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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  • IFA 2013 Consumer Electronics Trade Fair

    BERLIN, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 05: Visitors try out the new Galaxy Note 3 smartphone at the Samsung stand at the IFA 2013 consumer electronics trade fair on September 5, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. The 2013 IFA will be open to the public from September 6-11. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

  • JK Shin

    FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, file photo, JK Shin, head of Samsung Mobile Communications, presents the new Samsung Galaxy Note 3 in Berlin. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer, File)

  • JK Shin

    FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, file photo, moderator, English television presenter Jason Bradbury, left, and David Park, of Samsung Marketing, present the new Samsung Galaxy Note 3 in Berlin. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer, File)

  • IFA 2013 Consumer Electronics Trade Fair

    BERLIN, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 05: The new Galaxy Note 3 smartphone lies on display at the Samsung stand at the IFA 2013 consumer electronics trade fair on September 5, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. The 2013 IFA will be open to the public from September 6-11. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

  • IFA 2013 Consumer Electronics Trade Fair

    BERLIN, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 05: The photographer holds the new Galaxy Gear smartwatch next to the new Galaxy Note 3 smartphone at the Samsung stand at the IFA 2013 consumer electronics trade fair on September 5, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. The 2013 IFA will be open to the public from September 6-11. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

  • IFA 2013 Consumer Electronics Trade Fair

    BERLIN, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 05: The photographer holds the new Galaxy Gear smartwatch next to the new Galaxy Note 3 smartphone at the Samsung stand at the IFA 2013 consumer electronics trade fair on September 5, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. The 2013 IFA will be open to the public from September 6-11. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

  • IFA 2013 Consumer Electronics Trade Fair

    BERLIN, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 05: Visitors try out the new Galaxy Note 3 smartphone at the Samsung stand at the IFA 2013 consumer electronics trade fair on September 5, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. The 2013 IFA will be open to the public from September 6-11. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

  • A model displays the new Samsung Galaxy Gear, left, which is connected ivy Gear Watch with the new Samsung Galaxy Note 3, right, after the presentation in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. Samsung has unveiled a highly anticipated digital wristwatch well ahead of a similar product expected from rival Apple. The so-called smartwatch is what some technology analysts believe could become this year's must-have holiday gift. Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Gear on Wednesday in Berlin ahead of the annual IFA consumer electronics show. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

  • JK Shin

    JK Shin, head of Samsung Mobile Communications, presents the new Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. Samsung has unveiled a highly anticipated digital wristwatch well ahead of a similar product expected from rival Apple. The so-called smartwatch is what some technology analysts believe could become this year's must-have holiday gift. Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Gear on Wednesday in Berlin ahead of the annual IFA consumer electronics show. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)


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.