If you want a big phone with a faux-leather back, the Galaxy Note 3 is the only game in town. AT&T customers can get in line now to wrap their hands around the Note 3. Well, assuming they can fit their hands around it at all. AT&T is taking pre-orders right this minute.

2013-09-06 00_46_08-Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - Jet Black cell phone from AT&T

The Note 3 comes in black and white – no sign of that stylish pink one yet. If the prospect of a 2-year contract frightens you, there's always the outrageous $724.99 full price option. On AT&T Next, you can have the Note 3 for $35 per month. It should ship "around October 1st" according to AT&T. The shipping date might slip if pre-order volume is high.

You're probably familiar with what you're getting with the Note 3. It's packing a quad-core Snapdragon 800, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a 5.7-inch 1080p Super AMOLED. It has all the neat S Pen content that was shown off at IFA, and it pairs nicely with the Galaxy Gear. AT&T says the Gear will be shipping a few weeks later, but offered no further details. Full PR is below.

Beginning Sept. 6, AT&T* will offer pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy® Note 3.  The Galaxy Note 3 will be available for $35 per month with AT&T Next or $299.99 with a two-year agreement.  For more information or to pre-order, visit www.att.com/galaxynote.  Orders will begin shipping around Oct. 1.

The Galaxy Note 3 features a 5.7-inch full HD Super AMOLED display and builds on Samsung’s successful Note series with a better way to control, write and get more done, such as:

  • My Magazine allows you to curate content tailored to the things you love including sports updates, celebrity news, your social media feeds, even nearby restaurant suggestions. 
  • Scrapbook provides an easy and functional way to use the S Pen to grab and store videos, photos and clips from Web pages that are linkable back to the original online source.
  • Wake-up Command allows you to send messages, make calls and more without touching your phone, just by saying “Hi, Galaxy.”
  • S Finder makes locating emails, text messages, contacts or web history on your smartphone easy.  You can even search for handwriting or symbols, or browse by date.
  • Advanced Multi Window functionality lets you keep two windows of the same app open so you can browse your social media feed while posting vacation photos. You can also drag and drop an address from an email into a map search without cutting and pasting.
  • Samsung Smart Switch™ transfers contacts, calendar events, messages, photos and more. It can also automatically find your favorite apps on Google Play™ and recommend similar ones if there isn’t a direct match††.
  • Action Memo makes your handwritten notes actionable.  You can dial a number, import information directly into contacts, go directly to a web address and find an address on a map.

The Note 3 also includes innovative camera features as well as additional features introduced on the Galaxy S® 4:

  • Eraser Shot removes unwanted background distractions in your photos and videos with just one touch.
  • Drama Shot captures a time-lapse event all in one frame.
  • S Beam™ quickly and easily share files simply by tapping two S Beam enabled smartphones together. 
  • WatchON™ simplifies searching and recommends TV, movies and sports according to personal tastes. With WatchON and the built-in IR blaster, the Galaxy Note 3 functions as a remote control for home theater equipment.
  • Easy Mode settings give new smartphone users or simplicity seekers the option to start out with a basic version of your home screen that keeps your favorite apps and features within reach. 
  • Air View™ lets you hover your finger over photos, files, links and text for an instant preview.

Galaxy Gear™, Samsung’s first wearable that extends the smartphone experience to your wrist, will be available in the coming weeks. The Galaxy Gear paired with the Galaxy Note 3 broadens the smartphone experience by intelligently connecting and sharing information. With Galaxy Gear, AT&T and Samsung are expanding how people live their lives with technology. For more information please visitwww.att.com/galaxygear.

[AT&T Galaxy Note 3 (white), AT&T Galaxy Note 3 (black)]