Galaxy S5 vs. Galaxy Note 2: Should You Upgrade or Not?

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By Karla Danica Figuerres | December 20, 2013 10:17 AM EST

It was just last year when Samsung announced the successor of the mighty Galaxy Note, the Galaxy Note 2. Although it was recently replaced by the Galaxy Note 3, it remains an option this 2014 thanks to its powerful hardware, relatively cheap price tag and software updates. Next year, the Galaxy S5 is also expected to hit the shelves. The question is should Samsung users upgrade their Galaxy Note 2 to this new device or hold on to it for another year?

Release Date

The Galaxy Note 2 is already over a year old, as it was released back in October 2012. It is likely to stay in the market for a while even after the Galaxy Note 4 will be released next year.

At this point, Samsung has not released any official announcement about the release date of the Galaxy S5 just yet. However, rumours suggest that it will arrive in the early part of 2014. Reports suggest that it will come as early as the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona this February 2014.


The plastic made Galaxy Note 2 checks in with a 5.94 x 3.17 x 0.37-inch frame. It comes with a microSD card slot for expanded memory storage, Gorilla Glass screen and removable back for extended battery life.

On the other hand, the Galaxy S5 is expected to be significantly smaller than the Galaxy Note 2. Rumours suggest that it will come with a premium metal chassis to compete with the HTC One and the iPhone 5s.

Although the display of the Galaxy Note 2 will be bigger than the Galaxy S5, it's unlikely that it will match its quality. At the very least, the Galaxy S5 will sport a 1,080p, which is similar to the Galaxy S4 - which is better than the Galaxy Note 2's display. Samsung will definitely take a step forward with the display of the Galaxy S5 and consumers might see a crisper and sharper display with 2,560 x 1,440 resolution.


There is no question that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 was the one of the most powerful devices back when it was released in 2012. It sports an impressive Exynos 4 quad-core processor, 8 MP camera, 2 GB of RAM and its outstanding 3,100 mAh battery which could provide an all-day battery even for the heavy user.

When it comes to performance, Samsung is known to improve its flagship devices. According to rumours, the Galaxy S5 will come with a quad-core 64-bit processor, 16 MP sensor camera, 3 GB of RAM and a 4,000 mAh.

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