Galaxy Note vs Galaxy Note 2: A Comparison

Fresh from its annoucement this week during the IFA 2012 event in Berlin, smartphone fanatics are yet  to ready their pockets with the introduction of the next predecessor of Samsung’s famous “phablet”, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Many speculations have been roaming around about what the next generation Galaxy Note would be like both for its specs and physical design. Seems like almost all the rumors were true.

Let’s take a look what the new Samsung Galaxy Note 2 offers compared to the original Galaxy Note and if it can indeed live up the hype of new and existing Galaxy Note owners to purchase or update their mobile devices.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Specs Comparison

galaxy note vs galaxy note 2 specs comparison
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (left) vs original Galaxy Note (right)

There are a couple of new things with the Galaxy Note 2 when compared to the original Galaxy Note though they are not really that of a major update for me. Mostly are hardware/specs boost but one factor that I like about the Galaxy Note 2 is its new slim and “Galaxy-S3-ish” form factor.


Responsible for making the device faster, mobile processor upgrades are really inevitable when we talk about introducing a predecessor phone. With the current 1.4Ghz dual-core processor of the original Galaxy Note, Samsung has even stretched the phone’s processing capacity by replacing it with a 1.6Ghz Exynos quad-core processor so users can expect a snappier interface. Casual users might not notice the improvement but can be very helpful when opening a number of applications simultaneously.

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Screen Display

One thing that will really make you fall inlove with the Galaxy Note is its wide, crystal clear, Super AMOLED screen display. With the new Galaxy Note 2, the screen size got even slightly bigger. From 5.3 inches, it’s now increase to 5.5 inches super AMOLED Plus screen. With super AMOLED Plus screen display, images and videos are now even crispier and brighter same with the Samsung Galaxy S3. Also worth mentioning, scratching and breaking the screen is no longer a problem with Corning Gorilla Glass 2 protecting the device’s screen display.

Size & Weight

Following the current trend of introducing thinner mobile devices, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is now made even thinner. The original Galaxy Note has a following dimension (lwh) of 147 x 83 x 9.65mm compared to the new 151 x 80.5 x 9.4mm. On the other hand, the new Galaxy Note 2 got a little bit heavier by 2 grams from 178g to 180g though this is very unnoticeable when carried.

samsung galaxy note 2 specs

Storage, Memory & Battery

Speaking of storage capacity, Galaxy Note 2 now comes in three (3) variants: 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB obviously patterned with Apple’s iPhone and iPad devices. RAM also got doubled from 1GB to 2GB to supplement the processor upgrade. In terms of battery, users can now have longer usage hours thanks to the 3,100 mAh battery compared to the old 2,500 mAh.

Android OS

The Samsung Galaxy Note upgrade won’t be complete without talking about its native, pre-installed Android operating system. Among the first few handsets in the market that comes out with the latest version of Android OS, the Galaxy Note 2 comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean pre-installed in the device. With Jelly Bean running the device, users can fully maximize and enjoy the modern functionalities of the smartphone.

Below is the complete Samsung Galaxy Note specs comparison:

galaxy note vs galaxy note 2 comparison


We may be attracted by the Galaxy Note 2’s beauty and capabilities but one thing that can hold us back is definitely it’s price. With high-end specs and features, this device will surely cost anyone a damn penny. Pricing scheme is not yet announced at this point in time (rumoured to be between € 639 – € 699) but what’s sure is that it will officially start shipping this October starting in the US and Europe then Asia.

So what do you think of the new Samsung Galaxy Note 2? Will you buy it or rather wait for the iPhone 5? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below. :)

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