Difference between Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Samsung Galaxy S3

Key difference: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is the latest smartphone by the Samsung Corporation. It was unveiled on September 4, 2013, at the IFA Berlin with the Galaxy Gear, a smart watch that is supposed to work as a companion device for the Galaxy phones. The Galaxy S3 was a previous flagship phone of Samsung.

The Samsung Corporation currently holds the largest market share of the phones sold, as well as the largest share of Android phones sold. Two of the phones that Samsung has on the market is the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the Samsung Galaxy S3, among various others.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is the latest smartphone by the Samsung Corporation. It was unveiled at the IFA Berlin and will be launched on September 25, 2013. At the same event, Samsung also announced the launch of the Galaxy Gear, a smart watch that is supposed to work as a companion device for the Galaxy phones. The Gear will initially only be pairable with the Galaxy Note 3, however updates are expected soon that will make the watch compatible to Galaxy S3, S4 and Note 2.

The Gear has a 1.63-inch, 320x320-pixel super AMOLED screen in a metal screen. It can be used to answer calls, control music, etc. An app called the Gear Manager is used to control the settings on the Gear. The Gear also has a 1.9-megapixel embedded camera, which can be used for photos or video recording. The Gear will be launched with 60 available apps, which will grow over time. The Gear will be available in black, grey, beige, rose gold, green and orange.

The Note 3 itself is considered to be bigger, faster, thinner, and lighter than the Note 2. It features a 5.7 inch Super AMOLED display; an internal memory of 32 GB, which is expandable with a micro SD card of up to 64 GB; and 3G of RAM. The phone is available in two variants, which differ mainly in the processor. The LTE model is available with a 2.3 GHz Quad-Core Processor, whereas the 3G variant is available with a 1.9GHz Big-core Quad + a 1.3GHz little-core Quad. The phone also features a 13 MP primary camera, and a 2 MP primary front-facing camera. The Note 3 is also the first phone on the market to feature the new USB 3.0 charger.

In true Samsung fashion, the phone also boasts various features, such as the Air Command, which comes on each time the stylus is extracted. The menu can also be accessed through by hovering the stylus above the display and clicking its built-in button. The stylus can also be paired with various S Pen features, such as Action Memos, Pen Window, S Finder, and Scrapbook. The phone also continues the Multi Window functionality, as seen in Samsung's previous phones.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 is a slate-format multi-touch smartphone that was launched in May 2012. It is the successor of Galaxy S2 and Galaxy S but abandons the rectangular design of the predecessors and opts for more rounded corners making it resemble the Galaxy Nexus. The company has since released the Samsung Galaxy S4, the successor of Galaxy S3.

The Galaxy S3 sports a 4.8 HD Super AMOLED screen with corning gorilla glass 2. It is offered with Android v4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and can be upgraded to 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean). The Galaxy S III has a polycarbonate plastic chassis and is available in a variety of different colors.

When the phone was initially launched in May, the phone was considered to have been backed with innovative features and the TouchWiz "Nature UX" GUI was considered to be advanced. The GUI also included the “Water Lux” effect which can produce water ripples on contact. The phone also offered S Voice in response to Apple’s Siri, which enabled users to verbally control 20 functions on the phone. It was effectively considered as a iPhone killer. It also received additional publicity because of the patent infringement lawsuits against Apple.

Comparison between Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Samsung Galaxy S3:

The information for the detailed table about the two phones has been taken from the Samsung website and GSmArena.com.


Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Samsung Galaxy S3

Launch Date

September 25, 2013

May 2012


Samsung Corporation

Samsung Electronics


151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3mm

136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm


5.7 inch (144.3mm) Full HD Super AMOLED

4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED


1920 x 1080, 16M colors (~386 ppi pixel density)

1280x720 pixels



Corning Gorilla Glass 2,

oleophobic fingerprint-resistant coating.



133 g

2G Network

GSM / GPRS / EDGE : 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz

2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE): 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

3G Network

HSPA+ 42Mbps: 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz

(HSPA+ 21Mbps): 850/900/1900/2100 MHz

4G Network

LTE Cat 4 150 /50Mbps: up to 6 different band sets (Dependent on market)

LTE availability depends on the market.


TouchWiz UI

TouchWiz "Nature UX"

CPU speed

LTE: 2.3 GHz Quad-Core Processor

3G: 1.9GHz Big-core Quad + 1.3GHz little-core Quad

Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A9


LTE: Adreno 330



Android OS, v4.3 (Jelly Bean)

Android OS, v4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich), upgradeable to 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)


Qualcomm Snapdragon 800

Exynos 4412 Quad


3 GB

1 GB

SIM Size



Internal Memory

32 GB

16/32/64 GB (The 64GB model has been discontinued)

Expandable Memory

Micro SD (Up to 64GB)

microSD up to 64 GB


Gesture Sensor, Accelerometer, Geo-magnetic, Gyro-sensor, Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Barometer Sensor/Temperature & Humidity Sensor, Hall Sensor

Accelerometer, RGB light, digital compass, proximity, gyro, barometer


WiFi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac (HT80), GPS / GLONASS,

NFC, Bluetooth v 4.0 (LE), IR LED (Remote Control), MHL 2.0

WiFi a/b/g/n, WiFi HT40, GPS/GLONASS, NFC, Bluetooth® 4.0(LE), microUSB v2.0, USB On-the-go, wireless charging.


GPRS, EDGE, Speed, WLAN, Bluetooth, NFC, Infrared port, USB

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, NFC and USB.


HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA; LTE, Cat4, 50 Mbps UL, 150 Mbps DL

HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps


WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (HT80)

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot


Bluetooth 4.0 (LE)

Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, EDR.


microUSB v3.0 (MHL 2), USB Host

micro-USB 2.0; USB On-the-go.

Primary Camera

13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, LED flash

8 megapixel Auto Focus camera with Flash & Zero Shutter Lag, BSI.

Secondary Camera

2 MP, 1080p@30fps

1.9 Mega pixel camera, HD recording @30fps with Zero Shutter Lag, BSI


2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps (LTE model)/ 1080p@30fps (3G model)

1080p@30fps, zero shutter lag.

Camera Features

  • Dual Camera
  • Dual Shot
  • Dual Recording
  • Dual Video Call
  • Drama Shot
  • Sound & Shot
  • Animated Photo
  • Eraser
  • Night
  • Best Photo
  • Best Face
  • Beauty Face
  • HDR (High Dynamic Range)
  • Panorma
  • Sports
  • Golf
  • Surround Shot
  • Simultaneous HD video and image recording
  • geo-tagging
  • touch focus
  • face and smile detection
  • image stabilization. Burst shot & Best photo
  • Recording snapshot
  • HDR

Sound Enhancement

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic.

Audio supported formats

Codec, MP3, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, FLAC, AMR-NB/WB, Vorbis, WAV

Audio Codec: MP3, AMR-NB/WB, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, OGG, FLAC, AC-3, apt-X.

Video supported formats

Code, H.264, MPEG-4, H.263, VC-1WMV7, WMV8, Sorenson Spark, MP43, VP8

Video Codec: MPEG4, H.264, H.263, DivX, DivX3.11, VC-1, VP8, WMV7/8, Sorenson Spark Recording & Playback: Full HD (1080p).

Battery Capacity

Li-ion 3,200 mAh

2100 mAh battery

Available Colors

Black, White, Pink

Pebble blue, Marble white, Amber brown, Garnet red, Sapphire black, Titanium grey, La Fleur


SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS

SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS



HTML, Adobe Flash



Stereo FM radio with RDS


with A-GPS support and GLONASS

A-GPS support and GLONASS


via Java MIDP emulator

Java MIDP emulator

Additional Features

  • S-Voice natural language commands and dictation
  • Air gestures
  • SNS integration
  • Dropbox (50 GB storage)
  • TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
  • Organizer
  • Image/video editor
  • Document editor (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
  • Chrome, Search, Gmail, Google+, Maps, Play Books, Play Movies, Play Music, Play Store, Hangouts
  • Voice Search, YouTube, Google Settings, Play Games, Messenger memo/dial/commands
  • Predictive text input (Swype)
  • Air Command, Action Memo, Scrapbook, S Finder, Pen Window, Multi Window, Direct Pen Input, Group Play, Share Music, Share Picture, Share Document, Share Video, Play Game
  • S Voice Hands Free, S Health, Samsung Adapt Display, Samsung Adapt Sound, Auto adjust touch sensitivity (Glow friendly), Safety Assistance, Samsung Link, Screen Mirroring, Samsung KNOX
  • Story Album, S Translator, Smart Scroll, Smart Pause, Air Gesture, Air View, Samsung Hub, ChatON (Voice/Video Call Share Screen, 3 Way Calling), Samsung WatchON
  • Voice natural language commands and dictation
  • Smart Stay eye tracking
  • Dropbox (50 GB storage)
  • TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
  • SNS integration
  • Organizer
  • Image/video editor
  • Document viewer (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
  • Google Search
  • Maps
  • Gmail
  • YouTube
  • Calendar
  • Google Talk
  • Picasa
  • Voice memo/dial/commands
  • Predictive text input (Swype)

Image Courtesy: phandroid.com, samsung.com

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