Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Coming to Sprint

Phablet fans, take note: Samsung’s hotly anticipated Galaxy Note 3 will arrive on the Sprint network in less than three weeks -- October 4, to be exact.

Announced earlier this month, the Galaxy Note 3 is a revamped and upgraded version of the popular Galaxy Note 2, a cell phone/tablet hybrid that has scored well in the young market for gadgets that bridge the gap between the two categories.

Samsung has made a lot of changes in the newest version of the Galaxy Note. Here’s what you need to know if you’re thinking of buying one.

The centerpiece of the device is an upgraded, quad-core, 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU, a substantial upgrade to the 1.6GHz CPU that shipped on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Samsung has also increased the overall size of the screen a bit to 5.7 inches, keeping the width the same but stretching the vertical reach by a fraction of an inch. Resolution also increases from 720 x 1280 pixels to a fuller 1080 x 1920 pixels.

The Note’s camera gets a bump from 8 megapixels to 13 megapixels; while1080p HD video remains a standard feature. The battery is getting a minor uptick, but the gain will be slight, with most users getting about 10 to 11 hours of use.

On the software side, the Galaxy Note 3 will run the latest version of Android, version 4.3, along with Samsung’s TouchWiz customizations. You won’t see a dramatic difference between this and the Android 4.1 OS running on the Galaxy Note II, but users interested in strapping the new Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch to their wrist will appreciate the native device support built into this newest version of Android.

Sprint’s “unlimited data for life” offer is also in effect for the new phablet. For those unfamiliar with the plan, Sprint’s policy is that it will continue to offer an “unlimited” data plan for the device in perpetuity. These plans are in short supply from other major carriers, which have been phasing out unlimited plans in favor of capped data plans (with increasing fees for each gigabyte worth of bandwidth desired) over the last few years.

The new handset will cost $349.99 with a two-year contract on the Sprint network.

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