If you prefer the precision and elegance of pen input on your phone, the Galaxy Note has been upheld as the definitive Android smartphone series expressly designed for this purpose. Samsung has a new version, the Galaxy Note 3, that launched on T-Mobile on October 2nd and will be available on the other major carriers in the United States within a week of this writing. The Galaxy Note 3 is shaping up to be one of the nicest upgrades to this particular lineup of phones. For a quick refresher, here's what we know about the device thus far.
What we know
CPU: Samsung pulls no punches and is slipping in a Snapdragon 800 series quad-core processor, clocked at an impressive 2.3 GHz, which will easily tear through pretty much any Android app you throw at it. Multitasking is expected to be a breeze with the phone as a result.
RAM: Coming out with a massive 3 GB of memory out the gate makes this Android device the leader in this category, with flagship phones from other companies like Sony and HTC typically topping out at around 2 GB.
Storage: Available capacities at launch are 32 GB and 64 GB models with an additional microSD slot for further expansion. To date, there are precious few other smartphone models that incorporate the expandable memory slot, granting the Galaxy Note 3 a distinct advantage over others on that front.
Connectivity: In addition to standard Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities, the Galaxy Note 3 employs the use of an NFC radio chip for services like contact-free payment applications.
OS: Google's Android 4.3 will power the handset while incorporating Samsung's unique and proprietary TouchWiz user interface.
Screen: Much like the acclaimed Galaxy S4, the roughly 5.6-inch size IPS display packs an impressive 1080p pixel count, resulting in an extra high PPI density for that smooth and shiny look, eliminating any real jagginess on images.
Battery: Clocking in at a large 3,200 mAh Lithium-Ion battery pack, you can stand to gain a whole day of power from normal use before needing to recharge again.
Casing: The back of the phone uses a luxurious pleather-type material that is stylish, easy to grip, and available in three different colors: black, white, and pink.
Input: A Galaxy Note simply isn't a Galaxy Note without the signature stylus, which is great for phone navigation and for signing electronic documents and credit card slips from services like Square.
Misc: As a fun little bonus, the Galaxy Note 3 is expected to include a built-in IR blaster that can be used to control your television set or cable box.
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