Specs summary

Screen
5.7"

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3's screen is 5.7 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.3GHz

There is a Quad core 2.3 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (Update Available: 4.4.4 KitKat) operating system (OS).

Camera
13+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
32/64 GB

Internal memory is 32/64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3200mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3200 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 17.5 days standby time, 900 minutes (2G), 1260 minutes (3G), 780 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.



It’s not just physically larger; it’s larger-than-life, with a spec sheet and a feature set that seem almost specifically designed to overwhelm.

- Michael Fisher , Pocketnow 

This is a killer device for anyone who wants a big device.

- Tim-o-tato , Droid Life 

Reviews summary

8.6/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 53 reviews

What's good  

  • Huge display
  • Vibrant colors
  • Excellent multitasking capabilities
  • Decent battery life

What's bad  

  • Complicated user interface
  • Slow camera
  • Potential S-Pen issues

Larger than many comparable smartphones and slightly smaller than your average tablet is the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Samsung’s latest ‘phablet’. With a 5.7-inch AMOLED screen, it offers plenty of display to take notes, watch movies and more. A 2.3-gigahertz processor and 3GB of RAM keep the experience silky smooth. Combine this with the S-Pen, Samsung’s proprietary stylus, and you have a device that is geared toward productivity but has plenty of power for games, video and more.

Despite the large screen size, the phone’s boxy styling and soft leather-like backing make it comfortable to hold and provide plenty of grip. The display has received a boost in resolution from the Note 2 to 1080 x 1920 pixels. This provides a level of clarity and detail that rival the leading devices on the market. Rich Trenholm of CNET remarked that the phone was surprisingly light for its size and that its features justify the large size as well.

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Unfortunately, there are a few shortcomings. Both Joseph Pisani of The Guardian and David Court of PC Advisor found the S-Pen’s new design difficult to use. If you have small hands, the thin profile of the pen will suit you well. Otherwise, it can be difficult to grip. This brings us to the next issue: the interface. Many of the Note 3’s new features are based around gestures and button presses using the S-Pen. If you find the S-Pen hard to use, this could cause some serious frustrations. However, once you adjust to the S-Pen, the Note 3 offers features that you will not currently find on other smartphones.


Reviews (8.6/10 Avg. rating)


What Hi-Fi

Despite some promising competition, in this iteration it’s still the best

from What Hi-Fi
The Galaxy Note family started the trend for phablets, and in many ways it is still leading the way.The Note 3 is an accomplished handset across the board, with a screen big enough to give your videos a boost without needing a whole lot of extra space in your pocket.If you’ve been sitting on the fence when it comes to this size of smartphone, the Galaxy Note 3 might just be the one that wins you over. .. Full review
Good Housekeeping

A behemoth “phablet” that will be sure to please if you can get over its size

from Good Housekeeping

Of our tested phones, the Note 3 boasts the largest screen at 5.7”. The Note 3 also scored the highest overall on our graphical benchmarking tests, meaning you can be sure this phone will play content, apps, and games with ease. The Note 3 also features superb battery life to boot, streaming video for 11 hours straight in our tests. The Note 3 focuses its features on productivity with an included stylus that docks into the phone, as well as built in support for running two apps side by side.

There were some mixed reviews from our consumer testers, who felt that though the N... Full review

UnleashThePhones

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is simply one balanced performing smartphone

from UnleashThePhones

While the Galaxy Note 3 might seem like it shares a lot of similarities with the Galaxy S4, I think it perfectly compliments the ‘other’ flagship smartphone, offering better hardware, more functionality thanks to the S-Pen, and a slightly updated design.

Granted, most of the software features are present on the Galaxy S4 as well, if you’re a fan of the S-Pen, or just jotting down notes or sketches, this is pretty much the best offering out there right now, making the Note 3 very different from other smartphones, and great for business oriented folks. Selling at... Full review

APC

A big phone that’s still comfortable

from APC
Samsung’s latest Note doesn’t mess with the winning formula, but it’s close to pushing the boundaries of one-handed usability... Full review
TechRadar

This is an evolution and a half

from TechRadar
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is a great phone and if you were to own one you wouldn't be disappointed. It provides a great onscreen experience - as long as your hands are big enough to reach across it - and its stuffed full of tech to almost warrant its lofty price tag.This is the best Galaxy Note smartphone to date and if you're a fan of the range then you'll love the Note 3 - but if you're looking for the best smartphone in the world you'll need to look elsewhere. .. Full review
BitBitByte

The king of phablets

from BitBitByte

Love them or hate them, phablets are here to stay. But you know what? They’re not inherently bad. The leather-ish texture on the back of the Note 3 makes it sit in the hand better and makes it more comfortable to hold. Yes, you’ll need to use two hands more often than you would on something smaller but that comes with the territory of having more glass to view content – pros and cons. But to say that the Note 3 is stupid or pointless is simply naive and just as stupid itself. It’s a great phone for those wanting a larger device and are ok with making some of sacrific... Full review

BitBitByte

The King of Phablets

from BitBitByte

Love them or hate them, phablets are here to stay. But you know what? They’re not inherently bad. The leather-ish texture on the back of the Note 3 makes it sit in the hand better and makes it more comfortable to hold. Yes, you’ll need to use two hands more often than you would on something smaller but that comes with the territory of having more glass to view content – pros and cons. But to say that the Note 3 is stupid or pointless is simply naive and just as stupid itself. It’s a great phone for those wanting a larger device and are ok with making some of sacrific... Full review

TechSpot

The large amount of screen real estate is perfect for writing tasks and media consumption

from TechSpot
Overall, the Galaxy Note 3’s display is vibrant and saturated under default conditions (if inaccurate), and the large amount of screen real estate is perfect for writing tasks and media consumption. The 1080p resolution keeps the display crisp, but it’s not the sharpest panel I’ve come across, both due to the size and PenTile matrix. I’m not convinced AMOLED panels are the best choice, especially as LCD offerings are so strong these days, but the Galaxy Note 3’s panel packs enough quality to satisfy most buyers... Full review
Macnn

The Note 3 is more of an iterative update to its predecessor

from Macnn
It really is a terrific device. The build quality and power boost alone would be enough to recommend upgrading from the already-stellar Note II. Add to that the bigger, even more beautiful screen, and upgrading is a tempting proposition to say the least. Much as was the case with the Galaxy S4 earlier this year, the Note 3 is more of an iterative update to its predecessor: some tweaks here, some improvements there. We still, though, think it makes for a more than worthwhile purchase for anyone that loved either of its two predecessors... Full review
The Mobile Indian

This is one of the most innovative and powerful handsets in the market

from The Mobile Indian
The Galaxy Note 3 has everything that even an advance user would like to see in his/her smartphone. The noticeable absentees are support for TDD LTE and a universal charging port. But in any case no smartphone currently supports the TDD LTE version of 4G so Note 3 cannot be singled out about this. It would have been nice if the device was water and dust proof but in that case it would need a non-removable battery, and that would complicate matters... Full review

Stylish and Featured phone

Samsung galaxy note 4 is the phone suits my personality very well. Smartphone is a nice and worthy phone available in market with android OS, v4.4.4, v5.0.1 version. Latest trends and features are inbuilt in this phone which attracts the todays youth. Its Available Super AMOLED capacitive touchscree... More
Samsung galaxy note 4 is the phone suits my personality very well. Smartphone is a nice and worthy phone available in market with android OS, v4.4.4, v5.0.1 version. Latest trends and features are inbuilt in this phone which attracts the todays youth. Its Available Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen having size of 5.7 inches (~74.2% screen-to-body ratio) and 1440 x 2560 pixels of resolutions. Smart handset device is designed with 16 MP of primary camera and 3.7 MP of secondary camera. It’s good to buy this phone under its pricing. Strong battery of 3220 mAh adds life to this phone. Less

Good phone undone by software glitches

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 was renowned for large screen, fast processor & a mean camera to top it up. That was certainly the case when I bought the Note 3 with the Jellybean OS. Samsung due to some brain freeze decided to upgrade their OS to Kit Kat to address various pertinent issues with the phone.... More
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 was renowned for large screen, fast processor & a mean camera to top it up. That was certainly the case when I bought the Note 3 with the Jellybean OS. Samsung due to some brain freeze decided to upgrade their OS to Kit Kat to address various pertinent issues with the phone. The Kit Kat OS managed to address some issues but in turn created a major glitch for the camera; Now, most of the features of the camera have been disabled. I checked with Samsung, they say upgrading is a roll of the dice therefore, in this case relevant features for the camera have been disabled namely Zoom and the all-important Settings option. In addition, the images aren’t as sharp anymore, it’s a bit more grainier, thus making the camera sub-standard in comparison to other smart phones. You cannot downgrade/factory reset the OS either as it would create serious complications for the phone. In short, if having a good camera on hand is an important feature to you, my advice would be to shop for a better smart phone. Less


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Full Specs

Overview
Release date September 17, 2013
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Asia, Europe, North America, Australia, South America, Africa, India, Philippines, Russia, Ukraine, China
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
2100/800/850/900 /1800 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM Card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (Update Available: 4.4.4 KitKat)

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Processor Quad core 2.3 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
32 GB or 64 GB
RAM 3 GB
ROM No
GPS A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.29 W/kg
Body: 0.363 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery, Stylus
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3200 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 780 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 780 minutes
3G Surfing Time 660 minutes
4G Surfing Time 660 minutes
Talk Time Up to:
900 minutes (2G)
1260 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 17.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Blush Pink, Classic White, Jet Black , Red, White Gold
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.1 x 7.9 x 0.8 cm
(5.9 x 3.1 x 0.3 in)
Weight 168 grams
(5.9 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Super AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel Density 386 pixels
Size 5.7 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Google Android
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM (Google Talk)
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 3.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared Yes
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out HDMI
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 13+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Panorama, Zero shutter lag, HDR, Exposure compensation, Scenes, Slow motion recording (HD 120fps)
Video Recording Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 60 fps
Front Camera  
Resolution 2+ megapixels
Zoom No
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, AMR, WMA, WAV, M4A, OGG, AMR-NB
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF, FLV, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Google Chrome, Google+, Google Play Store, YouTube, Dropbox, Evernote)
Included Software / Apps No
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Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung Galaxy Note III, SM-N9005

S Pen Optimized Features: Air Command: Action Memo, Scrapbook, Screen Write, S Finder, Pen Window S Note, Multi Window, new Easy Clip, Direct Pen Input

Additional Sensors: Barometer, Temperature & Humidity, Hall Sensor

Additional Features: S Voice Hands Free, S Health, Samsung Adapt Display, Samsung Adapt Sound Auto adjust touch sensitivity (Glove friendly), Samsung Smart Scroll, Samsung Smart Pause, Air Gesture, Air View
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