Samsung finally lifted the veil off its much-awaited Galaxy Note III and the device is all that we hoped it would be. The phablet is an upgrade to the Galaxy Note II and brings with it a few unique and interesting features. Here is a quick look at what you can expect the device to do for you, once you get your hands on it.
The Samsung Galaxy Note III is the first device to boast of USB 3.0 capabilities and that is a big deal. To start with, USB 3.0 on the Note III will ensure faster data transfer speeds from your PC to the device (provided you have the USB 3.0 cable and a USB 3.0 port on your system). Another benefit of USB 3.0 is that you will be able to charge your device faster when it is connected to a PC or Mac. USB 3.0 is 80 percent faster than USB 2.0. There is a catch – to access the high-speed data transfer and charging, the Note III uses a USB 3.0 Micro B cable; the same found on quite a few USB 3.0 hard drives available in the market today. You do however have the option to connect the device via the traditional microUSB cable as well.
4K video in the palm of your hand
The Note III is the second device to boast of 4K video recording capabilities from the 13MP rear camera (the first device to support 4K video recoding is the Acer Liquid S2 smartphone). Sony has launched 4K capable TV’s in India and the upcoming PS4 also boasts of 4K support, so yes the device is future proof if you are one who like to shoot videos from your smartphone/phablet.
More power under the hood including 3GB RAM
Just like Samsung did with the S4, the Note III will be available with two chipset options in the market – Snapdragon 800 and the Exynos Octa-core SoC. If you pick up the Snapdragon 800 variant you will get a CPU clocked at 2.3GHz where as the Exynos Octa-core SoC has the CPU clocked at 1.9GHz. The RAM on both the variants will be 3GB, which is an upgrade from the 2GB found on the Note II. With a powerful processor and 3GB of RAM, you can expect to pull off some impressive multi-tasking on the smartphone, although we are reserving that judgment for when we get our hands on the Note III.
Bigger display, good for entertainment
If you are one who likes to consume multimedia on the go, then a large screen device is the one for you. The Note II has a 5.5-inch display with a 1280×760 pixel resolution. The Note III takes this a step further and shows off a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with a 1920×1080 pixel resolution giving the device a pixel density of 386 ppi, higher than the previous Note devices. The phablet also has stereo speakers if you are one who doesn’t like to plug-in headphones all the time.
If you are someone who refrained from picking up a Samsung device because you thought it was too plasticky in nature, you may want to take a look at the Galaxy Note III. Even though the front of the phablet has the traditional Samsung design, it is the back that has a leather finish giving it a premium feel. Samsung has also said that there will be a variety of back panel options for those that aren’t impressed with what’s available in the box.
- For the new Galaxy Note, USB 3 is the magic number (theverge.com)
- Slick’s Hits: Samsung Galaxy Note III (mytakeradio.com)
- The best Galaxy Note 3 feature no one is talking about (vr-zone.com)