Is it a smartphone or tablet? Samsung led the trend early -- but Apple and Microsoft want in now.
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The new Galaxy Note 3 is the latest member of Samsung's phablet clan. Its 5.7-inch display is slightly larger than the Note 2's 5.5-inch screen, but its dimensions are essentially the same as its predecessor's. Display resolution is impressive at 1920 x 1080 pixels, or 386 pixels per inch (ppi). By comparison, the iPhone's 4-inch Retina display is 1136 x 640 pixels (326 ppi). The Note 3 is powered by either an 8-core, 1.9-GHz Exynos or a 4-core, 2.3-GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. There's a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a 2-megapixel shooter on the front. The 3200-mAh battery is a bump up from the Note 2's 3100-mAh unit. And, of course, there's the S Pen stylus, a unique feature of the Note family that most phablet (and tablet) makers have shunned thus far.
Perhaps the Note 3's greatest novelty is its partnership with Samsung's new Galaxy Gear smartwatch, which lets Note 3 users make calls, send texts and do other tasks without having to reach for the gargantuan phone. Calling Dick Tracy!
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