Samsung introduces the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Gear smartwatch

Galaxy Gear and Galaxy Note 3At a busy event in Berlin, Samsung has revealed the Galaxy Note 3 smartphone/tablet hybrid, and its first attempt at a modern smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear. The Galaxy Note 3 is the third in its incredibly successful line of big-screen Note devices, and is predictably the largest and most powerful yet.

It has a massive 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with a 1080p resolution, and is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, running at a super-fast 2.3GHz. It also has 3GB of RAM onboard, along with a 13-megapixel primary camera, a 2-megapixel video call camera, a choice of 32GB or 64GB of RAM, and a 3200mAh battery.

Google Android 4.3 is its operating system, and like previous Note phones, it’s enhanced for use with the S Pen stylus, including a new menu system where a carousel-style menu provides quick access to certain apps. The Galaxy Note 3 is compatible with 4G LTE networks in the UK.

The Galaxy Gear smartwatch is made to accompany the Galaxy Note 3, and is a wristworn companion device for viewing notifications and calendars, reading emails, and even making and answering calls. It has a 1.63-inch AMOLED display with a 320 x 320 pixel resolution, a 1.9-megapixel camera, an 800MHz processor, and 4GB of internal storage space. The Gear can be operated using gestures or by voice using Samsung’s S Voice app. It has its own application store, with more than 70 partners providing apps at launch. These range from eBay to golfing apps, and fitness tools such as RunKeeper.

Both the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Gear are expected to go on sale in the UK on September 25, but no prices have been announced.

About Andrew Boxall

Andy's fascination with mobile tech began in the 90s, at a time when SMS messages were considered cutting edge, but it would be at least a decade before he would put finger-to-keyboard as a freelance tech writer. In the interim he wrote about travel, formulated strong opinions about films and drove a series of audacious cars
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