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Samsung Galaxy Note 3: What's changed?

Sarah Silbert
September 4, 2013
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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.

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