Samsung Galaxy Note 3 specs and features now official

by: Chris SmithSeptember 4, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy Note 3, a highly anticipated flagship smartphone and star of numerous rumors before the IFA 2013 announcement.

Some of the specs and features will sound familiar, given the plethora of Galaxy Note 3 reports out there, but not all the phone’s secrets were revealed before its formal debut.

As you can see in the available images here, the Galaxy Note 3 is similar to its predecessor when it comes to overall design, although the company does describe it as a “new design language.”

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While the handset is still made of plastic, it has a faux leather effect (“a soft and textured-touch back cover”), with a similarly “faux” stitch (“delicate stitching”) around the edges. The cover is removable, and houses a user-replaceable battery. As for the screen, we’re looking at an edge-to-edge display – with slim bezels if you will – similar to what we’ve seen in recent leaks. The Home button is still in the picture.

Now let’s get to the actual specs:

  • Size: 151.2 x 79.1 x 8.3mm (1mm narrower than the Galaxy Note 2)
  • Weight: 168 grams (15 grams lighter than the Galaxy Note 2)
  • 5.7-inch Super AMOLED Full HD display (1920 x 1080 resolution)
  • 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor or 1.9GHz octa-core Exynos 5 Octa processor (1.9GHz quad-core A15 chip paired with 1.3GHz quad-core A7 chip)
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB/64GB of storage
  • microSD support up to 64GB
  • 13-megapixel camera with BSI Sensor, Smart Stabilization and high CRI LED
  • 2-megapixel front-facing camera with BSI sensor and Smart Stabilization
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 ac/a/b/g/n
  • NFC
  • Bluetooth 4.0 LE
  • IR support
  • MHL 2.0 support
  • 3200mAh battery
  • Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with TouchWiz on top and plenty of new software features including Air Command and My Magazine in addition to other Samsung apps that are found on handsets like the Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S4
  • New S Pen

As you can see, the Galaxy Note 3 wasn’t the best kept secret in the world when it comes to specs, but Samsung did manage to prevent picture leaks to a certain degree.

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Stay tuned for more Galaxy Note 3 details in the following hours, including hands-on video coverage and comparisons to existing Android handsets.


  • mumusen

    Wowwww. The new design is fu**ing better than the current one!

  • asian101

    I am a impressed. However, is it just me, or am I the only person who finds Xperia Z Ultra more appealing? (sans battery life)

    • mumusen

      It’s just you.

      • asian101

        Glad to know :)

        • Thoru

          I don´t find it more appealing, but I liked it very much because it has a IP58 certification. I also really liked the aesthetics but it´s just bigger than I want for my smartphone (or phablet).

          • sggodsell

            I like the Z1 (honami), better than the Z ultra.

    • Gilles LeBlanc

      Depends on how well you can quantify the choices choices ;-)

    • Phaze0085

      Im right here with ya. ZU all the way.

  • Brian C

    why didn’t they do LTE with the octa -__- everytime is dandy but I really wanted to get the octa core with LTE sigh…

    • James Edwards

      Octa-core is just goofy. You are going to have to wait for android Lolly-pop or Marsh-mellow for the OS to support that many cores.

      • D’Ander McSullivan

        You’ve got some good names there.

      • Maher Salti

        Google said to be supporting little big chips in the future..

  • Lin

    I am concerned the “faux leather” will make the device run too hot.

    • Mutomi Sconi

      are you an mechanical engineer? if not, then your concern means nothing

      • D’Ander McSullivan

        Whoa, it’s just an opinion. Oh, wait… this is the internet. I forgot one does not have an opinion on the internet.

      • Lin

        Leather is an insulator. Not sure how this faux leather would compare. It would help with drops on its back and comfort. I might have to trade it in for a third party metal case.

        • Mutomi Sconi

          faux leather is made of? take a guess, just a little guess, here’s a hint, its a petroleum byproduct

          • sggodsell

            Faux leather means fake leather. So I guess it could be anything then.

          • Mutomi Sconi


          • Jack

            Shut the fuck up already, no one gives a damn about your opinion.

    • OMGgary

      The “faux leather” they used here is not any type of leather. It is only the same type of plastic that Samsung normally use, which instead of a shiny finish has this time been given a surface which makes it look a bit like leather.
      This rear cover is no more likely to cause heat problems than the rear cover of the Note 2 or Galaxy S4.

  • Denis

    what about this surrounding thing in the camera

  • Mohammed Azoz

    what about the HTC one max ?!
    when it’s gonna be announced officially like the note 3 ?!

  • Phaze0085

    The material really hasnt changed if its still plastic. ppl werent asking for another plastic back, they were asking for more premium materials. Anyway, its an impressive device, but Sony still gets my money.

    • Wade06

      Having seen a lot of shattered glass iphones and scratched metal iphones i’m not that interested in a change of material.

      From all reports the new back looks better, has better grip and doesn’t pick up finger prints. Personally this is a welcome improvement.

  • Pranav

    Nobody’s taking about RAM?!?
    Why would anyone need 3 GB RAM.. I can’t get past 1.5 GB on my nexus 4.
    I just don’t get it..

  • S pen is also too good and this is the smartest phone on earth now. Do you think Nexus 5 would be better than this

  • Rebecca Raven

    The user replaceable battery wins me…I really like my HTC EVO 4G LTE, but my phone is taken off the charger at 0400 and is outta juice by noon. I’d love to carry an additional battery instead of my auxiliary battery pack.