Samsung has finally given in to its claim of the Note being neither a phone nor a tablet and firmly termed the latest Samsung Galaxy Note II as a smartphone. The Note II has made quite an impact in the market with its vivid 5.5 inch touchscreen, S Pen functionality, the efficient processor, etc. So can it affect the S III’s aura of supremacy? Here is a comparison between the two phones.
The S III measures 136.6 mm in length, 70.6 mm in breadth and 8.6 mm in thickness. The phone weighs 133 g. The Note II measures 151.1 mm lengthwise, 80.5 mm breadthwise and 9.4 mm thick. The phone weighs 180 g. The S III has a Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 720 * 1280 pixels spread over its 4.8 inch panel. Samsung has tweaked the color balance and hence, the Super AMOLED display seems to be free of faults such as the harshness of colors. The Note II has a Super AMOLED display too but only larger, 5.5 inches. It too has the same resolution of 720 * 1280 pixels. The large size is much of a hindrance; however, it is impressive that Samsung has managed to keep the same Note footprint while accommodating a 5.5 inch screen. The design of the Note II is basically on the same lines of the Samsung Galaxy range – sturdy yet a bit lightweight and plastic.
The S III runs Android v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). The Note II runs Android too, but the higher version of 4.1 (Jellybean). The implementation of Android 4.1 is a nice touch however; it is different from the vanilla offering on the Nexus 7 and the Galaxy Nexus. The S III has a quad core processor with an Exynos 4412 Quad chipset clocked at 1.4 GHz. The Note II too is driven by a quad core processor with the same chipset but with a clock speed of 1.6 GHz. The Note II’s fast and efficient performance literally ruins the S III thanks to the noticeable difference between the two.
The S III has three models based on internal memory storage – 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB along with 1 GB RAM. The Note II too comes in three models – 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB of storage each available with 2 GB RAM. The phones have micro SD slots too. The one in the S III allows up to 64 GB of storage while the slot in the Note II houses up to 32 GB.
The phones sport 8 MP shooters in the rear with LED flash, geo tagging, touch focus, etc. The S III camera can simultaneously shoot HD video and images. The phone cameras can shoot videos with a quality of 1080p and a frame rate of 30 fps. The phones have 1.9 MP front cameras. The S III front camera can shoot 720p video.
The phones have 2G, 3G and 4G networks via GSM, HSDPA and LTE respectively. Wireless networks are enabled via Wi-Fi 802.11, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct, etc. EDGE and GPRS are available in both phones. HSDPA speed is 21 Mbps. NFC, Bluetooth and micro USB v2.0 enabled local area connection.
The S III is fuelled by a Li-Ion battery rated at 2100 mAh. The Note II is driven by a Li-Ion battery rated at 3100 mAh.
The S III is available around $700. The Note II’s price is not known yet.
Note 2 id definitely a better phablet, but when it comes to holding comfort there is a tie between the two phones. The Note II has a slight disadvantage thanks to the size. It is too big to be a normal phone,. However, more will be known once the price comes out.