Wednesday, 4 September 2013


#Samsung #SamsungUnpacked #SamsungIFA #SamsungGalaxyNote3 #SamsungGear #SamsungGalaxyNote10.1

Good evening, Synapse Circuit Readers! It’s that time again... Time to take note, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 to be precise!

Wow! I have to say that Samsung did not disappoint tonight! Samsung delivered what are the best devices that I’ve ever seen! The Galaxy Note 3 is a superb instrument, the design is sublime. And yes, it does feature 4K video recording but it appears as though there may be two different models (3G & LTE) and one of which will feature the 4K video camera. Hmmmm...

I am very happy that Samsung stuck to using plastic for the body; the removable back is textured to simulate a leather notebook. The back will come in different colours. There will be great accessories to be had that are very much like that offered for the Galaxy S4 – especially the windowed case which allows for the receiving of calls.

The 3GB of RAM came through – thankfully! Check out the spec below...


2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE): 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
42Mbps): 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
4G (LTE Cat 4 150/50Mbps) : up to 6 different band sets (Dependent on market)

LTE 2.3 GHz Quad-Core Processor
3G 1.9 GHz Octa Core Processor (A15 1.9 GHz
A7 1.3 GHz)
The selection of AP will be differed by markets.

5.7inch (144.3mm) Full HD Super AMOLED (1920 x 1080)

Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean)

Main (Rear): 13 Mega-pixel BSI Sensor, Auto Focus camera with Smart Stabilization, LED Flash (High CRI), and Zero Shutter Lag

Sub (Front): 2 Mega-pixel BSI sensor with Smart Stabilization, Full HD recording @30fps

Dual Camera: Dual Shot / Dual Recording/ Dual Video Call,
Recording: UHD 30fps, Smooth motion (FHD 60fps), Slow motion (HD 120fps)
Camera Mode: Drama Shot, Sound & Shot, Animated Photo, Eraser, Best Photo, Best Face, Beauty Face, HDR (High Dynamic Range), Panorama, Sports, Golf, Surround shot, Live effect

Codec: H.264, MPEG-4, H.263, VC-1, WMV7, WMV8, Sorenson Spark, MP43, VP8, HEVC Recording & Playback: Full HD (1080p), UHD (
may differ by market)

Codec: MP3, AAC/AAC
/eAAC, WMA, AMR-NB/WB, Vorbis, FLAC(), WAV()
) Ultra High Quality Audio (~192KHz, 24 bit) support

S Pen Optimized Features
Air Command: Action Memo, Scrapbook, Screen Write, S Finder, Pen Window
S Note, Multi Window, new Easy Clip, Direct Pen Input

Additional Features
Group Play: Share Music, Share Picture, Share Video, Share Document, Play Games
Story Album, S Translator Samsung Smart Scroll, Samsung Smart Pause, Air Gesture, Air View, Samsung Apps, Samsung Hub, ChatON (Voice/Video Call, Share screen, 3-way calling), Samsung WatchONS Voice™ Hands Free, S Health, Samsung Adapt Display, Samsung Adapt Sound Auto adjust touch sensitivity (Glove friendly), Samsung Link, Screen Mirroring. Safety Assistance, Samsung KNOX

Google Mobile Services
Chrome, Search, Gmail, Google, Maps, Play Books, Play Movies, Play Music, Play Store, Hangouts, Voice Search, YouTube, Google Settings, Play Games, Messenger

WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (HT80)
NFC, Bluetooth® v 4.0 (LE)
IR LED (Remote Control), MHL 2.0

Gesture, Accelerometer, Geo-magnetic, Gyroscope, RGB
Proximity, Barometer, Temperature & Humidity, Hall Sensor

32/ 64 GB User memory microSD slot (up to 64GB)

151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3mm, 168g

Standard battery, Li-ion 3,200 mAh

Put simply that’s... KA and POW!!!! I WANT ONE!!!! The Galaxy Note 3 blows the competition away! There’s Multiview Smartshare that allows multiple Note 3 users to create a large screen to view video for example. I do hope that the 4K video comes to the UK / European markets!

It’s a journalists dream! Imagine being able to take high quality photos and videos which can be media ready... Gone are the need for dedicated devices such as a video camera and digital camera. Naturally, it is dependent on where the media is destined for delivery. However, if your media is web based you are laughing! C’mon, 1080p video at 60 frames per second! Wow! Oh, the 13MP camera gets an LED and stabilization to enhance low light photography! Awesome!

The features of the Note 3 are encompassing but I ought to mention ‘Air Command’ which brings up a fan-like interaction that allows you to access S Pen features and applications. I don’t think there is a manufacturer that can match the usability features that Samsung puts into its premium handsets.

Gear met with my anticipations and expectations in that it is very much like an extension of the Bluetooth headset; it is intended to compliment the premium Galaxy range of handsets. Again, I do want one!!!!

Voice operation
The built-in speaker allows users to conduct hands-free calls directly from the Gear, maintaining connections to their mobile communications without disrupting their daily routines. For example, a user leaving the grocery store, whose hands are full with shopping bags, could still make a call by speaking into the GALAXY Gear without touching the screen. Users can also draft messages, create new calendar entries, set alarms, and check the weather on the GALAXY Gear with S Voice.

Capture daily life from your wrist
In addition to enabling smart device controls, Samsung GALAXY Gear introduces several features that help users easily capture life’s meaningful moments which otherwise might be missed. With the Memographer feature, a 1.9 Megapixel camera, users who are on the move or participating in physical activities can record both photos and video to create quick, visual records of important information or events from their daily lives, as well as share them on their social networks. Extending the quick-record concept, Voice Memo lets users capture important thoughts or conversations from their wrists and save those voice recordings into texts on their Samsung GALAXY devices.

A growing list of controls for favorite features
With the GALAXY Gear, users gain a wide range of favorite features that further increase the benefits of this new accessory. New security enhancement Auto Lock automatically secures the companion smartphone screen any time that GALAXY Gear is more than 1.5 meters away from the smartphone, and then unlocks the smartphone when the companion devices are near each other again. Find My Device helps users find the location of their smart devices when they have been misplaced by making them beep, illuminate and vibrate. With Samsung GALAXY Gear, users can also control the music played on their Samsung GALAXY devices. As with traditional music players, it helps users browse, play and pause songs even when their smart device is not within reach. Finally, the GALAXY Gear also works like a Pedometer to track physical activity via enhanced, built-in sensor technology. This feature systematically and automatically monitors users so they can track key personal data such as calories burned, steps taken and distance covered.

Standalone Watch and Iconic Fashion Accessory
Samsung GALAXY Gear embodies understated elegance. Its refined design, executed in, high-quality finishes, conjures images of luxury jewelry while still being understated enough to go well with any outfit. A rounded and simple flowing form wraps around the body, integrating with the user’s personal environment, and maintaining comfort at all times. The GALAXY Gear also serves as a wristwatch and includes several face options that create the opportunity for users to personalize their watch face. It will come preloaded with 10 different clock options and more choices will be downloadable via Samsung Apps. The GALAXY Gear experience can be further personalized by selecting from six colors that will be available at launch: Jet Black, Mocha Gray, Wild Orange, Oatmeal Beige, Rose Gold, and Lime Green.

Samsung GALAXY Gear will be launched with the GALAXY Note 3 in more than 140 countries around the world starting from September 25.

You may have noticed that the date for release in most countries is September 25 and not the 16 as indicated by the UK Three network that will be giving users 4G at no extra cost!!!! Brilliant! I would imagine there will be an upfront cost for the Note 3 and there could be a special offer to combine it with Gear! Cool! Oh my! I just want them already! Lol!

Naturally, I knew that Samsung was going to introduce a tablet and I was wrong about a 12” version. But, hey, that could come later on in the fall of 2013 or early 2014!

Certainly, the Note 10.1 2014 edition has smashed the retina screen once and for all. Before you accuse me of being an Apple hater I am just stating that at last Android tablet users have yet another tablet option with a great screen resolution! That’s it! 2560 x 1600! WOW! I should reserve my “WOW” until I have seen what it costs! Lol! If you have been following my articles on the Android tablet phenomenon you will know that I am in the market for a tablet this year. I think I will wait it out a little to see what develops! There will be 3G / WiFi and LTE versions! Cool! See photo above for more spec! Again, I want it! Lol!

The Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition appears to be superlative!

The presentation was definitely a step back from the Galaxy S4 launch but it was very enjoyable nonetheless. I thought Jason Bradbury was quite good as the MC.

Again, what I love about Samsung presentations is that they do not get involved in taking pot shots at the competition, namely Apple, and prefer to wow the audience with amazing products with great usability.

Samsung even mentioned Android for a change! Perhaps Samsung and Google weren’t on good terms (as suggested by some press) for whatever reason but that they are mentioning Android shows anyone in doubt that Samsung are not going to move away from the Android platform anytime soon!

The presentation was also broadcast featured a live link via satellite to New York’s Times Square!

The ‘Design Your Life’ theme worked brilliantly and I do believe that Samsung has delivered the future today! Lol! So Futurama (the Sci-Fi cartoon series).

As a tech fan Samsung makes me glad to be alive in this day and age!

What do you reckon?   

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