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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Preview: Hands-On With The New DIgital Sketch-Pad (VIDEO)

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The Galaxy Note 3 is Samsung's latest 5.7-inch smartphone-tablet hybrid, with a built-in S-Pen stylus.

Key Features

  • 5.7-inch 1080p screen
  • Faux-leather back
  • 2.3 Ghz Snapdragon 800
  • 13-megapixel rear camera
  • 32/64GB internal storage
  • 'Air Command' controls pop-up when you use the S-Pen

The Pitch

"In addition to meaningful technological advancements, Samsung GALAXY Note 3 delivers a new premium look and feel. Expanding on the modern Samsung GALAXY design approach, Samsung GALAXY Note 3 adds a soft and textured-touch back cover and delicate stitching."

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Impressions

The Samsung Galaxy Note III looks extremely similar to the previous version - because it is. But it adds a few really nice refinements that make the device a more-attractive option for anyone looking to make the switch to a large Android phone with a stylus.

Oh, and a pink leather back.

Yes, the Note III differs from its predecessors by not only being faster and slightly thinner, but also by coming in a hot pink colour, and switching from a plastic back to a leather-like, stitched material which rests just on the right side of tasteful.

Yes, it feels a bit Jeremy Clarkson - but it's preferable to the plastic feel of other Galaxy products. The pink is - well, it's pink. It will appeal to some, but isn't quite as attractive to our eyes as the classic white/black duopoly.

The Note III boosts the internals as you'd expect - including the CPU, graphics processor and screen. Despite that, the drawing and note-taking performance of the S-Pen remains about the same, and still felt a little imprecise -- though if you're writing or drawing a lot, the S-Pen is obviously far preferable to using your finger.

Take a look at how it all fits together in the video.