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Galaxy S5 vs Galaxy Note 3 specs comparison

We pit Samsung's latest flagship smartphone against its bigger brother
Fri Mar 14 2014, 17:32

THE SAMSUNG GALAXY S5 is edging into 'phablet' territory with its 5.1in HD 1080p display, but it still can't compete with its bigger brother, the Galaxy Note 3, for size, as the latter has a larger 5.7in screen.

Samsung Galaxy S5 with Android 4.4 Kitkat vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Here we compare the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy Note 3 head to head on paper to find out whether size really does matter or the Galaxy S5 comes out on top.

Design, measurements and weight
Samsung Galaxy Note 3: 151x79x8.3mm, 168g
Samsung Galaxy S5: 142x73x8.1mm, 145g

It probably won't surprise anyone that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is the larger of the two smartphones. It's taller, wider and thicker than the Galaxy S5, measuring 151x79x8.3mm compared to 142x73x8.1mm. It's also 23g heavier too, tipping the scales at 168g versus 145g The larger size means that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 can be hard to use with one hand, although that's often the price you pay with a large-screened phablet device.

Samsung Galaxy S5 with Android 4.4 Kitkat in gold

The two Samsung smartphones are dissimilar in look and feel, too. Last year's Galaxy Note 3 has Samsung's now signature leather effect rear and is edged in faux-aluminium. The Galaxy S5, on the other hand, has a predominantly plastic casing, with its rear featuring a perforated design that makes it sit more comfortably in the hand than last year's Galaxy S4.

The Galaxy S5, unlike the Galaxy Note 3, has IP67 certification, making it the first Samsung Galaxy S smartphone to be water and dust resistant, with the firm clearly upping its game to compete with Sony's Xperia Z2 smartphone. It's also the first of the firm's smartphones to have a heart rate monitor, meaning it could be worth the early upgrade for fitness fanatics, and it's the first to feature a fingerprint scanner.

That said, the Galaxy Note 3 does have a stylus, while the Galaxy S5 arrives lacking support for Samsung's S Pen.

The Galaxy Note 3 launched in three flavours, black, white and pink. The Galaxy S5, on the other hand, will be available in black, white, blue and gold when it is released on 11 April.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3: 5.7in 1920x1080 resolution Super AMOLED display, 386ppi
Samsung Galaxy S5: 5.1in 1920x1080 resolution Super AMOLED display, 432ppi

The Galaxy Note 3 with its 5.7in screen beats the Galaxy S5 on size, but Samsung's latest flagship smartphone comes out on top in display quality.

With the Galaxy S5's 5.1in display touting the same Full HD 1080p resolution as the Note 3's 5.7in screen, it probably won't come as a surprise that it offers sharper resolution. The Galaxy S5 has a pixel density of 431ppi, while the Note 3 has a pixel density of 386ppi.

However, the human eye likely won't notice much if any pixellation on the Galaxy Note 3 screen, so it's still the better choice for those in the market for a large-screen smartphone.

Next: Performance, operating system.


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