Samsung Galaxy Note 3 officially announced, coming to Malaysia 25 September 2013

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The 3rd generation phablet with the series that started the whole phablet trend is finally here with the official announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. While it may not be the largest phablet around anymore it does keep up appearances with a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED Full HD screen, a new S Pen and some really impressive tech specs. As rumoured earlier, the Note 3 comes in 2 flavours, one with a 1.9GHz Exynos 5 Octa processor and another one with 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor. Both pack in 3GB RM, making the Note 3 the world's first smartphone to break the 2GB RAM limit. You also get 32GB / 64GB worth of storage and up to 64GB microSD. Other tech specs include a 13MP camera with LED flash and smart stabilization, which means the Snapdragon 800 version can record 4K video, probably at 1080p 60fps while 192KHz audio recording is also available.

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While there is mention of support for 6 bands of LTE, there is still no mention of LTE-A which could mean a different version for Korea later in the year. A 3200 mAh battery rounds it up with Android 4.3 and a Samsung Nature UX user interface. As usual, a whole host of other Samsung software features have been added on but the main thing is the new S Pen Air Command function which opens up a menu featuring Action Memo, Scrapbook, Screen Write, S Finder and Pen Windows. Samsung also have Flipboard, containing a BlinkFeed like wall of all your news and social media in one screen. In terms of look and feel, while the main chassis may be plastic the backplate is actually artificial leather giving it more grip and a bit more style. At just 8.3mm thin and 168g it is also very thin and quite light for a phablet. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date in Malaysia could be on 25 September 2013  but no news on pricing just yet. For more information and details, go to the Samsung site.

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