The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is heavily rumored to be coming later on this year to replace the popular Samsung Galaxy Note 2. And while Samsung hasn’t yet announced the device, there are more than a few reasons why consumers should start waiting or at least think about waiting for the rumored Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
In November of last year, Verizon became the last of the big name carriers in the United States to release the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, following in the footsteps of AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and U.S. Cellular. The Galaxy Note 2, despite its size and stylus, has proven to be as popular as the original Galaxy Note was and has led companies like LG and Sony to introduce high-powered phablets of their own.
For quite awhile now, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has ruled supreme over the phablet world with devices like the LG Intuition failing to catch on with consumers. However, that reign has just been challenged by the new Sony Xperia Z Ultra and the LG Optimus G Pro and will more than likely be threatened by a number of new devices later on this year.
One of those devices is a larger version of the HTC One, dubbed, HTC One Max. It’s expected to be a big Galaxy Note competitor as it’s rumored to feature not only the metal design of the HTC One, but also a massive 5.9-inch 1080p display with a stylus on board. Only, it won’t be the Galaxy Note 2 that the HTC One Max competes against. Instead, it will likely be its successor, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
For months now, there have been rumors suggesting that Samsung is hard at work on a Galaxy Note 3. And while the entire canvas has yet to be painted, we still think we know quite a bit about Samsung’s upcoming masterpiece.
Even without the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 rumors, the device would, for many people, still be a device worth waiting for. Here’s why.
Why You Should Wait for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Samsung invented the modern phablet with the Samsung Galaxy Note. The original was dismissed, before it launched, as gimmicky and too much like the failed Dell Streak. As it turns out, there is a huge market for a large screen smartphones, particularly those that possess a stylus with unique features.
What this means is that Samsung has had three generations to perfect its phablet, something that has not been afforded to other companies, thanks to their delay to the market. To us, this means that the Galaxy Note 3 should posses the best all-around experience of any large screen smartphone on the market. From the hardware, to the software, to the stylus, to the battery life, the Galaxy Note 3 should be the best Galaxy Note yet and that likely means the best phablet yet.
Yes, the Sony and LG and HTC devices look great, but it’s hard not to trust a company that introduced the modern phablet concept to the mainstream market. So at the very least, it’s worth waiting to see what the king of phablets has to offer in 2013.
Bigger Screen with Pocketability
One of the biggest reasons why people buy the Galaxy Note series and others like it are thanks to the big screens. The Galaxy Note possessed a 5.3-inch display. The Galaxy Note 2 saw a jump to 5.5-inches and it looks like the Galaxy Note 3 will have anywhere from a 5.7-inch to a 6-inch display, a slight change from the Galaxy Note 2.
However, we expect the Galaxy Note 3 to remain pocketable, maybe even more so than the Galaxy Note 2, thanks to a taller, yet thinner design. As we saw with the Galaxy S4 and the iPhone 5, companies can simply make devices taller, incorporating a larger screen, without making the device exponentially larger than its predecessor.
What this means is that we expect the Galaxy Note 3 to have more real estate while keeping a practical design that is likely an improvement over the Galaxy Note 2’s.
For the past two years, the Galaxy Note series has retained 720p resolution with a fairly rich pixel-per-inch count. We expect the Galaxy Note 3 to put the previous Galaxy Note models to shame when it comes to screen resolution, something that will matter on a device that is used to primarily for on-the-go consumption.
The Galaxy Note 3 is a beast when it comes to media. Movies are big enough to actually watch. Presentations for work are easy to edit. Photos are fantastic to look at. And while they looked good on the Galaxy Note 2, they will likely look better on the Galaxy Note 3 thanks to 1080p resolution and a high PPI count.
Rumors have aligned and suggest that Samsung will be outfitting it with an upgraded display and those that consume tons of media on their smartphone, particularly their phablet, will want to hold off on the Galaxy Note or Galaxy Note 2 and wait for the Galaxy Note 3.
Another feature that has been dragging with the Galaxy Note series is the camera. Both the Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note 2 variants have had 8MP cameras while other phablets, like the LG Intuition, have fared no better. They shoot decent enough photos but they aren’t on par with the best.
Rumors suggest the Galaxy Note 3 will have a 13MP camera that could come with features like 3x optical zoom. Samsung knows the Galaxy Note 3 is in for a dogfight so it wouldn’t be surprising to see a stellar camera on board, and at the very least, one that makes the Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note 2 cameras look like child’s play.
Those who want to shoot fantastic photo and video with their phablet definitely want to wait and see what Samsung does with the Galaxy Note 3 camera.
Best Stylus Experience (S Pen)
Samsung introduced a stylus called the S Pen with the Samsung Galaxy Note, a stylus that came along with some unique software features that were at the core of the Galaxy Note’s success. With the Galaxy Note 2, the company added software and improved the stylus, adding a ergonomic design.
Rumors in regards to the Galaxy Note 3 are scarce, but we expect the company to deliver the best stylus experience of any of the 2013 phablets. Why? This is Samsung’s third go-round with the S Pen and it knows what it’s doing. Companies like Sony and HTC are just entering the game and while their offerings will likely be useful and interesting, they likely won’t have the many capabilities that the S Pen is afforded.
Samsung is constantly adding new, useful features with its new flagships and the Galaxy Note 3 will be no different and those who are looking to utilize the stylus should certainly wait to see what it has up its sleeve.
Host of Carriers
One of the hallmarks of the Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series are their widespread availability in the United States. While some devices are unfortunately kept as exclusives on some carriers, the Galaxy Note series branched out with the Galaxy Note 2 which arrived for all five of the United States’ largest mobile carriers.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will almost assuredly be the same, offering consumers tons of choice when it comes to data plans and network size. This is absolutely huge as it means that users will get their pick of the litter.
Thanks to the likely increase in screen size and the inclusion of a next generation processing chip, be it the Exynos 5 Octa from Samsung or the Snapdragon 800 quad-core CPU from Qualcomm, the Galaxy Note 3 will more than likely possess an experience that is optimal for those that love to game on-the-go.
Believe it or not, there are plenty of Galaxy Note owners that covet their device as a gaming device and who can blame them. The quad-core processor powering and large screen make it ideal for games like Angry Birds and Plants vs. Zombies.
With the rumored upgrades to the Galaxy Note 3, games will not only play better but look better than they do on previous versions of the Galaxy Note making it worth the wait for mobile gamers.
Fantastic Battery Life
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 possesses fantastic battery life, there is no doubt about that. However, consumers should expect the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 to improve on that battery life either with a larger battery, an improved processor, or both.
Companies continue to offer better battery life on their smartphones and Samsung is no different. It knows the Galaxy Note 3 is a mobile device, aimed at productivity whilst on the move and it will want to keep owners happy with all day battery life.
We still don’t know how big the battery might be but a new processor is almost a given. And with new CPUs offering enhanced battery life and performance, the Galaxy Note 3 should possess better battery life than its predecessors.
Those who love having a ton of battery life will definitely want to wait for the Galaxy Note 3 as it should not disappoint.
Simply, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will be out a year later than devices like the Galaxy Note 2, meaning, it will likely survive one more year than the older model when it comes to software updates.
Smartphones, particularly Android devices, have a shelf life and while Samsung is good at keeping older devices updated, the Galaxy Note 2 is going to fall by the wayside much faster than the Galaxy Note 3.
Something to keep in mind before splurging on the Galaxy Note 2 ahead of the Galaxy Note 3’s arrival.
Not Much of a Wait
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 actually isn’t too far away. We are almost in July, which means that a launch is likely only two months away as it’s rumored for early September at IFA 2013 Berlin.
Samsung typically gets its devices out about a month after announcing them though we’ve seen them arrive less than a month after an announcement as was the case with the Galaxy S3. What this means is that October is likely the latest that it will arrive and even if that’s the case, we expect the U.S. models to arrive in October alongside the international models as well.
The AT&T, U.S. Cellular, T-Mobile and Sprint versions of the Galaxy S4 arrived right around the time of the international release and we expect to keep that trend up. Verizon may be lagging behind but those in the U.S. will likely see at least one Galaxy Note 3 model launch in late September or early October if the early September launch holds up.
For some, that may seem far away but three or four months is worth the wait for a device of the Galaxy Note 3’s caliber, particularly since it only arrives once a year.