iTWire previously reported on the rumoured new Note 3, and reader reaction to this category killer product is ‘I want one’.
More rumours are permeating through Samsung’s normally impenetrable PR structure, so here is an update.
- Screen: 5.7” full HD (the Note 2 had a 5.5” 720p) but also expect 8 and 10” versions
- S Pen: Proving to be a very strong drawcard. A real pen – not a fat fingered stylus – makes this the one to buy
- Advanced-LTE 150mpbs support
- Processor: Qualcomm, 2.3GHz quad core Snapdragon 800
- Camera: 13MP with optical image stabilisation
- Memory: 3GB plus 16/32/64GB options for storage and a micro SD card slot
- Battery: 3450mAh battery (up from 3100)
The Note 3 has also cleared DLNA certification and will ship with Android 4.3. The latter will come to all of Samsungs Galaxy S3 and S4 based devices over the next few months.
I don’t often get excited about a new Android device but let’s just say that if I was buying a tablet then the Note 3, perhaps in 8 or 10” size when available, is what I would select.
Don’t get me wrong. I love my iPad 4G, 64GB tablet for content viewing and have no intentions of defecting to Android, but the Galaxy Note 3 does present a pretty compelling case to those who want a content viewing device and have, say, a Samsung Smartphone and smart TV.
You see Samsung is now all about ‘Samdriod’ – its own Android ecosystem that provides a lot of integrated functionality if you use Samsung devices. These devices will all control TVs, and who knows what else in the future?
As a postscript, I also love my Windows 8 Pro tablet that unshackles me from the office. I actually need both the iPad (for viewing content) and the Windows BYOD tablet (for serious work creation) to do my job properly.
Below is a concept design that may not be too far from reality (note the super thin bezel that allows a larger screen in a smaller device):