Difference between Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Moto X

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. In May 2013, Motorola - a Google Company announced the launch of its flagship phone, the Moto X. The phone was officially available on August 23, 2013.

On September 4, 2013, Samsung announced the launch of its latest smartphone: The Samsung Galaxy Note 3. It was unveiled at the IFA Berlin and will be officially available 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.

In May 2013, Motorola, now a Google Company, announced the launch of its flagship phone, the Moto X. The phone was officially available on August 23, 2013. Motorola marketed the phone as the first Motorola smartphone to be created and assembled in the United States. Additionally, the phone is highly modifiable. While, the front panel of the phone is available in black or white, the back panel is customization in up to 18 colors. However, this option is only available in the United States and exclusively to AT&T customers. The option may be expanded to other customers after November 2013, but that remains to be seen. Currently, other customers only have the option of woven black and woven white.

In terms of hardware, the phone features a 4.7 inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. Moto X is powered by the Motorola X8 Mobile Computing System which consists of a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro System-on-chip, a single-core Natural Language Processor and a single-core Contextual Awareness Processor. The Snapdragon SoC itself consists of a dual-core Krait 300 CPU at 1.7Ghz and a quad-core Adreno 320 GPU at 400 MHz.

Moreover, the device has been touted as having Contextual awareness, which includes features such as saying "OK Google Now" to activate Google Now hands-free; activating the camera with flicks of one's wrist, known as 'quick capture'; the clock is displayed automatically when the phone is picked up or taken out of the pocket; the screen regularly turns on for few seconds and shows the time and recent notifications; notifications appear when a finger is placed on the screen and removing the finger returns the phone to the lock screen.

Comparison between Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Moto X:

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


Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Moto X

Launch Date

September 25, 2013

August 23, 2013


Samsung Corporation

Motorola Mobility, a Google company


151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3mm

129.3 mm (5.09 in) x 65.3 mm (2.57 in) x 10.4 mm (0.41 in)


5.7 inch (144.3mm) Full HD Super AMOLED

4.7 inches AMOLED capacitive touchscreen


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

720 x 1280 pixels, 16M colors (~312 ppi pixel density)



Corning Gorilla Glass



130 g (4.59 oz)

2G Network

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

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

CDMA 800 / 1900

3G Network

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

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100

CDMA2000 1xEV-DO

HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100

4G Network

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

LTE 700 / 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100

LTE 700 MHz Class 13

LTE 1900


TouchWiz UI

Android Jelly Bean UI

CPU speed

LTE: 2.3 GHz Quad-Core Processor

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

Dual-core 1.7 GHz Krait


LTE: Adreno 330

Adreno 320


Android OS, v4.3 (Jelly Bean)

Android OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)


Qualcomm Snapdragon 800

Qualcomm MSM8960Pro Snapdragon


3 GB

2 GB

SIM Size



Internal Memory

32 GB

16/32 GB

Expandable Memory

Micro SD (Up to 64GB)



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

Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, temperature


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

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

GPRS, EDGE,, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0


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



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

HSDPA, 42.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL / EV-DO Rev. A, up to 3.1 Mbps


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

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


Bluetooth 4.0 (LE)

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, LE, EDR


microUSB v3.0 (MHL 2), USB Host

microUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB Host

Primary Camera

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

10 MP, autofocus, LED flash

Secondary Camera

2 MP, [email protected]

2 MP,1080p


[email protected], [email protected] (LTE model)/ [email protected] (3G model)

[email protected], stereo sound rec., HDR

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
  • 1.4 µm pixel size
  • geo-tagging
  • touch focus
  • face detection
  • panorama
  • 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

MP3/AAC+/WAV/WMA player

Video supported formats

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

MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player

Battery Capacity

Li-ion 3,200 mAh

Li-Ion 2200 mAh battery


No official data available

Up to 576 h


No official data available

Up to 13 h

Available Colors

Black, White, Pink

Black, White (front panel), 18 color options (back panel – AT&T exclusive) – Woven Black, Woven White (other markets)


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

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








with A-GPS support and GLONASS

with A-GPS support and GLONASS


via Java MIDP emulator

via 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
  • Google Drive (50 GB storage)
  • SNS integration
  • TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
  • Google Search, Maps, Gmail
  • YouTube, Google Talk, Picasa
  • Organizer
  • Photo viewer/editor
  • Document viewer
  • Voice memo/dial
  • Predictive text input

Image Courtesy: phandroid.com, motorola.com

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