Galaxy Note 3 hands-on (Video)

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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.

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Stephen Schenck
Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!