Comparison – Galaxy Note 3 vs Galaxy S4
Of the two highest end Samsung Android devices right now, the definite flag bearers are undisputed to be the Galaxy SIV, which was released in April this year, and the Samsung Galaxy Note III which came out last month in Berlin.
Both handsets were released with 2 different processors each: the Galaxy S4 has both a 1.6 GHz quad-core Cortex-A15 processor, and a 1.2GHz Cortex A7 processor, to go along with the Exynos 5 Octa chipset. The Galaxy Note 3 also has dual processors, faster versions of the A15 and A7 chips at 1.9GHz and 1.3GHz respectively. While the N9000 edition Note 3 comes with the Exynos 5 Octa chipset, however, the N9005 features Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 chipset.
Both devices also feature an LTE and non-LTE version, with the LTE version of the S4 featuring a quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 CPU and Adreno 330 GPU. Awesome specs all around for the S4, but the LTE Note III also has the Adreno 330 graphics processor and was available at the same time as the non-LTE version, while the LTE SIV came out awhile after the 3G variants, at least here in Malaysia. The non-4G Note 3 has a Mali-T628 MP6 GPU, unlike the 4G-less SIV utilising a PowerVR SGX 544MP3 GPU.
Form-wise, the S4 has the same form factor as the Samsung Galaxy SIII and the Note II, with a 5-inch Super AMOLED 1080×1920 HD display with 441ppi density. The Note 3 is more reminiscent of the Galaxy SII in form, but with a removable leather piece as backing, while the display is a monstrous 5.7″ Full HD display with less pixel density at only 386ppi.
Both models have similar cameras on the rear- 13-megapixel shooters with 4128 x 3096 pixel resolution and capable of a bunch of features like dual-shot, HD video recording, and simultaneous image and HD recording. With the SIV though, video can be recorded at 1080p@30 frames-per-second, the LTE-capable Note III can record at either 2160p@30fps or 1080p@60fps which is pretty impressive.
When it comes to battery life, there is no contest- the Galaxy Note 3 sports a 3200mAh lithium ion battery, dwarfing the 26oomAh battery of the Galaxy S4. The S4 battery was already pretty powerful when up against other devices on the market, so the extremely powerful batt on the Note 3 is quite significant. It’s even slightly larger than the 3100mAh of its predecessor the Galaxy Note 2.
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