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Samsung's Note 3 has bigger screen, better performance in lighter package

Mikael Ricknäs | Sept. 5, 2013
The smartphone arrives in the U.S. later this year.

S Finder is a cross-phone search app that brings up documents, web sites, applications and even pictures. One example: type in London and the phone brings up pictures taken in London because the GPS tag identified them. Pen Window allows users to draw a box on the screen and fill it with an app such as YouTube or a browser. The box is displayed on top of other images on the screen, and can be moved around or minimized to an icon.

Samsung has tried to give the phone's design an appearance of luxury. The redesigned rear cover is still plastic but has been embossed so that it appears to be leather. Fake stitching around the edge of the case adds to the illusion and it could be mistaken for the real thing on first glance.

Starting Sept. 25 the smartphone will be available in more than 140 countries around the world. It will also be available in the U.S. later this year on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and U.S. Cellular, Samsung said without elaborating on more exact dates.

For users that want the S Pen stylus but on a tablet, Samsung also launched the "2014 edition" of the Galaxy Note 10.1, which has 10.1-inch screen with a 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution. It has many of the same hardware and software specifications as the Note 3, including the same processors and 3GB of RAM and the S Pen improvements.

The Wi-Fi version of the Note 10.1 weighs 535 grams, is 7.9 millimeters thick and has a 8,220mAh battery. It will start shipping in September and come with three connectivity options: Wi-Fi only, Wi-Fi and 3G, or Wi-Fi and LTE.

(With additional reporting by Martyn Williams in Berlin.)

 

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