Samsung is getting ready to unpack its latest mobile device. A cleverly-designed invitation complete with a scribble font is beckoning the media to attend a Sept. 4 event in Berlin.
Widespread speculation suggests Samsung is getting ready to take the cover off the Galaxy Note III. Samsung could not immediately be reached for comment, but a fall debut of the Note II's successor makes sense. And the "note the date" line on the invitation seems to be a not-so-indirect hint.
All that combined with the fact that the Berlin event is scheduled just prior to the annual IFA -- the consumer electronics show at which Samsung rolled out the Galaxy Note II device in 2012 -- leaves little doubt that the tech titan plans to offer a better, if not bigger, phablet in the weeks ahead.
Samsung has been tight-lipped about the specs of the forthcoming Note III. Some tech mags have reported rumors of a 6.3-inch screen and better resolution. And it's likely that there will be other upgrades from the Note II.
The Galaxy Note II offers a 5.5-inch screen with a 1,280-by-720-pixel display. The device also sports a 1.6 GHz quad-core Exynos processor that's optimized for LTE networks. Other specs include: 16 GB of internal storage; 2GB of RAM; and a microSD card that makes possible expandable storage up to 64GB. Weighing only 6.3 ounces, the Galaxy Note II sports version 4.1.1 of Google's Android operating system.
We caught up with Avi Greengart, a principal analyst at Current Analysis, to get his thoughts on what the next Note could hold. He told us the Note III will get the latest processor and he's hoping to see some software improvements, especially around the S-pen.
Too Many Features?
"The pen's capabilities are fairly robust but they are not very well refined. There are a lot of times when I was testing the Note II that the pen just didn't seem as integrated as it could be," Greengart said. "It didn't seem to work intuitively and as seamlessly as it could be."
For better or worse, Greengart said he is also expecting Samsung to pull in all the software functionality from the Galaxy S IV that is not already in the Note II. That's because it's part of Samsung's brand promise to toss in as much technology as possible.
"To Samsung's credit, they advertise the benefits of the features -- not just necessarily just the features themselves. They don't just talk about the specs but what you can do with them," Greengart said. "That said, my critique of Samsung has long been that they spend too much time adding new features and not enough time refining the features that they have. In many cases, consumers find some of these features tremendous fun to show off to friends but not all that useful in day-to-day life because of the way they've been implemented."
Posted: 2013-08-06 @ 4:53pm PT
Bigger than Galaxy Note 2 is better.
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Posted: 2013-08-05 @ 2:13pm PT
On man usefulness is another man feature never of use. the S4 has features I shall seldom use. Now the note 3 may be more of the same. The printer function in the iPhone 4S is so restricted by HP air print . That make the S4 has more to look at although the S4 operators manual has nothing on printers. If any WiFi printer work on most current PC note book and net books, I expect the note 3 to be an improvement what is on the market for PC and wireless printers of any manufacture. Dave, programmer in 17 computer languages as of the I B M 1620 md.l I(type bar) useing monitor I in machine language .