Samsung officially reveals Galaxy Note 3; launching on Sept. 25

It's not much of a shock, but today Samsung announced it will release the Galaxy Note III this month, the next version of its high-end phablet smartphone family. The original Galaxy Note had a 5.3-inch display in 2011 and the Galaxy Note 2 increased it to 5.5 inches. The Galaxy Note 3 will be larger as well, this time topping out at 5.7 inches.

Samsung's press release adds that the official launch date for the Galaxy Note 3 will be Sept. 25, where it will go in sale in over 140 countries. In the U.S, the phone will be sold by AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and U.S. Cellular. The phone will come in Jet Black, Classic White and Blush Pink colors.

Here are the major hardware specs on the Galaxy Note 3:

  • Screen: 5.7 inch full HD Super AMOLED display
  • Processor: 1.9 GHz Octa-core (3G), 2.3 GHz Quad-core (LTE)
  • Memory: 3 GB of RAM
  • Storage: 32 or 64 GB
  • Camera: 13 megapixel rear camera
  • Battery: 3,200mAh

Yes, the S Pen also returns for the Galaxy Note 3 and it will be used in a number of applications on the smartphone, including taking notes, finding content and more.

Source: Samsung | Image via Samsung

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Wow! 3GB of RAM!
I guess its to support their snapped apps multitask function.
But I wonder how much the Touchwiz-ed Android will occupy on the storage.

Perhaps it will be nice to run that Ubuntu OS where you can run the desktop version when docked to monitor or something.

iron2000 said,
Wow! 3GB of RAM!
I guess its to support their snapped apps multitask function.
But I wonder how much the Touchwiz-ed Android will occupy on the storage.

Perhaps it will be nice to run that Ubuntu OS where you can run the desktop version when docked to monitor or something.

am sure TW will use the same amount of space. It doesn't appear they have made any changes to TW. I was expecting the GN3 UI to have the UI of the GS4. But it doesn't seem like it. Hopefully someone will show some UI elements.

gebs said,
I dont hate touchwiz, but can't they just make it a little smoother and faster!
Sure and so can you. Turn off the animations in the UI, which is what I did.

Looks like a nice device but to big for my tastes and I never needed a pen before. Looking more in to the N5 and if that is a wash, may look at the Moto X.

Why do you need 8 cores on a phone or tablet??? It baffles me that phones now have this when my macbook pro has quad core and runs fine

I wish it had a mini-HDMI port so it could become the basis of an Android/Linux desktop system. Eight cores would be great for VMs (RAM is a bit limited though, but not for remote desktop access).

You have to keep in mind that a quad core CPU in a computer is MUCH faster than a quad core in a phone. Seems like the CPU makers in phones are making more core's for marketing (i.e. bigger numbers are better) while there is no real world gain.

wv@gt said,
Why do you need 8 cores on a phone or tablet??? It baffles me that phones now have this when my macbook pro has quad core and runs fine

Because people think more hardware the better/smoother the device is. MS and Apple has proven that isnt so and if the Moto X reviews hold true, so has Google.

Samsung is just throwing a ton of hardware at their devices and people who dont know any better are eating it up.

Major_Plonquer said,
Android needs this level of hardware support just to run, even as choppy as it is.

I have a one core phone on 4.2.2 and it runs smooth as butter. Sorry but no.

Still, wouldn't going with a quad core bring the price down and help the consumers. Are there really any apps that would support 8 cores, how many actually use 4 right now?

Pretty stupid comment, but I think you know that. I'm only using a dual core GS3 and only see "lag", which consists of a half a second at most, when I'm running a heavy duty app and turn the screen orientation...other than that, butter. I suspect these along with Android improvements will distance themselves even further from the small amount of "lag". Lemme guess, you don't even have an Android phone do you? Truth be told, there are other issues Android could deal with, but the newer hardware "fixes" a lot of them.

I used to own a SGS3 and that phone was the laggiest piece of crap I had ever used. I've even used the SGS4 a fair bit and even that phone lags. Android is not optimised for multi-core processors like iOS/WP8 is, full stop. So throwing more core's will not fix the issues with lag on Android, there is some other underlying issue with the OS.

I have a 'measly' dual core Lumia 920 and it NEVER lags or slows down.

Hahaiah said,
Pretty stupid comment, but I think you know that. I'm only using a dual core GS3 and only see "lag", which consists of a half a second at most, when I'm running a heavy duty app and turn the screen orientation...other than that, butter. I suspect these along with Android improvements will distance themselves even further from the small amount of "lag". Lemme guess, you don't even have an Android phone do you? Truth be told, there are other issues Android could deal with, but the newer hardware "fixes" a lot of them.

Why are you lying? My quad-core ZL lags every day, I just got used to it but that doesnt mean it doesnt lag.

Something very wrong if you're getting such lag. My note 2 has only ever lagged one time, and that was right after an upgrade. Feel free to make accusations of lying if it makes you feel better.

Wow fan boys crying here, someone pointed out a common fault and everyone looses their minds.

Samsung Galaxy S4 user here... TouchWiz is laggy and horrible. Replaced with Nova Launcher.

Sounds like you guys need to stop buying Samsungs. What was that I kept saying about bloated software and gimmicky features? Funny how my One X and One have both been perfectly smooth. HTC > Samsung, but Samsung has the marketing power to make people think they are the best.

scorpian007 said,
Too bad this thing will still lag on Android.

Why invent such nonsense? I have a 2010 phone with 4.2.2 and no lag. Maybe you people put too much things on your phone...

scorpian007 said,
Too bad this thing will still lag on Android.


lag what is this ? my htcone has never lagged mush be that crappy ass touchwiz on top of the android

SK[ said,]Wow fan boys crying here, someone pointed out a common fault and everyone looses their minds.

Samsung Galaxy S4 user here... TouchWiz is laggy and horrible. Replaced with Nova Launcher.


touchwiz is laggy not that android running it lol

Claiming either OS never lags is completely false.
WP8 has laggy moments, even on flagship devices.
Android has laggy moments, even on flagship devices.

The thing is, after a while you get used to these things and don't or hardly notice them.

Again, no lag here except as I mentioned. But I did uninstall all the crap I didn't want, which was almost everything from Samsung. Nova Launcher, Seeder installed, etc. I do have quite a bit running in the background and it runs great for me and the vast majority of people. Just a coincidence some claim it lags while on Neowin and then touting windows phones. sad. I'm cheering for windows phone, they get enough apps and I might give them a shot next year...

Shadowzz said,
Claiming either OS never lags is completely false.
WP8 has laggy moments, even on flagship devices.
Android has laggy moments, even on flagship devices.

The thing is, after a while you get used to these things and don't or hardly notice them.

I have a Note II, it doesn't lag. Wait until iOS 7 with full multi-tasking. It's gonna lag too. Once we see it, I want the iFans to just shut up.

Shadowzz said,
Claiming either OS never lags is completely false.
WP8 has laggy moments, even on flagship devices.
Android has laggy moments, even on flagship devices.

The thing is, after a while you get used to these things and don't or hardly notice them.


no lag ever on my htcone

(Spork) said,


no lag ever on my htcone

I second that that's pretty damn true. Granted I'm running Google Edition now which is blazing fast on here, but even on Sense I really can't recall much if any lag. The One was, and is still basically the best Android phone there is. It's going to take the Snapdragon 800s to dethrone it.

It'll be interesting to see how the Nokia 6" phablet compares to this model. I'm not sure how useful a phone of this size really is, but I am tempted by its use as a tablet.

Had the Note 1 since it came out (replaced my dell streak). 2 years this October. Soon as the Note 3 is available, I'm in line to get one. Skipped the Note 2, wasn't much for my use to offer. Note 1 running great almost 2 years. Stock 4.1.2 with a custom kernel. Fast and smooth.

An expensive Fall for me. I currently use a Note 2 and an iPhone 5. I will be buying the Note 3 and 2 iPhone 5s. On the laptop side, I'm waiting for the Haswell MacBook Pro. :-(

nice. My contract will up in a few months and I was looking to get a Samsung phone. I played around with the Note 2 and liked it. I'll be upgrading from an HTC Desire HD.

ZipZapRap said,
Stop using the "octa core" term.. 2 x quad core = 2 x quad core. 1 x 8 core = octa core.

Its Samsung advertising. In fact its just a little bit better than quad core. that's all

ZipZapRap said,
Stop using the "octa core" term.. 2 x quad core = 2 x quad core. 1 x 8 core = octa core.

Exynos 5420 can use any number of cores with big.LITTLE MP (GTS).

S3P€hR said,

Its Samsung advertising. In fact its just a little bit better than quad core. that's all

Better in power usage, in any sense it's not an octa core by any means.
Just 4 cores are used at once.

ZipZapRap said,
Stop using the "octa core" term.. 2 x quad core = 2 x quad core. 1 x 8 core = octa core.
all 8 cores are still on one die, no matter how it is used. Thus Octacore..get over it.

TechieXP said,
all 8 cores are still on one die, no matter how it is used. Thus Octacore..get over it.

I see you work in marketting.. "no matter how it is used" lol.
"Techie" doesn't belong in your username if you believe that!!

ZipZapRap said,

I see you work in marketting.. "no matter how it is used" lol.
"Techie" doesn't belong in your username if you believe that!!

Okay lets try it this way, even if your car is front wheel drive or rear wheel drive, it still has 4 wheels...right? Would you still say you have a 2 wheel drive car, just because you dont have 4-wheel drive? Just because eon a front wheel drive car, only 2 wheels do the pulling, doesn't mean the rear wheels aren't important. They are still being used. They are all still on one car...right?

A fact is a fact and you can't change a fact no matter how much you may dislike it. All 8 cores are on one die which is why it is called an octacore. Of they had 2 separate quadcore chips than the 2x Quad would be appropriate.

But without 4 wheel drive, its not a 4x4.
just cause it has 8 cores, does not make it an octacore. It's 2 quadcore CPU's on 1 die.

bad example, try again though.

AMD APUs are CPU and GPU on 1 die. The A-10 quad cores don't become teracore chips just cause it has 2k of stream cores.

Shadowzz said,
But without 4 wheel drive, its not a 4x4.
just cause it has 8 cores, does not make it an octacore. It's 2 quadcore CPU's on 1 die.

bad example, try again though.

AMD APUs are CPU and GPU on 1 die. The A-10 quad cores don't become teracore chips just cause it has 2k of stream cores.

No, my example is dead right.

If your car is front wheel drive, then pull off the rear wheels and see what happens. Try to drive. Sure you could move the car, because the rear wheels arent the main source of power, but they do supplement the fronts. Without the other 2, the car wont work efficiently. Same as a car with rear wheel drive.

All 4 wheels are still on the car, you can't say its not a 4 wheeled car just because 2 of the wheels aren't the driving wheels.

Edited by Hi_XPecTa_Chens, Sep 6 2013, 4:32pm :

And this 'octacore' CPU has 2 CPU designs into one, so how are they not different parts of hardware?
So my math with the CPU and Stream cores is correct, 2 core designs together don't add up. Or AMD should start marketing their APU's as tera-cores....

TechieXP said,
No, my example is dead right.

No it's not because you're (predictably... thanks internet) comparing a car to a CPU. I know that's the done thing in the internet but it's like comparing a gun to a shovel.

These chips are NOT octacores. You should learn what the difference is between an octacore and a CPU with two quad cores. Because you've fallen hook line and sinker for Samsung's marketting