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iPhone 6 Plus vs. Galaxy Note 4 Spec Shootout

by Todd Haselton | September 9, 2014September 9, 2014 12:48 pm PST

Apple just announced the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus during its press conference today in California. But how does it stack up against one of the leading phablet smartphone families on the market and, more specifically, the most recent flagship phablet from Samsung? We’re here to find out, at least from a spec standpoint. Here, you’ll be able to see how the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus measures up against Samsung’s brand new Galaxy Note 4, which was only announced last week during the IFA 2014 trade show in Berlin.

We of course know these are two different beasts. One runs iOS 8 and the other runs Android KitKat with TouchWiz on top. The Note 4 has an S Pen and a bigger focus on creating content through writing, drawing and more, while Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus doesn’t include such an accessory. There are plenty of other hardware differences. Check out how they stack up here:

Galaxy Note 4 Gallery

iPhone 6 Plus Gallery

Apple - iPhone 6 Plus Samsung - Galaxy Note 4
Display Size 5.5-inch, 1080 x 1920 pixel display (401 ppi) 5.7-inch, 1440 x 2560 pixel display (515 ppi)
Resolution X 1080 1440
Resolution Y 1920 2560
Display Type Retina HD Quad HD Super AMOLED
Operating System iOS 8 (at launch) Android 4.4 (at launch)
Processor A8 chip with 64-bit architecture 2.7 GHz Quad-Core Processor or 1.9 GHz Octa-Core (1.9GHz Quad + 1.3GHz Quad-Core) Processor (varies by country/carrier)
  • 16GB
  • 64GB
  • 128GB
  • 32GB
External Storage No Yes
Main Camera (Back) 8MP iSight camera with 1.5µ pixels 16MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 1.2MP 3.7MP
  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (CDMA models only)
  • LTE
  • 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 4.0 Bluetooth 4.1
Battery N/A 3220 mAh
NFC Yes Yes
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Lightning port
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Micro USB
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Gyro
  • Proximity
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Geo-magnetic
  • Gesture
  • Gyroscope
  • Hall
  • Heart rate
  • UV
  • GPS
  • GPS
Height 6.22 inches (15.80 cm) 153.5 mm (6.04 inches)
Width 3.06 inches (77.7 mm) 78.6 mm (3.09 inches)
Depth 0.28 inches (7.1 mm) 8.5 mm (0.33 inches)
Weight 6.07 oz (172 g) 176 g (6.21 oz)
Colors Gold, Gray, Silver Black, Gold, Pink, White
Supported Audio Formats AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV MP3, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, AMR-NB/WB, Vorbis, FLAC
Supported Video Formats H.264 video up to 1080p, 60 frames per second, High Profile level 4.2 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format H.264, MPEG-4, H.263, VC-1, WMV7, WMV8, Sorenson Spark, MP43, VP8
Other Features
  • Touch ID Fingerprint Scanner
  • Voice over LTE (VoLTE)
  • Wi‑Fi calling
  • IR Blaster
In The Box N/A N/A

Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...