If you’re a company making a new phablet, you’re not looking to one-up LG and its Optimus G Pro or Sony and its Xperia Z Ultra: you want to be the one coming out with the next Galaxy Note. Luckily for Samsung, it actually does to get to be the one bringing the Galaxy Note 3 to market, and we just saw the manufacturer formally announce the handset a little earlier today in Berlin.
While what we saw failed to live up to every rumor (no fingerprint scanner), there was still plenty to be excited about: a new, larger, 5.7-inch 1080p screen while keeping the phablet’s profile essentially unchanged, interesting new S Pen functionality, and the power of either an Exynos 5 Octa or Snapdragon 800 under the hood. All this, and in a package that comes in a full millimeter thinner than last year’s Note II – of course we’d be excited to check this handset out.
Watch below to see our first run-in with the Note 3, get our initial impressions of the hardware, and see just how well it’s going to live up to the Note name.