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Samsung Exec Confirms September 4 Unveiling of Galaxy Note 3 and Gear Watch, Front Panel Leaks

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A Samsung official sat down with the Korea Times this week to discuss their plans for an upcoming September 4 event that we are all expecting to be the unveiling of the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Guess what? She confirmed that both items will be on hand. Samsung’s executive VP of mobile business Lee Young-hee said that her company will release its first “smartwatch” and also debut their next phone-tablet hybrid. 

She even managed to give off a few details about the smartwatch, which she also confirmed will be called Galaxy Gear. Young-hee said that the watch will use a “non-flexible display” and that they have been preparing this wearable product for a long time. The watch should “enhance and enrich the current smart mobile experience” – Samsung is confident that the Gear will “add meaningful momentum to the mobile industry.”

In terms of the Note 3, no details were given other than with this new version of their popular line of oversized devices, Samsung will “introduce our customers to enhanced key features.”

And on that note (pun sort of intended), ETrade Supply posted a bundle of images today that are allegedly of the front panel of the Note 3. They claim that the display runs 5.68″, has bezels some 2.2mm thick, and carries a total panel thickness of just 1.8mm. As is pictured below, and not surprising to anyone familiar with Samsung designs, we could  very well see the continuation of the physical home button, coupled with capacitive menu and back buttons.

Overall, it reminds us a lot of the Galaxy S4 design. You are looking at similar sized device to the Note 2, but with a slightly bigger screen that has substantially less bezel. We’d imagine that it will be another must-have for fans of this form factor. After all, Samsung did essentially invent the category.

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Via:  Korea Times | Etrade Supply

Cheers Blake!

  • dmagicp

    I am excited to see the Note 3, but that watch has me really intrigued I can’t wait to see what Samsung comes up with.

  • James Hill

    The Droid DNA, the Galaxy S4, the HTC one, the G2 are all capable of displaying 4K content.

  • James Hill

    The 4K video recording is being put into phones to help sell 4K televisions.

  • André Berry

    It’s beautiful. ALL display……..

  • Chippah

    If you closely look at the photos as well, it appears that the screen on the Note 3 may be VERY easy to swap out if damaged.

  • viewthis66

    Wow… I’m stoked for this device. Throw Nova over the Touchwiz crap and i’m all in.

  • sk3litor

    Already have the first $200 set aside for this bad boy

  • Brian Menius

    Here’s a (very crude) comparison of the Note II and Note III panels. This is assuming scale is the same between the images on ETrade’s site- and it seems that it is.

  • Such

    CAN’T WAIT.. Note 2 is probably the best phone I’ve ever owned. Wonder if there will be a GPE?

  • n11

    I wish they would redesign their phones a bit :/ Make the main button easier to press, and make the back/task button designs more aesthetically pleasing. Maybe throw in another feature that may please people. Al though nice, I’m not onboard the 3GBRAM/800SnapCPU/6.2″screen bandwagon.

    • Mike Hilal

      Or, throw in a small separate LCD at the bottom and use OSK. Not like there isnt space to do this. It would drastically reduce the heinousness of galaxy devices.

  • RicoDelicioso

    I’m holding my Note2 right next to the picture and I don’t see a major difference. Can’t complain though since I’ll be getting this one later on Verizon. $20 says Verizon puts their God-awful logo on the home button again. WTF were they thinking. That is unless the HTC One Max (or whatever) looks to be a better buy. Hopefully they unveil that one soon afterwards.

  • Xavier_NYC

    Ten bucks says the Verizon logo goes on the home button

    • Such

      Hopefully not since the s4 didn’t have one but Verizon has been on a logo crusade lately

  • Brian Menius

    The capacitive buttons absolutely need to be operable with the stylus. I realize the Wacom panel doesn’t extend to the buttons, but Samsung is a conglomerate with many very intelligent engineers. If they didn’t figure this one out for the Note III, I’m going to be disappointed.

    Of course, the easy answer has been staring them in the face for a long time now- on-screen buttons.

  • Bruce Wayne

    I’d like it to be black, waterproof like the sony ultra, nfc that I can actually use with google wallet, wireless charging capable, and re-flow browsing like in all HTC devices. If you don’t know what re-flow is, see this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAWTd9h1lbI

    • steve james

      Wii has done that for years. I agree this needs to be a standard.

  • crazed_z06

    Oh man, this thing has way too high of specs. What am I gonna do with such a big and powerful device?

    j/k.. please take my money, Samsung.

  • Tyler Durden

    Orgasm in my pantssssssssss

  • Diablo81588

    When will the screen size increases stop? Even though the device isn’t physically bigger, you still have to reach further with a larger screen.

    • Tim242

      Two hands. These aren’t one-handed devices

      • Eric James Salcido

        They are one handed if you have big hands like myself, where as iPhones, only come in “one size fits all” when in reality it doesn’t. Any iPhone feels like a toy for me, it’s just way too small.

        • Avery Dejuan Herron

          I an’t use a iphone with one had its to dam small it always drops out of my grip

      • Big_EZ

        I normally use all my phones with two hands because the main thing I do is browse. However I can use my Note 2 one handed just fine, but I realize most can’t.

        • Tim242

          I have small hands. When I had the Note 2, I could use it one-handed some, but it made my wrist hurt

    • Big_EZ

      It works for some people, and for the others there’s always the S4, ONE, or the X. Some people don’t care that they can’t really use it one handed, and others don’t have a problem using it one handed. For me somewhere in the 5.5-6″ mark is where I will draw the line.

  • joseph barrientos

    i feel like im the only one excited for the galaxy gear! if it sucks, i’ll roll with the smartwatch 2 until glass comes out!

  • Chippah

    I hope the No OIS rumors are FALSE! – with OIS and a good sensor
    This is a no-brainer purchase to replace my agonizing battery sucking Launch day gnex.
    the G2 seems to have a great camera, but everything else is fail with it.

  • Tony G.

    this is huge news for people with huge hands

    • Ryan Ropero

      But . . but . ..

  • Dan

    I’ll take the watch and the 3 thanks. My wife is going to hate me that week.

    • Maxim∑

      I wouldn’t claim the watch so fast :)

  • Steve B

    WTF? Hardware buttons? Oh wait, this is Samsung. Well, there’s always next year…

    • Tim242

      Yes, this is Samsung. .hardware buttons, maximum screen use, and smaller bezels than devices with on screen buttons. They do it right.

      • chris420o

        lol ur post always make me giggle

        • Tyler Durden

          the truth is funny i suppose.

      • Justin W

        “Smaller bezels” have you seen the moto x? The bottom bezel wouldnt even fit a set of capacitive keys

        • Tim242

          The Moto X has the same size bottom bezel as the S4, so yes, buttons would fit. The top bezel of the Moto X is bigger than that of the S4.

      • Steve B

        You’re silly Tim242. I’ve heard this argument from you a 1000 times and I’ll probably hear it a 1000 times more, but the overwhelming majority of DL readers hate hardware keys and wish they would do it Google’s way. Smaller bezel or not, hardware keys are ugly as F.

        • Tim242

          I’m not sure that an overwhelming majority hate hardware keys. There are a lot of comments that say the opposite .What’s the point of on screen buttons with big bezels? For that matter, what’svthe point of on screen buttons period. They don’t give you one single advantage.

          • Big_EZ

            There is one advantage for those who root/unlock our devices, customizations. I personally like hardware buttons best, and hate capacitive buttons (I’m always accidentally hitting back and lose my page/game). Manufacturers could add in customizable options for the buttons, but that would make to much sense.

          • jboogie1289

            For me it’s like this, I’ve had the VZW Galaxy Nexus and it was the 1st phone with onscreen buttons for me. I liked it as long as I used it and then went to the GS3. I didn’t mind the home and capacitive buttons at all. Got to the point where the configuration/use was automatic and 2nd nature in using them. The same thing for my GN2, I love these buttons. To each his own…….

      • jboogie1289

        And for this we say…….Thank you sir!!!

    • Tyler Durden

      Don’t fix something that’s not broken.

    • Big_EZ

      Personally I like physical buttons best, then on screen. I hate capacitive buttons, but not as much as I hate losing my microSD slot, huge battery, and huge screen.

      • Avery Dejuan Herron

        On screen buttoons take away from the screen and they get in the way screw on-screen buttons

        • LoganLopez

          I don’t think you get the idea of on screen buttons. They go away when watching a video or playing a game if coded to do so. And they DO NOT take up more of the screen. They take up part of the phone that would have had physical buttons. So your argument is null. I personally don’t like physical buttons, but respect the opinion of others that do. Just don’t make claims that don’t make sense.

          • Avery Dejuan Herron

            Um no sir you ate won’t they do not take up space where the physical buttons would have been look at any phone with them and look at all the space on the bottem of the phone that is unused

          • LoganLopez

            WHAT?!?

          • Avery Dejuan Herron

            Sorry its been fixed I was on my Note 2 swype get outta control from time to time

          • LoganLopez

            What you don’t get is the potential of what it could be and or do. Phones are just now getting to the point where the screen is the size of the phone. So imagine having a phone with one side nothing but screen. To me, the only real reason for the physical buttons is to hide the bezel. Now think about a phone with nothing but a beautiful screen. Now think of that same phone with buttons at the bottom. Which are you going to choose? Me, I want a big screen. If you don’t, I understand. It was a slight adjustment giving up the physical buttons. If that is what you prefer, so be it. But the potential is there for more screen and I for one am ready for it.

          • Avery Dejuan Herron

            Your talking about what they could be, i’m shedding light as to what they are now. Id take a phone with no bezel and where the on screen keys only take up as much space as the hard and soft keys do now, but I do not want a phone with on screen keys that has a huge bezel taking up valuable screen space.

        • Big_EZ

          At least on screen keys disappear a lot of the time so I don’t hit them by accident. Capacitive buttons are a major pain. They are always on, and a slight swipe with your palm and you just closed what you were doing. Hardware buttons are the best in my opinion, no accidental presses, and no screen real estate being taken up.

  • geedee82

    Samsung: Get rid of the ugly hardware buttons and you will sell more phones. You don’t need to have a big button below the display for people to think that you are a worthy competitor to the iPhone. Most people are buying your devices because they don’t want anything to do with the iPhone.

    So ditch the ugly iDiot button!!!

    • El_Big_CHRIS

      The masses don’t care that they have hardware buttons. People like it because it’s easier to wake it up while it’s flat on a surface. At this point, Samsung won’t ever let go of the buttons.

      • Daeshaun Griffiths

        oh my, i understand the G2’s “knock knock unlock” now. If its laying down you can just tap twice. Wow. Total reconsideration for the “feature”.

      • geedee82

        Nobody gives a crap about buttons, they only think they do because they are used to having them. There can be many ways to wake up a phone. If Samsung wasn’t scared to try something new, they would see that it wouldn’t affect their sales at all, in fact I’m sure it would increase them. Like many people out there, I was unsure of on-screen buttons at first too, but after owning a device with them I realize that they are absolutely the way of the future. Google, Moto, LG and many other companies have realized this, why hasn’t Samsung?

        • tomn1ce

          If they make the software buttons customizable out the box they would be even better.

    • Tim242

      I like the home button. I didn’t at first, but it comes in handy.

    • BSweetness

      Sell more phones? Really? You do realize you’re talking about the top-selling phone manufacturer in the world, right? I think they’re doing ok.

      • geedee82

        Oh they don’t like selling more phones??? Oh i guess not because YOU think they’re doing okay, so why the hell would they want to make more money, right? Thank you for the completely pointless comment, iDiot.

        • BSweetness

          Ha ha. Thanks for missing the point and showing your true colors.

          • geedee82

            Smart ass comments get rude responses, always the same with me.

      • chris420o

        his point is samsung got on the map for completly COPYING the iphone…its a sad n pathetic strategy from an android manufacturer and still leaves a bad taste in my mouth till this day….lg doing the same thing now n copying samsung im over all these korean companies ima cop a motomaker x when its available for verizon

        • Tyrus

          the south koreans mimic everything

        • Avery Dejuan Herron

          LG & Samsung should work together on a phone that phone would be the king of phones I busted one over the screen on the LG Pro Optomis device

  • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

    Will Koush start crying about how the GNote III isn’t developer friendly enough because Samsung closed some hole he was using to provide people free something or other?

    • rutgersjaffo

      And the lemmings who think everything should be free downvote you for telling the truth.

    • Tim242

      You must not root/ROM. If you did, you’d appreciate Koush.

      • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

        I don’t. I know how but once I knew how, my curiosity was satisfied. I use my devices, I don’t toy around with them a whole lot. I keep the bootloaders unlocked on my Nexus devices but I don’t root or ROM them at all.

        That said, I do appreciate Koush. He gave us ROM Manger, ClockworkMod recovery, DeskSMS, and countless contributions to the XDA dev community.

        But he’s still being a total crybaby over Chromecast.

  • aaron nyquist

    I like the smaller bezel. But damn the hardware button on the front still…

    • http://www.getintonursing.com/ Jon

      Don’t get why anyone complains about the hardware button still. It’s Samsung. They will always have hardware button. And let me tell ya, when you leave a Samsung device for another, you really do miss being able to press the home button to wake the phone. It’s way easier than reaching on the top of the phone (as it is with any other non-Samsung phone).

      You get used to it in a day and that’s it.

  • Sheng

    Wow, if my calculations are correct, the width of this phone will be 0.21″ LESS than the Note 2.

    bezel = 2.2mm = 0.0866″ (0.173″ for both sides)
    screen width of 16:9 5.68″ screen = 2.785″

    Predicted Note 3 width = 0.173″+2.785″ = 2.958″

    Note 2 width = 3.17″

    That’s some amazing engineering. I wouldn’t mind paying full retail to get this beast :P

    • http://www.twitter.com/nblufire12 Nathan Patel

      can anyone confirm its not as wide as note2? i wouldnt mind buying off contract for VZW to preserve unlimited data. This or MotoX or Nexus 5?

      • Raj Bhatt

        I am not holding my breath for another Nexus on Verizon. It would be awesome but I don’t think it is likely. Personally, I’m going with the LG G2.

        • http://www.twitter.com/nblufire12 Nathan Patel

          Oh I kinda forgot about the G2, seems like a mean phone but doesn’t it have the power button on the back…?

          • Raj Bhatt

            Yeah, it has all the buttons on the back, but you can double tap the screen to turn it on.

            The specs are amazing though.

          • http://www.twitter.com/nblufire12 Nathan Patel

            def will check it out

          • Weber

            Any idea how easy/hard it is to unlock and root LG phones? I’m considering the G2 for my next phone as well, but dev support (and going stock) are super important. I’d Google it, but I figure I’d get a much easier answer here.

          • http://www.twitter.com/nblufire12 Nathan Patel

            im not sure at all but that is super important. as long as the phone is supported by the dev community, it makes it so much easier to pull the trigger for 2 years

          • Weber

            Especially with a phone like the G2 beast. If OEMs start playing into the “it’s not about specs..it’s about the user exerience” game, then the specs of the G2 will last for a few years.

          • joseph barrientos

            yea, honestly, just want 2 weeks and it should be rooted and unlocked lol

          • Weber

            I’m definitely crossing my fingers. I can’t handle that UI, but I love the phone

        • geedee82

          I will likely be going with the LG G2 as well, as long as it is bootloader unlockable. I just can’t stand LG’s crappy bloated poor excuse for a UI.

          • Raj Bhatt

            Agreed, an encrypted bootloader would be a dealbreaker for me.

        • Tim242

          The new Nexus 7 has Verizon LTE bands, so one can hope.

          • BSweetness

            Operating only on Verizon’s LTE network for a tablet that only uses data is a far cry from being able to operate on their still required CDMA network for phones.

            Once VoLTE goes live on Verzion, then another Nexus on Verizon – and a true Nexus without Verizon interference at that – will be a real possibility.

      • BSweetness

        Since the exact specs haven’t been announced, and since the phone isn’t out in the wild with anyone who has reported on it, there really isn’t much of anyone who can confirm that at this point. But given what @disqus_Wj095vLMrr:disqus said, and given what Samsung did with the S4, it’s entirely possible.

        The next Nexus isn’t likely to be on Verizon, so you might as well rule that out if you’re looking to stay with them.

        • http://www.twitter.com/nblufire12 Nathan Patel

          blah. I just want a phone that that wont lag or have crappy battery like my GNex on VZW and be a dev accepted phone that runs CM 10.

          is that too much to ask?!

          • litobirdy

            on verizon? yes lol

          • http://www.twitter.com/nblufire12 Nathan Patel

            #thestruggleisreal

          • BSweetness

            My Note 2 that I’ve had since launch last November doesn’t lag or skip a beat, it has some of the best battery life out there, and you can install CM 10.

            So no, it’s not too much to ask.

          • http://www.twitter.com/nblufire12 Nathan Patel

            that was last year, hopefully the note 3 is the same. only concern is size tbh ill have to feel it out

          • BSweetness

            My point wasn’t the release date, but rather there are always phones that meet those wants. I fully expect the Note 3 to hit all three as well.

          • http://www.twitter.com/nblufire12 Nathan Patel

            its a good phone but it isnt a gamechanger in my mind

          • BSweetness

            True game changers are few and far between, and at this point, there aren’t any on the horizon that we’re aware of.

          • Maxim∑

            Its not a game changer, just a spec bump and a bigger display. I do not categorize that as a “game changer” in fact we have not seen any game changing phones for a very long time now.

            I am 99% sure that we will be seeing a game changer by October, between Sony, Apple Google and Samsung we could see one

          • BSweetness

            I never said the Note 3 was a game changer. I don’t think it is. It will be an incremental improvement over the Note 2. As for not having “any game changing phones for a very long time now,” that’s exactly what I was saying.

            Apple used to be a game changer, but they’ve turned into a follower over the past couple of years. Microsoft has sadly been fairly stagnant for awhile now. I’ll agree that Google is pushing things forward on a variety of fronts.

            Samsung hasn’t done much this year, but the original Note (and even more so the Note 2) really opened up the market on smartphone category that had failed previously by the few who had tried it. The S-Pen could be seen as major step by many as well. At least they’re trying new and different things, both on the hardware and software fronts. Sure they’re seemingly throwing every idea at the wall to see what sticks, but not many others are even bothering to try different things (although Motorola seems to be stepping up a bit). I’m not saying they’ve been a game changer, but at least they keep things interesting.

          • Maxim∑

            I misunderstood sorry, I agree. Yeah the first note devices really did kick start this phablet category and its been successful.

            Microsoft has lost it, maybe things will change since the CEO is retiring

            Google has been pushing a lot although I feel like things will slow down for them until 2014

            Apple has definitely been following at least for the iPhone 5 and iPad mini. It seems for them that possibly this fall or 2014 will be a big year also like Google.

          • Robert Macri

            10.2?

          • jose

            Just let it go man. Every phone out right now is infinitely better than the Gnex, out of the box with no hacking needed.

          • http://www.getintonursing.com/ Jon

            You’ve been seriously missing out! The Galaxy S3, S4, Note II will give you that right now.

            Quite frankly, the Galaxy Nexus is so terrible in a few key areas that your better off with a stock S3, S4, or Note II than you would be with a Gnex with awful battery life, terrible camera, and crappy speaker.

            S3, S4 and Note II all have Cyanogen Mod and are very well supported. You’ll have to wait till someone roots the Note 3 if that’s the way you wanna go.

          • Jason King

            My sentiments exactly. Every couple of days my GB gets so slow, I literally want to throw it at the wall! Full wipes do nothing to it anymore.

      • Butters619

        Once you add in a little plastic for the edges wrapping around it will probably be close in width to the Ntoe II, but surely taller.

    • Bionicman

      thats what im hoping for. smaller and thinner than Note 2 with bigger screen. done, done and done. if they add the rumored 3GB memory, bigger battery and 4K video recording, this thing is going to be a BEAST.

      • Tim242

        4K video is a waste. No device will take advantage of it. Not to mention, you can’t record to SD. The size of the videos could be at up phone storage quickly. Everything else is a √

        • Justin Kos

          First time I’m gonna agree with tim242 lol

          • Tim242

            Haha at last!

        • Franklin Ramsey

          And yet there are people out there who might like 4k video recording. It’s Android, after all, so by your logic in other posts it wouldn’t be a waste, but something that should be allowed just because it can be.

          • Tim242

            Liking it does no good if you can’t use it. That’s like me saying I would like 100K video. Without being practical or usable, it’s a resource waste

          • Franklin Ramsey

            This isn’t true. Just because you can’t see a use for it because it would fill up your memory space quickly, doesn’t mean other people can’t find a use for it. Heck, maybe vine will allow for 4k video clips. Who knows. The point is, if they release it as a feature that doesn’t make it a waste because it isn’t feasible to use the way you would want to in it’s current state. Someone out there might like to use it for getting a few minutes of video. It would have that ability.

          • Tim242

            There is nothing to utilize 4K. Period.

          • Zargon

            There is not much right now. But I sure wish all the video I recorded in 2000 was 1080p. I think the same thing will hold true for the future.

          • Tim242

            I understand that part. But that still leaves the storage issue. It’s always something : /

          • GoBlue

            Slow motion video? Just playing devil’s advocate.

          • Joe

            +1 for GoBlue

          • Franklin Ramsey

            There are 4K capable screens, TVs, and content already available, so that statement is false.

          • Tyler Durden

            And who can afford that? Exactly. We’ve still got 3-4 years before it’s mainstream.

          • Franklin Ramsey

            There are cheaper options available already. They might be dumb displays, or computer monitors, but they are there. I’d say affordable ones will start coming out next year as more devices start being able to capture 4K video there will be more of a demand to have it and prices will come down. Look at adoption of 1080p displays in T.V.

          • Tyler Durden

            Yeah but til 4K is at 120ghz and 4K recording is at a reasonable FPS. No. The gopro shoots 4K but it’s terrible

          • Franklin Ramsey

            That doesn’t mean people won’t still want to do it and that there are ways to utilize the technology right now. To make an analogy, people bought Yugo cars. They were terrible, but they did work as a car (most of the time) and people bought them. Or a more recent analogy, phones with S800 chips in them. There isn’t really a need for that amount of processing power in a phone, currently, but people still want them to say their phone has it and to try to future proof their phone.

          • Tim242

            There are a few TV’s, that cost $20K. I don’t think anybody will be buying those for a few years to come.

          • Matthew DiGiacomo

            Not even close. They are going for ~$4-5K. Still not cheap, but not as expensive as you are making it out to be. This time next year, I guarantee they’ll be half that.

          • Franklin Ramsey

            There are ones going for 1500 for a basic dumb display. Not the best screen, but they are available. Technology is being adopted faster than every before.

          • Matthew DiGiacomo

            True, I seen some off-brands undermining Sony’s princes for their 4K TVs so they are going to have to start dropping their prices too.

          • Big_EZ

            They are a lot cheaper than 20k, but until they’ll have to hit the 1-2k mark for widespread adoption (expect that within a few years)

          • Franklin Ramsey

            There are others that cost 1500 or less that are lesser known and “dumb” displays. Maybe not the best option, but they are there.

          • Adamos Makis

            they were 20k when first introduced. Do an amazon search. Sony and samsung already have 4k tvs that cost around $5000 .
            Asus just introduced a $3500 monitor that can do 4k. And some no name brands already have 4k displays for less than 2000. Also cheap 1440p and 1600p monitors ( those are in the market for quite a qhile and there are alot pf $400-500 monitors from reputable brands ) can take some advantage of 4k over 1080p

          • malcmilli

            if you consider yourself a digital artist and dabble in the art of video/photo manipulation or animation then 4k size does well for scaling and comping difference pieces of footage together.

        • Tyler Durden

          especially if it’s not higher than 30 fps

        • Bionicman

          I don’t think its a waste. People were saying the same thing about 720p and 1080p screens and more memory and other advancements. then they become the norm….just saying

          • Tim242

            The difference is that there were devices to play the content. There’s nothing to utilize 4K.

          • Bionicman

            well its just a higher resolution. it could mean sharper images or more detail. remember more technology is better…not worse.

          • Adamos Makis

            there are a few tv sets that are half the price of what were last year nad by next year prices will be even lower. Asus also introduced a 4k monitor for 3000. Granted only a very small percentage of people will have 4k the next 2-3 years but hey if the content is there it will help bring prices even more down. Also 99% you can probably record on Sd card just like any samsung handset and a 64gb class 10 microSd is more than up to the job

          • Kamesen

            You could buy 12 Nexus 4s for the price of 1 4k PC monitor…

          • Adamos Makis

            What does one has to do with the other.? Also nexus 4 in most countries goes for well above 300 that is in Us ( 500-600 here in Europe). Also my example is to show how much the prices fallen in just 1 year and rest assure that in 1-2 years prices will be less than half of what are now

        • michael arazan

          But isn’t adding 4K video future proofing the phone for the next 2-3 years which is about how long the average consumer keeps a phone for. Better to have and not need than to need and not have. Technology is moving forward fast, and people may have access to this sooner than later. Who knows how fast 4K will expand in the next year or two.

      • http://www.getintonursing.com/ Jon

        Would definitely be epic if they can shrink the form factor while also increasing the screen size.

      • Tyler Durden

        You gonna spend $3000-$6000 on a 4K TV? What are you supposed to enjoy it on?

        • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

          Uh, you guys do know that the Apple Retina (and many other high res laptop displays) can support well over 1920×1080 right? If you watch a video on one of those displays you will see a huge difference between 1080p and 4K video.

    • Butters619

      Problem is there will be a little more plastic on the sides of the phone besides the display bezel. The plastic that wraps around.

    • NIGHTSCOUT

      I’d like to agree with you, but these dimensions are only for the glass, not the plastic wrap-around bezel.

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  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    I’m not sure what could convince me to get this phone. Loved the note 2 but…meh.

  • Jack Travis

    Why is verizon always so late to get phones?

    • Anon

      Takes a lot of engineering to incorporate bloatware into their devices.

  • Scott Martin

    what horrible engineers. who puts 2 different units on one drawing?!

  • Anderson Cheong

    How can a human being who evolve and live solely on this planet have a finger long enough to reach and press the hardware button of a 6″ phone? Let alone the long-press to get to the task manager

    • BSweetness

      What? All of the hardware buttons on the Note 2 are easily reachable, and since the Note 3 will probably be around the same size, that shouldn’t be any different.

      • Anderson Cheong

        They are reachable, of course, don’t get me wrong, I was just trying to make some fun. What I mean was getting your fingers to those buttons can be much harder compared to on-screen buttons and not as comfortable.

        • Anon

          The Note line of devices are meant (and planned) to be used with two hands.

          • BSweetness

            Well, there’s also a lot of planning that goes into making them more usable with one hand from the software to the hardware.

            But yeah, overall it’s definitely more of a two-handed device.

    • Tim242

      You have two hands. Use them.

  • storm33x

    They will probably watermark the Verizon logo into the screen…lolz

    • Maxim∑

      that was mentioned 4x already -.-

  • Armus

    So they are just forgetting about their promise to add the s4 software enhancements to the N2, huh? Well if we get an unlockable bootloader (I’m really doubting it) I actually may get this. I do like my N2.

    • BSweetness

      I missed where it said they are “forgetting about their promise to add the S4 software enhancements to the N2.”

      The rumor for quite awhile has been that Samsung is looking to leapfrog an Android version or two for several phones, including the Note 2. I’d expect the S4 enhancements to come along with the next major update.

      • Armus

        But will that be so far down the road that the N2 will be obsolete? Who wants an update to a device that has been long replaced?

        • BSweetness

          The Note 2 is still a pretty stellar device, and while it will be replaced in the coming months, it will be far from obsolete. It’s still a viable contender for someone going to buy a new phone right now versus many recently released phones. It will probably see major updates for at least another year, if not longer.

  • KB

    How was dev support for the Note2? Would love for this to replace my gNex, but can’t deal w/touchwiz.

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      pfft, sick. The Roms slowed down after awhile but thats natural with anyphone. The mods were nice breaking the limits of….damn i forgot the name but holding the back button and bringing up 2 apps at once. the dev support is nothing compared to nexus devices but it’s good.

    • Malcolm Love

      From what I’ve heard I think the Note 2 got pretty good dev support.

    • Anon

      If you don’t like TW than I’d say stay away from the Note. AOSP rom’s are unfortunately buggy :/

    • Tim242

      Your best betis to run an AOSP themed TW ROM. Then you can customize it to your liking, have no bugs, and enjoy the best of both worlds.

    • Big_EZ

      It has good development, but AOSP doesn’t work 100% without work a rounds. Maybe the US Note 3 will have a Qualcomm processor instead of the Exynos, and let’s hope Qualcomm is as open as they normally are. If it has a Qualcomm chip, and they release source code then I’m getting a Note 3, if not I will wait it out on the Note 2.

  • Chase Chick

    Why would they care about how thick the bezel is? Might as well go balls to the walls!

  • Shane Redman

    I really just want an OEM to step up in the android market with a fresh take on a device…truly fresh. Not just “bigger is better”

    • NickA

      Well said! I’ve never been a fan of the 5+ inch screens, until I saw the LG G2. But after getting the One last Thursday on VZW, I kind of want to tr out something bigger. Haven’t been a fan of Samsung since my Fascinate, but I’d give them another shot with the Note 3.

      • BSweetness

        Samsung has done a complete 180 since the days of the Fascinate. I was incredibly leery of them after my experiences with the Fascinate and the Charge (among others), but the S3 really was a turning point for them. The Note 2 has blown away all of my expectations, and it’s the first smartphone I’ve kept longer than 3 months since my Palm Pilot days (I’ve had it since launch last November on Verizon). The Note 3 will be my next phone.

    • panicswhenubered

      What do you suggest though?

      • Shane Redman

        As contradictory as it sounds, I like the interesting design of the G2 with the buttons on the back. I would like to see smaller phones with larger screens like the MotoX. Where’s my Samsung flip phone with the fold-able display? I personally miss the days like when i had my D1 and i could literally operate the entire device with one hand. I think we’ve lost touch with how nice that was over the years.

        • Big_EZ

          They’re other devices for you then, I can use the Note 2 one handed just fine.

          • Shane Redman

            Very true….your name implies such use lol.

            My cousin has an N2, I can use it one handed, if I have a 3rd party launcher and incorporate some gestures, but man….those damn physical and capacitive buttons.

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      OH MAYBE LIKE THE MOTO X.
      forgive me, i can’t control my love for it.

      • BSweetness

        I’m not really interested in the Moto X, but I definitely respect them for trying a fresh take on things with it.

      • Shane Redman

        Yes, exactly like the Moto X hahahaha

        • bizi

          Then buy the moto-x … Case closed… What was the point of your post?

          • Shane Redman

            Because there could be something different than the MotoX or different than the (aging) galaxy S series…

            What was the point of your post? Feeling like a Debby Downer today and want to spread the negativity?

  • Ian Woloschin

    It’s too bad there’s those ugly buttons. It wouldn’t be quite so bad if they weren’t backwards. Even if Korean is (was?) a right-to-left language, at least make the displays for Latin-based countries have a back button on the left side!

    Oh well, I’ll still probably buy it to replace my aging Galaxy Nexus. Maybe I can flip the capacitive buttons in software.

    • BSweetness

      A) Korean is a left-to-right language.

      B) Why does language have any bearing on the placement of the navigation buttons?

      C) I use the back button more than the menu button. Since I normally use my phone in my right hand, it’s more convenient to have the back button on the right, especially on a large device.

      • Ian Woloschin

        Language dictates direction. If I am going to go “back” a page in a book (in English) I pick up the page on the left side. Or on my Kindle, I tap on the extreme left. That convention should carry over to phones designed for left-to-right based languages. I don’t want to reach to the right side of my phone to go back, it’s counter-intuitive.

        As far as handedness, I am a righty, but I keep my phone in my left pocket. I typically use my phone one handed with my left hand for quick tasks, and prefer my back button on the left.

        Stepping back a pace, this is why capacitive buttons are dumb. I want to use my phone the way I use my phone. With on-screen buttons, I can make my phone act as I think my phone should. With capacitive buttons, I’m stuck with a phone that, at a minimum, looks like some other folks think my phone should look. I might be able to change the buttons in software, but then it’s confusing if my wife picks up my phone. Death to capacitive buttons! :)

        • BSweetness

          I get and understand the desire for the customization possible with on-screen buttons.

          But I disagree with language dictating the direction on something like this. It’s not counter-intuitive at all. If every Android phone from the beginning had the back button on the right, if someone put it on the left people would find that counter-intuitive. With things like the hardware on a phone, it all comes down to what you’ve become accustomed to and conditioned to expect. It’s just like the placement of controls in a car or how an operating system functions.

          • Ian Woloschin

            So then why does every “back” or “undo” button have an arrow pointing to the left? If not based on language, then why is that convention there? Look at your web browser, the “Back” button is likely an arrow pointing left, on the left side of a “Forward” button that’s pointed to the right.

            *shrug*

            I know that’s mostly convention now, but it had to start somewhere, based on an even older convention. I always assumed it was language, but maybe I’m wrong?

          • BSweetness

            I never said language direction wouldn’t dictate some things, just that it’s not applicable here. And your example of a “back” or “undo” button in a browser or program further proves that. The only reason why the location of a back button matters in those situations is because there’s also a forward button or a redo button that’s usually on the right. But even then, that forward button isn’t on the extreme right, it’s next to the back button. Android phones have no such forward button, so the placement of the back button doesn’t follow the same pattern. The back button already has a leftward pointing direction, but it’s placement on the left side isn’t necessary since there’s no opposing button on the right.

            And even when you have back and forward buttons, they aren’t always positioned on the left and right sides of a program. Sometimes they’re elsewhere, just like the back button on this phone.

            You’re actually talking about two different things. The use of a left-facing arrow to note back, and the placement of such an arrow on the left side of something. The use of a left-facing arrow to show back may very well come from language (although I’m not sure on that), but it’s placement on the left side of something has nothing to do with that.

  • Ryan Ropero

    I wonder where the Verizon logo will go??

    • Robert Willis

      Everywhere.

    • NickA

      Wonder when or if Verizon will even get it.

      • Ryan Ropero

        In 6 months, after it’s loaded with bloatware.

      • BSweetness

        Given the success of the Note 2, I’m pretty sure Verizon will get it. They had the Note 2 about a month after other U.S. carriers, so I’d expect a similar timetable (if not sooner). Samsung has more pull with carriers at this point, so I’d bet they’ll insist on a reasonable release date to coincide with what’s sure to be a massive marketing push on their part.

        • everettedl

          Yeah, I’ve already set my expectation for November just like last year.

    • Guest

      It will appear as a watermark, laser-etched into the screen. lol

      I really hope they don’t put it on the button again.

    • Edwin M

      Ha, I was thinking the same thing.

    • rutgersjaffo

      I can’t believe the pissing and moaning that goes on about the logo here. GTF over it already. Manufactured items and items utilized by service providers have logos. Jesus…

      • Ryan Ropero

        It’s more or less a joke as all other carriers were happy to place a logo on the back of the device. VZW had to place their logo on the font and of all places on the home button as well as add logos all over the back. It was just a little overkill on Verizon’s part. Might as well made each customer get a VZW logo on their forehead. <—– That is also a joke.

      • mustbepbs

        ..Tyler? Is that you?

        • Tyler Durden

          nope. busy getting my edu ma caytion

      • David

        If you bought a car from a dealer, would you want the dealer’s name and logos all over the car? Of course not, it’s fine when it’s Toyota or Honda because that is what it is and they manufacture it.

        • rutgersjaffo

          Apples to oranges. After the dealer sells you the car, you never have to see them or deal with them again if you don’t want to. Your cell carrier provides services to you through your device 24/7. Again, apples to oranges.

          • David

            The dealer typically provides the in-warranty repairs, does the oil changes, etc.

          • rutgersjaffo

            In what reality? I haven’t been to a dealer in 20 years unless I am buying a vehicle. In the words of George Costanza: “Take my car to the dealer?! (snort) Yeah, why not just throw my money in a pile and burn it?!”

    • http://twitter.com/Mr_Esquire_K Iron_Catastrofe

      You hold the phone up to a light and you’ll see it

  • DroidzFX

    Wonder what the home button on the watch will look like.

    • KleenDroid

      Coming from my Gnex I was against the home button.

      Having had my S4 for a couple months now I really dont mind it.

      • Raj Bhatt

        How are you feeling about the capacitive keys? I feel like it would be hard to go back to those after the GNex.

        • guest1231

          they are ok. I HATE ON SCREEN KEYS. I want hard keys and a sliding keyboard. I hope they make one of those slider cases for Note 3 like for S4.

        • KleenDroid

          It took just a short adjustment going to the S4 from the Gnex.

          I have to say that for me the S4 has been a great choice. I love the whole unlocked and romming scene. And fortuneately I got my S4 on day one and was able to take advantage of the Loki bootloader bypass.

          I am not one to knock the Gnex in any way since I loved it and it was great phone with none of the issues so many complain of (except battery life). But after a few months with the S4 I can easily say that in my opinion the move was a good one. The S4 is a kick butt phone.

          However since they patched the ability to Loki bypass on the ME7 update for new phones I don’t know that it would be a good choice for someone that likes to root and rom. Of course those of us that got in before the update will never take an ota update and will continue to enjoy ourselves.

          I hate that they try so hard to screw over those of us that enjoy our phones with roms.

      • techy

        I just want a dedicated multitasking button.