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The Difference Between Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note 3

Posted by on September 12, 2014

Samsung has finally revealed its much awaited flagship phablet – the Galaxy Note 4, at the IFA 2014 in Berlin, and the device will be available in store on October.

As the successor to the popular Galaxy Note 3, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 brings a number of cool features and improvements. So, what changes has Samsung made to the fourth generation of Galaxy Note? Let’s find out in our Galaxy Note 4 vs Galaxy Note 3 specs comparison.

Galaxy Note 4 vs Galaxy Note 3: Design

The Galaxy Note 4 comes with a whole new design that features a metal frame along with a curved front glass panel that is a departure from the plastic material used on its predecessors, giving it a premium look and feel. The metal-frame design also makes the Note 4 more durable. With its sleek metal design, the Note 4 beat the Note 3 in both looks and durability.

galaxy note 4 vs note 3: design

Galaxy Note 4 vs Galaxy Note 3: Display

Both Note 4 and Note 3 come with the same 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display, but the Galaxy Note 4’s 5.7-inch display offers Quad HD resolution (2560 x 1440px) with a pixel density of 550ppi, compared to the 1080p display and 430 ppi on the Note 3. That means the Galaxy Note 4 is a lot sharper and has a much higher pixel density than the Note 3.

Galaxy Note 4 vs Galaxy Note 3: Processor

Like its predecessor, the latest Note 4 also comes in two different variations – the Qualcomm Snapdragon processors and Samsung’s own Exynos ones.

The Galaxy Note 4 sports a quad-core 2.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 or Exynos 5433 chipset while the Note 3 features a quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor or Exynos 5 Octa 5420 chipset. Despite this, both the devices are backed by 3GB of RAM.

Galaxy Note 4 vs Galaxy Note 3: Camera

The Galaxy Note 4 sports a 16MP rear-facing camera with Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS). The Galaxy Note 4 also has a 3.7 MP front-facing camera that offers a default 90 degree shooting angle and up to 120 degree wide angle.

In contrast, the Note 3 has a 13MP rear camera and a 2MP front camera but it does not have OIS attached to it. In terms of video, both devices are equal, capable of playing 1080p video at 60fps and 2160p video at 30fps (for N9002 and N9005 series only).

Galaxy Note 4 vs Galaxy Note 3: Battery

In terms of battery life, the Galaxy Note 4 sports a 3220mAh battery while the Note 3 offers 3200mAh. Although the Galaxy Note 4 battery is slightly bigger than the Galaxy Note 3, it supports fast charging, which allows it to charge from zero to 50% in only 30 minutes of charge time.

Galaxy Note 4 vs Galaxy Note 3: Storage

The Note 4 offers 32GB on-board storage, while the Note 3 provides 32GB and 64GB on-board storage variants. Despite this, both the handsets support microSD cards up to 64GB and a 50GB of free cloud storage through Dropbox for 2 years.

Galaxy Note 4 vs Galaxy Note 3: S-Pen

The S-Pen on Note 4 has also gotten an upgrade. It is now has 2048 points of pressure sensitivity to the Note 3’s 1,024, getting a more precise response when you use it. Furthermore, a new S-Pen feature called ‘Smart Select’ lets you capture several pieces of content and dragged the items to use in an email or added to a notepad.

The table below provides a more detailed comparison between Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 4.

Model Galaxy Note 3 Galaxy Note 4
OS Android Kitkat 4.4 Android Kitkat 4.4
Size 151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm 153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5 mm
Weight 168g 176g
Screen size 5.7 inches 5.7 inches
Display 1,920 x 1,080 pixels Super AMOLED, 386 ppi 2,560 x 1,440 pixels Super AMOLED, 515 ppi
Processor Quad-core 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Quad core 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805
RAM 3 Gigabyte 3 Gigabyte
Camera 13 Megapixel / 2.0 megapixel 16 Megapixel / 3.7 megapixel
Internal Storage 32 / 64 gigabyte + microSD 32 gigabyte + microSD
Battery 3,200 mAh 3,220 mAh
Connectivity LTE Category 4, HSPA+, Bluetooth 4.0, IrDA, NFC, USB 3.0 LTE Category 4, HSPA+, Bluetoth 4.1, IrDA, NFC, USB 2.0


The Galaxy Note 4 is a definite upgrade over its predecessor, offering a higher resolution display, an upgraded processing package, an improved S-Pen stylus experience, and a slightly different software experience with some new features. On other hand, the Galaxy Note 3 is still a very viable option for anyone who’re looking for a good Note experience, without wanting to pay for the latest and greatest.


  1. Hi,

    You have explained the difference very nicely ! Thumbs up 🙂

    Yash Gohel