Samsung Galaxy S4 (Octa-core) vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 2 – What’s the difference?

by Jerry D on March 16, 2013

Is the Samsung Galaxy S4 a classier phone than the Samsung Galaxy Note 2? Does the 5.0-inch display on the Galaxy S4, trump the Galaxy Note 2’s huge 5.5-inch screen? What’s the storage capacity like? Compare the key stats of each phone in the table that follows.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 2: stat-fight

Here’s how the two phones compare. If you you want more information on any of the technologies that you see mentioned, click on a highlighted term to find out more about it. Or view our FAQs.

Samsung Galaxy S4 VS Samsung Galaxy Note 2
Display 5.0-inch Super AMOLED 5.5-inch Super AMOLED
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
(440.6 PPI)
720 x 1280 pixels
(267.091 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1.6GHz eight core Exynos 5 Octa 5410 1.6GHz quad core Exynos
Software Android 4.2.2 Android 4.1.1
Storage 16, 32 or 64GB internal, microSD cards up to 64GB 16, 32 or 64GB internal, microSD cards up to 64GB
Rear
camera
13.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, face/smile detection, image stabilization, HDR, Dual Shot, Panorama and Drama Shot modes, simultaneous video/image recording and 1080p video capture 8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, image stabilization and 1080p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 2.0MP Yes, 2.0MP
4G LTE LTE
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP/EDR 4.0 with A2DP/EDR
Size 69.8 x 136.6 x 7.9mm 80.5 x 151.1 x 9.4mm
Weight 130g 183g
Talktime TBC 16.0 hours
Standby TBC 890 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, NFC, DLNA, S-Voice, Smart Stay eye tracking, S Voice Drive, S Health, accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, temperature & humidity sensor, gesture recognition and a TV-out GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, barometer, digital compass, stereo FM radio, Smart Stay and Smart Rotate eye tracking, TV-out and an S-Pen stylus

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 2 analysis

You’ve seen the specs for the two phones above. But that doesn’t immediately tell you which one is technically superior. Here’s how this Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 2 fight plays out…

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 2 – Connectivity

Good wireless connectivity is vital. The Galaxy S4 features NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP/EDR. It also has 4G. In comparison, the Galaxy Note 2 features NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi And Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP/EDR. It also supports 4G.
— It’s a tie, a point to each phone (1-1)

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 2 – Size/Weight

How do our fighters measure up To each other? The Galaxy S4 is slightly skinnier than the Galaxy Note 2 with a chassis that’s only 7.9mm thick. The Galaxy Note 2 is wider, measuring 80.5mm to the Galaxy S4′s 69.8mm. The Galaxy Note 2 carries more weight than the Galaxy S4. Compare the two and Galaxy Note 2′s phone is 183g and Samsung’s’ handset is 130g. The Galaxy S4 is now in pole position after this round.
— The Galaxy S4 wins (2-1)

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Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 2 – Camera/Video

Samsung has built the Galaxy S4 with a top-of-the-line 13.0 Megapixel camera that boasts autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, face/smile detection, image stabilization, HDR, Dual Shot, Panorama and Drama Shot modes, simultaneous video/image recording and 1080p video capture. There’s also a front-facing 2.0MP camera for video calls.

Despite autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, image stabilization and 1080p video recording, the Galaxy Note 2′s 8.0 Megapixel camera drops points here. A second 2.0MP camera on the front can be used for video calling, but that’s not enough to get the Note 2 a draw.
— The Galaxy S4 wins (3-1)

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 2 – Display

In the display department, the Galaxy S4 features a 5.0-inch touch-sensitive Super AMOLED screen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. Taking its 5.0-inch display into account, plus a lofty overall pixel count of 2073600, the Galaxy S4 has a pixels per inch rating of 440.6.

XXXX pointy arrow The Samsung Galaxy S4 features a 5.0-inch Super AMOLED display with a quoted resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Its Pixels Per Inch (PPI) rating is 440.6.

The Galaxy Note 2′s touch-sensitive Super AMOLED display is a bit larger, measuring 5.5 inches on the diagonal. Its 720 x 1280 pixel resolution loses out to the Galaxy S4′s 1080 x 1920 pixel display. Compared to its rival, the number of pixels onscreen is much lower (921600) and so the pixels per inch (PPI) rating is 267.091.
— The Galaxy S4 wins (4-1)

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 2 – Processor

In terms of raw processing power, the Galaxy S4′s processor is a 1.6GHz eight core Exynos 5 Octa 5410 chip, while the Galaxy Note 2 uses a quad core Exynos, rated at 1.6GHz.
— The Galaxy S4 wins (5-1)

Half-time: Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 2

At the halfway mark, the Galaxy S4 has opened up a clear 4-point lead. With a software battle coming next, we’ll be looking for the Galaxy Note 2 to start winning some more points.

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 2 – Software

Neither phone wins this Android 4.2.2 vs. Android 4.1.1 battle. So…
— It’s a tie, each phone gets a point (6-2)

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 2 – Applications

It’s Google Play vs. Google Play. Neither phone wins. So at the end of round #7, the Galaxy Note 2 is still trailing by 4. It’s already lost this fight. Game over man, game over.
— The two phones share the points (7-3)

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 2 – Storage

— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (8-4)

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 2 – Battery Life

We can’t score this round until we have full talk and standby time information for both phones.
— Tie. The Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy Note 2 share the points (9-5)

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 2 – Extras

Finally, the Galaxy S4 also includes GPS/A-GPS, NFC, DLNA, S-Voice, Smart Stay eye tracking, S Voice Drive, S Health, accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, temperature & humidity sensor, gesture recognition and a TV-out. In comparison, the Galaxy Note 2 is packed with GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, barometer, digital compass, stereo FM radio, Smart Stay and Smart Rotate eye tracking, TV-out and an S-Pen stylus.
— The Galaxy S4 wins (10-5)

BPF Verdict: The Samsung Galaxy S4 wins! (10-5)

The Samsung Galaxy S4 wins this match-up. It beats the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, taking 5 of the 10 rounds available, drawing 5 and losing 0. Here’s a summary of where this fight was won and lost:

The best connectivity: Comparable
The best size/weight: Yes
The best camera/video: Yes
The best display: Yes
The best processor: Yes
The best software: Comparable
The most applications: Comparable
The most storage: Comparable
The best extras: Yes

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