new Galaxy Note 10.1 is the most progressive 10-inch tablet, delivering the best viewing and multitasking experiences," Samsung President JK Shin said in a statement. He added that it will "consistently surprise" users, as they discover how much easier it makes their lives.

This sentiment reached across all of the new offerings, which by mid-fall are likely to have new Apple devices to compete against.

"Samsung's ongoing smart device innovation leadership reflects our commitment to listen to our consumers," said Shin, "who want their lives to be easier and more enjoyable."


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