Amid the unprecedented turnout for the iPhone 5s, the launch of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 has certainly found itself playing second fiddle, and although the Korean company is also the first of the big names to come through with a smartwatch, even the new wearable gizmo has scarcely managed to get a look in. But today, at least for consumers in the United Kingdom and 58 other countries, both the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear are now available to purchase, and if you were thinking of purchasing Samsung’s two latest exports as a bundle, there are some pretty decent savings to be had.
The Note 3, which packs in a whopping 5.7-inch display, certainly doesn’t come cheap. In fact, the £649 price tag for the unlocked version eclipses both the 16GB and 32GB variants of the iPhone 5s, and is easily one of the most expensive handsets on the market.
As well as demanding quite large wad, it is also very much built for the power user. Running the latest and greatest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean right off the bat, the device packs a 2.3GHz Quad-Core processor (as well as a 1.9 GHz Octa-Core Processor on the 3G model), 3GB of RAM, and a large, Full HD Super AMOLED 1920×1080 display.
Of course, the Note has long since been the poster child of the “phablet” range of smartphone, and although the Galaxy S4, upon which the Note 3 is heavily based, was impressive enough, Samsung has once again packed as much beef into this super-sized device as it could.
The rear-facing snapper is a vastly-improved 13-megapixel affair, while the usual array of sensors, including accelerometer, geo-magnetic, gyroscope and proximity are also included. A 3200mAh Li-ion battery keeps everything ticking over, and although it’s fairly standard Note fare, users will notice a significant leap in overall performance.
The Galaxy Gear, meanwhile, is the company’s first smartwatch, and although its £299 price tag might seem rather high, you can save around £100 if you purchase it alongside an unlocked Note 3 for a cool £848.
Pre-orders across other nations, including the United States, Canada and Japan are already underway, although neither of these two new gadgets are expected to make their respective debuts until next month. But still, if you’re interested, the waiting game is worth it at this moment in time.