Samsung Introduces Galaxy Note III, Galaxy Gear Companion Smartwatch

Screen Shot 2013-09-04 at 1.08.23 PMSamsung is still on stage but has already introduced the Galaxy Note III to the world. Featuring the very same width as the Galaxy Note II, the device features Android 4.3, a 5.7″ 1080p screen, 3GB of RAM, 13 megapixel camera, 32/64GB of storage, 3200mAh battery and a leather-like rear cover. Actually, it kind of looks like pleather but I’ll wait to see how the hands-on reports describe its real touch. Jet Black, Classic White and Blush Pink will be the tri-color assortment of options available to the world, though there’s no specific color announcements for each carrier at this time. Samsung has confirmed arrival on the nations five largest carriers, which includes T-Mobile and US Cellular. Samsung has announced the devices will launch in October in both the US and Japan.

The Samsung Galaxy Gear, Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition will all be available in the U.S. later this year. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will also be available in the U.S. on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and U.S. Cellular. More information on availability will be shared soon.

The Galaxy Gear is Samsung’s new wearable smartwatch and arrives with a 1.63″ Super AMOLED display with 320×320 resolution. The strap-mounted camera is designed to hit low-rest shots and 10-second 720p videos so this is very much a companion to your smartphone. The biggest news here seems to be the third-party application support Samsung has lined up with 70 partners at launch including Evernote, Path, RunKeeper, MyFitnessPal, TripIt, Line and eBay.

As it stands right now, the Galaxy Gear will only work with the Galaxy Note III and Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition. Galaxy S 4 owners are expected to be able to take advantage of the Galaxy Gear upon receiving the Android 4.3 update.

The full Galaxy Note III press release follows below the short gallery.


Press Release:

Design the Story of your Life with Samsung GALAXY Note 3

Enhanced S Pen features and larger screen optimized for multitasking provide a delightful mobile experience that brings passions to life

Berlin, Germany – September 4, 2013 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today introduced GALAXY Note 3, the latest update to the Note product line. The new Samsung GALAXY Note 3 adds delight to daily tasks and infuses innovative features that help consumers tell the story of their lives. Samsung GALAXY Note 3 delivers a larger and better screen for the best viewing experience and more powerful multitasking, and introduces significant S Pen improvements that make everyday life easier and faster.

GALAXY Note 3 makes your everyday life amazing

“We introduced the original GALAXY Note in 2011 and launched a whole new smart device category. The undeniable success of the GALAXY Note strengthened our conviction that consumers want higher quality features for smart devices and they want those new features to make their lives better,” said JK Shin, CEO and President of IT & Mobile Division at Samsung Electronics. “Samsung GALAXY Note 3 is a powerful, original approach that enables users to tell the stories of their lives through dynamic and seamless expressions of their passions across work, play and life experiences. With a simple click of the S Pen button, users can unlock opportunities for self-expression, features that transform everyday activities into extraordinary events and access to new experiences delivered to them on Note 3’s larger screen.”

Samsung GALAXY Note 3 comes with a wider (5.7inch) full HD Super AMOLED display, yet slimmer (8.3mm) and lighter (168g) hardware design, and more powerful and longer lasting (3,200mAh) battery. Also, equipped with a 13 megapixel rear camera with Smart Stabilization and high CRI LED flash, Samsung GALAXY Note 3 enables users to crisply capture every visual story in their lives, even in low light and active situations. Samsung GALAXY Note 3 offers the latest LTE technologies – CAT4 Carrier Aggregation and supports the greatest number of multiple frequencies. Incorporating the industry’s largest 3GB RAM, the GALAXY Note 3 also provides faster and more powerful performance.

Balancing GALAXY Note 3’s strength with artistic design

In addition to meaningful technological advancements, Samsung GALAXY Note 3 delivers a new premium look and feel. Expanding on the modern Samsung GALAXY design approach, Samsung GALAXY Note 3 adds a soft and textured-touch back cover and delicate stitching. It also features a serration pattern on the side of the device that evokes a connection to the timeless and enduring strengths of classic notebooks and planners. Samsung GALAXY Note 3 will be available in Jet Black, Classic White and Blush Pink. In order to encourage its customers to express their personality and taste, Samsung will also offer exchangeable back covers in dozens of additional colors at launch.

Click S Pen to make life easier, faster and more exciting

The new S Pen reinvents and modernizes the classic note-taking experience by providing the ability to accomplish everyday tasks with just one click. The advanced S Pen is designed to be fully functional as a communication driver between the phone and the user by creating essential input and control features. It plays an integral role in how users interface with the device, making all daily routines easier.

A simple click of the S Pen button while hovering over the screen introduces users to Air Command, a palette of five powerful features that truly make tasks easier and faster. With the Air Command feature, there is no need to toggle between screens, memorize commands or look up different menus. The Air Command feature provides access to the following key functions:

  • ?  Action Memo allows users to handwrite a note, and automatically execute a function or convert that handwritten information into formatted content. Action Memo can instantly initiate a call, add to contacts, look up an address on a map, search the web, save a task to a to-do list, and more
  • ?  Scrapbook enables users to organize or track down content and information from various sources including the web, YouTube and Gallery in one place so that users can easily look back at collected content all at once. When consumers save content for future use, Scrapbook also collects source material or URLs allowing them to easily refer back to the original source.
  • ?  The Screen Write feature captures the full screen image of the current page on the device and allows users to write comments or additional information onto the captured image.
  • ?  S Finder allows users to expansively search for content on their device regardless of the type. By putting in keywords or filters such as date, location, and content type, users can search related documents, events, communication threads, and even the Help page – all in one place. In addition, users can also search for hand-written content in their Notes and memo applications, as well as symbols and formulas.
  • ?  Pen Window allows users to use the S Pen not only for drawing sketches or writing notes, but now also for opening a small application window for a true multitasking experience. Simply by drawing a window of any size, anywhere on the screen, users can easily and quickly open another application window such as YouTube, calculator or Browser without pausing current activity on the screen.For more advanced note-taking, the new S Note presents a comprehensive solution that enables consumers to easily write, organize, edit and browse notes with a user-friendly interface and the Easy Chart feature. The new S Note can also be synced with Evernote or a Samsung account and be enabled for accessing and viewing from different devices. Furthermore, when a user wants only a certain part of an image to be taken from the web or Note 3 content, the advanced new Easy Clip feature allows them to roughly draw around the desired image and then it converts that content into a more precisely cropped image.

    Larger Note screen delivers enriched viewing experience and enables you to do more

    The Samsung GALAXY Note 3 delivers a larger screen and the increased size is matched with powerful improvements that allow users to fully utilize the additional screen space. The 5.7-inch Full HD Super AMOLED screen provides a stunning and defined video viewing experience for watching Full HD content, distinct clarity for reading and an elegant canvas for content creation.

    My Magazine provides a personalized news, social media, entertainment and in-the-moment content experience. Developed through a partnership with Flipboard, it offers an integrated content consuming experience in a modern and dynamic magazine-style layout.

    The GALAXY Note 3 enables enhanced multitasking capabilities that allow users to fully utilize the larger screen.

    • With the new Multi Window, users can toggle seamlessly between applications without closing the window or opening a new page, allowing for enhanced productivity and collaboration across programs. Consumers can also run one application in two windows at the same time. For instance, users can read the news in one browser while conducting a web search in another, or send an instant message through ChatON to a friend while reading a message from another friend.
    • In addition, using Drag and Drop mode within the new Multi Window, users can easily drag and drop content such as a text or image from one window to the other in an instant.

• Pen Window from Air Command further enhances multitasking experience by allowing consumers to draw a window on the screen and launching popular applications while continuing current tasks on the GALAXY Note 3.

An improvement to Group Play, video sharing, is now available. Originally introduced along with the GALAXY S4, Group Play allows users to play the same music, to play games together, and to share documents. It now enables consumers to share videos and play content together with their friends simultaneously. Users can also connect up to five devices alongside each other to create a “big screen” viewing experience.

Samsung KNOX & Find My Mobile

The new GALAXY Note 3 comes with enhanced privacy and security protection provided by Samsung KNOX. Users can activate Samsung KNOX with ease which allows them to run and store security- sensitive applications and data inside a protected execution environment called “container.” The security inside the container is strengthened by system-level protection of Samsung KNOX against malware and phishing attacks as well as hacking attempts on physical devices when devices are stolen or lost. For instance, important personal pictures or video can be stored in the container with no worries for data leakage due to hacking. In addition, users may choose to store enterprise applications and data such as corporate email, contacts and calendar and allow the IT department to manage the container through EAS (Exchange ActiveSync Server). These features make the GALAXY Note 3 an ideal device for BYOD (Bring-Your-Own-Device to work)

Furthermore, the GALAXY Note 3 is equipped with an improved Find My Mobile feature that allows users to disable the phone when it is stolen or lost. With the enhanced user authentication, the technology prevents stolen mobile phones from being reset to factory settings, and allows users to remotely track or erase the data from their lost or stolen mobile phones.

GALAXY Gear, the smart companion for GALAXY Note 3

Simultaneously announced with Samsung GALAXY Note 3, GALAXY Gear is a new concept device that allows users to live life in the moment while staying connected. GALAXY Gear will notify users and give them quick previews of incoming texts, emails and more coming from GALAXY Note 3. It will provide a range of other valuable features and commands that extend the GALAXY Note 3 experience. When an incoming message requires more than a quick glance, users can simply pick up their Samsung GALAXY devices and the Smart Relay feature will instantly reveal the full content on the screen. Together, GALAXY Note 3 and GALAXY Gear extend Samsung’s efforts to provide users with the opportunity to design their lives, to express their passions and to make everyday life more easy and enjoyable.

Available in 32GB or 64GB internal storage along with an additional microSD card slot, the Samsung GALAXY Note 3 and GALAXY Gear are set to launch starting from September 25 in more than 140 countries around the world. The Samsung GALAXY Note 3 will also be available in the U.S. later this year on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and U.S. Cellular.

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  • GwapoAko

    This might be my next phone !!

  • VG

    Man, Samsung is really firing on all cylinders now! Apple better have more than multi-colored, plastic iPhones and the new skinny jeans font to show off next week if they want to stay in the game! Apple, your move.

    • JBLmobileG1

      My guess is Apple will release an iphone 5 re-release with one extra feature and more color choices because they are running out of ideas…. let it begin!

      • Spanky

        Isn’t that how it usually goes with them?

  • Paul

    Did they announce the prcoesseor (speed) as well? I hate when they don’t include that.

    • Adrayven

      It will come.. but not sure.. You’ll note they didn’t announce this event until it became a fairly certain date of when Apple’s Sept event was from All Things D and a few others leaked it.

      The watch looks rushed; like they wanted to just make sure they had something to say they were first.

      • Paul

        I’m sure it’ll come out soon enough. I’m one to compare hardware specs before buying a phone; they end up rooted anyways.

        I’m not sure on the watch, but I haven’t really been that interested in it.

    • 21stNow

      2.3GHz quad-core processor for the LTE version.

  • D Velasquez

    im not so convinced about that galaxy gear, i prefer regular watches, they look classy that thing looks like a power ranger watch….

  • R Johns

    That watch is fugly. Better have no watch than that thing.

    • JB

      Not the classiest looking thing in the world, but better than I thought it would be. It looks wearable.

      I think the problem is the placement of the camera and mic, it gives it a slightly unattractive bulk.

      • R Johns

        Wearable if it were 1975, search 1970’s LED watch. I personally now only wear a watch when Im on vacation/ not working for a extended period of time as I have damaged/broken too many watches as it is. SO it has to look go as well as being functional, otherwise I have my phone to tell the time.

  • JB

    Well, I know what phone I’m JUMPing to when the time finally comes! :-)

    • Impatient Waiter

      the Sony Xperia Z1? Now THAT looks like an upgraded phone worth getting!

      • JB

        Can’t argue with that!

  • Adrayven

    The Smart Watch will see limited use unless they open it up to G3/G4 and Note I/II people. If they keep it limited like it is.. Guaranteed Apple would allow theirs to work on any iOS 7 device..

    That will make a huge difference… being fist wont matter with it limited to just latest.

    • 21stNow

      Through updates to the phones, the Galaxy Gear will be compatible with the Galaxy S III, the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy Note II.

    • ogopogo

      The rush to market was to avoid future patent litigation with Apple. It will eventually works across the board. Pairing with the Note 3 for launch is a small price to pay for future patent litigation.

      • RedGeminiPA

        Apple already has patents for a smart-watch, so we’ll have to find out about litigation at a later time. First to market with a half-assed product doesn’t mean they were first to patent the technology in it.

        • Spanky

          Seiko released the first smartwatch in 1984. In 2000, IBM released a smartwatch prototype that ran on Linux. Stop it with the blind Apple fanboyism.

  • John Voss

    Sorry you couldn’t go to Berlin. ;) , time to start saving pennies. Quick scan on ebay says my tmob note 2 could fetch $350 or so…..

    • noc007

      Check out as well.

    • Spanky

      Easily. I sold my GS3 last week for $325.

  • gentleman559

    OMG, the Galaxy Gear? Youve got to be F****** kidding me. What a joke, it was hard to sit through. Now the Note 3 looks nice and all but Samsung just keeps getting more gimmicky loading their phones with crap most people don’t use. Getting kinda old and predictable.

  • thepanttherlady

    Glad to see Samsung is listening to its customers with the internal memory size and memory card slot. While I’d love this screen size I am going with the Sony Z1 which was announced this morning.

  • Deadeye37

    Samsung……you failed with your Galaxy gear.

    Battery rated for 1 day of “normal” use? Fail.
    $299 Price Tag? Fail.
    Only compatible with Samsung GS4 & Note III & 10.1? Epic Fail.

    I’ll opt for the smart watch that works with pretty much any bluetooth smart phone. Epaper display and battery life rated for several days? That’s more of what I’m looking for.

    My biggest gripe is the battery life. 1 day of normal use will translate into 3/4 day of light use 6 months from now. Way to screw up Samsung!

  • auser72

    I’ll wait for some hands on reviews, but for right now I didn’t see anything to make me dump my GN2.

  • 21stNow

    So Samsung wants about $2,000 of my hard-earned dollars. The end of the year should be fun!

  • trife

    Seems like Samsung just wanted to be first w/ the Galaxy Gear. It seems rushed, both design-wise and usability-wise. Easy pass.

  • noc007

    Hopefully T-Mo will be one of the first US carriers to release the Note3. I really could use Knox to contain this MobileIron crap my employer is pushing on me.

  • nerdlust

    I cant wait for a review. Im still very happy with my note2 but the note3 does sound tempting. My phone is very fast but with 2.3gz and 3gb ram that sounds insanely fast.

  • kev

    Easy pass on the Galaxy Gear. You can tell they wanted to be the first to introduced a smart watch. Desperately trying to convince people that they’re not copying Apple.

    • Spanky

      Hmmm…this may have been the case three years ago. Nowadays, it seems to me that Apple are the ones playing catch up.

      • RedGeminiPA

        It doesn’t take a genus to figure out that Samesung and Google both troll the patent office for Apple’s patents. All of the online rumors add enough fuel to the fire for both to think they’ll one-up Apple by shipping a half-assed product first. Have fun with that glitchy, buggy, slow and power-hungry Galaxy Gear watch with very, VERY limited usability.

        • Spanky

          Riiiiiight……because Apple is the epitome of perfection and innovation, correct? Last I checked, Apple were the patent trolls, going lawsuit-happy over any square device with rounded corners. By the way, I have no plans on ever getting the Galaxy Gear.

    • KingCobra

      My thoughts as well

      • Alberto

        such whiny little asses…apple has not even release a watch and isheep are already claiming samsung is copying it.
        Enjoy your ghetto ass gold iphone 5S..straight pimp device

        • 21stNow

          Gold all in my phone
          Gold all in my song

        • Spanky

          Ditto. Next Apple lawsuit will claim that Samsung travelled into the future to steal their “innovative, magical” inventions and release them in the past.


          best comment….. iPhone 5S.. Straight pimp device…. lolzzzz….

  • NYCTheBronx

    It would be so awesome if they made a Google play edition Note III. I can’t decide if I should buy a Google S4 though. Because I hear Samsung will release a LTE Advanced model this year I think. And T-Mobile is preparing LTE Advanced by the end of the year. So buy a Google S4 or wait for a LTE Advanced S4?

  • RedGeminiPA

    I can’t wait to hear complaints about how easy the screen shatters because you bumped it against something. Initial reports are stating it’s a real POS. The Gear watch is just a complete embarrassment. Leave it to Samsung. They only care about doing it first, not best.

  • Aladdin

    The smartwatch looks really cheap, and I won’t bother to find out how it works.