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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs Note 3 – Detailed Comparison On What To Choose


In a market dominated by high-end smartphones, Samsung is one of the technology pioneers that still has a lot to offer and waits for the right time to bring a new impressive device. After the brilliant success they had with the Galaxy Note 3, the fans expected a successor that could dethrone this amazing phablet. Let’s see if the Note 4 exceeded our expectations.


Last year, the Note 3 received critics regarding its exterior, and Samsung replaced the plastic with leather effect back panel with a plastic rear panel with metal trim, although the faux leather effect was retained. The Note 4 became narrower, but thicker than its predecessor, measuring now 153.5×78.6×8.5 mm, compared to 151.2×79.2×8.3 mm, and it’s heavier at 176grams, with 8grams more than the Note 3. The Note 4 still doesn’t look expensive, although the texture on its back has changed a little. This time, the device is boxier, but with sharper curves and it makes it easy to handle. The S Pen suffered a few changes, having now 2048 dps pressure sensitivity, compared to 1024 dps pressure sensitivity.


Both models are loyal to the Super AMOLED technology, but Samsung retained the 5.7inches screen size, but the Note 4 supports a higher resolution of 1440×2560 pixels with an impressive pixel density of 515ppi. The previous phablet supported 1080×1920 pixels with 386ppi. This means that the Note 4 has a sharper display, although you’ll have to analyze both screens carefully in order to spot the upgrade. Anyway, the color reproduction is great on both screens.


The Note 3 featured one of the most powerful processors, but it came in two variants according to the regions where it was shipped to. The first variant was powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core 2.3GHz Krait 400 processor with Adreno 330 graphics, while the other variant had an Exynos 5 Octa 5420 octa core processor coupled with a Mali-T628 MP6 GPU. However, the Note 3 uses four cores at a time, not necessarily all of them, depending to the situation.

This year, Samsung made the Note 4 in two variants as well, and the first one has a more powerful 32-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 quad-core 2.7GHz Krait 450 processor, coupled with Adreno 420 graphics, and the other variant features an Exynos 5433 octa core processor, also with two processors with four cores each. This is a huge performance boost, although the upcoming smartphones will come with 64-bit processors and Android Lollipop will help them show what they’re capable of. Anyway, the GPU from the Note 4 is 40% more powerful than Note 3’s Adreno 330 GPU, but both of them are using 3GB of RAM.


The old Note 3 came with two variants of 16 and 32GB of internal storage, expandable up to 64GB, and another variant, unexpandable, with this capacity. The Note 4 has only one variant of 32GB, increasable up to 128GB.


The Note 3 came loaded with Android v4.3 (Jelly Bean) and it was upgraded to v4.4.2 (KitKat), while the Note 4 came with 4.4.4 (KitKat). But Samsung skinned the OS with its own UI version, TouchWiz, which was improved on the new phablet.


The Note 4 features a 16MP Sony sensor with features such as OIS, LED flash, autofocus, and the Note 3 has a 13MP with autofocus and LED flash. Unfortunately, Samsung didn’t use the ISOCELL sensor from the Galaxy S5, which made a good impression, but still, Note 4’s camera is a lot better than the one from its predecessor. And the optical image stabilization was a good idea, because this way you won’t have to worry about the hand shake blur. The 2MP front camera was upgraded to 3.7MP, and this means more good-quality selfies.


We expected a much bigger battery on the new Note 4, but Samsung added only 20mAh to Note 3’s 3200mAh battery.