The Amazon Wireless store annually hosts a consumer electronics and smartphone holiday sale on its website this time every year. On board the holiday sales event is the Galaxy Note 3 phablet, which starts at around $149 on contract, also available in an unlocked, no contract model. The big-screen tablet/smartphone was announced in September and released in October, and has already sold more than 10 million units. The Galaxy Note 3 registered that milestone event in less than 60 days of global availability.
That sales rate makes it the fastest selling Galaxy Note model ever released, and there are several features in which the Galaxy Note 3 achieves first-ever status for a Galaxy Note device. This is the first Samsung Galaxy Note smartphone to deliver a Full HD display, on board is the largest display ever seen on a Galaxy Note mobile handset, and another first-time occurrence is the 13.0 megapixel snapper on the back of the phone. Also, the Galaxy Note 3 debuts as the first mobile device to offer a full 3.0 GB of RAM system memory.
With Full HD status, the 5.70 inch Super AMOLED screen delivers a resolution of 1,080 x 1,920 pixels, offered at a high-end pixel density of 386 pixels per inch. More than 16 million colors are present on that display, which is protected against scratching and chipping with a third generation layer of Corning Gorilla Glass. In an industry which averages roughly 12.0 hours of talk time from a single battery charge, the Galaxy Note 3 extended life 3,200 mg cell delivers a full 25.0 hours of conversation time after fully charging.
That oversized cell also delivers more than three weeks of standby battery power, and needs plenty of juice to feed the Snapdragon quad core 2.3 GHz CPU that powers the handset. An Adreno 330 GPU handles all graphics processing, while the 32 GB of generous onboard storage can be accentuated by a microSD slot, which accepts external storage cards up to 64 GB in size. The Galaxy Note 3 handset offers multiple wireless connectivity options, like infrared, NFC, DLNA, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Accelerometer, compass, gyroscope, thermometer, barometer and humidity sensors have all been included.
The rear facing snapper provides video capture in 1,920 x 1,080 pixels (1,080P Full HD resolution) and 60 frames per second, and is also capable of 4K video capture at 30 frames per second. With an LED flash and back illuminated sensor (BSI) that main camera is excellent for low light operation, and delivers features like a self timer, digital image stabilization, continuous autofocus and a digital zoom. Also on board is a front facing chat cam, providing video call, video chat and Skype support.