Galaxy S5 vs. Galaxy Note 3: What Is the Best Samsung Handset?

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By Karla Danica Figuerres | February 26, 2014 11:27 PM EST

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is one of the best smartphones of 2013. The Korean tech giant has brought together everything you would ever need in a hadset, backed with the most powerful processing packages.

Meanwhile, the latest Samsung Galaxy S5 seeks to take things to a different level. Here is a comparison between the two most amazing devices of Samsung, Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 3.

Galaxy S5 vs. Galaxy Note 3 Comparison

 

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Display

5.1 inches Super AMOLED, Full HD (1920 x 1080), 432 ppi

5.7 inches Super AMOLED, Full HD (1920 x 1080), 386 ppi

Processor

2.5 Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Adreno 330 GPU or 2.1Ghz Octa-core Exynos, unspecified GPU in Exynos SoC

2.3 Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Adreno 330 GPU

RAM

2 GB

3 GB

Cameras

16 MP rear LED flash, 2.1 MP front

13 MP rear LED flash, 2 MP front

Battery

2800 mAh

3200 mAh

Storage

16/32 GB, expandable

16/32/64 GB, expandable

Networks

3G, LTE Cat. 3 2X2 MIMO

3G, 4G LTE (region dependent)

Connectivity

GPS, GLONASS, microUSB 3.0, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 LE

GPS, GLONASS, microUSB 3.0, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 LE

Software

Android 4.4 KitKat

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (upgradable to Android 4.4 KitKat)

Dimensions

142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm

151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm

Weight

145 g

168 g

Design-wise, the two devices are quite similar in a myriad of ways, with Galaxy Note 3 a bit rectangular. Basically, the bigger 5.1-inch display of Galaxy S5 brought this flagship device closer to the size of Galaxy Note 3. One notable difference between the two is the fingerprint scanner located at the physical home button of Galaxy S5. Although the two devices are almost alike in terms of thickness and weight, Galaxy Note 3 is still larger.

You get the same 1080p Super AMOLED display with the two smartphones. The only difference is the screen size. Galaxy Note 3 is slightly bigger bringing a difference in the pixel density at 432 ppi and 386 ppi.

Galaxy S5 features the best in processing packages in the market with 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU while the Galaxy Note 3 has 2.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor and Adreno 330 GPU. With its processing power, Galaxy Note 3 is amazingly smooth and snappy but Galaxy S5 is expected to be better.

Galaxy S5's camera is jaw-dropping with 16 MP ISOCELL technology, which can take pictures with less noise and has low light conditions and can take 4K video recordings. With Galaxy S5, you can also enjoy an integrated fingerprint scanner and LTE Cat. 3 2 X 2 MIMO for faster transfers.

Galaxy S5 features a smaller 2800 mAh battery life compared to 3200 mAh battery life of Galaxy Note 3.

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(Photo: Reuters / Albert Gea)
A new Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone is displayed at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona
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