We’ve spent a lot of time talking about what Samsung has next for their Galaxy Note series, especially when it comes to special LTE models for South Korea, but we haven’t really taken an in-depth look at the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. That’s about to change.

What we’re looking at in this smartphone/tablet, otherwise known as a phablet, is a spectacular 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with a brilliant range of colour and clarity. That’d be the fault of the HD display and its 1920 x 1080 resolution. Sure, we’ve seen some larger screens in terms of res. but that doesn’t matter. You won’t be able to see the difference without a much larger panel.

The internals are no less impressive. The South African model features an octa-core processor, Samsung’s own Exynos combination of a 1.9GHz and 1.3Ghz quad-core pair sandwiched together. Add to this the 32GB of storage right out of the box and 64GB available via microSD and you’ve got a powerful mini-computer that fits in your pocket.

Samsung have outfitted the Note 3 with 3GB of RAM as well, making sure that it never slows down when you need it to perform.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 ships with Android 4.3 as standard, with an Android 4.4 upgrade available and an Android Lollipop update on the cards as well. See? Future-proof.

In terms of other features, you can look forward to a 13MP rear camera, a 2MP front shooter and the S-Pen that makes Samsung’s Galaxy Note series as unique and useful as they are.

If you’re trying to walk the line between tablet and smartphone, the Galaxy Note 3 is the way to go. It combines the best of both, without being unwieldy. That’s a win, right there.

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