T-Mobile has announced plans to open up pre-orders on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 on Wednesday. The company, which recently started advertising as an 'uncarrier,' is offering the phone for an upfront cost of $199.99 provided the user commits to 24 monthly payments of $21 with T-Mobile's Simple Choice plan.
Though the phone is not launching until October 2, pre-orders may ship before that date. This is in line with AT&T's October 1 launch. AT&T is charging $299 on contract (two years), or $725 outright. Verizon earlier this month promised shipment by October 10 with the same on-contract/off-contract pricing as AT&T.
The Galaxy Note 3 packs a 5.7-inch full HD Super AMOLED display, a slimmer (8.3mm) and lighter (168g) hardware design compared to the Note 2, and more powerful and longer lasting (3,200mAh) battery. Processor of choice depends on either LTE or 3G markets. The LTE market gets quad core running at 2.3 GHz while the 3G variant will have an octa core (A15 1.9 GHz + A7 1.3 GHz). The camera is a 13-megapixel affair with stabilization and high CRI LED flash. Matching the Note 3's bigger size is the increase of RAM up to 3 GB. The Note 3 will come in Jet Black, Classic White and Blush Pink, plus a myriad of color accessory options.