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Samsung Galaxy Note 3: What's changed?

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Another IFA, another Galaxy Note -- that's how it goes, ever since Samsung launched its first version of the phablet two years ago in Berlin. The company's latest S-Pen-wielding handset is upon us, with a bevy of hardware and software updates as expected. Does this year's device bring some game-changing tweaks, or is the Note 3 more of an incremental refresh of its predecessor? Jump past the break for a full spec-by-spec comparison of the two super-phones.

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Galaxy Note II N7100

Galaxy Note 3

Dimensions

5.95 x 3.16 x 0.37 inches (151.1 x 80.5 x 9.4mm)

5.95 x 3.12 x 0.33 inches (151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3mm)

Weight

6.35 oz. (180g)

5.92 oz. (168g)

Screen size

5.5 inches

5.7 inches

Screen resolution

1,280 x 720 pixels (267ppi)

1,920 x 1,080 (386ppi)

Screen type

HD Super AMOLED

Full HD Super AMOLED

Battery

3,100mAh

3,200mAh

Internal storage

16 / 32 / 64GB

32 / 64GB

External storage

microSD (up to 64GB)

microSD (up to 64GB)

Rear camera

8MP

13MP

Front-facing cam

1.9MP

2MP

Video capture

1080p

1080p, 4K/UHD* (only in some markets)

NFC

Yes

Yes

Radios

HSPA+, LTE

HSPA+, LTE Advanced

Bluetooth

Version 4.0

Version 4.0

SoC

1.6GHz quad-core Exynos

2.3GHz quad-core processor / 1.9GHz octa-core processor (varies by region)

RAM

2GB

3GB

MHL

Yes

Yes

Operating system

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean


Zach Honig contributed to this report.