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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs Samsung Galaxy S5: intergalactic specs comparison

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs Samsung Galaxy S5: intergalactic specs comparison
Oh, boy, the Galaxy Note 4 is already here! After months of leaks, speculations, and tedious anticipation, the latest S-Pen wielding Sammy phablet is finally here, and what a beast it is! We can safely say that it's more than a worthy successor to last year's Galaxy Note 3, which turned a lot of heads back in the day (and still does, actually). But times are changing and Sammy's got a new Note champion to woo us with.

That said, it's pretty interesting to compare how the Note 4 stacks up against its predecessor in terms of pure hardware specs. Although still pretty capable, the Note 3 has to bow down before the Snapdragon 805-toting behemoth. Yes, we know that the pure computing capabilities of the silicon inside the Galaxy Note 4 is times higher than what Note 3 has to offer, but still, is the gap so wide?

But of course, let's not forget that halfway between the Galaxy Note 3 and the just-unveiled Note 4, Sammy announced yet another pretty formidable contender – its flagship, the Galaxy S5. With Snapdragon 801 inside, it was a tad more potent than the Note 3, but is it already yesterday's news, at least compared with the Note 4?

As usual, you can check out the full specs sheets of Samsung's finest and form your own opinion!
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
6.04 x 3.09 x 0.33 inches
153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5 mm
6.21 oz (176 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Samsung Galaxy Note 3
5.95 x 3.12 x 0.33 inches
151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm
5.93 oz (168 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Samsung Galaxy S5
5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 inches
142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm
5.11 oz (145 g)

Samsung Galaxy S5

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs Samsung Galaxy S5

Design
OSAndroid (4.4)Android (4.4.4, 4.4, 4.3)Android (4.4.2) TouchWiz UI
Dimensions6.04 x 3.09 x 0.33 inches (153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5 mm)5.95 x 3.12 x 0.33 inches (151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm)5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 inches (142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm)
Weight6.21 oz (176 g)
the average is 4.9 oz (139 g)
5.93 oz (168 g)
the average is 4.9 oz (139 g)
5.11 oz (145 g)
the average is 4.9 oz (139 g)
Design featuresStylusStylus 
Rugged  Water, Dust resistant
IP certified  IP 67
Display
Physical size5.7 inches5.7 inches5.1 inches
Resolution1440 x 2560 pixels1080 x 1920 pixels1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density

Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

515 ppi386 ppi432 ppi
Technology

Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

Super AMOLEDSuper AMOLEDSuper AMOLED
Colors16 777 21616 777 21616 777 216
Camera
Camera16 megapixels13 megapixels16 megapixels
FlashLEDLEDLED
Aperture size

Aperture size - The aperture of a camera is the opening through which light travels before it reaches the camera sensor. The smaller the number is, the bigger this opening is, allowing for more light to pass.

 F2.2F2.2
Focal length (35mm equivalent) 31 mm 
Camera sensor size 1/3.06"1/2.6"
Camcorder3840x2160 (4K) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (1080p HD) (60 fps)3840x2160 (4K) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (1080p HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (720p HD) (120 fps)3840x2160 (4K) (30 fps)
Recording formatMPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV
FeaturesOptical image stabilization, Continuous autofocus, Picture-taking during video recordingDigital image stabilization, Continuous autofocus, Video light, Video callingDigital image stabilization, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)
Front-facing camera3.7 megapixels2 megapixels2.1 megapixels
Video capture 1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps) 
Hardware
System chip

System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.

Exynos 5433Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974-AC
Processor

Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

8-core, 1900 MHz, ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53Quad core, 2300 MHz, Krait 400Quad core, 2500 MHz, Krait 400
Graphics processorARM Mali-T760Adreno 330Adreno 330
System memory

System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

3072 MB RAM3072 MB RAM (Dual-channel, 800 MHz) / LPDDR32048 MB RAM (Dual-channel) / LPDDR3
Built-in storage32 GB64 GB32 GB
Storage expansionmicroSD, microSDHC, microSDXCmicroSD, microSDHCmicroSD, microSDHC, microSDXC
Battery
Talk time 25.00 hours
the average is 12 h (703 min)
21.00 hours
the average is 12 h (703 min)
Stand-by time 22.0 days (528 hours)
the average is 20 days (491 h)
16.2 days (390 hours)
the average is 20 days (491 h)
Talk time (3G) 21.00 hours
the average is 15 h (902 min)
21.00 hours
the average is 15 h (902 min)
Stand-by time (3G) 17.5 days (420 hours)
the average is 30 days (710 h)
 
Stand-by time (4G) 15.8 days (380 hours)
the average is 23 days (547 h)
 
Music playback 84.00 hours67.00 hours
Video playback 13.00 hours13.00 hours
Capacity3220 mAh3200 mAh2800 mAh
TypeLi - IonLi - IonLi - Ion
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
FDD LTE800 (band 20), 850 (band 5), 900 (band 8), 1800 (band 3), 2100 (band 1), 2600 (band 7) MHz700 (band 17), 800 (band 18), 850 (band 5), 900 (band 8), 1700/2100 (band 4), 1800 (band 3), 1900 (band 2) MHz800 (band 20), 850 (band 5), 900 (band 8), 1800 (band 3), 1900 (band 2), 2100 (band 1), 2600 (band 7) MHz
DataLTE-A Cat 6 (300/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA, EDGE, GPRSLTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRSLTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS
Availability
Scheduled release

Scheduled release - Shows when is the particular phone scheduled to be made available to the public in North America

10 Oct 2014  

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posted on 03 Sep 2014, 08:58

1. sar44 (Posts: 214; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)


Note2
1/3" bsi, no ois
PWM
6,597К
106% SRGB (good)
blueness/greeness at angle
no good gray and white color
plastic body
lags
Note3
1/3" bsi, no ois
PWM
6,612 K
113% SRGB (not good)
blueness/greeness at angle
plastic body
lags
Note4
perhaps 1/2.6 isocell with ois
perhaps no pwm
very good calibration like alpha and lte-a
very good viewing angles like s5
metal body
no lags

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 09:03

2. sar44 (Posts: 214; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)


also perhaps arm v8

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 10:10

3. azalucel (Posts: 89; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


Some of the posts on here lists snapdragon 805 others the exynos 5433 which one is it???? Also some list its waterproof and some dont so is it or is it not???? And lastly why did they move the speaker back to the back it was fine at the bottom

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 13:19

6. HumVee (Posts: 3; Member since: 04 Sep 2014)


The Exynos processor versions of the phone will be available in Europe & Asia. The Snapdragon processor versions will be used for USA carriers. This is because the Qualcomm Snapdragon is apparently integral to LTE network use, which is implemented throughout the United States. Everything I've seen indicates that due to the current implementation of Exynos "octacore", the higher clocked quad-core Snapdragons actually perform on par. If Exynos is ever allowed to use all eight cores, then the game would change - but apparently there's thermal load issues.

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 13:37

8. HumVee (Posts: 3; Member since: 04 Sep 2014)


Correction: The Snapdragon quad-core will be used in Europe and some USA markets (that have LTE), and the rest of the world will get the octa-core Exynos.

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 11:13

4. mottykels (Posts: 371; Member since: 15 May 2013)


So its water and dust resistant

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 11:48

5. Lauticol (Posts: 195; Member since: 25 Jun 2011)


Dual LED? Can't seem to find the second in the pictures

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 13:34

7. HumVee (Posts: 3; Member since: 04 Sep 2014)


I'm disappointed the Note 4 was released without latest version of Android (currently labeled "L", but probably will be named "5" when it comes to market). I would have preferred a product delay and the new OS over getting another Android v4.4 phone. Carriers (at least US carriers) are notoriously slow about pushing out OS updates to the phones.

I do like the moderately pumped up specs and the optical image stabilization on the camera. I hope that the new display has the broader light output range of the S5, to make it more night and bright daylight usable....

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