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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs Note II vs Note specs comparison: notable evolution

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs Note II vs Note specs comparison: notable evolution
Since Samsung's Note family is in a league of its own when it comes to the phablet realm, thanks to the embedded S Pen stylus, we can't really compare with open heart the newly announced Note 3 with the likes of the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, for example, as they evidently fall into different user categories.

We can, however, compare to the previous edition, the Note II, and see what's changed in terms of size, specs and S Pen functionality. We are also throwing in the original Note - not for kicks and giggles, but to follow the evolution of the Note phablet family since its introduction.

First off, Samsung has done great with keeping the size of the Note 3 in check despite the larger 5.7" display - it is as tall and wide as the Note II, and even thinner, while keeping its weight the lightest of the trio. The leather-like material with stitching on the back is sure to raise eyebrows in some, and get a positive reaction in others as a bold move escaping the plastic/glass/metal routine of today's smartphones. With the Note 3 Samsung shows it is listening to the complaints about its repetitive chassis material choices, and maybe that's a precursor to something new in store with the Galaxy S5 as well.

Needless to say, the third generation of the Note phablet family is a clear winner in all other aspects against the other two - 386ppi AMOLED display, blazing fast processor with multiband LTE support, record 3 GB of RAM, double the storage of its predecessors, IR blaster, larger battery, 13 MP camera with high-powered LED flash and 4K video recording, new S Pen and stylus functions - those bells and whistles seem to ensure its futureproof status for the foreseeable future. What do you think, is it a worthy upgrade?

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs Note II vs Note specs comparison: notable evolution

DESIGN
Device typeGalaxy Note 3Galaxy Note IIGalaxy Note
OSAndroid (4.3)Android (4.1.2, 4.1.1) TouchWiz 4.0 UIAndroid (4.1.2, 4.0.4, 4.0.3, 2.3.5, 2.3.4)
Dimensions5.95 x 3.12 x 0.33 inches (151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm)5.94 x 3.17 x 0.37 inches (151 x 80.5 x 9.4 mm)5.78 x 3.27 x 0.38 inches (147 x 83 x 9.65 mm)
Weight5.93 oz (168 g)
the average is 4.4 oz (127 g)
6.42 oz (182 g)
the average is 4.4 oz (127 g)
6.28 oz (178 g)
the average is 4.4 oz (127 g)
Design featuresS PenS PenS Pen
Side KeysLeft: Lock/Unlock key; Right: Volume controlLeft: Volume control; Right: Lock/Unlock keyLeft: Volume control; Right: Lock/Unlock key
Colors Pink, Black, WhitePink, Blue, WhiteBlack, Pink, White
DISPLAY
Physical size5.7 inches5.5 inches5.3 inches
Resolution1080 x 1920 pixels720 x 1280 pixels800 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density
386 ppi265 ppi285 ppi
Technology
Super AMOLEDSuper AMOLEDSuper AMOLED
BATTERY
Talk time 35.00 hours
the average is 11 h (650 min)
26.00 hours
the average is 11 h (650 min)
Stand-by time 40.8 days (980 hours)
the average is 18 days (444 h)
40.0 days (960 hours)
the average is 18 days (444 h)
Talk time (3G) 16.00 hours
the average is 10 h (582 min)
13.50 hours
the average is 10 h (582 min)
Stand-by time (3G) 37.1 days (890 hours)
the average is 24 days (564 h)
34.2 days (820 hours)
the average is 24 days (564 h)
Capacity3200 mAh3100 mAh2500 mAh
HARDWARE
System chip
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974Samsung Exynos 4 (4412)Samsung Exynos 4
Processor
Quad core, 2300 MHz, Krait 400Quad core, 1600 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9Dual core, 1400 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9
Graphics processorAdreno 330ARM Mali-400 MP4 (Quad-Core)Mali-400 MP4
System memory
3072 MB RAM (Dual-channel, 800 MHz) / LPDDR32048 MB RAM (Dual-channel)1024 MB RAM
Built-in storage32 GB16 GB32 GB
Storage expansionmicroSD, microSDHC up to 64 GBmicroSD, microSDHC, microSDXC up to 64 GBmicroSD, microSDHC up to 32 GB
CAMERA
Camera13 megapixels8 megapixels8 megapixels
FlashLEDLEDLED
Aperture size  F2.6
FeaturesBack-illuminated sensor (BSI), Auto focus, Touch to focus, Digital image stabilization, Face detection, Smile detection, Exposure compensation, ISO control, White balance presets, Burst mode, Digital zoom, Geo tagging, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Panorama, Scenes, Effects, Self-timerBack-illuminated sensor (BSI), Auto focus, Smile detection, Burst mode, Panorama, ScenesAuto focus, Smile detection, Burst mode, Panorama, Scenes
Camcorder3840x2160 (4K) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (1080p HD) (60 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)
FeaturesDigital image stabilization, Continuous autofocusVideo callingVideo calling
Front-facing camera2 megapixels1.9 megapixels2 megapixels

MULTIMEDIA
Music player   
Filter byAlbum, Artist, PlaylistsAlbum, Artist, PlaylistsAlbum, Artist, Playlists
FeaturesAlbum art cover, Background playbackAlbum art cover, Background playbackAlbum art cover, Background playback
Supported formatsMP3, AAC, eAAC, FLAC, WMA, WAVMP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, FLAC, WMA, WAV, AMR, OGG, MIDIMP3, AAC, FLAC, WMA, WAV, AMR, OGG
Video playback   
Supported formatsMPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMVMPEG4, H.263, H.264, DivX, WMV, Flash Video, MKVMPEG4, H.263, H.264, DivX, XviD, WMV
Radio FM, Stereo, RDSFM, Stereo, RDS
SpeakersEarpiece, LoudspeakerEarpiece, LoudspeakerEarpiece, Loudspeaker
YouTube playerYesYesYes
TECHNOLOGY
GSM850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
DataLTE Cat4 Downlink 150 Mbit/s, LTE Cat3/4 Uplink 50 Mbit/s, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRSLTE Cat3 Downlink 100 Mbit/s, LTE Cat3/4 Uplink 50 Mbit/s, HSDPA+ (4G) 21.1 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRSHSDPA+ (4G) 21.1 Mbit/s, HSDPA 14.4 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS
Global RoamingYesYesYes
Positioning
GPS, A-GPS, GlonassA-GPS, GlonassA-GPS, Glonass
NavigationTurn-by-turn navigationYesYes
CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth4.04.03.0
Wi-Fi802.11 a, b, g, n, n 5GHz, ac802.11 a, b, g, n, n 5GHz802.11 b, g, n
Mobile hotspotYesYesYes
Wi-Fi DirectYesYesYes
USBUSB 2.0USB 2.0USB 2.0
ConnectormicroUSBmicroUSBmicroUSB
FeaturesMass storage device, USB chargingMass storage device, USB chargingMass storage device, USB charging
Headphones connector3.5mm3.5mm3.5mm
HDMIvia microUSBvia microUSBvia microUSB
Charging connectormicroUSBmicroUSBmicroUSB
OtherNFC, MHL, Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync, InfraredNFC, DLNA, MHL, Tethering, Computer sync, OTA syncNFC, MHL, Computer sync, OTA sync

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posted on 04 Sep 2013, 14:07 24

1. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3764; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Yeah it's a nice evolution but the looks.... WOW I can't say it enough, the Samsung Galaxy Note III is just beautiful.

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 15:00 7

16. stemider (Posts: 12; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)


RLY? With fake leather?

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 15:09 6

18. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3764; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Did they say it's fake leather? I didn't read or hear that. Please post link to your proof of fake leather. Thank you.

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 16:12

23. stemider (Posts: 12; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)


Zoom in the pictures.

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 15:17 6

19. alexfiran (Posts: 40; Member since: 13 Jun 2013)


come on would you really want real leather? what kind of a person are you?

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 16:05 4

21. stemider (Posts: 12; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)


To be honest I don't want real leather at all - but most of all I don't want thing that pretend to be something it would never be. It looks stupid - like fake leather case stick to the backside of the phone.

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 16:15 4

24. DukeX (Posts: 327; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


So you say you don't want fake leather and you don't want the real thing? Sounds to me like you don't have anything else to say and you're just trolling. Let me guess you want "Teh Metall removiball buck plate!"

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 16:39 2

25. stemider (Posts: 12; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)


Yes. I don't like fake things. Samsung has got a real problem with its design.

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 17:08 1

30. DukeX (Posts: 327; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


The chances of you owning something imitation right now are pretty high. We all can admit to this. Doesn't matter if it's just food

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 18:19

34. stemider (Posts: 12; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)


This is high-end flagship - like Mercedes-Benz S-klasse. This is a question about Samsung Design, not about killing animals (and everyone here don't eat meat...sure). For me, this decision was stupid. Hope that Note 3 is "LAG" free

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 17:17 2

31. McLTE (Posts: 637; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


While I'll admit that I'm kind of perplexed by the decision of Sammy to use faux leather for a back cover.. If it feels good in the hand and looks decent, then it's OK with me.

Besides, the great thing about the Note 2 has been that there is a huge variety of back covers available for the phone for cheap. I expect that to continue with the Note 3.

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 17:17 3

32. juandante (Posts: 237; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)


Stupid comment. It is like you drinking orange flavored Soda. Did you know it is not real oranges ? You are just trolling because people buy and they know it is fake. It is the style which counts, if you would not want to destroy nature.

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 18:04

33. stemider (Posts: 12; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)


You're wrong. When you're drinking Orange juice you want it to be real with real fruit juice. If you drinking soda - you want a soda with falvoured you choose.

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 21:42

38. ShenAlJoker (Posts: 85; Member since: 19 Jul 2013)


not only the leather is fake pal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 19:00

36. Satnamreg (Posts: 28; Member since: 23 Aug 2013)


I don't care about the leather. I needed aluminium frame, but now will buy the Z1, and maybe next year if S5 is going to be aluminium , then I'll upgrade to S4.

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 14:07 14

2. Danishs (Posts: 147; Member since: 23 May 2013)


From an HTC One Owner I can say without bias this phone is a BEAST and i might return my HTC for it.

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 16:46 1

27. Topcat488 (Posts: 1113; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


Baby girl you're one of the reasons that Samsung keep making the "Note Series", Skinnier and skinnier. I still love my "FAT" 16:10 ratio display screen over 16:9.

Sent from the original galaxy note 1.

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 13:59

40. RiyMod (Posts: 9; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


Then you please wait to release HTC One MAX... Forget about the 3 GB Ram of Note lll, HTC One Max is better than Samsung Galaxy Note 3....with design and all....just a difference in RAM and Camera, but rest of all features will cover Note 3 and One Max will beat NOTE 3!!! Moreover, you have one more option still there... Acer Liquid S2 !!! ...The best smart phablet for the year...! And it is the best more than HTC One Max and Samsung Galaxy Note III

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 14:00

41. RiyMod (Posts: 9; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


Then you please wait to release HTC One MAX... Forget about the 3 GB Ram of Note lll, HTC One Max is better than Samsung Galaxy Note 3....with design and all....just a difference in RAM and Camera, but rest of all features will cover Note 3 and One Max will beat NOTE 3!!! Moreover, you have one more option still there... Acer Liquid S2 !!! ...The best smart phablet for the year...! And it is the best more than HTC One Max and Samsung Galaxy Note III

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 15:38

45. phillyundead (Posts: 8; Member since: 09 Dec 2013)


With that 4mp camera and outdated firmware? I think not.

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 14:08 17

3. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6142; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Samsung have done it again. another great beautiful device

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 14:09 16

4. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7409; Member since: 14 May 2012)


The upgrades from each phone has been worthy to call it a successor. Note 3 is simply amazing.

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 14:09

5. wicpromd (Posts: 266; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


battery is a joke
atleast 5000 cud have made it best

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 14:15 10

8. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3764; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Really.....

O.
K.

lol

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 14:19 11

10. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7409; Member since: 14 May 2012)


You sure are one hell of a troll.

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 16:11 3

22. HASHTAG (unregistered)


Yeah, a 5000 mAh battery would of made the Note 3 a brick.

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 14:10 6

6. HouTexan (Posts: 300; Member since: 08 Jan 2012)


Bring the BEAST on!

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 14:13 12

7. Carlitos (Posts: 297; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Once again Samsung nails it. I just love how they listen to consumers. Sure they make some mistakes but you can guarantee they will fix it the next time. This phone puts all other phone before it to shame and I highly doubt this new iPhone coming soon will even match it. (Prob beat it in sales). But Wow great phone Samsung. have the Note 2. Won't be upgrading cause this is still a great device can't wait for android 4.3

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 14:43 7

13. taz89 (Posts: 2009; Member since: 03 May 2011)


i have the s4 and i so want this phone. even though most of the features will come to the s4, theres something about the note 3. but like you i will stick with my s4.

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 14:15 7

9. kevin_wsy (Posts: 34; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


Isn't it USB 3.0 on the Note 3?

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 14:36

11. mrblah (Posts: 401; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)


Why are the front facing cameras always so low?

posted on 14 Sep 2013, 23:03

44. psouza4 (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


2 MP is twice the resolution of 720p HD. Do you really need higher resolution from a video call? ;)

(1,280 x 720 = 921,600 pixels / 0.9 MP)

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 14:40 1

12. GrapeEyes (Posts: 243; Member since: 01 Sep 2013)


If you think the Note 3 is a beast, wait until the Lumia 1520 comes out in Oct/Nov with its amazing specs:

6 inch full HD
4GB ram
128GB storage
2.6 Ghz
4200 Mah
And much much more that will be revealed soon!!!

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 14:46 14

14. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7409; Member since: 14 May 2012)


You got 1/5 things correct lol please stop now.

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 15:01 10

17. _Bone_ (Posts: 2104; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


... and it's still gonna run crappy WP8 apps.

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 20:45

37. rusticguy (Posts: 2820; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


With VISTA 9 as OS?

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 14:01

42. RiyMod (Posts: 9; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


WOWOWOW!!!! Is that True Brother...????

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 14:47 1

15. Hammerfest (Posts: 362; Member since: 12 May 2012)


ugh... ill wait to see the nexus 5... 1920x1200 please... I like my WIDE phone...

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 15:45 4

20. gigaraga (Posts: 502; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


I LOVE THIS PHONE!!!

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 16:42

26. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 963; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)


This is an example of "the evolution of technology." I like what Samsung is doing, they're taking a innovative design and modifying to todays techno standards............yes I said techno lol. Cant wait to see it in person, which would probably be in november for the US carriers

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 16:51

28. k1ng617 (Posts: 239; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)


Really like the bump in processor and the high pixel density. I bet that screen will be AMAZING! But probably not a worthwhile upgrade since my N2 is still fantastic. But, I'm sure I will be a little jelly once I see someone elses N3.

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 16:56 2

29. yowanvista (Posts: 288; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


Why only compare the Snapdragon version? The Exynos 5420 blows all of them away, not to mention the superior Mali-T628MP6 which is far better than Adreno 330

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 18:41

35. tedkord (Posts: 4288; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Verizon is gonna lock this puppy down tight.

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 23:43 2

39. anleoflippy (Posts: 247; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)


I'm not gonna lie, coming from a person who might switch to the Xperia Z1 from Xperia ZL the Note III is absolutely stunning.

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 14:04

43. RiyMod (Posts: 9; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


What about HTC One MAX...??? Forget about the 3 GB Ram of Note lll, HTC One Max is better than Samsung Galaxy Note 3, with the design and all...just a difference between RAM and Camera, but the rest of all features will cover Note 3 and HTC One Max will beat NOTE 3!!! Moreover, you have one more option still there... Acer Liquid S2 !!! ...The best smart phablet for the year...! And it is the best more than HTC One Max and Samsung Galaxy Note III

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