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Galaxy Note 4 vs Note 3 – Difference, Specs, Performance, Price

Updated on September 10, 2014

The launch of the first Galaxy Note had caused quite a stir some years ago. However, the success of the model, especially the Galaxy Note 3, ensured that other smartphone manufacturers followed suit to be a part of the phablet market.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is the newest version of the Note series. Discussed below is a detailed comparison between the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

The Screen

The launch of QHD display phones by competitors has led Samsung to upgrade the screen resolution on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. So, while the Note 3 had 1080 p, the Note 4 comes with a screen resolution of up to 2,560 x 1,440 pixels on top of a Quad HD Super AMOLED screen covered by 2.5D Gorilla Glass 3.

As compared to the 5.5-inch Note 3, the Note 4 comes with a 5.7-inch panel. The 368 ppi display on the Note 3 has also been upped to a stunning 515ppi on the Note 4. The slimmer bezels surrounding the screen means that the 0.2 inches of additional real estate on the Note 4 is hardly visible. The better resolution has led to more vivid colors and joyous and multifaceted use of the enhanced S-Pen.

The Design

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 had a plastic-ky body with a fake leather back. Even though the back felt posh and tactile, users felt that the front and sides looked and felt a little cheaper than normal. The design was however widely appreciated and lapped up by users.

In Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the manufacturer has done away with the plastic feel of the body. The Note 4 is more refined, but it still does not come with a complete metal body frame. The Korean electronics giant has opted for a plastic chassis whose borders are enclosed and protected in a metal frame. Also, at 176 g and measuring 152 x 80 x 7.6 mm, the Note 4 is a lot lighter and thinner than the Note 3.

As was seen with the S5, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is equipped with a fingerprint sensor and has similar water and dust resistant qualities. A heart rate monitor has been placed right next to the LED flash of the primary camera.

The back still has the faux leather feel, but the company has removed the skewed fake stitching and gone for simpler and cleaner lines. The brushed aluminum effect present on the front-sides of the Note 3 has also been done away with. In its place are black glossy bars. It is however thinner than the aluminum trims so as to make extra space for the bigger screen size.

The Performance

Just like the Note 3, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is also available in 2 CPU variants. But the Note 4 is definitely a lot faster. Some markets will have a Note 4 equipped with a 2.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon, along with an Adreno 420 GPU, 805 chipset, built-in LTE support and 3-4 GB of RAM.

In other regions, the Note 4 will have an octa-core Exynos 5433 64-bit Android processor along with a Mali-T760 GPU. The processor will feature 4high powered cores at 2.3GHz and 4 lower powered cores at 1.3 GHz.

With regards to storage space, the Note 4 is also available in 16, 32, and 64 GB versions just like the Note 3. However, the microSD external storage option has been upgraded to hold up to 128 GB.

The Camera

The Note 3 came with a 13 MP rear camera. It was more than enough. However, competitor brands like the Z2 and the Lumia offered phones with 20 MP cameras. It was therefore expected that Samsung would also up their game.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 comes with a 16 MP rear camera along with the optical image stabilizing system which overcomes the effects of a shaking camera. It also prolongs the exposure time in dark areas and can record 30fps HD video up to 3,840 x 2,160.

The secondary camera has been upgraded from a 2 MP on the Note 3 to a 3.7 MP along with wide angle lens on the Note 4. Users can take photos or ‘selfies’ via the touchscreen, or the capacitive Side button mounted on the side, or the heart rate monitor. Other features include f1.9, a 90-degree default shooting angle, and panorama shot capture for taking wider photos like group photos.

The Battery

The Note 3 came with a 3,200mAh removable battery which was great. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 comes with a 3,500mAh battery so as to be able to support the additional pixels and power. It also comes with the ‘ultra power saving’ mode, wireless charging, and ‘fast charging’ options.

Pricing, etc.

The off-contract pricing for the Note 3 was about $600. The Note 4 will be available off-contract for about $700 to $900.


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