Samsung have launched the next version of the Galaxy Note series in South Africa. The Galaxy Note 3 will be available from Friday 25 September for R8995.00. The Samsung Galaxy Note 1 smartphone with a screen size of 5.5 inches was a surprise hit when it first launched in 2011.  The series has sold over 40 million Note devices to date, and introduced the word and concept of Phablet into the English lexicon.

“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 Craige Fleischer, Director of Mobile Communications at Samsung Electronics SA.

The Samsung GALAXY Note 3 comes with a wide 5.7 inch full HD Super AMOLED display, and is super slim at 8.3 mm and light at 168g. A huge and longer lasting 3,200 mAh battery is standard. The camera is a 13-megapixel-rear camera with Smart Stabilisation and a high brightness LED flash. The new camera design is optimized for low light and fast action.

The Samsung GALAXY Note 3 has the latest LTE technologies with CAT4 Carrier Aggregation and supports the greatest number of multiple frequencies, for global compatibility. Both the 3G only and LTE version, at a premium, will be on offer. The GALAXY Note 3 also incorporates 3GB RAM, which allows multiple programs to run smoothly.

The Samsung GALAXY Note 3 will be available in Jet Black, Classic White and Blush Pink. Samsung will also offer exchangeable back covers in dozens of additional colours at launch.

A key Galaxy Note feature is the S-Pen

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with S-view cover

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with S-view cover

A redesigned S Pen is included and has far greater integration into the basic functions of the phone, than prior models. For example a simple click of the S Pen button while hovering over the screen brings up a new function  called Air Command, a menu wheel with five functions pops up.

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 a few more functions.

Scrapbook enables users to organise 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.

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 search for content on their device regardless of its 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.

The new S Note app allows synchronizing with Evernote or a Samsung account and allows data to be accessed and viewed 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.

The Galaxy Note 3 has a superior build quality with a more solid premium feel compared to last years Galaxy Note 2. The Galaxy Note 3 is still a large device and may not appeal to everybody. Good design and the edge-to-edge screen make the device easy to handle and use.

Service and support

Samsung have also upped the service ante with a number of exclusive service features which are free with the Galaxy Note 3. An enhanced accidental damage program called Samsung Premium is included with the Galaxy Note 3.

A Smart Swop or Smart Pick up service is standard. Smart Swop is a service which allows two instant swop outs over a 24-month period. If you do not claim or only claim once within a 12 months and take up the Smart Value offer, the balance of the ADH Premium will carry over to the next purchased premium device. Smart Pickup is a door-to-door solution, meaning your new phone will be collected, replaced, and delivered, directly to you anywhere in South Africa.

Smart Value is also a new feature of the care package. Customers who purchase the Note 3 will be able to get 25% value back in 12 months, 15% back between 13 – 23 months or 10% back in 24 months onwards, off the cost of a new Samsung premium device.

Samsung have also introduced the VIP Note 3 dedicated call centre for GALAXY Note 3 users, where they can have any problems or concerns dealt with one on one.

A full review will follow as soon as we have a review unit.

 Introducing the Galaxy Gear Smartwatch

Introduced at the same time as the Galaxy Note 3 is a companion smart watch device called the galaxy Gear. The Galaxy Gear is a good-looking, if large and a little Star Trek style wristwatch, that when paired via Bluetooth to the Galaxy Note 3 will display incoming messages and other information from the Note 3. The Galaxy Gear will launch in October in South Africa, and cost R4500.00.

Galaxy Gear Smart Watch in all colours

Galaxy Gear Smart Watch in all colours

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