We know that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is to make its way all across the globe, and that it will also be finding its way onto major US carriers, but its price is still being seen as a point of debate. After ruffling through the listings of a few US retailers we have found an amount which we can quote as well as a release date for its unlocked version. This new S Pen-equipped Note 3 phablet will be arriving on US shores in the form of an unlocked model on September 28 at $798.50. As for those seeking an LTE version, they would need to shell out $819.50 to get their hands on it.
Negri Electronics in the retailer which has listed down these prices for the Note 3’s 32GB models. While in the US, carriers like AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular and Verizon have been confirmed to be gearing up to launch the phone in October this year, there’s still no word on the exact release dates. Moreover, their subsidized pricings too remain a mystery. But with the retail values of the unlocked version now out, interested buyers finally have a vague idea of how much they’d need to loosen their pockets.
What’s new in the Samsung Galaxy Note 3?
At a quick glance, the reduced bezel quickly points out that a larger display is being offered. To be precise, it’s a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED panel, and yes you guessed it right; it’s full HD. At 8.3mm and 168 grams, it is slimmer and lighter than its predecessor. But despite this, a larger 3,200mAh battery has found its way onto it. Another no brainer is a 13MP rear camera with Smart Stabilization and high CRI LED flash. This snapper does 4K video if you’re all for the recent trend.
Under its hood, you’ll find a 3GB RAM. And as for its processor, it will vary by region, just like it did with the Galaxy S4. A Snapdragon 800 quad-core SoC clocked at 2.3GHz and an octa-core Exynos 5 Octa chip winded up till 1.9GHz will be the two choices. Android 4.3 Jelly Bean is the preferred OS, while 32GB and 64GB storage options and a microSD card slot have also been granted to the device.
S Pen is mightier?
Air Command is what the new S Pen of the Note 3 prides itself on. Hovering this little dude over the screen and pressing its button opens up a palette of five unique features for easy access. While Action Memo recognizes what you scribble down and presents you with options of what you’d want to do with that text, Scrapbook enables you to track down content and information from a variety of sources including the web.
Furthermore, Screen Write enhances the process of sharing screenshots and S Finder searches the entire phone for whatever you wish to find. Pen Window is Samsung’s version of Small apps, whereas another new feature is My Magazine which is a Flipboard-like program for personalized news, social media and entertainment feed that can be best controlled using the S Pen.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 comes with Find My Mobile and Samsung Knox pre-installed on it. While the former allows users to disable as well as track their phones when upon losing them, the latter is aimed at segregating business and personal content on smartphones. Moreover, the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch will work with the Note 3, which is not a surprise at all.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is a neat update to its predecessor, and it will be out from as early as September 28, priced at $798.50 (unlocked) and $819.50 (unlocked + LTE).