Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – Hardware, Camera, Specs comparison

Alex Bezeau September 24, 2013 0

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Today we compare the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 in a one on one battle of specs. The reason for this comparison is not to find out the better device between the two, but to help consumers make a wise decision.
If the price tag is kept aside, there is hardly any smartphone or phablet in the market today that can take on the specs and features of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. But let us not forget that this very device was built on the basis of the Galaxy Note 2, one of the most appreciated and widely used Android devices in the market.
So first let us took a look at the specs and find out ‘what’s changed.’ Then we will compare the differences in specs and features, after which you can decide which one of the two you would want to buy.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3

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DISPLAY
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED HD display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and a pixel density of 267 pixels per inch. The display on the device is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 2.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display. The screen has a full HD 1080 x 1920 pixels display resolution with a pixel density of 386 ppi. The display on the Galaxy Note 3 is also protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

HARDWARE
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has the Exynos 4 chipset. It has a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor supported by the Samsung favorite Mali-400 GPU and a 2 GB RAM.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is also equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset. The device is powered by a 2.2GHz quad-core processor, Adreno 330 GPU and has 3GB of RAM. The Note 3 is the first smart device from Samsung to feature 3GB of RAM, raising the bar for all other smartphone manufacturers.

OPERATING SYSTEM
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean installed on it. It also features the TouchWiz UI from Samsung that enhances the overall user experience.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean right out of the box and has Samsung’s TouchWiz UI on top of it. So Galaxy Note 3 consumers do not have to worry about updating the device, not at least till Android 4.4 KitKat is out.

STORAGE
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 provides in-built storage options of 16, 32 and 64 GB and also provides a micro SD card slot that supports cards of up to 64 GB.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 comes with 32 and 64 GB of internal storage, and also has a microSD card slot using which you can expand storage by up to 64GB. Hence storage expansion is an easy option and can be done as and when you wish.

CAMERA
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has an 8 MP Primary Camera with autofocus and LED flash. It also has a 1.9 MP Secondary Camera. The primary camera allows you to simultaneously record HD videos and images.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has a 13MP primary camera and a 2MP secondary camera. The primary camera comes with features like autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, image stabilization, HDR and most importantly support 2K as well as 4K video recording.

BATTERY
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has a high capacity 3100 mAh battery. This battery gives a talk time of up to 35 hours of 2G and 16 hours on 3G, and a standby time of up to 980 hours on 2G and 890 hours on 3G.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has an even higher capacity Li-Ion battery, 3200mAh to be specific. We do not have the battery performance stats for the Note 3 either, but considering the way in which the Note 2 went on and on, the Note 3 should perform no different.

DIMENSIONS
The dimensions of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 are 151.1 x 80.5 x 9.4 mm whereas the dimensions of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 are 151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3mm.

WEIGHT
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 weighs 183 grams whereas the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 weighs 168 grams.

CONCLUSION
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has been one of the most successful phablet devices ever manufactured by the company. The Galaxy Note 2 was popular even after the launch of the Galaxy S3 and S4.

But now the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is official and its time for change! This comparison post is actually intended to tell you about the difference between these two phablets. We want to help consumers choose between the Galaxy Note 2 and Note 3 depending upon their needs and requirements.

To be honest, in spite of the arrival of the Galaxy Note 3, the Galaxy Note 2 happens to be great device. Of course, the Note 3 has a full HD display, much better camera, super fast processor and an even better battery, but it is not necessary for every consumer to have these new features in their smart device.

If you are planning to go for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and can very well afford the high cost or are ready to buy it on contract, then you should definitely go ahead and do so. It will be a wise decision and you will never regret it.
But if you are a little short on money or would want to save a good amount of your hard earned money, then the Galaxy Note 2 is also an excellent option. You will end up not using a next-gen device, but you definitely be using one of the most successful smart devices of the year 2012.

Here is a specifications chart of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Note 3:

SC - Note 2 vs Note 3

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