The long wait for the new flagship Samsung phablet got over on Wednesday as the South Korean company pulled the wraps off Galaxy Note 4 in Berlin, just a couple of days ahead of IFA (Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin) 2014 (5-10 September).

Galaxy Note 4 comes with a few upgrades over its predecessor Note 3. The new features include a fingerprint sensor, and a small bump in the camera specifications.

With very little improvements in the fourth generation Galaxy Note device, a debate has risen on whether the Galaxy Note series handset owners, who are due to end their contract with respective network carriers, need to go for the new Galaxy Note 4 or look for an alternative brand.

To get a clear perspective of the two Galaxy Note siblings, we have done a quick specifications rundown of Note 4 and its predecessor Note 3.


Samsung's new flagship phablet flaunts a 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display, having a staggering pixel density of 515 ppi (pixels per inch).

On the other hand, Samsung's 2013 phablet model flaunts a 5.7-inch full HD Super AMOLED display, having a pixel density 386 ppi.

Build quality:

Both siblings ship with a faux leather body, and the only difference between the two is that the new Galaxy Note 4 comes with metal frame, giving it a premium touch.

Galaxy Note 4
Galaxy Note 4Samsung Mobile Press

Processor, RAM and Storage:

The fourth generation Galaxy Note device comes with a modest upgrade of 2.7GHz Snapdragon 805 series processor.

There is very little difference between the two siblings in terms of neither CPU speed nor the performance. Samsung Galaxy Note 3 boasts a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 series SoC (System on Chip).

The second Galaxy Note 4 variant ships (mostly bound for emerging countries like India and other South Asian and African countries) with an Exynos 5433 series Octa-core CPU (1.9GHz quad-core + 1.3GHz quad-core +ARM Mali T760 GPU).

In its earlier versions, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (in India) shipped with in-house built Exynos Octa-core processor(packs two quad-cores-1.6GHz and 1.9GHz)with Mali T628 MP GPU and houses sumptuous 3GB RAM and 32GB inbuilt memory.

[Note: In developed markets of Europe, North America and select South East Asian regions, Galaxy Note 3 was made available with 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 series chipset with Adreno 330 graphics engine.]

Both Note 4 and Note 3 house 3GB RAM and come in 32GB memory, with options for expansions.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Samsung Galaxy Note 3Samsung India/Facebook


Galaxy Note 4 houses a 16.0-megapixel camera with auto-focus and smart OIS (Optimized Image Stabilization) and a 3.7-megapixel snapper with F1.0 aperture, Wide selfie feature and many more value-added photography enriching apps.

Whereas, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 features a13.0-megapixel camera with BSI sensor) which can record UHD -4K resolutions (3840x2160p) at 30 fps and full HD at 60fps speed. It also features a High CRI-LED flash support to get good crisp snapshots under low-light condition. Like its smaller cousin Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 3 too came with plethora of smart camera features.

Both the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Note 4 front cameras have the ability to record full HD videos, however the successor has advantage of boasting value added features like Selfie, Wide Selfie and many more.

Mobile Operating System:

With the latest Android v4.4.2 KitKat OS update already released to Galaxy Note 3 across the world, there is no added advantage in owning the new Galaxy Note 4, apart from new TouchWiz interface.

Value-added features of Galaxy Note 4:

  • Fingerprint sensor for secured unlocking of the screen, as well as safe mobile payment.
  • Depending on the markets, Galaxy Note 4 ships with either 4G (LTE Cat 4 150/50Mbps) or 4G (LTE Cat 6 300/50Mbps) and Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (HT80) MIMO PCIe ) with download booster application will help faster connection and wireless data transfer.
  • Health v3.0 with heart-rate sensor, UV sensor, Kids mode and Private mode.
  • Enhanced S-Pen functionality - Air Command (Action Memo, Smart Select, Image Clip, Screen Write) S Note, Snap Note, Direct Pen Input

Specifications of Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note 3

Model Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Display 5.7-inch quad HD (2560x1440p) super AMOLED screenPixel Density: 515 ppi (pixels per inch) 5.7-inch (5.68-inch) Super AMOLED Full HD (1920x1080p) display with pixel density of 3886ppi (pixels per inch)
OS Android v4.4.4 KitKat with new TouchWiz UI Android v4.3 Jelly Bean OS (v4.4.2 KitKat already released)
Processor 2.7GHz Snapdragon 805 quad-core processor paired with or an Exynos 5433 octa-core processor (1.9GHz quad-core+1.3GHz quad-core), depending upon the region. Exynos 5420 Octa-core processor with two quad-core processors-one A9 with 1.9GHz and another A7 with 1.3GHz CPU speed.(in other developed markets, it shipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 series CPU with 2.3GHz speed)
GPU Adreno 420 / ARM Mali T760 Mali-T628 MP6/Adreno 330
Memory 32GB, + 64GB via microSD 32GB, memory can be further expandable up to 64GB
Camera Main: 16.0-megapixel camera with Auto-focus and smart OIS (Optimized Image Stabilization)

Front: 3.7-megapixel camera with F1.0 aperture with Wide selfie feature ( similar to panorama feature)

Main: 13.0-megapixel camera with BSI sensor, auto-focus, LED flash (High CRI), UHD -4K resolutions (3840x2160p) at 30 fps, full HD recording at 60fps

Front: 2.0-megapixel camera with BSI sensor, full HD 1080p video recording

Network 3G & 4G (LTE Cat 4 150/50Mbps) or 4G (LTE Cat 6 300/50Mbps) depending on the markets 3G & 4G
Battery 3,220 mAh with super-fast charging capability which can power the phone to 50-percent in just 30 minutes 3200 mAh
Add-ons Enhanced S-Pen features, Finger print sensor, Download booster, 4 micro-phones, Heart-rate monitor, UV sensor, Bluetooth v4.1, Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (HT80) MIMO PCIe ), USB 2.0, IR LED, MHL 3.0 S-Pen functionality, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (HT80),Bluetooth v4.0 (LE), IR LED (Remote control),MHL v2.0,GPS/GLONASS,NFC
Dimensions 153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5 mm 151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm
Weight 176 g 168 g