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

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Dimensions

6.04 x 3.09 x 0.33 inches

153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5 mm

Weight

6.21 oz (176 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Dimensions

5.95 x 3.12 x 0.33 inches

151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm

Weight

5.93 oz (168 g)

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5

Dimensions

5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 inches

142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm

Weight

5.11 oz (145 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Dimensions

6.04 x 3.09 x 0.33 inches

153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5 mm

Weight

6.21 oz (176 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Dimensions

5.95 x 3.12 x 0.33 inches

151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm

Weight

5.93 oz (168 g)

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5

Dimensions

5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 inches

142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm

Weight

5.11 oz (145 g)

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

Display

Display size

5.7 inches
5.7 inches
5.1 inches

Resolution

1440 x 2560 pixels
1080 x 1920 pixels
1080 x 1920 pixels

Pixel density

515 ppi
386 ppi
432 ppi

Technology

Super AMOLED
Super AMOLED
Super AMOLED

Screen-to-body ratio

74.39 %
74.78 %
69.76 %

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

16 megapixels
13 megapixels
16 megapixels

Hardware Features

Optical image stabilization, Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
Autofocus, CMOS image sensor, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
Back-illuminated sensor (BSI), Phase detection autofocus

Specifications

Aperture size: F2.2; Focal length: 31 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.6"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm
Aperture size: F2.2; Focal length: 31 mm; Sensor size: 1/3.06"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm
Aperture size: F2.2; Focal length: 31 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.6"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm

Video recording

3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (120 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps)

Recording format

MPEG4, H.264
 
MPEG4, H.264

Features

Optical image stabilization, Continuous autofocus, Picture-taking during video recording, Video calling, Video sharing
Continuous autofocus, Video light, Digital image stabilization, Video calling
High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Continuous autofocus, Digital image stabilization, Video calling, Video sharing

Front

3.7 megapixels
2 megapixels
2.1 megapixels

Video capture

2560x1440 (QHD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD)

Design

Dimensions

6.04 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)

Weight

6.21 oz (176 g)
the average is 6 oz (172 g)
5.93 oz (168 g)
the average is 6 oz (172 g)
5.11 oz (145 g)
the average is 6 oz (172 g)

Materials

Back: Plastic; Frame: Aluminum
 
Back: Plastic

Resistance

 
 
Water, Dust; IP 67

Biometrics

Fingerprint (swipe)
 
Fingerprint (swipe)

Features

Touch sensitive control keys, Notification light
Stylus, Interchangeable covers
Touch sensitive control keys, Interchangeable covers, Notification light

Hardware & Performance

System chip

Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 5433
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974-AC

Processor

Octa-core, 1900 MHz, ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit, 20 nm
Quad-core, 2300 MHz, Krait 400
Quad-core, 2500 MHz, Krait 400, 32-bit, 28 nm

GPU

Mali-T760 MP6
Adreno 330
Adreno 330

RAM

3 GB LPDDR3
3 GB LPDDR3
2 GB LPDDR3

OS

Android (6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop, 4.4), Samsung TouchWiz UI
Android (5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.4, 4.4, 4.3)
Android (6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.4, 4.4.2), Samsung TouchWiz UI

Battery

Capacity

3220 mAh
3200 mAh
2800 mAh

Charging

Yes
 
 

Talk time

 
25.00 hours
the average is 21 h (1288 min)
21.00 hours
the average is 21 h (1288 min)

Stand-by time

 
22.0 days (528 hours)
the average is 19 days (457 h)
16.2 days (390 hours)
the average is 19 days (457 h)

Talk time (3G)

20.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1362 min)
21.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1362 min)
21.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1362 min)

Stand-by time (3G)

 
17.5 days (420 hours)
the average is 25 days (611 h)
 

Stand-by time (4G)

 
15.8 days (380 hours)
the average is 24 days (575 h)
 

Music playback

82.00 hours
84.00 hours
67.00 hours

Video playback

14.00 hours
13.00 hours
13.00 hours

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8 Comments

1. sar44

Posts: 278; Member since: Apr 14, 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

2. sar44

Posts: 278; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

also perhaps arm v8

3. azalucel

Posts: 141; Member since: Dec 27, 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

6. HumVee

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 04, 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.

8. HumVee

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 04, 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.

4. mottykels

Posts: 387; Member since: May 15, 2013

So its water and dust resistant

5. Lauticol

Posts: 404; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

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

7. HumVee

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 04, 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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