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Samsung Announces the Galaxy Note 3 at IFA in Berlin

Galxy Note3_002_front with pen_Classic White

Samsung’s CEO, JK Shin, took the stage this morning in Berlin to unveil the Galaxy Note 3. The Note 3 features an S-Pen, as well as many of 2013’s top tier specifications. In terms of overall looks, the Note 3 features a larger display, but Samsung did not add any width or depth to the device’s body. On the back, it features a leather-like texture with fine stitching. 


  • 5.7″ Full HD Super AMOLED (1080p) display.
  • Snapdragon 800 processor or Octa Core processor depending on market.
  • Android 4.3.
  • 13MP back-facing camera.
  • 2MP front-facing camera.
  • NFC.
  • Bluetooth 4.0.
  • 3GB of RAM.
  • 32GB and 64GB storage options.
  • 3,200mAh battery.

The S-Pen has been revamped, featuring many new useful features that has allowed it to evolve into a multitasking machine. According to Samsung, the S-Pen is the “key” that unlocks the Note 3’s power and speed. It features Air Command, where you simply place the Pen near the display, then press the Pen’s button. It then opens up a fanned-out menu. From here, you can do a quick note, access applications and more.

In addition, there is a new feature called Scrapbook. From inside the browser application, you can draw a circle around any content on the web, then easily save it to your device for later viewing or editing. S-Note also received a revamping, with a more intuitive interface, plus a simplified organization feature. You can more easily move notes within other notes, plus easily sync your S-Notes with Evernote and other cloud storage services.

Multitasking has also been enhanced. A new feature called Pen Window, allows for a user to draw a window on either side of the display while it is in landscape or portrait. From here, you can quickly access another application while still using the app you are already in. Samsung also announced Multivision, a feature that allows multiple Note 3 devices to be placed next to each other, which then creates the look of a larger display.

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There are new flip covers for the Note 3, with 10 different colors options to choose from.

The Note 3 will be available in US markets this October. No pricing yet.

Via: Samsung

  • Taglogical

    If only this used an LCD; le sigh /pass

  • Chris512

    OH MY GAWD! THE SPECZ!!! /s … btw, don’t gt your hopes for a Google Play Edition. Just sayin’

  • rthvk


    HTC’s toughest weapon was just smashed apart.


    I dunno about that fake stitching. Would have been better as either real stitching, or no stitching at all. Not a fan of that fugly fake stitching….

  • duke69111

    Is the camera the same one as the LG G2? OIS or whatever?

  • 213ninja

    October? What happened to Sept 25th?

    • 213ninja

      Oh, October in 150 countries except the US…..suckfest.

  • schlanz

    Battery removable?

    • steve james

      Yep, Engadget has a video where they remove the back to show the battery and card slots. They also mention it in the article. Too bad DL dropped the ball with incomplete info. You would think they would have mentioned it as the comments below every mention of this phone ask about the battery.

      • schlanz

        Thanks, that’s all I needed to know that I want one!

  • Dave

    I’m opening a small business that will print the Verizon logo on very small stickers to custom fit your home button. Hit me up if you don’t want to forget that you’re on the nation’s largest 4G LTE network.

  • Jamil

    Samsung Galaxy S4… A BEAST! Samsung Galaxy Note 3.. A BEAST!! ANDROID 4 LIFE! 4 LIFE!!!!!

  • Steven Berger

    Did they say anything about 4.3 for the GS4?

    • Timothy Sternig

      Samsung said they were going to start rolling it out in October…

  • RaptorOO7

    So does the quote about being in US Markets in October mean Verizon will actually launch it in October or is this going to be a pre-order in October and wait 3 months.

    • jboogie1289

      Here’s to hoping! I’m sure gonna tap my connect at my local VZW and another one up the ladder a bit to get a time frame.

    • flosserelli

      More likely the latter.

  • jack

    Once released the Note 3 is mine. I had the Note 1 and 2, which I loved, but now I’m selling my Note 2 for the Note 3, screw waiting for the HTC ONE Max.

  • Chris

    After my atrocious experience with my S4 (lag, messy interface, horrid battery) that I returned, I will pass on this. Maybe the One Max will be good.

    • Chris Batson

      Must have had a lemon. My S4 runs great. Battery life is phenomenal also. Way better than my GNex.

      • Brandon Golway

        This. Before I even rooted my S4 I would get 30 hours on the stock battery and it was blazing fast.

    • Adamania

      My battery life is pretty good as well. I can usually make it the entire day with normal use and not have to charge it. The battery life is way better than my Nexus 4 was, but the phone doesn’t run as smoothly as my N4 did.

  • Wish I could buy today. Would head over to tmobile and get a new account.

  • chris420o

    so…can we please let the next nexus rumors start flowing now…over this samsung same phone same silly smartwatch nonsense already

    • Robert Macri

      Don’t forget all that bloat.

  • SeanPlunk

    If anyone finds any details about the subpixel layout of the screen please post it. I’m curious if it has the diamond subpixels like the GSIV, or the perpendicular blue subpixel layout of the Note II.

    • flosserelli

      Forgive my ignorance, but what difference does it make?

  • Andrew

    Now how long until Verizon releases it???

  • KG

    I am sold on the specs of this phone, now I need just 2 more things confirmed to make this my next phone: Root + custom recovery on Verizon AND a GE edition to have access to KitKat and future vanilla android versions within days of release…. kthanks

  • Hue

    Loving the leather back. Glad they didn’t go metal.

    • Preach2k

      Some one told me that the metal interferes with the signal.. Is this true? I was looking at buying a metal back..

      • zurginator

        Unless the phone was specifically designed with it in mind (pretty much requires a fixed back), it’s going to nuke your signal.

  • DanSan

    especially after the S4 bootloader challenge. i give this thing a .000333333% chance of having its bootloader unlocked. good luck

    • FelisLachesis

      Repeating, of course.

      • Adamania


  • SteveJobss

    I want one.

  • Jimmyjammer

    Touchwiz really needs that third GB of ram with how bloated it has become. Think I’ll pass, can’t put myself through 2 more years of touchwiz, and it doesn’t help it hasn’t changed one bit in terms of looks. Up to HTC Max,LG G2, or Nexus 4/5.

    • NexusPhan69

      Google Play edition Note 3?

      • Jimmyjammer

        We’ll see.

        • Eric R.

          Just flash a Rom.

          • SeanPlunk

            The bootloader will almost certainly be locked, and judging by the GSIV it might be fairly difficult to crack 🙁

          • New_Guy

            I flashed AOKP on the Note 2 and my mind was officially blown. Amazing. Only downside is the lack of MHL support.

      • probably not for Verizon…

        • michael arazan

          Maybe a Dev Version, GS4, One, and Moto X all have Dev versions that are unlocked, but I don’t remeber ever hearing about the Note series have a Dev version

    • CasperTFG

      I’m really hoping the Max surprises me.

    • flosserelli

      1. Root phone & flash debloated TW rom
      2. Install Nova or Apex
      3. ???
      4. Profit

      • JD_26

        1 shouldnt have to root in 2013 .. for eg the nexus 4 its an option ,.. works brilliantly without root

  • Ben

    is there an SD card slot?

    • NexusPhan69

      Yes. MicroSD up to 64GB.

      • StuckOnVerizonForever

        128gb storage. Who needs an iPhone to get that.

  • EnX$$

    samsung copied magazine feature from HTC ONE Blink feed. noting special same old note 2. im waiting to see the HTC ONE MAX to decide

    • BSweetness

      Considering Flipboard has been using that basic look since well before HTC did in their Blink Feed, and this is based on Samsung’s partnership with Flipboard, I wouldn’t say they copied HTC.

      HTC’s Blink Feed takes several of its cues from Flipboard and Windows Phone anyway.

      • jboogie1289

        And BOOM!!

  • crazed_z06

    Snapdragon 800, 3GB, 32GB.. Moto please take note.. This is how you do a hero device.

    • jboogie1289

      Yep, they and others are gonna need to step it up now.

    • kdawg

      Haha and it’s still gonna lag and require root and a ROM. If you use any of the new Droids or an X you’ll the Moto got it right. Fast smooth 0 lag phone with excellent user experience. The only company this year that added something that actually makes using your phone easier. Active Display Notifications!!!

      • crazed_z06

        lol wat. Motorola lost. Perioid. I went and played with the Moto X and new Droids and they were no faster than any other phone. The Note 2 that I currently have does not lag at all.

        Moto fanboys need to stop making stuff up.

        • The Truth

          I am sending this from a Note 2 which is a great phone really like it and all but I call bs if yours doesnt lag. Dont know if motos new phones are better but the Note 2 surely lags and does it very well when switching tasks or even opening texts.

          The Note 3 is no hero device either.. as a Note 2 user you should know you can already “cut” something using your pen at will and save for later. All of the gimics are just that.. gimics. Youll never use any of the features. Same thing as Note 2 but bigger screen and newer processor. OH! Dont let me forget about the SUPER full hd screen..

          • New_Guy

            I’ve had mine since Feb and I can’t agree with you there. I have to preface that with saying that there is no such thing as a 0 lag device; I don’t care what people say. Not the Moto X, not the iPhone. 0 lag is hyperbole in any instance. But, the Note 2 is one of the smoothest devices I’ve ever handled.

          • BSweetness

            Agreed. I’ve had mine since November, and it’s still one of the smoothest smartphones I’ve ever had.

          • crazed_z06

            Exactly. Lag is the last thing I’m thinking about when on the Note 2. It’s easily one of the smoothest devices Ive ever used and I’ve had the Droid X, Bionic, Thunderbolt, GNex, and Razr Maxx HD, and GS3.

      • StuckOnVerizonForever

        My Note 2 had no lag. Your point is moot.

        and too bad Moto kept the crappy cameras.

      • New_Guy

        DynamicNotifications brings the active notifications feature to SAMOLED devices. It’s really awesome on my Note 2 and only paid $1 for the premium version.

  • Ruel Smith

    Let’s hope no pentile display…

    • Luke Grissom

      Honestly, at these resolutions, it really doesn’t matter much anymore.

  • Benjamin Mackie

    Verizon, I will buy this phone. Please get this on your network ASAP. I will reup my(family members) contract. Get this phone NOW!

  • Ron_Swanson

    the back looks weird.

    • NexusPhan69

      I really like the back. It looks like it would be very comfortable with a good feel to it. But the most important part is it’s not the shiny budget looking plastic of the S4!

      • Higher_Ground

        I just worry about staining it with dirty hands or something. I guess it’s no different than a wallet in your pocket. It does seem like it would feel good in the hand, but it would also feel weird given that no other phone has a really soft back.

      • Justin W

        I think that’s a big part in why I might pick one up. Software is modifiable, exterior, not so much. This looks much better than the glossy plastic they used on previous devices.

        • NexusPhan69

          Removable back for the GS4 with this new leather design direct from Samsung?!!!

    • areffes

      You look weird, Ron Swanson

      • Ron_Swanson

        I concur.

  • Brandon Golway

    It’s about time they got rid of the 16 GB version. I was highly disappointed when I could only get the 16 GB S4 on T-Mobile.

  • Sam

    Verizon will most likely get it around November-ish; same as last year, IMO.

    • Tim242

      It was announced a month earlier this year, so it will release a month earlier.

      • BSweetness

        Actually, the Note 2 was announced on August 29th last year, so this certainly isn’t a month earlier.

        It will be start becoming available a little earlier than the Note 2, although not by much.

        • Tim242

          Guess I got confused by the actual release. The Note 2 released at the end of October for Sprint, T-Mobile, and at&t. It released Nov. 29 for Verizon. They are releasing more than a month earlier.

          • BSweetness

            Yeah, but we don’t know if that end of September release date is for any U.S. carriers yet. The Note 2 saw some international releases at the beginning of October last year, so if this follows the same path, we’re probably looking at a release that’s a week or two earlier than last year, not a month.

            It would be great if they rolled this out more quickly, reaching everyone a month sooner than last year, but there’s nothing to indicate that’s the case…especially for Verizon.

      • Justin W

        On top of that, Samsung confirmed it will be on carriers in the US in October (which is not November).

      • flosserelli

        Not necessarily, but I hope you are right.

  • NexusPhan69

    They left out the biggest gimmick of all gimmicks! The fingerprint reader. Thank God.

  • Avery Dejuan Herron

    nothing about real specs can we had video or a list of real specs please……

  • Bender Bending Rodriguez

    If only they could update the touchwiz look.

  • ApplesNAndroids

    Glad I went with the X… Cannot stand TouchWiz nor the leather backing. Apple dropped it from their software so it was only reasonable for Samsung to pick it up. Samsung will go the same way apple has, which is to stop innovating and just using useless features.

  • James Hill

    The real X Phone

  • Alec

    Why did Samsung have to use FOUR different fonts on the GNote3 logo. It doesnt look too good in my opinion.

    • zurginator

      I’ve been saying this since the S2 – It’s driving me nuts how many fonts they use on these things. Stick with 1, max 2….. or at the very least choose fonts that work well together.

      • Justin W

        And get rid of Comic Sans as an option for your devices.

  • Robert Goulet

    I can’t wait to buy this for Verizon as soon as its available, sometime in 2015.

  • Tom Luley

    Will only buy if Verizon logo is on home button….

    • Preach2k

      That is not a big thing for me. I will get a button cover and cover it.

      • Michael

        Poor thing, went right over his head.

        • John
          • She_Beast

            Why does that remind me of Karl Pilkington?

          • Hunter

            his head is perfectly round and he’s got no expression

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            I can’t believe you just said that! Pilkington is a mothafukin genius.

        • Preach2k

          Sorry just got worked all night 2 hours of sleep. A little slow today.

          • nancypatten22

            What Eleanor said
            I’m shocked that someone able to make $8550 in a few weeks on the internet.
            did you look at this web site http://www.Bay35.ℂℴℳ

    • jboogie1289

      This will never die!!! You can get yourself a G2 with no buttons on the front and stupidly placed on the back.

    • Dave

      You can buy small font Verizon stickers on EBay.

    • HerbieDerb

      and do it in color this time with the Verizon red check mark and ‘Z’