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Galaxy Note 4 vs. Galaxy Note 3 Spec Shootout

by Brandon Russell | September 3, 2014September 3, 2014 9:00 am PST

Move over Galaxy Note 3, because the Next Big Thing is already here. Samsung on Wednesday officially unveiled its next big flagship phone, and it just about improves on everything we loved about the Note 3. The design is better, the S Pen technology has been enhanced, and the screen is absolutely stunning, which is something we can always rely on with Samsung devices.

While the Note 4 might not immediately appear like a major leap over the Note 3, just check out these specs: a 5.7-inch Quad HD display (2560×1440), 16-megapixel camera (3.7-megapixel front-facing), Android 4.4.4., 3220mAh battery, 32GB of expandable storage, 3GB of RAM and a quad-core (or octa-core) processor. But there are many others reasons why the Note 4 trumps last year’s big phone champion, which you can read all about in our hands-on.

The Note 4 is coming to all of the top four carriers here in the U.S., along with other markets worldwide, so you’ll have every opportunity between now and October to sell your Note 3 to save up for the new one. For now, check out the specs side-by-side to help further encourage your lust for Samsung’s new flagship. Will this be the phone that winds up in your pocket this fall?

Galaxy Note 3 Gallery

Galaxy Note 4 Gallery

Samsung - Galaxy Note 4 Samsung - Galaxy Note 3
Display Size 5.7-inch, 1440 x 2560 pixel display (515 ppi) 5.7-inch, 1080 x 1920 pixel display (386 ppi)
Resolution X 1440 1080
Resolution Y 2560 1920
Display Type Quad HD Super AMOLED Super AMOLED
Operating System Android 4.4 (at launch) Android 4.3 (at launch)
Processor 2.7 GHz Quad-Core Processor or 1.9 GHz Octa-Core (1.9GHz Quad + 1.3GHz Quad-Core) Processor (varies by country/carrier) LTE 2.3 GHz Quad-Core Processor - 3G 1.9 GHz Octa Core Processor ( A15 1.9 GHz + A7 1.3 GHz)
RAM 3GB 3GB
Storage
  • 32GB
  • 32GB
  • 64GB
External Storage Yes Yes
External Storage Specs
  • Micro SD up to 64GB
  • Micro SD up to 64GB
Main Camera (Back) 16MP 13MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 3.7MP 2MP
Networks
  • GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE : 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
  • HSPA+ 42Mbps: 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
  • 4G (LTE Cat 4 150/50Mbps) or 4G (LTE Cat 6 300/50Mbps)
  • 2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE): 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
  • 3G (HSPA+ 42Mbps): 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
  • 4G (LTE Cat 4 150/50Mbps) : up to 6 different band sets (Dependent on market)
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.1 Bluetooth 4.0
Battery 3220 mAh 3200 mAh
NFC Yes Yes
Connectivity
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Micro USB
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Micro USB
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Geo-magnetic
  • Gesture
  • Gyroscope
  • Hall
  • Heart rate
  • UV
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Geo-magnetic
  • Gesture
  • Gyroscope
  • Proximity
  • Temperature & Humidity
GPS
  • GLONASS
  • GPS
  • GLONASS
  • GPS
Height 153.5 mm (6.04 inches) 151.2 mm (5.95 inches)
Width 78.6 mm (3.09 inches) 79.2 mm (3.12 inches)
Depth 8.5 mm (0.33 inches) 8.3 mm (0.33 inches)
Weight 176 g (6.21 oz) 168 g (5.93 oz)
Colors Black, Gold, Pink, White Black, Pink, White
Supported Audio Formats MP3, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, AMR-NB/WB, Vorbis, FLAC MP3, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, AMR-NB/WB, Vorbis, FLAC, WAV
Supported Video Formats H.264, MPEG-4, H.263, VC-1, WMV7, WMV8, Sorenson Spark, MP43, VP8 H.264, MPEG-4, H.263, VC-1, WMV7, WMV8, Sorenson Spark, MP43, VP8, HEVC
Other Features
  • IR Blaster
  • IR Blaster
In The Box N/A N/A

Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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