Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Must Ship This Fall With 10 Essential Features

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2013-08-06 Email Print this article Print

With August just kicking off and the busy back-to-school shopping season about to start in full force, it's no surprise that Samsung, at long last, has announced its Unpacked event for September. It's perhaps even less surprising that the company has decided to unveil a new Galaxy Note at this year's event. After all, the device has been such a popular option for customers, so it would only make sense for Samsung to invest heavily in the product for years to come. But now that we know the Galaxy Note 3 is on its way, the time has come for market watchers to predict what features Samsung will build into the tablet and which ones will be missing. Surely, it'll have a stylus, but what else might the device offer that could make it not only a strong follow-up to the Galaxy Note 2, but also a major competitor to the full-sized iPad? Simply put, what must the Galaxy Note 3 come with when it's unveiled next month if it is to succeed in today's hotly contested mobile market? This eWEEK slide show will make its own predictions as what features will need to be in the Galaxy Note 3 to make it a sought-after tablet this fall and during the holiday shopping season.

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Must Ship This Fall With 10 Essential Features

    By Don Reisinger
    0-Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Must Ship This Fall With 10 Essential Features
  • Different Display Sizes

    One of the main reasons the Galaxy Note has been so popular is the different screen sizes available. Samsung offers 5-inch, 8-inch and even 10.1-inch options. When Samsung launches the Galaxy Note 3, it must offer a choice of display sizes for that tablet as well.
    1-Different Display Sizes
  • Tons of RAM

    Today's top-end devices have 2GB of RAM. However, according to numerous reports, Samsung is planning to bundle 3GB of RAM in the Galaxy Note 3. That's a boatload of memory—much more than the iPad offers. More RAM means better functionality. Don't forget that.
    2-Tons of RAM
  • Processing Power for Days

    Speaking of better functionality, the rumor mill also claims that Samsung will be bundling a high-end processor in the Galaxy Note 3. That processor could very well be a 2.7GHz Snapdragon that will blow every other product on the market out of the water.
    3-Processing Power for Days
  • Samsung's Beautiful Software

    Although it's likely that the Galaxy Note 3 will be running Android 4.2.2, Samsung will put its own software styling on top of it to make it an even more attractive option. As nice as Android might be, Samsung's software is so much better and works exceedingly well with a stylus.
    4-Samsung's Beautiful Software
  • A Stylus, Of Course

    What would the Galaxy Note be without a stylus? Some rumors have claimed that the device won't come with one, but that would effectively turn it into a tablet. The Galaxy Note needs a stylus. And Samsung knows it.
    5-A Stylus, Of Course
  • An Easy Path to Upgrades

    Android is updated all of the time, so Samsung needs to make it easy for users to quickly get the latest version. The company did that with the last Galaxy Note and likely will do the same with the Galaxy Note 3. Easy paths to upgrades are extremely important.
    6-An Easy Path to Upgrades
  • A High-End Camera

    Recent reports say the Galaxy Note 3 will come with a 13-megapixel camera—not quite the 41-megapixel PureView camera that Nokia's latest Lumia handset boasts. But the Galaxy Note 3 doesn't need to match Nokia's option. A 13-megapixel camera will suit the Galaxy Note 3 just fine.
    7-A High-End Camera
  • Proper Pricing

    Pricing is everything in the mobile space. Although the Galaxy Note 3 will have the design features that customers will want, it will still fail if it's priced too highly. That's why Samsung can't go overboard with its pricing. For the Galaxy Note 3 to succeed, the smaller versions need to match the iPhone or Samsung Galaxy S 3, and the bigger options need to match the iPad.
    8-Proper Pricing
  • Little Change in Design

    There's no need to change the Galaxy Note's design. After all, the device has a beautiful, prominent display, and its rounded corners and thinness make it extremely attractive to road warriors. While the Galaxy Note 3 will likely have some design improvements, let's hope they combine to deliver a better all-around product. If they don't, the device will fail.
    9-Little Change in Design
  • The Latest Bluetooth, USB, WiFi and Networking Upgrades

    If the latest rumors are true, Samsung will be offering several upgrades in the Galaxy Note 3, including Bluetooth 4.0, the possibility of USB 3.0 support and access to wireless-ac. All of that should make the Galaxy Note 3 a more future-focused device than the current model. And in the mobile space, future-focused usually breeds success.
    10-The Latest Bluetooth, USB, WiFi and Networking Upgrades
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at

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