It's been three weeks since Samsung announced the third edition of the Galaxy Note, the phablet that started it all. Now, the Galaxy Note 3 is finally available in the United Kingdom.
The device packs a wider 5.7-inch full HD Super AMOLED display, a slimmer (8.3 mm) and lighter (168 g) hardware design, and a more powerful and longer lasting (3,200 mAh) battery compared to the previous generation Galaxy Note 2. The processor depends on the market (LTE or 3G). 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 version launching in the United Kingdom will feature the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC. Processor aside, the Note 3 packs 3 GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel camera, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, up to 64 GB of storage, microSD up to 64 GB, and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.
The Note 3 is joined by the Galaxy Gear, which is also launching in the UK today. Samsung's smartwatch was also announced earlier this month and is hitting the States in early October. It boasts a single-core 800 MHz ARM CPU, 4 GB of storage, Bluetooth 4.0, and a 1.9-megapixel camera. The device works as a pedometer, a watch, a camera, and can pair with your Note 3 to make calls, display alerts and messages on its 1.63-inch Super AMOLED display, and acts as a hands-free kit.
The Galaxy Gear will set you back £299 while the Note 3 will cost £599 (though obviously some carriers will be able to bring that price down in exchange for your loyalty). Right now, the Gear is only compatible with the Note 3 and the new Galaxy Note 10.1.