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Now that the Samsung Note 3 has been officially launched at IFA 2013, Berlin, the phablet is on its way to Indian shores. Manufacturers who've got devices in its price bracket will definitely be worried since Samsung's marketing mix and solid hardware offerings have proven to be deadly against the competition in the past.
Back in August, the South Korean giant went on to dethrone Nokia as the country's biggest phone company by releasing competitively priced handsets at every price range. More over, it has managed to attain a strong grip over the domestic smartphone market despite the aggressive performance of local manufacturers like Micromax.
The Galaxy Note 3 will be in India by September end, since Samsung has announced that their new phablet will launch in 149 countries on September 25. Since India is one of the company's most important markets, Samsung released their S4 in the country on the day of its launch. Even the Galaxy Note II was also launched in the country during the first phase of its global rollout.
For the Note 3, Samsung has used a marketing mix that's worked well for it in the past : a revolutionary user experience based on its S-Pen, best-in-class hardware and a loud marketing campaign that's sure to get everyone's attention. The phablet's entry will surely threaten the market sales performance of several phones.
Gizbot has made a list several handsets in the same range that might just take a beating from the Galaxy Note 3 in the coming months. Go through the slider below for all the details.
Sony Xperia Z Ultra
Flaunting a 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad Core and an Adreno 330 GPU, Sony's Xperia Z Ultra equals the Note 3 in processing power. However, Samsung's phablet edges ahead with 3GB of RAM, proving to be the stronger multi-tasker when compared to the Z Ultra's 2GB of RAM. While Sony might have more real estate to offer in terms of screen size, the Note 3 is lighter and slightly thinner. While the Xperia Z Ultra can boast about being water and dustproof, the Samsung has its complex, but appealing new user experience going for it. Sony's phablet is priced at Rs.45,000 while Samsung's offering will cost you Rs. 49,000.
Micromax Canvas 4
Despite the Note 3's glorious spec sheet, there's a chance that Micromax's Canvas 4 could eat into its market in a big way. The smartphone form the Indian phonemaker has many advantages over the Note 3, namely its ultra competitive pricing, which is lesser than half of what Samsung will be asking for its brand new phablet. Also, the Canvas 4 has been receiving rave reviews over the last few months, allowing Micromax to report strong sales Should Samsung be worried? Well, considering that Micromax is gunning for the top spot in the smartphone market over the next year, Samsung better start reconsidering its offerings in the Indian smartphone market.
While Lenovo's K900 might not have the Note 3's amazing hardware, it is still a powerful phablet that's capable of some serious performance. The company went on to slash prices earlier this month, allowing it to cost just Rs. 25,000 form most online retailers. For those who have second thoughts about crossing the Rs.30,000 threshold for a phone, Lenovo's K900 might be a great option. Plus, it is worth noting that the K900's solid, full metal body is way more luxurious and durable than Samsung's leather draped plastic frame for the Note 3.
Samsung Galaxy Mega Series
While Samsung's Mega series didn't do well, things are set to worsen as the Note 3 will definitely cannibalize into some of its market potential. Even at Rs. 23,400, the Samsung Galaxy Mega's spec sheet is unimpressive, allowing us to believe that the handset is nearing the end of its production life span.
Even though the One happens to be one of HTC's most successful handset to date, it might face some stiff competition against Samsung's Note 3. Its 1.7 GHz, Quad Core processor might be peppy, but it won't be enough to take on the Note 3's 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 and meancing 3GB of RAM. With a screen size of 4.7 inches, the HTC One is just a few centimeters shy of being a phablet, so some buyers might put in the category of smaller devices like the S4, thereby eliminating the Note 3's threat.