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

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?


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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Galaxy Note3
  • Display 5.7 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera)
    2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 3200 mAh
  • OS Android 5.0 Lollipop
GALAXY Note II
  • Display 5.5 inches
    1280 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    1.9 MP front
  • Hardware Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3100 mAh
  • OS Android 4.4.2
    Samsung TouchWiz UI
GALAXY Note
  • Display 5.3 inches
    1280 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    2 MP front
  • Hardware Samsung Exynos 4, 1GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 2500 mAh
  • OS Android 4.1.2

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