Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 2
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has just been released by the Koreans at IFA 2012 in Berlin. Unlike this recently released Samsung smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is going to be launched in February 2013, at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona according to some rumors found out by The Korean Times (the oldest English-language newspaper in South Korea), newspaper which is known to have strong connections with Samsung employees.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is available for pre-orders, while it’s release date is scheduled for October 25, 2012. The price tag of this device will be around $750 with no contract, while the Samsung Galaxy S4 will be available for only $629.95 in March 2013. The difference of price is quite significant if we take a second and think that the Samsung Galaxy S series has always came with a whole bunch of new features. If it’s worth waiting or not we’ll find out below!
When it comes to the design, the Samsung Galaxy S4 will probably feature a similar design with the Samsung Galaxy S3. It is being said that the edges of the phone will be smaller, which will allow the display to be larger, and that the size of this new smartphone will stay the same. The device will be available in a bunch of colors like white, black, gray, blue and red, while rumors say that the new Samsung Galaxy S4 won’t feature a physical button anymore (except of the right-sided one).
Just like the Samsung Galaxy Note, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 comes with a brand new, elegant and business-like design. The phone is a bit wider and it is available on two colors: marble white and titanium gray.
The new Samsung Galaxy S4 will feature one 5.0 inch Full HD display (with 0.2 wider than the Samsung Galaxy S3’s) which will provide a resolution of 1080 x 1920. The technology used will be Pentile Super AMOLED, the same also used for devices like Samsung Galaxy Note or Samsung Galaxy Note II we are now talking about, and it will provide 440 PPI which is a lot more if we take a second an we compare it with other devices… Also, the screen will be protected by the new generation of Cornering Gorilla Glass, the Corning Gorilla Glass 2.
When we get back to the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 we’ll see that this device features one 5.5 inch wide display, with 267 PPI and a resolution of 720 x 1280. The screen of this new Galaxy Note is also protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 2, and it features approximately 16 million colors.
Speaking about hardware specs, we’ll easily realize that the Samsung Galaxy S4 is the most powerful smartphone ever built. The Koreans found out the recipe of success with the Samsung Galaxy S2 and Samsung Galaxy S3 (they realized that new design, powerful hardware and fast software will sell their devices) and decided to use it on the Samsung Galaxy S4 too. This smartphone will feature one 2 GHz Quad-Core Cortex A15 processor, 2 GB of RAM memory, and world-wide available LTE connection.
Also, the octo-core Mali T678 GPU is the graphics card chosen by the Koreans at Samsung, the device will come in 3 different versions, with 16, 32 or 64 GB of internal memory, it will feature the nano SIM technology and one rear-faced camera of 13 MP!
If we take a look to the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, we’ll see that this device is also one hell of a product! This new Samsung smartphone features one 1.6 GHz Quad-Core Cortex A9 processor, 2 GB of RAM memory, and again, just like the Samsung Galaxy S4, world-wide available LTE connection.
The graphics card chosen for this device is the Mali 400MP, while the Koreans decided to sell this device in 3 different versions, with 16,32 and 64 GB of internal memory, just like the Samsung Galaxy S4. The new Samsung Galaxy Note II features the micro-SIM technology, while the camera used for this smartphone features 8 MP and a resolution of 3264×2448 pixels. The secondary camera, the one designed especially for video chatting, features only 1.9 MP.
When it comes to the software, we believe that the Samsung Galaxy S4 by far the winner. The new Samsung Galaxy S series smartphone will feature the brand new Android 4.2 called Key Lime Pie. This new version of Android OS comes with a bunch of new and useful features, meant to make the users life much easier!
First of all, the most important add to the Android OS is the Customization Center, which will allow users to switch between different wallpapers, ringtones and so on. Also, the Customization Center will also have a feature which will allow users to enable or disable OEM UI overlays like HTC’s Sense or Samsung’s TouchWiz. A lot of users started to complain about this features since the moment the manufacturers decided to develop them! Now, the guys at Samsung decided it would be a good idea to allow users to choose between or enable/disable them.
Templates is again, another new feature designed especially for the new Android 4.2 Key Lime Pie! This will allow users to change the layout and appearance of UI elements and “filters” which will probably allow users to apply Instagram-like effects to their UI.
Rumors say that the new Android 4.2 will come with a bunch of new features, like improved battery life, redesigned and personalized Google Play experience, and the AOSP video player. Unfortunately, none of this are confirmed by Google, so we’ll have to wait until the end of this month to find out if the information is true or not.
Regarding the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, this one features the Android 4.1.1 JellyBean. The feedback for this new version of JellyBean is quite positive, but it’s clearly inferior to the Android 4.2 Key Lime Pie.
We think that our words speak for ourselves! Even though the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is one of the newest smartphones designed by Samsung, the Koreans have proven once again that they keep the “good stuff” for the Samsung Galaxy S series. Some of the features are common (like Corning Gorilla Glass 2 and world-wide available LTE) but we believe it’s worth it to wait until March 2013 (again, according to The Korea Times) and buy the brand new Samsung Galaxy S4.
But in the comment section down below we would love an opinion! What would you choose? The Samsung Galaxy Note 2, or the Samsung Galaxy S4?