Samsung Galaxy Note
Samsung announced the Galaxy Note earlier in September

Samsung announced the Galaxy Note - a combination of an Android smartphone and tablet-computer, in September. The Galaxy Note is the company's first device to feature a large display and an advanced pen-input technology called the S Pen. The company released the LTE version of the Note in January and the phone was also called Galaxy Note 4G, Samsung SGH-1717 and Samsung Galaxy Note LTE. The difference between the international version of the Galaxy Note and LTE version is the processor - the international version is packed with a 1.4 dual-core Exynos whereas the LTE version is equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon's dual-core processor. Meanwhile Samsung took the covers of the Galaxy S3 on 3 May.

Check out how the two stack up


The Samsung Galaxy Note features a 5.3in WXGA HD Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 800x1280 pixels. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass and the display, along with providing vivid clarity, offers a 180-degree viewing angle which allows contents to be shared comfortably.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 features a 4.8in HD Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 720x1280 pixels. The new smartphone, according to Samsung, provides an ergonomic and comfortable user experience through its human-centric design.


The Galaxy Note measures 146.85x82.95x9.65mm and weighs 178g. The Galaxy S3 measures 136.6x70.6x8.6mm and weighs 133g.

Operating System

The Samsung Galaxy Note runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) operating system. Samsung has announced the Note will get the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update in the second quarter. The Galaxy S3 will run on Android 4.0.


The LTE version of the Galaxy Note is powered by a Qualcomm MSM8660 Snapdragon chip with a dual-core 1.5 GHz Scorpion processor. The Galaxy S3 will be powered by a 1.4 GHz Exynos 4 quad-core processor.


The Galaxy Note sports an eight megapixel primary camera with a resolution of 3264x2448 pixels. The camera features auto-focus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, smile detection and image stabilisation technology. It can capture video in 1080p. The smartphone also features a two megapixel front-facing camera.

The Galaxy S3 will sport a primary camera of eight megapixels, with auto-focus and LED flash. The camera features a technology called Zero-Lag Shutter Speed, which allows users to capture moving objects. The smartphone also features a 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera which can record HD video at 30 frames per second.


The Samsung Galaxy Note offers Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot and also supports Bluetooth version 3.0+HS. It supports data speed up to HSDPA, 21 Mbps and HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps. The Galaxy Note also supports Near Field Communication (NFC) technology (optional and availability differs depending on the carrier). It has a 3.5mm ear jack.

The Galaxy S3 offers Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi HT40 and Bluetooth version 4.0, as well as Near Field Communication (NFC).


The Samsung Galaxy Note has 16GB of internal memory space. The Galaxy S3 has three storage models - 16/32/64GB (the latter is not yet available). Both devices support microSD cards.

Power and Battery

The Galaxy Note is powered by a standard Li-ion battery with a capacity of 2,500mAh, which offers talk time for 10 hours. The Galaxy S3 will be powered with a 2,100mAh battery.