AT&T Galaxy Note 3 Review, Price Check, Android 4.3 KitKat Update

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galaxynote3bOn the Android 4.3 KitKat news front, Samsung recently leaked a piece of interoffice memo which shows the Galaxy Note 3 receiving the Android 4.3 operating system boost in January. There was no specific date mentioned, with the rollout schedule now falling to individual wireless carriers. A recent price check of the AT&T Galaxy Note 3 shows the phone with a $249 on contract price tag at the Amazon Wireless store online, and the large screen tablet/smartphone has performed well for AT&T since its arrival in October.

The AT&T Galaxy Note 3 can be purchased starting at $249.

Samsung effectively bested all other smartphone manufacturers when they included a full 3.0 GB of RAM memory on the Galaxy Note 3. This is the first smartphone to boast that designation, and several firsts for Galaxy Note devices are also on board. The Galaxy Note 3 offers the largest screen size of any Galaxy Note model thus far, and actually does that while cutting down on the overall size of the handset, making it slightly smaller than the Galaxy Note II.

Samsung has also included its first ever Full HD multitouch display found on a Galaxy Note smartphone, with 386 color pixels spread over each inch of display space. This gives that 5.7 inch display a screen resolution of 1,080 x 1,920 pixels, and a third generation layer of Corning Gorilla Glass has been added for scratch and chip resistance. Previous versions of Galaxy Note handsets included a rear facing 8.0 megapixel camcorder, and that has been improved on as well.

The Galaxy Note 3 offers a 13.0 megapixel rear facing camera, as well as a front facing 2.0 megapixel chat cam. That rear shooter is capable of 4K video capture at 30 frames per second, and 1,080P HD resolution video capture at 60 frames per second. And the main camera includes a well-rounded special effects and customization package, including face and smile detection, continuous autofocus while videotaping, digital image stabilization and a back illuminated sensor (BSI). More technical features such as exposure compensation, white balance presets, ISO control and a high dynamic range mode (HDR) have also been added.

Slim in thickness despite the oversized battery and full hardware package, the Galaxy Note 3 smartphone measures just 0.33 inches (8.3 mm) in profile. The phone boasts multiple wireless connectivity options, such as DLNA, NFC, infrared, Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi technologies. A full 25.0 hours of talk time is achievable from a single battery charge, with a quad core 2.3 GHz CPU powering the handset. A microSD slot has been added for storage expansion, and the system chip is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 model. The Galaxy Note 3 for AT&T can be purchased starting at $249.

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