Samsung Galaxy Note 3 full Review, Specifications & Price in India

Samsung has recently released the 3rd generation of Galaxy Note in the market with around 50,000 Rs ~ 820 USD price tag. Just like the previous Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 3 comes in two variants – N9000 3G model mainly for the European & Asian countries and N9005 4G LTE model for the US. This time, Samsung has done a good facelift with a new kind of back-cover resembling a lather note book; though still the phone is completely made of plastic. The new Note 3 borrows almost all the features of Galaxy S4 and Samsung has completely changed the S-pen functions as well. Let’s have a look at the features -



Key Features

  • 2.3 GHz quad-core Krait 400 (N9005) / quad-core 1.9 GHz Cortex-A15 & quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7 (N9000) processor & Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (N9005) / Exynos 5 Octa 5420 (N9000) chipset, Adreno 330 (N9005) / Mali-T628 MP6 (N9000) GPU, 3GB of RAM, 32/64 GB storage
  •  5.7 inches  Super AMOLED  display with 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution @ 386 ppi pixel density
  • Android v4.3 (Jelly Bean) OS with brilliant TouchWiz UX UI
  • 13 MP AF camera with 4K/full HD recording, 2 MP front camera with full HD recording
  • S-Pen stylus with innovative features
  • Huge 3200 mAh battery


Software Features

  • As soon as you remove the S-pen, you will get Air Command wheel showing five handy S-pen apps – Action Memo, Scrapbooker, Screen Write, S Finder & Pen Window.
  • The large Galaxy Note 3 can be managed with one hand by the ‘one hand operation’ features on keyboard, dialler & even a double swipe can shrink the whole display to any side.
  • Samsung Smart Scroll and Smart Pause features in video player [it's a little bit similar to the 'Smart Stay' feature on the previous Galaxy phones. A video playing will pause if you turn away from the screen and will play if you look at the display again. The video will also scroll if you tilt the phone as you are looking at the device]
  • Glove friendly display glass [use the screen even when wearing gloves!]
  • Group Play [just share a song via NFC with other compatible devices & use up to 9 phones as loud speakers, also play multiplayer games with others in real time without data connectivity (Asphalt 7 and Gun Bros 2 are two launch partners)]
  • Sound and Shot feature [includes background sounds for few seconds in clicked photos]
  • Cinema Shot mode [few selected objects move in clicked photos by freezing other objects detected by the phone]
  • Drama Shot mode [take a series of photos of a moving object and merge them into one]
  • Eraser mode [remove moving objects in clicked photos ( from 5 consecutive shots)]
  • Dual Shot and Dual Video [use both the front & rear camera simultaneously to take a single photo / video (includes the photographer into the image/video)]
  • Dual video call [use the rear camera as well to show the surroundings during a video call on Samsung ChatON]
  • Share screen over ChatON
  • S Health [Pedometer (walking and running) support, temp and humidity sensors; body scale, heart-rate monitor] with S Band
  • Adapt Display [the display adapts to the media shown on it and makes it soothing to the eyes]
  • Air View & Air Gesture [hovering over the screen with fingers will show you a preview of the hidden items underneath e.g. hovering over a gallery album will give you a preview of the photos in it, you can also scroll through images and webpages by swiping your finger over the display - without touching it!]
  • S Translator [translates emails & texts to and from any language, text to speech and speech to text support, total 9 languages are supported]
  • S-voice Drive [S-voice dictation of phone notifications like text messages, emails etc aloud through the car's speakers along with the driving instructions, syncing to the vehicle via Bluetooth]
  • Samsung Knox [addresses mobile security needs of enterprise IT via Platform Security, Application Security & Mobile Device Management]
  • Samsung Home Sync [1 TB]
  • Samsung WatchON [share and control media on TV with the phone]
  • Optical Reader [like 'Google Googles', the phone can recognise a logo, barcode or text and provide you useful info like company/product details, contact numbers or ever meaning of a word scanned with the camera]


Market status: Available, released – September, 2013



DISPLAY Size 5.7 inches (14.478 cm)
Technology Super AMOLED, 16M colors
Resolution Full HD ie. 1920 x 1080 pixels @ 386 ppi
Type Capacitive, Multitouch (10)
EXTERIOR Dimensions 151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm (5.95 x 3.12 x 0.33 in)
Weight 168 gm
Ports & Keys Home [hardware], Menu & Option keys, RGB & ‘Air Gesture’ sensor, ear speaker, multi-colored LED light (front), Volume rocker (right), Power key (left), 3.5 mm jack, IR blaster (top), USB 3.0 port, loud speaker & S-Pen (bottom), Camera with flash (back)
Sensors Proximity & Ambient Light Sensors, RGB sensor for ‘Adapt display’ feature, humidity, temperature & pressure sensors, step counter
Colors Black, White & Pink
PROCESSINGPOWER Processor 2.3 GHz quad-core Krait 400 (N9005) / quad-core 1.9 GHz Cortex-A15 & quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7 (N9000)
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (N9005) / Exynos 5 Octa 5420 (N9000)
GPU Adreno 330 (N9005) / Mali-T628 MP6 (N9000) GPU
MEMORY System Memory 3 GB of RAM
Internal Storage 32 GB / 64 GB
Expansion microSD, up to 64 GB
SOFTWARE OS Android v4.3 (Jelly Bean)
User Interface TouchWiz UX UI
CONNECTIVITY SIM Micro SIM, single slot
Operatingfrequencies GSM – 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHzUMTS – 850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz

LTE – 800, 900, 1800, 2600 ( N9005) MHz

Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, DLNA, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct
GPS with A-GPS support and GLONASS
Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, EDR
USB USB (MHL) v3.0, USB Host
Radio No
CAMERA Primary 13 megapixels
Secondary 2 megapixels
Video Up to 2160p @ 30 fps (N9005), 1080p @30 fps (N9000) [primary], 1080p [Secondary]
Flash Single LED
Features Drama Shot [take more than 100 shots in 4 seconds], Erase mode, dual-shot, surround-shot, beauty face mode, golf mode, sound & shot, Zero shutter lag, BSI sensor for better low light photography, image stabilization both in imaging & videography
BATTERY Capacity 3200 mAh Li-Ion
  • Other sensors : Accelerometer, gyro, compass
  • One handed operation
  • S-voice drive
  • Dual video call
  • Air gesture [navigate without touching the display]
  • S Health
  • Air View [using fingers & S-pen]
  • Group Play
  • Samsung Knox
  • Samsung Home Sync [1 TB]
  • Control TV & play games with the integrated IR Remote
SAR INFO 0.29 W/kg (head), 0.36 W/kg (body)
PRICE Approx. 48,000 INR ~ 800 USD


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