The Note 3 sports a 5.7-inch, full high-definition screen, a slight boost from the Note 2’s 5.5-inch display. But despite the bigger screen, the Note 3 is thinner and lighter, measuring 8.3mm and weighing just 168g. It’s easy to hold in one hand — in terms of weight, anyway; you can’t work the screen with one hand unless you’re the hitchhiker with the massive thumbs from that Uma Thurman film.
The screen is as bright, colourful, and responsive as we’ve come to expect. You can do everything with your fingertip, as on most tablets, but the S Pen stylus gives you even finer control.
Under that slablike screen is a beefy 2.3GHz processor with a whopping 3GB of RAM. All that power harnessed to a giant screen could empty the tank with alarming alacrity, but a 3,200mAh battery is there to ensure there’s plenty of grunt left when you need it.
And the Note has plenty of speed, too: it has 4G LTE for connecting to the Internet at high speeds, with support for the fastest category 4 4G.
Around back is a 13-megapixel camera with LED flash. It’s set in a textured, leather-effect rear edged in fake stitching. Perhaps stung by the criticism aimed at the cheap-looking glossy plastic of the Galaxy S4 and its ilk, Samsung is obviously going for the premium look of an expensive wallet, and, coupled with the classy metal rim, it actually works.