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Flashback Friday: Galaxy Note vs Galaxy Note 4 Spec Shootout

Welcome to a new feature on Flashback Friday where we’re going to occasionally look back at the beginning of a smartphone line and compare it to its newest iteration. Up this week, the Galaxy Note says hello to the Galaxy Note 4.

The original Galaxy Note was introduced at IFA 2011 and released on Oct. 29, 2011. The Galaxy Note 4 debuted at IFA 2014 this year, but has no official release date yet. So how has the line changed in three years? Quite a bit actually. As you look through the specs below, you’ll see what was once a top of the line phone would now be considered pretty basic. And remember, there are probably still some people holding on to the original Galaxy Note as they simply can’t afford their upgrade, or they bought late in the product cycle.

The Galaxy Note did receive OS updates, but there is no getting around that dual-core in today’s world, or the maximum microSD size of 32GB. It’s scary to think that the phone that pretty much launched the phablet category of phones such a short time ago feels like it belongs in an antique shop already.

Enjoy the pictures and specs and let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Galaxy Note Gallery

Galaxy Note 4 Gallery

Samsung - Galaxy Note Samsung - Galaxy Note 4
Display Size 5.3-inch, 800 x 1280 pixel display (285 ppi) 5.7-inch, 1440 x 2560 pixel display (515 ppi)
Resolution X 800 1440
Resolution Y 1280 2560
Display Type WXGA Display Super AMOLED Quad HD Super AMOLED
Operating System Android 2.3 (at launch) Android 4.4 (at launch)
Processor 1.4 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 2.7 GHz Quad-Core Processor or 1.9 GHz Octa-Core (1.9GHz Quad + 1.3GHz Quad-Core) Processor (varies by country/carrier)
RAM 1GB 3GB
Storage
  • 16GB
  • 32GB
  • 32GB
External Storage Yes Yes
External Storage Specs
  • Micro SD up to 32GB
  • Micro SD up to 64GB
Main Camera (Back) 8MP 16MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 2MP 3.7MP
Networks
  • GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850, 900, 1800, 1900
  • HSPA+: 21 Mbit/s
  • HSUPA: 5.76 Mbit/s
  • LTE
  • UMTS: 850, 900, 1900, 2100
  • 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)
Bluetooth Bluetooth 3.0 Bluetooth 4.1
Battery 2500 mAh 3220 mAh
NFC Yes (vary by carriers) Yes
Connectivity
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Micro USB
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Micro USB
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Proximity
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Geo-magnetic
  • Gesture
  • Gyroscope
  • Hall
  • Heart rate
  • UV
GPS
  • A-GPS
  • Digital compass
  • GLONASS
  • GLONASS
  • GPS
Height 146.85 mm (5.78 inches) 153.5 mm (6.04 inches)
Width 82.95 mm (3.27 inches) 78.6 mm (3.09 inches)
Depth 9.65 mm (0.38 inches) 8.5 mm (0.33 inches)
Weight 178 g (6.28 oz) 176 g (6.21 oz)
Colors Black, Pink, White Black, Gold, Pink, White
Supported Audio Formats MP3, AAC, AMR, WMA, WAV, FLAC, OGG MP3, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, AMR-NB/WB, Vorbis, FLAC
Supported Video Formats MPEG4, H.264, H.263, WMV, DivX, Xvid, VC-1 H.264, MPEG-4, H.263, VC-1, WMV7, WMV8, Sorenson Spark, MP43, VP8
Other Features
  • FM Radio
  • IR Blaster
In The Box N/A N/A

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Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...


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