This was the big Samsung day that everyone had circled on their calendars and Samsung’s JK Shin delivered on the rumors that we had been hearing about for weeks.
The festivities started off with the unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. It goes just a touch bigger with its 5.7-inch 1080p AMOLED display, but they say the body shell is no wider than the Note 2. They got rid of the plastic back and swapped it out for a “leather-look” material for better grip. It looks like it’s wearing a case when it isn’t, which might make things odd for the accessory makers. Running through the specs, we find Cat 4 4G LTE, a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 chip, 3GB RAM, 3200mAh battery, 13MP camera with 4K video, a revised S Pen, and Android 4.3. The 3G model will have a 1.9GHz Exynos 5 Octa chip in place of the Snapdragon. Look for it in Jet Black, Classic White or Blush Pink. The Note 3 launches in the US in October and on September 25 in 140 international markets.
The moment that many of us were anxiously awaiting was the revealing of the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. There was a leaked photo a couple days ago, but the real thing looks a lot better. Bringing “smart freedom” to your wrist, the Gear has a 1.63-inch 320×320 pixel Super AMOLED display, 1.9MP “Memographer” camera with 720p video built into the strap, swipe gestures, stainless steel construction, built-in mic and speaker for voice calls, a single core 800MHz processor, 512MB RAM, 4GB storage, Bluetooth 4.0, accelerometer, gyroscope, and a 315mAh battery good for 25 hours of standby. The catch is the the Gear currently works only with Android 4.3+ devices. Look for it to launch on September 25 for $299.
Perhaps the least exciting reveal was kept to the end with an updating version of the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet. It retains the same 10.1-inch size, but the resolution is bumped to 2560×1600 pixels. It also gets Android 4.3, new S Pen features, 8MP camera, 4G option, 16/32/64GB storage and the same fake leather back as the Note 3. Expect the Note 10.1 in the same launch window as the other two reveals.
So, are you excited about the amped up Note 3? Are you going to forego the Sony SmartWatch 2 and Pebble for the Galaxy Gear?