Galaxy Note 2 vs. Galaxy Note

The  Galaxy Note 2 is finally official, with a 2012 U.S. release date in the cards, which means Galaxy Note owners and potential buyers are ready to see how the two large smartphones stack up.

The Galaxy Note 2 and the original Galaxy Note 2 share a number of features and users, but based on our time with the Galaxy Note 2 after the announcement and the hands on videos, the Galaxy Note 2 is going to offer more to the consumer.

Galaxy Note 2 vs. Galaxy Note

Galaxy Note 2 vs. Galaxy Note

Galaxy Note 2 vs. Galaxy Note

We’re looking valuable upgrades for the second generation of the category defining Galaxy Note. Here’s what’s new with the Galaxy Note 2, and how it compares to the Galaxy Note on AT&T.


The Galaxy Note 2 is essentially a larger Galaxy S III, which is a good thing. The Galaxy Note 2 design is more visually appealing and even with a larger screen and a larger battery it is a thinner phone.

Galaxy Note 2 vs Galaxy Note Design

Galaxy Note 2 vs Galaxy Note Design

The Galaxy Note 2 features more rounded corners, that do a lot for the looks of the Note line. The Galaxy Note 2 is a little taller, but not as wide or thick.

  • Galaxy Note 2 – 151.1 x 80.5 x 9.4mm – 6.35 oz.
  • Galaxy Note – 146.9 x 83 x 9.7 mm – 6.28 oz.

While the Note 2 is slightly heavier, it’s a fair trade for a large battery and other enhancements.


Samsung packs in a larger 5.5-inch HD SUPER AMOLED display with a 1280 x 720P resolution. This is the same type of display, but there are several differences to pay attention to.

Galaxy Note 2 Display

Galaxy Note 2 Display

The original Galaxy Note features a higher 285PPI thanks to the 1280 x 800 resolution on a 5.3-inch display. The Galaxy Note 2’s 5.5-inch display delivers a 1280 x 720 resolution, but only a 267ppi. Fewer pixels per inch means it’s easier to see pixels in text, resulting in less clear and sharp details.

Processor, RAM and Storage

The Galaxy Note 2 now includes a faster quad-core processor. The Galaxy Note 2 uses a 1.6GHz Exynos quad-core processor while the original Galaxy Note features a 1.4GHz Exynos dual-core processor.

The Galaxy Note 2 doubles up the RAM from the original Note, packing in 2GB.

The original Galaxy Note only offers 16GB of built-in storage, but the Galaxy Note 2 will arrive in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models.

4G LTE, NFC and Bluetooth

Like the original Galaxy Note, Samsung continues to offer 4G LTE in the Galaxy Note 2. This give hope that we’ll see the Note 2 on multiple U.S. carriers in the near future.

Not every version of the Galaxy Note shipped with NFC support, but it looks like Samsung standardized NFC for the Note 2.

Bluetooth radios see an upgrade to Bluetooth 4.0 which offers better battery life for Bluetooth 4.0 paired accessories and opens the avenue to many Bluetooth 4.0 fitness accessories we may see this year and in 2013.

Battery Life

The Galaxy Note 2 gains an extra 600mAh of battery capacity, which is something Galaxy Note owners will likely be jealous of. Inside the thinner package of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is a 3,100mAH battery, while the original Galaxy Note features just a 2,500mAh battery.


The Galaxy Note 2 includes a thicker S-Pen with a rubber tip. The new S-Pen boasts 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity, and new features not found on the Galaxy Note for AT&T and T-Mobile.

One of the new features is the Quick Commands app shown above. This app allows users to write out commands to start emails, call people and other custom commands.

AirView is another new feature. With AirView, the Galaxy note 2 will show users a preview of emails, calendar entires and even the place in a movie by hovering the S-Pen over the display. Sounds quite handy.

When users take the S-Pen out they can take a quick note in the Pop Up Note tool. This app auto-opens when the S-Pen is removed, and includes shortcuts to other S-Pen apps.


On top of the wide number of S-Pen improvements, we see some of the Galaxy S III nature inspired sounds and Samsung tweaks.

The biggest difference is that Samsung includes Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Jelly Bean runs faster than Ice Cream Sandwich, the current version on the original Galaxy Note.

In the video below, check out our favorite Jelly Bean Android 4.1 features.

The original Galaxy Note is rumored to see Jelly Bean arrive in Q4.


The cameras don’t see much of an update. The original Galaxy Note and the galaxy Note 2 both feature an 8MP rear camera. The front facing camera in the Galaxy Note 2 is now 1.9MP compared to 2.0MP in the Note.