The most immediately noticeable thing when comparing the two handsets is that while the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has a larger 5.68 inch screen there is very little difference in overall size between the two handsets. That’s a smart move on Samsung’s part as ‘phablets’ are starting to stretch the definition of pocket sized as it is, so to be able to increase the screen size without making the device as a whole take up much more space is definitely desirable.
Not only does the Note 3 have a bigger screen, but with a rumoured 2.3 GHz quad-core processor, 3GB of RAM, 3300 mAh battery and 13 megapixel camera there’s a lot more going on under the hood too, so to fit all of that in such a small shell is quite impressive.
It does seem as though the Galaxy Note 3 might be slightly longer and wider than the Note 2, but the differences appear to be negligible.
The other thing this image highlights is how much less rounded the corners on the Galaxy Note 3 are. The Note 2 has a similar look to the Galaxy S4 with quite heavily rounded corners while the Note 3 looks far more rectangular thanks to only having a slight curve on the corners.
Otherwise the two phones look much the same, with roughly the same button and sensor sizes and positioning and the same plastic build.
When the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 launches (it'll be unveiled on September 4th) it will likely be the first phone to ship with 3GB of RAM, so while it might not look much different to the Note 2 it should certainly perform better.
By Kevin Thomas on 30th August, 2013