Galaxy Note III
Samsung finally announced it’s long awaited replacement for the Galaxy Note II. At first glance it appears to be just a “bigger” Galaxy S4. Much of that assumption would be true, when just looking at the face of the device. It is however, a pretty big update compared to the Note II it is replacing. The rear cover is now a faux leather and the overall shape of the “phablet” is a bit more angular, reminiscent again of the Galaxy S4. The Note III will launch in three main colors: black, white and pink. There will be a wide variety of color choices for back covers and flip covers.
The Note III uses a 5.7-inch screen, slightly larger than last year’s model but without adding any extra width to the chassis. As expected, the AMOLED screen has been pushed to a full 1080p resolution. Inside you’ll find a 1.9Ghz Exynos octa-core processor paired to a fantastic 3GB of RAM. The Note III will launch running Android 4.3 plus a ton of new TouchWiz software enhancements.
Thankfully, Samsung kept the battery removable, and it has been adjusted to 3200mAh. Storage options have been boosted to 32GB or 64GB, plus a MicroSD card. The rear camera is the same 13 megapixel model as the Galaxy S4, but now includes the ability to record in 4K. The front camera is 1.9MP.
The Galaxy Gear is Samsung’s take on the smartwatch. They chose to forgo an e-ink type display for a 1.63-inch Super AMOLED with a resolution of 320×320. Samsung says that the watch runs on an 800Mhz processor and uses 512MB of memory, with 4GB of onboard storage. At the moment it currently only supports Samsung devices (Note III & Note 10.1 2014 Edition), it does this by pairing with Bluetooth and NFC via a proprietary app. The main purpose of the device appears as a notification and call extender, and to that end, it includes the ability to answer and place calls from the watch itself. An integrated microphone on the clasp of the strap will allow for speakerphone-style conversation. The Gear will be available in six colors.
But that’s not all. The Galaxy Gear is the first smartwatch (or at least the first one of the current crop set to be released) with a camera. It’s a 1.9MP shooter integrated into the strap, pointing out from the body when you’re wearing it. You sort of point your forearm towards the subject in a way that seems like it’s guaranteed to be awkward. Photos can be uploaded using watch apps or annotated with a voice note.
Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition
The Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition will release in 2013, so Samsung is now a subscriber of the auto manufacturer and Madden NFL school of yearly release names. The updated tablet trumps the former Note 10.1 with a 2650×1600 screen and the same 1.9Ghz Exynos octa-core and 3GB RAM combo as the Note 3, though LTE versions may default to Qualcomm.
Software is largely the same as the Note 3, complete with Android 4.3, a ton of TouchWiz, and the fancy new S-Pen functionality. Storage options have been expanded to 32GB and 64GB plus MicroSD card, and the rear camera is 8MP with flash. It looks like Samsung is making the Note tablet that they really should have made in the first place.
The Note III and Galaxy Gear will be available starting on September 25th in 120 countries, and all three devices will be launching in October worldwide. Pricing for the Gear will be $299 USD, but we haven’t seen any information for price of the other devices.