Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date, price and specs

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is here with an even bigger screen than ever and the S Pen stylus. Here's everything you need to know about the Galaxy Note 3's release date, price and specifications in the UK. See Samsung Galaxy Note 3 leaked in photo with specs.

After months of conflicting leaked information and speculation, Samsung has taken the wraps off its Galaxy Note 3. A matter of days before Apple unveils its iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. Naturally you want to know all about it so that's what this article is for.

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"We introduced the original Galaxy Note in 2011 and launched a whole new smart device category. The undeniable success of the Galaxy Note strengthened our conviction that consumers want higher quality features for smart devices and they want those new features to make their lives better." said JK Shin, CEO and president of Samsung Mobile.

Galaxy Note 3: UK release date

Samsung did, as we expected, announce the Galaxy Note 3 at its Unpacked 2013 Episode 2 event at IFA. The firm said that the Galaxy Note 3 will be released 25 September in more than 140 countries.

Mobile operator EE has said it will be selling the Galaxy Note 3 which can be pre-ordered in-store already and online on 9 September.

Three has simply said: "The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will be coming to Three".

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Galaxy Note 3: Price in the UK

Samsung hasn't, as usual, announced the price for its new phablet. However, the Galaxy Note 3 is be a premium phone and you can expect a high price tag.

Update: Samsung has quietly announced that the Galaxy Note 3 will cost a whopping £649 in the UK. However, Clove and Expansys have it for just under £600.

Phones 4U has put the Galaxy Note 3 up for pre-order and is offering a free case worth £99 and £100 off the price of the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Those buying a 4G plan will also get a wireless speaker worth £120.

The Galaxy Note 3 is availalble for free from £47 per month. Those wanting to get it on EE will have to pay £79 and £47 per month.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 colours

Galaxy Note 3: Specs

OS: Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean)
Network: Up to 4G (Cat 4)
Processor: LTE 2.3 GHz Quad-Core Processor or 3G 1.9 GHz Octa Core Processor ( A15 1.9 GHz + A7 1.3 GHz) depending on market.
Storage: 32/64 GB, microSD (up to 64 GB)
Memory: 3 GB RAM
Display: 5.7 in (144.3mm) Full HD Super AMOLED (1080 x 1920)
Camera: Main(Rear): 13 Mp BSI Sensor, Auto Focus camera with Smart Stabilization,
LED Flash(High CRI), and Zero Shutter Lag, Sub (Front): 2 Mp BSI sensor with Smart Stabilization, Full HD recording @30fps
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (HT80), GPS / GLONASS, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 (LE), IR LED, MHL 2.0.
Sensors: Gesture, Accelerometer, Geo-magnetic, Gyroscope, RGB, Proximity, Barometer, Temperature & Humidity, Hall Sensor.
Dimensions: 151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3mm, 168g
Battery: 3200 mAh Li-ion

Continue on to the next page to see our initial release date and specs round up. (It seems a shame to just delete it).

From 17th January 2013:

Needless to say, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date and specs rumours do not all come on the same day. Rather, they come about from little leaks here and there, and over time a clear picture of what to expect is formed. So you really should bookmark this page and check regularly for the latest Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date and specs news. See also Group test: what's the best smartphone?

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date

While there has been no official Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date announced yet, there are one or two very feasible rumours doing to rounds as to when it could be launched.

The first Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date rumour that caught our attention was reported by The Korean Times, who rather unimpressively says that the Note 3 will arrive sometime in 2013. Hardly the scoop of the century, but it’s a start…the Galaxy Note 3 is definitely coming this year…according to the Korean Times.

Thankfully the Wall Street Journal has gone on to narrow down the rumoured Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date to the first half of the year. The WSJ is claiming that it came to get this timeframe from Samsung sources. And for now, that’s about it so far folks, we did say it was a work in progress, but don’t worry this sort of thing snowballs once a couple have started. So you can expect a more convincing and specific Note 3 release date very soon.

To chuck our expert two penny’s into the pot, we’d have to say that a Galaxy Note 3 release date in the first half of the year would be a little surprising, considering that the Note 2 was only launched at the end of November 2012. The first half of the year is also when Samsung is expected to launch its flagship S4 device, which is fast approaching its first birthday (a long time in the smartphone world without an updated device on the horizon). So the idea of Samsung launching two major high-end smartphones in the same half of the year is a little hard for us to get our head around…stranger things have happened though. See also Samsung Galaxy S4 release date, specs and rumours.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 specs

The Samsung Galaxy Notes really are the original ‘phablets’. The Note 2 measured in at 5.95 x 3.17 x 0.37-inch, which is ridiculously big for a smartphone and if the rumours are to be believed the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will be even bigger. Exact dimensions haven’t surfaced yet, but what has been leaked so far is the potential screen size for the Note 3.

Another report published in the Korean Times is claiming that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will have a whopping 6.3-inch display. To put that into perspective, the already big screened Galaxy Note 2 has only a 5.55-inch screen, while other popular smartphones such as the Galaxy S3 and iPhone 5 have 4.8-inch and 4-inch displays respectively.

The Korean Times report didn’t stop there, it went on to predict that “Samsung plans to use the Octa core processor in the upcoming 6.3-inch Galaxy Note 3”. This is the same processor that was launched at CES 2013.

Samsung is widely expected to keep the storage options the same for the Galaxy Note 3, offering the device with either 16GB or 32GB of flash memory, while keeping the removable SD slot to allow up to 64GB of microSDXC storage too.

That, as they say is that…for now. This is a work in progress remember so keep this page bookmarked and come back regularly, as you can be sure that we will be adding all of the latest Samsung Galaxy Note release date and spes rumours to this article as soon as we get them.

See also: PC Advisor's Galaxy Note II video