Yesterday Korean electronics giant Samsung introduced the long anticipated Galaxy Note 3 mobile phone and the Galaxy Gear Smartwatch at IFA (the European version of the Consumer Electronics Show) in Berlin. It was revealed that both these devices would be available to consumers on the 25th of September 2013.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3’s 1080p (1080×1920) Super AMOLED screen is 5.7 inches long (0.2 inches longer than the Samsung Galaxy Note 2’s screen). The Galaxy Note 3 is also thinner and lighter than the Galaxy Note 2: it’s only 8.3mm thick and weighs 168 grams. The device has a 13 megapixel back camera and a 2 megapixel front camera. The device will be released with the latest version of Google’s Android OS (Jellybean 4.3) and just like the Samsung Galaxy S4 there will be a 3G only and an LTE version. The LTE version will have a 2.3 GHz Quad Core CPU and the 3G only version will have a 1.9GHz Octa core CPU. The phone will be available in black, white and pink.
The software features of the Galaxy Note 3 include Multi Window (which lets users work with two windows at the same time). Windows can be from different applications or within a single application. The drag and drop mode within Multi Window also allows users to drag and drop content such as a text or images from one window to the other. The phone also has a Pen Window feature (from Air Command). This allows you to draw a window on the screen and launch an application without switching away from the current app that you’re using. The Galaxy Note 3 also has Action Memo: a feature that allows you to handwrite a note and Scrapbook: a feature that lets you circle content you like (like a news article or YouTube video) and automatically saves and organizes it so you can easily scroll through it. To find out more about the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, check out the video below:
Like its name suggests, the Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch is worn like a wristwatch. The device can not run independently and needs to be linked with a specific Samsung smartphone or tablet for useful functionality. The Galaxy Gear watch has a 1.63 inch touch screen, an embedded camera in its strap and supports apps like Atooma, Banjo, Evernote, Glympse, Line, My Fitness Pal, Path, Pocket, Run Keeper, Facebook and Trip It. It also has an 800 MHz CPU, 512 Mb RAM and 4 Gb storage built into it.
The device allows its user to answer calls or check e-mails without picking up the smartphone that it’s paired with. According to Samsung you can even reply to e-mails using voice dictation with the Galaxy Gear. The device’s strap will be available in six different colors: black, gray, orange, beige, gold and green. According to the Times of India it’s easy to activate it’s 1.9 megapixel camera and quick to take photos with it. Check out the CNET news report about the Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch below:
Many technology analysts share the belief that the next big thing in electronics will be putting advanced computing technology into everyday objects. Like Google Glass, Samsung’s Galaxy Gear Smartwatch is a perfect example of this. Reading about this probably has you asking questions like “What will they think of next?” or “Isn’t this something that you only see in the movies?”. The cold hard fact is that we’re living in the future we dreamed about when we were kids. Surely we can expect many gadgets like this over the next five years, don’t you think?
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