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Samsung Galaxy Note 3: Five things you need to know

Samsung Galaxy Note 3: Five things you need to know

Samsung’s spanking new phablet, the Galaxy Note 3, was finally revealed at the tech giant’s Unpacked event in Berlin last week.

The capacious handset has been all over the web in the past few months, as tech gossip hounds tried to sniff out any juicy morsels ahead of launch.

But now we’ve got the full skinny from Samsung, here’s the five key things you need to know about the Galaxy Note 3 and exactly when and where you can lay your mitts on it.

1 Screen dream

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The Galaxy Note 3’s 5.7-inch display is a step up from the panel found on last year’s Galaxy Note 2.

And that’s not just because it’s a smidge larger (0.2mm to be precise).

This eyeball-stroking effort serves up images in Full, 1920x1080 HD, as opposed to the 1280x720 HD Ready stylings of the 2012 model.

Pixel density has also leapt from 267 to 386 pixels per inch, making movies and YouTube clips look truly astounding.

2 Slimmer and lighter

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Unsurprisingly, Sammy has also ensured that the Galaxy Note 3 has slimmed down and lost a few grams too.

The device tips the scales at just 168g, compared to the Note 2’s porkier 183g.

At 8.3mm, it’s just under a millimetre thinner than last year’s model too.

This might not seem like much, but with all that screen real estate, space savings are critical in the highly competitive world of phablets.

3 Galaxy Gear-compatible

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The Galaxy Note 3 is one of only two devices compatible with Sammy’s new Galaxy Gear smartwatch at launch. The other is the full-scale Galaxy Note 10.1.

Therefore if you want a Samsung smartwatch/smartphone combo, this pretty much represents your only option.

However, with the Gear packing exciting features including the ability to sync video memos, field calls and messages on your wrist and flick through an impressive roster of apps, we reckon it’s a pairing worth investing in.

4 Out at the end of September

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Samsung has said that the Galaxy Note 3 will be up for grabs on September 25th in a massive 140 countries. That includes the UK.

It also means that it’s likely to land at around the same time as the iPhone 5S, due to be revealed by Apple later this week.

If ever there was going to be a scrap for your smartphone affections, this is it.

5 Three and EE are on board

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Both Three and EE have said they’ll be stocking the Note 3.

EE’s pre-orders are open now, with the phone costing £149.99 up front, on a £41 a month two-year package. That will get you unlimited calls and texts plus 2GB of data.

Three is yet to reveal its plans, but remember it’s offering 4G at no extra cost to existing customers, so there could be a bargain to be had once it does announce plans.

Phones4U is offering pre-orders on EE, Orange and Vodafone, with a free speaker worth £120 and £100 off the price of a Galaxy Gear. That means the latter will be half-price if you order through them.

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