After releasing the Note 4, Samsung rushed to make limited edition with a curved display that supports a higher resolution than the original phablet. The Note 3 achieved an unexpected success and the company was relying on the successor to achieve an even greater success. But let’s see how superior is the Note Edge to the Note 3.
Designs and dimensions
The Note 3 received many positive reviews not only because it came with powerful hardware, but because it’s visually appealing, and many considered the faux leather rear cover very elegant. Samsung retained this pattern on the Note 4, but removed the fake stitching from the edges. The Edge has almost the same sizes as the Note 3, only it’s wider. It measures 151.3×82.4×8.3 mm and it’s pretty heavy at 174grams. The Note 3 weights 6grams less, has the same thickness, it’s 0.1mm shorter and has a width of 79.2mm. The Edge has a curved rim and an aluminum frame, while the Note 3 has a thicker plastic frame. Both devices feature the popular S Pen stylus and the Note Edge has the power lock button placed on the topside, while the Note 3 has it placed on the right side. Only the Edge comes with the fingerprint sensor.
The display on the Note Edge measures 5.6inches and sports a high resolution of 1600×2560 pixels and 524ppi, while the Note 3 offers a 5.7inches display with 1080×1920 pixels and 386ppi and both models have their Super AMOLED displays protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. According to PhoneArena, the color calibration on the Edge is more accurate, while the Note 3 comes with an oversaturated display and it’s less readable outdoors.
Processors and Memories
The Note Edge has the newest Snapdragon 805 chipset that houses a Krait 450 processor with four cores clocked at 2.7GHz, while the older Note 3 came with a Snapdragon 800 chipset supporting a Krait 400 processor, also with four cores, but with a maximum processing speed of 2.3GHz. The Note 3 is also available in a variant powered by an Exynos 5433 octa-core processor which pairs with a Mali-T628 MP6 GPU, while the other variant uses Adreno 330 graphics. The Edge features an Adreno 420 GPU and likewise the Note 3, houses 3GB of RAM. Regarding the internal memories, both devices support microSD card slots for expansion, and the capacities of Note Edge’s memories are 32 and 64GB, increasable up to 128GB, while the Note 3 has two variants of 16 and 32GB supporting expansion up to 64GB, while the third variants is fixed at 64GB.
The Note Edge runs on Android v4.4.4 (KitKat) and we have no news regarding when it will be upgraded to Lollipop. The Note 3 came with v4.3 (Jelly Bean) and took a major step to v4.4.2 (KitKat).
Cameras and batteries
The Edge has the same cameras from the Note 4: a 16MP rear one with optical image stabilization and a 3.7MP front camera. The Note 3 had a 13MP back camera and the frontal one is 2MP.
The battery on the Note Edge has a capacity of 3000mAh, paradoxically smaller than Note 3’s 3200mAh battery.