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Take Note of Samsung’s Next Phablet

by on August 8, 2013
 

Samsung has issued invitations to its Unpacked 2013 Episode 2 event, with the tongue-in-cheek tagline ‘Note the date’, suggesting that the Galaxy Note 3 device could be unveiled.

The event will take place on 4 September in Berlin, prior to the start of the annual technology trade show, IFA 2013. Samsung’s first Unpacked event, Episode 1, took place earlier this year where the flagship Samsung Galaxy S4 was announced.

Notable sales and specs

Taking features from both a tablet and a smartphone, the first Galaxy Note sold extremely well despite doubts over its large 5.3-inch display and S Pen stylus. Last year’s model, the Galaxy Note II, sold even better thanks to its software upgrades and variety of new and unique features such as the Multi Window feature, which lets you run two apps on screen at the same time.

Since the original Note launched in 2011, user interest in the Galaxy ‘phablet’ range has grown immensely, and consumers are now keeping a close eye on what could be in store with the Korean manufacturer’s new handset.

Although there is a vast amount of speculation surrounding the impending next generation Note and its specs, the phablet looks set to be bigger and better than its predecessor, with the former model’s 5.5-inch display tipped for a considerable size upgrade.

This suggested increase in size isn’t likely to see the Note 3 crowned as the largest smartphone in Samsung’s arsenal, as the firm recently announced the oversized, mid-range Samsung Galaxy Mega, which boasts a 6.3-inch display. However, the new Note’s screen could well be one of the company’s most powerful.

Believed to house a speedy quad-core processor, the Note 3 is also said to benefit from an unprecedented 3GB of RAM, which would equate to improved multitasking and smoother app transitions.

In terms of its camera capabilities, the handset is rumoured to sport the same 13 megapixel offering found in the Galaxy S4. It is also expected to be partnered with a Xenon flash and a secondary 2 megapixel front-facing camera.

The intuitive S Pen stylus is also expected to get an upgrade, with many rumours indicating that it will offer even more detailed control. The Unpacked invite includes handwritten text and sketches, both of which can be performed with the stylus.

Noteworthy launches

Samsung’s handset launches have become more extravagant in recent times, with the Galaxy Note II event seeing a magician introduce the company’s executives, while Broadway actors performing skits were used to unveil the Galaxy S4.

These loud and somewhat over-the-top events have ensured that not only does Samsung make a big impact but that its devices continue to stick in consumers’ minds. The Galaxy Note 3 launch can be expected to be just as extravagant.

Verdict

Samsung Galaxy Note II

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

5.5-inch Super AMOLED display 5.9-inch Super AMOLED display (TBC)
1.6GHz quad-core processor 1.9GHz quad-core processor (TBC)
2GB of RAM 3GB of RAM (TBC)
16GB internal storage 16GB internal storage (TBC)
8 megapixel camera 13 megapixel camera (TBC)
1.9 megapixel front-facing camera 2 megapixel camera (TBC)
Android 4.1.1 Android 4.2.2 (TBC)

Samsung’s range of mobile devices covers almost all market niches with each model bettering its predecessor. Although we will have to wait until next month for the official confirmation of a new phablet, the device already looks set to carry on the Note series success.

This guest post was written by Stefanie Keeling of Phones 4u – home of the best mobile deals and #projectupgrade

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