Samsung Note 3 and Gear Releasing September 25th

Samsung is coming out of their lawsuits swinging. They have set a release date for their Galaxy Note 3 (~$700, carrier dependent) and new smartwatch, the Gear ($299).


Samsung is not new to the world of moSamsung Galaxy Note 3bile technology, actually they own almost 50% of the market share of smartphone sales. This has Apple riled up and, well, they will continue with being riled up because Samsung has just set a release date for their most powerful phone yet and the first big hitter companies to release a smart watch.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is the predecessor of the Note and Note 2, it was one of the first to lead in the phablet market, and well, lets just say one of the most if not the most successful. The new Note has most of the same features being carried over, such as the S Pen and massive screen real-estate.  It also boasts an extra .2 inches for its screen and a higher resolution (386.5 ppi) as well. Depending on the market, its either going to have a 2.3ghz quad-core processor or a 1.9ghz octa-core, if trends follow the world version will have the octa-core processesor and the US version the quad-core. It will also have 3gbs of RAM.  What does this all mean? A crisp experience in a daft package. Wondering if making the switch from the Note 2 to the Note 3 is worth it, you be the judge:

Galaxy Note 3

Galaxy Note 2

Dimensions (in inches) 6 x 3.1 x 0.33 5.9 x 3.2 x 0.37
Weight 5.9 ounces 6.4 ounces
OS Android 4.3 Android 4.1
Display 5.7-inch AMOLED;
1,920×1,080 pixels; 386.5ppi
5.5-inch AMOLED;
1,280×720 pixels; 267ppi
4G LTE Yes Yes
NFC Yes Yes
Bluetooth v4.0 v4.0
IR blaster Yes No
Rear-facing camera 13 megapixels;
1080p HD video
8 megapixels;
1080p HD video
Front-facing camera 2.1 megapixels;
1080p HD video
1.9 megapixels;
720p HD video
Processor 2.3GHz quad-core (LTE);
1.9 GHz octa-core (3G)
1.6GHz quad-core Exynos 4
Capacity 32GB, 64GB 16GB, 32GB, 64GB
Expandable storage Up to 64GB Up to 64GB
Battery 3,200mAh removable 3,100mAh removable
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (HT80) 802.11 a/b/g/n (HT40)
AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile,
U.S. Cellular, Verizon
AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile,
U.S. Cellular, Verizon
Colors Black, white, pink Gray, white
Finish Leatherlike plastic Plastic

Along with the launch of the Note 3, Samsung is launching their smartwatch, the gear. This little device works in conjunction best with their newest samsung-galaxy-gear8smartphones and tablets but will work with older devices via software updates. The gear in my opinion is gimmicky, but a nice compliment to their new Note 3 (that is cumbersome because of its size, sometimes, other times it is just a badass phone because of its sheer size). The Gear is going to have a 1.63 AMOLED (320×320 pixels) inch touchscreen that uses OLED (organic light emitting diode) to light the screen and weigh in at 2.6 grams. It is going to have 4gb of built in storage with a 1.9 megapixel camera (720p video, 640×640 resolution). It is powered by a 800mhz processor and has a 315mAh battery.  These are the specs and features straight from Samsung:

Processor 800 MHz processor
Display 1.63 inch (41.4mm) Super AMOLED (320 x 320)
Camera 1.9 Megapixel BSI Sensor, Auto Focus Camera / Sound & Shot
Video Codec: H.264Format: MP4HD(720p) Playback & Recording
AudioConnectivity Codec: AACFormat : M4ABluetooth®v 4.0 + BLE
Samsung Services Samsung AppsChatON: mobile communication service
Smart Relay, S Voice, Memographer, Voice MemoAuto Lock, Find My Device, Media Controller, Pedometer, Stopwatch, TimerSafety assistance: In case of emergency, press a power button 3 times continuously, and then user’s location information is transferred to the saved contacts with message.2 Microphones (Noise Cancellation), 1 Speaker
Sensor Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Memory 4GB Internal memory + 512 MB (RAM)
Dimension 36.8 x 56.6 x 11.1 mm, 73.8g
Battery Standard battery, Li-ion 315mAh

We will see how these two new products fair. The Gear isn’t set to launch in the US and Japan until October but the Note 3 is a go on the 25th in the US.

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