Samsung, the South Korean electronics giant, has finally announced the all-new Galaxy Note 4 after months of leaks, rumors and speculations. This new phablet from Samsung offers the familiar faux leather finish and a premium-feel metal frame. The smartphone comes with a large 5.7-inch Super AMOLED screen with a QHD resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 and a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor under the hood.
While it might sound tempting, is the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 really a worthy successor? Which one should you go for: the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 or the Samsung Galaxy Note 3? Let’s compare both these phablets and find out.
As mentioned above, the Galaxy Note 4 features a 5.7-inch 2560 x 1440 Super AMOLED display with 515 PPI. The Galaxy Note 3, on the other hand, features the same 5.7-inch AMOLED screen but with a lower pixel density of 386 PPI. So the screen size might be the same, but the display has a much higher pixel density. The extra large display resolution makes using the improved S-Pen a joy, plus, if you’re really into detail, then you’ll be able to spot the difference in the quality of movies and other content.
The Galaxy Note 4 features a 2.7GHz Qualcomm 805 processor or Exynos 1.9GHz octo-core chipset (depending on the region), as well as 3GB of RAM. The Galaxy Note 3, on the other hand, features a 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 or 1.9 Exynos 5 Octa chipset, as well as 3GB of RAM.
The new powerful 805 processor in the Galaxy Note 4 should offer a noticeable performance improvement over the Note 3, plus, in the future when we see a 64-bit Android, it will be able to perform better.
Storage-wise, the Note 4 offers 32GB of on-board storage with microSD card support.
The Note 3 offers three different variants: 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB, with microSD card support for up to 64GB.
The Note 4 features a 16MP rear-facing camera (f/2.4 aperture) with optical image stabilisation. It can capture videos in 4K Ultra HD video. The front camera is 3.7MP with a wide-angle lens. There’s also a side touch button which can be used to capture photos instead of touching the screen to take photos.
The Note 3 features a 13MP rear-facing camera with autofocus and a 2MP front-facing camera. The Note 4’s camera looks better, at least on paper.
The Galaxy Note 4 features a 3300mAh battery, while the Galaxy Note 3 features a 3200mAh battery.
This difference is not much, and that’s why a winner cannot be announced at this moment, especially because the Note 4 features a better display and chipset, which can drain battery much faster. The winner can only be announced after proper usage of the Note 4.
When talking about the operating system, both phablets run on Android and offer Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface. However, with the improved S Pen and a new hardware button, the Note 4 might offer a better user experience.
From all these points, it is evident that Galaxy Note 4 is surely an improvement in terms of display, processing power, camera and in some other departments. The Note 4, being a successor, is bound to be better than the Note 3, and the improved specs will surely attract many eyes. The new metal frame also gives a premium feel to the handset.
If you’ve got deep pockets and don’t mind paying the price, then surely go for the Note 4. But if you can wait, then let the detailed reviews come in and then you can decide which one to go for.
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