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IFA 2013 | Roundup of Samsung's Unpacked 2013 Episode 2

Samsung kicked off IFA in high gear with their Unpacked 2013 Episode 2 event, where the Galaxy Gear, Note 3 and Note 10.1 were all unveiled.

Samsung had a very busy yesterday here at Berlin, debuting three new devices before IFA even opened its doors. The company managed to update some of the old by refreshing their Note 3 and Note 10.1 tablets, but they also set the stage for the smartwatch takeover with their Galaxy Gear.

For starters, the new Galaxy Note 3 is now 5.68" in size but still manages a smaller and lighter profile than its predecessor. The device also has improved performance and battery life, and the back is now furnished from a leather surface, giving it a higher quality look and feel.

Samsung will be making the device available in two models, just like the S4, with the 3G version packing an Exynos 5420 octa-core processor, and the LTE model featuring a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU. The larger AMOLED display now comes in at a 1920x1080 pixel resolution, and responds to improved inputs via the S-pen stylus. Other technical improvements include 3GB of RAM, a 13MP camera with 1080p/60FPS/4K video capabilities, HCRI LED flash and UHQA ultra-high quality audio.

The Note 3 wasn't the only phablet refreshed by Samsung though, as the "2014 edition" of the Note 10.1 found its way onstage as well. The device comes with a pair of processor options just like the Note 3, along with a 10.1" 2560x1600 pixel display, 64GB of storage and KNOX security protection. 

Of course, the main course yesterday was the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, which should usher in a new era of "smart" accessories. The watch currently works in conjunction with the Note 3 and Note 10.1, but future updates should add compatibility for the Note 2 as well as the Galaxy S3 and S4. The smartwatch is operated through a 1.63" 320x320 Super-AMOLED touchscreen, but voice commands are supported as well. Besides time telling and notifications, the Gear can also take quick videos using a 1.9MP camera and microphone that are built into the wristband.

With regards to launch, both the Note 3 and Galaxy Gear will become available on September 25th, while the Note 10.1 is holding out till sometime in October. Till then, make sure to check out our plentiful photos and hands-on video, all embedded below.


GALAXY Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) Product Specifications

NetworkLTE : LTE  CAT4 800/850/900/1800/2100/2600
          HSPA+ 42Mbps 850/900/1900/2100, HSUPA 5.76Mbps
3G :   HSPA+ 21Mbps 850/900/1900/2100 , HSUPA 5.76Mbps
Processor3G / WiFi: 1.9GHz Octa-core
LTE: 2.3GHz Quad-core
The selection of AP will be different by markets.
Display10.1-inch WQXGA (2560 X 1600) Super clear LCD
OSAndroid 4.3 (Jellybean)
CameraMain(Rear): 8 Megapixel BSI sensor, Auto Focus Camera with LED Flash, Zero Shutter lag
Sub(Front): 2 Megapixel BSI sensor
Video- Codec: H.264, MPEG-4, H.263, VC-1, WMV7, WMV8,
Sorenson Spark, MP43, VP8, HEVC
- 1080p Full HD video @ 60fps
Audio- Codec: MP3, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, FLAC*, AMR-NB/WB, Vorbis,
*Ultra High Quality Audio ( ~ 192kHz, 24bit) support
- 3.5mm Ear Jack, Stereo Speaker
S Pen
S Pen Experience
- S Note(Easy Chart), S Planner
- Air Command: Action Memo, Scrapbook, Screen Write, S Finder, Pen Window
- Direct Pen Input
Services & Additional FeaturesSamsung Apps
Samsung Kies / Samsung Kies Air
Samsung TouchWiz / My Magazine
Samsung Hub
- Video (Preload)
- Books / Games / Learning / Music (Stub)
ChatOn: mobile communication service
Samsung WatchON, Samsung Link, Group Play
Samsung KNOX
Bloomberg Businessweek+, New York Times
SketchBook for GALAXY, Filpboard, TripAdvisor, Dropbox, Twitter
Google Mobile ServicesChrome, Search, Gmail, Google+, Maps, Play Books
Play Movies, Play Music, Play Store, Hangouts
Voice Search, YouTube, Google Settings, Play Games, Messenger
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5 GHz), Wi-Fi Direct, AllShareCast, BT4.0, USB2.0
SensorAccelerometer, Gyroscope, Geo-magnetic, RGB
Memory3GB RAM, 16/32/64GB Internal Memory
microSD (Up to 64GB)
Dimension243.1 X 171.4 X 7.9mm, 535g (WiFi Version)
BatteryStandard Battery, Li-ion 8,220mAh

 Samsung GALAXY Note 3 Product Specifications

Network2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE): 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
3G (HSPA+ 42Mbps): 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
4G (LTE Cat 4 150/50Mbps) : up to 6 different band sets (Dependent on market)
ProcessorLTE 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.
Display5.7inch (144.3mm)  Full HD Super AMOLED (1920 x 1080)
OSAndroid 4.3 (Jelly Bean)
CameraMain(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
VideoCodec: 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)
AudioCodec: MP3, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, AMR-NB/WB, Vorbis, FLAC(*), WAV(*)
(*) Ultra High Quality Audio (~192KHz, 24 bit) support
S Pen Optimized FeaturesAir Command: Action Memo, Scrapbook, Screen Write, S Finder, Pen Window
S Note, Multi Window, new Easy Clip, Direct Pen Input
Additional FeaturesGroup 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 WatchON
S 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 ServicesChrome, Search, Gmail, Google+, Maps, Play Books
Play Movies, Play Music, Play Store, Hangouts
Voice Search, YouTube, Google Settings, Play Games, Messenger
ConnectivityWiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (HT80)
NFC,  Bluetooth® v 4.0 (LE)
IR LED (Remote Control), MHL 2.0
SensorGesture, Accelerometer, Geo-magnetic, Gyroscope, RGB
Proximity, Barometer, Temperature & Humidity, Hall Sensor
Memory32/ 64 GB User memory + microSD slot (up to 64GB)
Dimension151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3mm, 168g
BatteryStandard battery, Li-ion 3,200 mAh

Samsung GALAXY Gear Product Specifications 

Processor 800 MHz processor
Display 1.63 inch (41.4mm) Super AMOLED (320 x 320)
Camera1.9 Megapixel BSI Sensor, Auto Focus Camera / Sound & Shot
VideoCodec: H.264
Format: MP4
HD(720p) Playback & Recording
AudioCodec: AAC
Format : M4A
Featured Apps Atooma is a contextually aware horizontal intelligence platform that makes your GALAXY Gear smarter.
Banjo gives you the power to see what’s happening right now, anywhere in the world.
Evernote watch app makes it easy to remember things by quickly capturing images and memories and bringing important reminders right to GALAXY Gear.
Glympse allows people to easily share their location temporarily and in real-time, letting recipients see their movements on a dynamic map.
eBay app allows you to complete all your transactions on eBay with ease and in real-time.
Line is a global messaging service available in over 230 countries worldwide.
MyFitnessPal tracks your nutrition and exercise, empowering you to achieve your  personal health and fitness goals.
Path is the personal network designed to bring you closer to your friends and family.
Pocket, the leading way to save web content to view later on any device, brings text-to-speech article playback to GALAXY Gear.
RunKeeper is the personal trainer in your pocket, helping you track your runs, set your goals, and stay motivated.
TripIt from Concur makes it easy to organize travel plans in one place.
Vivino Wine Scanner allows you to take a photo of any wine and get to know all about it instantly.
Samsung ServicesSamsung Apps
ChatON: mobile communication service
Smart Relay, S Voice, Memographer, Voice Memo
Auto Lock, Find My Device, Media Controller, Pedometer, Stopwatch, Timer
Safety assistance: In case of emergency, press a power button 3 times continuously, and then user’s location information is transferred to the saved contacts with message.
2 Microphones (Noise Cancellation), 1 Speaker
ConnectivityBluetooth® v 4.0 + BLE
SensorAccelerometer, Gyroscope
Memory4GB Internal memory + 512 MB (RAM)
Dimension36.8 x 56.6 x 11.1 mm, 73.8g
BatteryStandard battery, Li-ion 315mAh


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Klaus Hinum/Omar Al-Qudsi, 2013-09- 5 (Update: 2021-05-18)