Quick Look: Galaxy Note 3 S-View Flip Cover With Wireless Charging

At the end of December, Samsung finally released the S-View Flip Cover with wireless charging for the Galaxy Note 3. The cover is exactly what you’d expect from the S-View series (actionable items through a window without opening the cover), but with the inclusion of wireless charging to the backplate, you get the freedom to never have to plug-in your device to charge it. We seem to continue to see movement towards wireless charging becoming somewhat of a standard in the industry even though with Samsung you’ll almost always have to pay extra for it.

We picked up the S-View Flip Cover with wireless charging at its steep $69.99 price tag to give it a whirl for those interested. All of the details, features, and our thoughts for it can be found in the video below, but I’ll say one thing – this case feels a heck of a lot more premium than that fake, wannabe pleather stitched backing that comes with phone. I’m not sure any case on the planet is worth $70, though, even if it does feel this nice.  (more…)

Samsung’s Android 4.4.2 Update Starts Rolling Out to Galaxy Note 3 Owners in Europe

Just last week, Android 4.4.2 test builds were leaking for the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3, with the update appearing to now be live for Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N9005) owners throughout Poland.

As we detailed in last week’s post, you will see pretty much the same TouchWiz UI that Samsung has deployed for the past few years, although Kit Kat’s white notification bar icons will finally be in place – no more Gingerbread Green battery icon. Unfortunately, Samsung has yet to detail any extras they have put into TouchWiz with its update to Kit Kat, but we are sure there are a few extra treats in there besides just icons. (more…)

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 “Lite” Will Feature a Hexa-Core Processor

Samsung may be a company shaped by hyperbole and ostentation, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t cost-conscious. The Exynos 5 Octa is an expensive chip to manufacture, and power-hungry enough to rule out use in mid-range devices.  For that reason, the company used quad-core processors in less expensive smartphones as a stop gap measure, but has now developed an in-house silicon solution that will debut with the the upcoming Galaxy Note 3 “Lite”: GSM Arena reports that a hexa-core ARM processor powers the inexpensive phablet. (more…)

Official Galaxy Note 3 Wireless Charging S-View Flip Cover Now Available for $69.99

Being able to wirelessly charge a smartphone is something you really can’t appreciate until you have gone through a couple of phones that are capable of accomplishing the task. Sure, you still need a wire and a charging pad, but the convenience of not having to plug in your phone at any time is an item I’m starting to categorize as one that I can’t live without. Especially with the introduction of new cables like USB 3.0 and Google turning ports upside down on the regular, plugging in cables has become a nuisance.

If you own a Galaxy Note 3, your wireless charging situation became slightly more robust this week with the introduction of the wireless charging S-View Flip Cover. As the name suggests, you are looking at a combo cover that merges a Note 3 wireless charging rear cover with an S-View Flip Cover. So you get all of the window-esque benefits that the Flip Cover provides, with the option to drop your phone on a wireless charging pad and have it do work(more…)

Samsung’s Wildest Mega-Budget Ad Campaign Yet: Aliens vs. Messi’s Galaxy 11 in Soccer Match to Save Earth

For weeks, Samsung has been pushing out teases for a new campaign featuring an all-star soccer (football for you non-Americans) team dubbed the Galaxy 11 that has been put together to take on aliens in a soccer match to determine the fate of Earth. The teases have all featured each player on the team individually, showing how they were recruited, with names like Messi, Ronaldo, Donovan, Rooney, and Oscar each receiving their own segment. We’re talking many of the best players in the world, all combined into one ad campaign for Samsung.  (more…)

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 Tops 10 Million in Global Sales

According to Samsung Tomorrow, the Galaxy Note 3 has officially topped 10 million in global sales. That figure is most impressive, especially given the fact that it has only been available for about two months. The Galaxy Note 2 took four months to reach the same figure, and as for the OG Note device, it took 9 months to reach 10 million in sales. If only we could have guessed that phablets would have taken over the world in 2013. (more…)