Some say it is a phone; others, a tablet.
The Galaxy Note 3 is a new breed of ‘infused phones and tablets’ aptly named ‘phablets’. It has a much larger screen than the usual smartphone but is still portable and fits inside a pocket with relative ease. The Note 3 comes with a 5.7 inch screen, a 13 MP HD ready rear camera, and a 2 MP front facing camera. Inside, you’ve got a Quad-core 3.2 GHz processor and 3 GB of RAM that will handle even the heaviest mobile applications.
Its internal storage size comes either of 2 sizes; a 32 GB or a 64 GB option that’s expandable (you can slot your SD card right in there to make it a 128 GB device). The biggest winner here though is 4G on this ‘phablet’. 4G LTE, an upgrade on speed and routing from 3G, has been in test in Kenya for a couple of months now and it is believed that Safaricom and Airtel will implement it soon.
Samsung is rumoured to be working on a more affordable Note 3 but featuring a flexible display (bendable screen) and will produce this device in limited edition possibly over the next quarter. The Note 3 has been seen as a plot to completely obliterate ‘pen and paper’ by allowing a user to take notes printable, editable and ‘shareable‘ using the S-pen which comes in the Note 3 package and promoting the living green initiative.
So big is the fight to make humans’ work easier that companies are now producing technology that can be used with relative ease and is always on our person (on-body). A good example is Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch which connects to your in-pocket Samsung smartphone and lets you read email, pick calls and use apps on your phone right from your wrist.
It is not yet clear on how much the Note 3 will cost but probably around 80,000 KES and will be available in Kenya from November while the Galaxy Gear smartwatch is expected to be available locally in mid-2014 for approximately 30,000 KES.