Preview: Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Preview: Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Samsung's new Galaxy Note 3 gets a larger screen, more RAM and an upgraded design

Samsung's new Galaxy Note 3 gets a larger screen, more RAM and an upgraded design.

The Galaxy Note 3 is highlighted by a new look and feel. It has a soft, textured back cover with stitching around the edges. There's also a "serration pattern" on the sides that gives it a metallic look.

The Galaxy Note 3 has a 5.7in Super AMOLED display with a full HD resolution of 1920x1080, making it 0.2in larger than its predecessor.

Despite the slight increase in size, Samsung has managed to make the Galaxy Note 3 thinner (8.3mm) and lighter (168g) than the Galaxy Note II.

Samsung is once again banking on its S Pen stylus and new software features to win over consumers. The key feature is Air Command, a circular menu that pops up every time you remove the S Pen from the phone, or when you hover the S Pen over the screen and press the command button on the pen.

From this Air Command menu, users can access four new S Pen features including Action Memos, Pen Window, S Finder and Scrapbook.

Pen Window is likely to be the best of the lot. It allows you to draw a box of any size on the screen, and open another app inside the window as an overlay on the current screen.

The Action Memo feature is also notable, letting you handwrite a note, and convert it into formatted content.

Samsung's S Note app has been upgraded and now synchronises with popular note taking application Evernote.

Other software features include a revamped Multi Window feature that allows you to run two apps on the screen simultaneously. The feature now allows you to run the same application in two windows.

The Galaxy Note 3 is powered by a 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, has 3GB of RAM, and comes with either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage.

A microSD card slot underneath the rear battery cover allows for memory expansion. The phone runs the latest version of Android, 4.3 Jelly Bean, and is skinned with Samsung's TouchWIZ UI overlay.

Other features include a 13 megapixel camera that can record 4K video, as well as 1080p video at 60fps, a large 3200mAh battery, and Samsung's KNOX enterprise security solution.

Samsung will sell a number of accessories for the Galaxy Note 3, including interchangeable back covers in nine different colours, and a new S View Cover with a larger window than usual.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will be available in Jet Black, Classic White and Blush Pink colour variants.

It will be sold in Australia through Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and Virgin Mobile and is expected to be available from late-September.

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