Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs Galaxy Note 3 – Specs and Price Comparison

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If you want to know what the differences are between the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and its predecessor, the Galaxy Note 2, here’s a comparison between the two to help you figure out what changes has Samsung made and which one is worth buying.

Display and Design

On the first device, we see that Samsung invested in a Super AMOLED display that measures 5.5 inches and that can render a nice resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. The device weighs 183 g and is built with these dimensions: 151.1 x 80.5 x 9.4 mm.

On the second device, Samsung also used a Super AMOLED display that is slightly larger, measuring 5.7 inches. They upped the resolution a bit, the Galaxy Note 3 being able to render a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. This device is lighter than the first, weighing 168 g, and also thinner (dimensions: 151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm).

Hardware and Operating System

Regarding hardware, we can see the Cortex A9 processor (a quad core processor working at 1.6 GHz) powering the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. The chipset that comes in the package is the Quad 4412 Exynos model. The phablet comes with 2GB of RAM and multiple options for internal memory: 16GB, 32GB and 64GB (the device allows you to use a microSD card – meaning that you can expand your memory by up to 64GB). The operating system on the Note 2 is the Android Jelly Bean OS.

Samsung equipped Note 2’s successor with a Krait 400 processor (a quad core processor that is clocked at 2.3 GHz) and a Snapdragon 800 chipset from Qualcomm. This device comes with 3GB of RAM and the same options of internal storage space: 16GB, 32GB and 64GB (same as the Galaxy Note 2, the Note 3 gives you the option of using a microSD card to expand your memory by up to 64GB). The Galaxy Note 3 runs on Android Jelly Bean.


Both devices hold nice camera features, but the latest one has the upper hand. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 comes with a 13MP rear-facing camera (autofocus + LED flash), while its front-facing camera has 2MP.

The Note 2 isn’t that far back, having an 8MP main camera (autofocus + LED flash) and a secondary camera that has 1.9MP.


Samsung upped their game in the battery department too: the Galaxy Note 3 comes with a longer lasting battery: a Li-Ion 3200 mAh battery unit that is estimated to last around 21 hours of talking time (3G).

The Galaxy Note 2 has a Li-Ion battery as well but with a capacity of 3100 mAh that can last up to 16 hours of talking time (3G).


Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (16 GB): $394.99

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (16 GB): $405.99

The price difference is almost unnoticeable, seeing that the Note 3 does come with better camera features, better hardware and even higher resolution regarding display.


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