Since Samsung announced the Exynos 5 Octa at CES 2013, one major criticism has been leveled at its implementation of big.Little technology time and again: for some reason, it has only ever been able to run 4 of its 8 cores at a time. Not only that, but it has never been able to mix-and-match the higher performance A15 cores with power efficient A7 cores to get the best possible configuration for performance and power usage.
Our time at IFA is drawing to a close, and after the dust has settled, it's pretty clear who came out on top in terms of interesting unveils - Samsung. The Note 3's new features, enhanced display, faster processor, and continued focus on maximizing screen space without increasing the size of the device itself have clearly kept people interested in the increasingly-popular line of handsets. Having played with the Note 3, I must agree - it's better in nearly every way than its predecessor.
A great thing about new flagship phones is that they usually come packed to the brim with new technologies we can get excited about. The Galaxy Note 3, announced a few days ago, is no exception. While Samsung made a point of featuring Category 4 LTE with Carrier Aggregation, which can achieve 150 Mbps, the company neglected to mention the Note 3 also includes the Qualcomm QFE1100 chipset which should significantly reduce power consumption and heat associated with the LTE radio.
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.
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.
The big US carriers are lining up to take your money and hand you a shiny new Galaxy Note 3. T-Mobile is announcing it will be selling the Note 3 on October 2nd. And while you're at it, why not get a Galaxy Gear smartwatch too? It's only another $299.
The Note 3 will cost buyers $199 up front, plus $21 per month for 24 months. This is T-Mobile's new contract-free plan.
These days, it seems like everybody is trying to make Android more secure. As usual, rooting and modding are often casualties of this effort. Just over a month ago Android 4.3 broke the existing model for root, forcing updates to existing methods, and now Samsung is rolling out updated Android 4.2.2 firmwares for the Galaxy S 4 which fully enable the company's heavily secured KNOX environment. Fortunately, Chainfire is already on top of it and has updated his popular root software, SuperSU, to be compatible with the new system.
In case you haven't already read our coverage of Samsung's big reveal of the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Gear or taken a gander at our hands-on video of both the phablet and the smartwatch, here's the gist. The former is an updated version of the Galaxy Note II with a new leather-textured plastic back, increased storage space, and a 1080p display. It's not wider than the previous model, but it's taller and packing more power inside along with a larger battery.
If you've been deliriously excited ever since Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 3 earlier today, there's something you should see. The Korean phone maker has posted a new video, and it's jam-packed with six minutes and thirty seconds of Note 3 and S Pen action.
The video shows off all the S Pen features introduced with the Note 3 today. We get to see a few more use cases for features like Action Memo, Multi Window, and Scrapbooker.