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Samsung Announces Note 3 Neo the Cheaper Version of the Note 3

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Samsung has announced a new version of its Note 3 smartphone, in the Note 3 Neo with stripped down specs and of course the price.

The display of the phone is trimmed by 0.2 inches to a 5.5″ Super AMOLED unit. The big bummer is the resolution, which is bumped down from 1080p to 720p HD. The design is inspired from the Note, however, with a leathery back.

Beneath, you will find a quad-core 1.6Ghz Cortex A7 processor. The special “LTE+” version will get a hexa-core processor though, consisting of a 1.7Ghz dual-core Cortex-A15 and a 1.3Ghz quad-core Cortex A7 processor. There will also be 2 GB worth RAM and 16 gigs of expandable storage.

Towards the back will be an 8 megapixel camera with 1080p video, down from the 13mp/4K combo of the Note 3. A 2 mp camera completes the mix. Battery capacity is set at 3,100 mAh.

Being a Note, the most important aspect of the phone is the S-Pen itself which, thankfully, isn’t forgotten.

Here are the specs of the phone:

  • Android 4.3 Jelly Bean customized with TouchWiz UI
  • 5.5″ Super AMOLED display with HD resolution
  • 8.6mm thick
  • Weight: 162.5g
  • S-Pen functionality
  • 1.6Ghz quad-core Cortex A7 processor
  • 2 GB RAM with 16 GB expandable storage
  • 8 megapixel rear-camera with 1080p Full HD video
  • 2 mp front-facing camera
  • NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, microUSB 2.0, USB-OTG, IR Blaster, Bluetooth 4.0
  • 3,100 mAh removable battery

The phone will be available in the coming few months. Pricing details are still undisclosed though.

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Samsung Releases the Mid-Range Galaxy Neo

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Samsung has announced a new phone, trying to give quite a rich feature-package for a comparatively low price, the Galaxy Neo.

The Galaxy Neo comes with a 5″ display, a quad-core processor and a 5 megapixel HD camera.

The display comes with a subpar resolution of 480 x 800 pixel resolution, which we think is a bit disappointing. The design is the same plastic which the company uses for the low-end phones.

Underneath, you will find a 1.2Ghz Cortex A7 quad-core processor, along with 1 GB RAM and 8 GB expandable internal storage. Around the back is the 5 megapixel camera with 720p HD video, accompanied by a VGA shooter on the front.

The phone is powered by a 2,100 mAh battery, which is also removable. The version of OS is Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, obviously customized by Samsung.

Here are the full specs of the phone:

  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI
  • 5″ display with resolution of 480 x 800 pixels
  • 9.6mm thick
  • Weight: 163g
  • 1.2Ghz Cortex A7 quad-core processor
  • 1 GB RAM with 8 GB expandable storage
  • 5 megapixel rear-camera with 720p HD video recording and LED Flash
  • VGA front-facing camera
  • Wi-Fi, 3G, FM Radio, microUSB 2.0, GPS
  • 2,100 mAh battery

The phone will be available for $360 in the coming few weeks. So that’s Samsung’s try at doing (another) mid-range right. Do they succeed or not? We leave that up to you.

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Samsung Announced the Cheap Tab 3 Lite

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Samsung has announced a new tablet for the budget-conscious audience with the new Tab 3 Lite. The cheaper version of the already-cheap original Tab 3 comes with a 7″ display, dual-core processor and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

The display comes with a mediocre resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels (welcome back 2011). The tablet is also quite mediocre in terms of looks and aesthetics, as is usual with products at this price point.

Underneath, a 1.2Ghz dual-core processor can be found, alongside 1 GB RAM and 8 GB internal storage. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, microUSB, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS.

Towards the back lies a 2 megapixel camera. There’s no secondary camera on the front, which we think is more important in tablets. A 3600 mAh battery powers the unit. Here are the specs in detail:

  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean customized with Touchwiz UI
  • 7″ display with resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels
  • 9.7mm thin
  • 310g heavy
  • 1.2Ghz dual-core processor
  • 1 GB RAM with 8 GB internal storage
  • Wi-Fi, microUSB, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, microSD
  • 2 megapixel rear-camera
  • 3600 mAh battery
  • 50 GB free Dropbox storage

Pricing details aren’t known yet but we can only recommend it if it’s put up on retail for very cheap. If budget is still your priority, then we recommend that you check out options like the original Nexus 7 or Samsung’s own Galaxy Tab 3.

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The Best Smartphone Yet Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Review and Specification

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Samsung recently launched the Galaxy Note 3 along with Galaxy Gear Smartwatch in Pakistan. It’s a big phone with a big price tag, which narrows the target market but still it is one of the best Android smartphones available in the market.

We have had the chance to get our hands on this monster for reviewing purposes.

Design:

Just like its predecessors Note 3 is a very large phone (read phablet). Every year Samsung increase 0.2 inches in the screen size; starting with the original Note was 5.3 inches, Note II was 5.5 inches and now the Note 3 has a 5.7 inches screen. It is around 5.95 inches tall, 3.1 inches wide and weighs about 168 grams.

Surprisingly the phone is almost the same size and even thinner (0.33 inches) & lighter than Note 2, thanks to the narrower bezels.

Once again Samsung has decided to stick to the plastic, but this time it’s different and pleasantly a lot little better. Note 3 has less rounded edges, much like the original Note. On the front it has a very nice pattern and the backplate now has a faux leather appearance.

Design:

Just like its predecessors Note 3 is a very large phone (read phablet). Every year Samsung increase 0.2 inches in the screen size; starting with the original Note was 5.3 inches, Note II was 5.5 inches and now the Note 3 has a 5.7 inches screen. It is around 5.95 inches tall, 3.1 inches wide and weighs about 168 grams.

Surprisingly the phone is almost the same size and even thinner (0.33 inches) & lighter than Note 2, thanks to the narrower bezels.

Once again Samsung has decided to stick to the plastic, but this time it’s different and pleasantly a lot little better. Note 3 has less rounded edges, much like the original Note. On the front it has a very nice pattern and the backplate now has a faux leather appearance.

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Sadly the frame is still made of cheap plastic, though it has a book pages like texture which also helps for a stronger grip.

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The placement of sensors, keys and cameras is as usual. Above the screen we have multicolor notifications LED, ear speaker, light sensors and a 2 megapixel camera. Below the screen there is well crafted physical home button along with two LED touch keys.

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Power/Lock key is placed on the top right corner of the frame and the volume rocker is on the opposite side. On the bottom there is the mic, microUSB 3.0 port, speaker grille, and the legacy S pen slot. On the top there is IR blaster and 3.5mm headphones jack.

The back side features 13 megapixel primary camera along with single LED flash light along with the shiny Samsung logo embossed into the backplate. Though the backplate is made of polycarbonate plastic but Samsung has managed to give it a leather like feel, while the fake stitches manage to fool the first time user.

Under the hood there are slots for microSIM, microSD card and a 3200mAh battery. Unlike the Galaxy Note 2 the NFC antenna is now embedded into the battery.

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Despite the fact that it is a big (reader too big) phone and still all made of plastic, Galaxy Note 3 is undoubtedly the best looking Galaxy device from Samsung. It takes some time to get used to and if you have big hands that’s a blessing otherwise have your both hands at the ready all the time.

Galaxy Note 3 can fit easily in your jeans or even in the dress pant pocket but it looks terrible. A Jacket pocket would be fine though and same goes with ladies handbags.

Hardware:

Galaxy Note 3 has simply the best processing power if compared to all other android devices available in the market, thanks to combination of quad-core processors and 3GB of RAM; which makes it lightning fast.

Note 3 has a gorgeous 5.7 inches screen with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 (386 ppi). The colors are vibrant that enables the sun light readability pretty amazing, not to mention that the screen is ultra-responsive and you can use it wearing gloves too.

Galaxy Note 3 comes with a primary 13-megapixel shooter and secondary 2-megapixel camera for video calling. We will discuss about it in detail shortly.

The two major changes in the Galaxy Note 3 are microUSB 3.0 port and 360° S pen stylus. The new USB port allows faster charging and data transfer and the new stylus design makes it easy to push the pen back in its position as you don’t have to check the correct side.

Software & UI:

Note 3 comes with Android Jelly Bean 4.3 out of the box, a KitKat upgrade for the device is also planned. On top of Android it features the familiar TouchWiz UI. Which is again very bulky but due to the high processing power you won’t feel any lag.

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Samsung has refined the software from the previous iteration and added some new and unique features like animated lock screen wallpaper, short animations while opening S apps and Air Command.

The usual S apps like S Voice, S Planner, S Health and Samsung Hub are there, with a new addition of Flipboard like application called My Magazine. Galaxy Note 3 also features all the fancy eye-tracking features as well as the Multi Window functionality, where you can open and look at two apps at the same time.

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Have a look at some of the benchmarks, but also keep in mind that Samsung was caught manipulating the benchmarking scores. So these number might not be correct but still the real performance of this device is extraordinary, thanks to the premium hardware.

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S Pen Stylus:

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Samsung has improved the S pen in terms of design and usage from the previous iteration. Though the placement of button and size of pen is almost the same, but now it’s easier to pull and push the pen back in its slot, thanks to the 360° top. The S Pen stylus is powered by Wacom’s digitizer technology which gives a very accurate writing experience.

The newest addition in S Pen software is the Air Command pop up menu, as soon as you remove the stylus a circular menu pops up with five quick access shortcuts to Action Memo, Scrap Booker, Screen Write, S Finder and Pen Window.

Camera & Video:

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As usual Galaxy Note 3 is equipped with two cameras, the primary 13-megapixel BSI shooter along with a single LED flash light and 2-megapixel front facing camera.

The primary camera can take photos of up to 4128×3096 pixels.

The camera application is based on the Samsung Galaxy Camera interface, you can record video and shot still images from a single viewfinder and it may take a while to get used to this interface.

The one noteworthy change is the Mode button, right below the shutter key; pressing it brings a carousel with different shooting modes. To make it easier to understand every mode has a descriptive image and text.

Galaxy Note 3 also features Surround shot (Photo Sphere) which creates spherical panorama just like Google Street view, other than these fancy modes there are many color/picture effects available and you can download more. You can also apply these effects/filters after taking a photo.

In the daylight and good lighting conditions, images come out sharp with accurate color balance and depth, but the camera seems to be struggling in low light.

Note 3 is capable of recording video at the rate of 30 frames per second or full HD 1080p video at 60 frames per second. It also features the audio zoom feature which enhances the voice of distant objects/people.

The overall quality of videos played on the device or computer is very good but keep in mind that if you are recording videos then you will soon need a bigger memory card. 

Battery:

Note 3 is packed with a big 3200mAh battery, which should provide a decent backup. Unfortunately the unit we received had a faulty battery or was it due to some software bug, causing the battery to drain so fast.

In our tests the battery didn’t last for more than 4 hours while just using WiFi for browsing or playing a game with very low brightness and everything else cleared out of memory.

With a normal usage it barely gave 24 hours backup, which is quite low as compared to the Note 2. After reading many good reviews about its battery we can only assume that our review unit had some issues.

Final Words:

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Samsung has once again proved that no one can beat them in the phablets segment. Galaxy Note 3 is no doubt the best android device available in the market for now.

Phablets or smartphones with big displays were once considered weird, but now these devices are getting more attraction than medium size smartphones. Note 3 is packed with the finest hardware and this time Samsung tried hard to give it a premium feel; that makes it the best Galaxy smartphone yet, which comes with an elegant S Pen.

This big smartphone was introduced with big price tag of Rs. 83,000 but surprisingly the company soon reduced its price to Rs. 70,000 and do remember that’s just for the smartphone, Galaxy Gear smartwatch is sold separately at a price of Rs. 29,000.

Galaxy Note 3 is available in 3 colors; Black, white and pink with one year warranty all over Pakistan.

It merits mentioning here that this phone is also available in the grey market, which is of course without warranty at a price of Rs. 62,000.

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Samsung Announces a New NotePRO and Three TabPRO Tablets

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Samsung has announced 4 tablets at the CES 2014 in Las Vegas. These include the NotePRO 12.2 and the Galaxy TabPROs 8.4, 10.1 and 12.2.

The tablets include Samsung’s new homescreen interface called Magazine UI, which includes tiles of apps and your favourite content.

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As expected, the highlight of the bunch is the NotePro 12.2, which is the largest member of the entire Note line-up. As you would expect, it has an S-Pen slot at the back with the same leathery-finish on the back.

The display comes with a WQXGA resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels. Underneath, you’ll get either a SnapDragon 800 or Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa processor.

Alongside it will be Adreno 330, 3 GB RAM and 32 or 64 GB expandable storage. Towards the back is an 8 megapixel camera with Full HD video capture at either 60fps or 30fps, depending on the version.

Connectivity options include IR Blaster, microUSB 3.0, Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.0, with a 4G version being in the pipeline as well. The OS running is Android 4.4 KitKat.

Galaxy TabPRO 12.2, 10.1, 8.4

The remaining three tablets, the Galaxy TabPROs 12.2, 10.1 and 8.4 are all almost entirely the same, with the major difference amongst them being the varying screen sizes.

The largest of the lot, the Galaxy TabPRO 12.2 features specifications completely similar to the NotePRO 12.2, with a 12.2″ WQXGA resolution, SnapDragon 800/Exynos Octa 5 processor, 3 GB RAM, 32/64 GB expandable storage and an 8 megapixel rear-camera. There’s no S-Pen, of course.

The TabPRO 10.1 features a substantially smaller display, again with WQXGA, but this time with 2 GB RAM, 16/32 GB storage and 8220 mAh battery.

The TabPRO 8.4 also retains the maddeningly high resolution but there’s only one choice as for the processor here, the SnapDragon 800 one. The amount of battery storage is also smaller, at 4800 mAh.

The tablets  will be released in the first quarter of 2014. Pricing isn’t announced for either of them yet.

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Samsung’s Smart Home will Let You Control Your Home Appliances via Your Phone

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Samsung has announced a new platform – Samsung Smart Home — which brings all the technologies you interact in one place.

It is a new service which consists of a single application installed on your mobile device, which will forward messages to other appliances in your home, be it a Smart TV, air conditioner, refrigerator or a vacuum cleaner.

Initially, it will allow you three features: Device Control, Home View and Smart Consumer Service. Device control gives you control over Smart TV, lightning in your home and other high-tech stuff. Yes, in the future, your smartphone will control your air conditioner!

Home View allows you to see what’s going on in your home via the cameras installed on your home applications. Lastly, Smart Consumer Service will notify you when these appliances require servicing or when consumables need replacing.

Voice Over will also be supported. For example, saying “goodnight” to your Gear will dim lightning while telling it “going out” will shut down select appliances.

Samsung should be making more revelations at the CES 2014 event later this week.

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Samsung Announces its Second Take at a Point-and-Shoot Android the Galaxy Camera 2

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Samsung’s mission of putting Android on every single possible slot may sound quite absurd but we actually welcomed the OS on point-and-shoot cameras. The idea of snapping and sharing photos directly from your camera wirelessly and conveniently does sound quite tempting to us but the execution wasn’t perfect.

Here it is though, announcing its second take on the idea: the Galaxy Camera 2. The new Android-running point-and-shoot comes with a snappier processor, more RAM, a new image processor, NFC and a new design.

The basics are still the same. You get a 4.8″ 720p Super Clear LCD Display at the front. Android 4.3 Jelly Bean comes pre-installed on the camera. The camera still captures 16.3 megapixel photos through its 1/2.3″ BSI sensor. Also you get the same 21X optical zoom, up to 3200 ISO and Optical Image Stabilisation.

However, you do get a new pop-up Xenon Flash and Autofocus Light. The Galaxy Camera 2 features 28 shooting modes in total, with additional control over focusing and exposure via the touchscreen for professionals. Videos remain at 1080p Full HD at 30fps, as well as slo-mo at 120fps.

Apart from that, you also get a 1.6Ghz quad-core processor with 2 GB RAM, 8 GB internal storage (2.8 GB is accessible), which is also expandable. Battery capacity is set at 2,000 mAh which should be enough for around 350 shots.

As for the design, we are seeing the same leathery finish as we saw on the later Samsung flagships.

We don’t know when it will be put up on retail but we should be getting more details at the CES event next week.

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Samsung Galaxy Xpress 2 announced by Samsung

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Samsung has announced a new Android handset in its Galaxy line-up, the Xpress 2. The phone succeeds its forgotten brother, the original Xpress, and comes with a 4.5″ display, dual-core processor and a 5 megapixel camera.

The display comes with a qHD resolution of 540 x 960 pixels which should be fine for a display of this size. The OS which runs on it is Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with TouchWiz customizations.

Underneath, you get a 1.7Ghz dual-core processor. That’s accompanied by 1.5 GB worth RAM and 8 GB internal storage, which is expandable.

At the back is a 5 megapixel camera with LED Flash, along with a VGA shooter upfront. Connectivity options include NFC, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB 2.0 and Wi-Fi.

Here are the full specs of the phone:

  • Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean customized with TouchWiz UI
  • 4.5″ display with qHD resolution of 540 x 960 pixels
  • 9.7mm thick
  • Weight: 134.2g
  • 1.7Ghz dual-core processor,
  • 1.5 GB RAM with 8 GB expandable internal storage
  • 5 megapixel back-camera with LED Flash
  • VGA front-facing camera
  • NFC, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB 2.0, Wi-Fi
  • 2100 mAh battery

The phone is available now for a price tag of around $300.

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Samsung Galaxy Core Advance Announced the for Those on a Budget

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Samsung has announced the newest addition in its Galaxy line-up, the Galaxy Core Advance. The phone boasts a 4.7 inch display with WVGA resolution and is the first phone from the company in quite a time to not feature any capacitive button under the hood.

The phone, as you would expect, follows the same design language as other Samsung’s smartphones. It’s about 9.7mm thick and 145g heavy.

Underneath, you’ll find a 1.2Ghz dual-core processor breathing, along with 1 GB RAM and 8 GB flash storage which is expandable too. Towards the back is a 5 megapixel camera.

Quite remarkably for a phone of this range, it features a respectable connectivity set: NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, microUSB 2.0 and GPS.

The OS running on the phone is Android 4.2 Jelly Bean customized with Touchwiz UI. Here are the full specs of the Galaxy Core Advance:

  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean customized with Touchwiz UI
  • 4.7″ display with WVGA resolution
  • 9.7mm thick
  • Weight: 145g
  • 1.2Ghz dual-core processor
  • 1 GB RAM and 8 GB expandable storage
  • Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, Wi-Fi, microUSB 2.0 and GPS
  • 5 megapixel rear-camera
  • VGA front-facing camera
  • 2000 mAh battery
  • Available in Deep Blue and Pearl White

The phone will be available in early 2014 with an unknown price tag. We aren’t expecting it to come very cheap but if it’s priced for what its worth, then it should be selling quite well especially due to that large display.

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Samsung Launches the 3rd-Generation Note: the Galaxy Note III Full Spacifications

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Samsung’s Note is undoubtedly the world’s most popular phablet.Nobody had expected it to sell this tremendously when it was first launched around three years ago. Instead, it sold in millions. More importantly, it helped trigger the phablet revolution, something which started to make sense thanks to its S-Pen.

So when Samsung took the stage to launching the Note III yesterday, the world knew something special was coming up. The newest iteration of the world’s most popular phablet features an even bigger screen, 13 megapixel camera with 4K Ultra HD video and either an SnapDragon 800 or Octa-core Exynos processor.

The Note III has seen a different approach in design this time. Gone is the polycarbonate plastic back of the previous generations and instead, matte leather has made an entrance. So no metal this time but we guess leather isn’t too bad either.

The display is now a 5.7 inch unit with Full HD resolution and pixel density of 386ppi. (That last bit is actually just a numbers game as anything above 300ppi is just useless). Despite the larger display, the Note III is even lighter and slimmer than before at just 168g and 8.3mm.

Under the hood you get either a quad-core Qualcomm SnapDragon 800 or Samsung’s own Exynos Octa-core processor. The former will be available for the LTE version. That will be accompanied by Adreno 330 graphics, 3 GB of RAM and either 32 or 64 GB of expandable storage.

At the back, the camera has a higher resolution of 13 megapixels now, along with 4K video at 30 fps or 1080p video at 60fps. A 2 megapixel Full HD camera follows at the front. For connectivity, the phone uses microUSB 2.0, USB-OTG, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, Infra-red, dual-band Wi-Fi and optional LTE. A dual-sim version of the phone will be available later too.

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As usual is the case with Samsung’s top-of-the-line smartphones, the Note III comes with software tricks (or gimmicks, whatever you call them) of their own. This is a tradition which was started by Samsung itself.

Air Command is a menu which comes into action as soon as you pull the redesigned S-Pen out or when you press the S-Pen button while flashing the stylus above the display, giving you multiple options regarding note-taking and stuff.

The first option is Action Memo which turns your notes into nifty, useful stuff. For example, scribbling down a phone number will result in the call being taken while an address will open Google Maps instantly.

The next in the line-up is Scrapbook which collects anything you highlight on the screen via the S-Pen. That is followed by S Finder which simply searches for your asked query from your notes or any other highlighted stuff.

The 4th in the list in Screen Write which just does what it is supposed to do while the last one is Pen Window. Its an immensely gripping concept where you draw a square on the screen and choose apps to float around on the screen. This amazing idea lets you run several of your important apps at once, while still using as much screen-estate as you want.

Samsung has also taken a response against HTC’s Blinkfeed by enhancing its own My Magazine app. The Note III will get its own Flip Leather cover in a huge variety of colours.

Here are the full specifications of the Note III:

  • Customized Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
  • 5.7 inch display with Full HD resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Optional dual-sim & LTE versins
  • 168g heavy
  • 8.3mm thick
  • 2.3Ghz SnapDragon 800 processor/1.9Ghz Octa-Core Exynos
  • Adreno 330 GPU
  • 3 GB RAM with 32/64 GB expandable storage
  • 13 megapixel camera with 4K video at 30fps or 1080p video at 60fps
  • 2 megapixel Full HD front camera
  • microUSB 2.0, USB-OTG, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, Infra-red, dual-band Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, FM Radio
  • Redesigned S-Pen, S-Pen related apps and tricks
  • 3200mAh removable battery

Note: Some specs may differ in the International and LTE versions

The Note III will be available later this month for an unknown price tag. The price of the previous generation Note will get even more cheaper which will make it an even more attractive deal.

While this year’s Note III features some big changes, the users of last year’s Note don’t necessarily need to upgrade if they still manage to extract juice from their device. But then again, that varies from user to user.

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