An Overview of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3

When the Galaxy Note series made its debut in late 2011, it gained considerable notice from critics and consumers alike for its unique size: larger than the average smartphone, smaller than the average tablet. With the Galaxy Note 3 unveiled on September 4, 2013, its manufacturer, South Korean electronics company Samsung, intended the device to be a lighter and more upscale offering than its two predecessors. And the public responded positively. Industry experts praised the Samsung Galaxy Note 3’s vast screen, super-fast processor, and refined new features and specs, while customers purchased over 10 million units in just the first two months of sale.

In reference to its middling status in terms of size, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is referred to as a “phablet” smartphone (“Phablet” is a combination of the words “phone” and “tablet”). The device comes with a 5.7-inch screen, which is made of Corning Gorilla Glass and yields a high-definition resolution of 1,080 by 1,920 pixels. Even with a screen that is larger than that of its predecessors, the Note 3 is thinner and more portable. The phone is shipped with the Android v4.3 “Jelly Bean” operating system, although users can upgrade it.

The Note 3’s system-on-chip is Samsung’s own Exynos 5 Octa 5450. The term “Octa” denotes the eight processing cores that the two quad-core processors—a 1.9 GHz Cortex-A15 and a 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7—provide. Also included is the ARM Mali T628MP6 graphics processor.

For random access memory, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 presents 3 GB. Customers can get a Note 3 in three flash memory storage configurations: 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB. There’s also a slot to put in a microSDXC card and add up to 64 GB more flash memory.

The primary, rear-facing camera of the Note 3 is a 13-megapixel (MP) feature that includes geo-tagging, face and smile detection, auto and touch focus, dual-LED flash, panorama view, and high-dynamic-range imaging (HDR). On the other hand, the secondary, front-facing camera offers 2 MP. Each camera can record video at 1,080 pixels at 30 fps.

The phone gets its power from a lithium-ion battery rated at 3,200 mAh. Peak stand-by time and talk time on the phone are rated at 420 hours and 21 hours, respectively.