Samsung Galaxy Note 3 specs versus Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Samsung's phablet gets incremental changes compared with last year's model. So if you're looking for a deal on the Note 2, pay attention.

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Watch this: The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is a multitasking marvel

Samsung's just-unveiled Galaxy Note 3 is a little bigger, a little leaner, and maybe a lot more stylish than last year's Galaxy Note 2.

For superphone nuts, this phablet is also turbo-charged across the board, with a more muscular processor, higher-resolution camera, oodles more RAM, and a (slightly) more capacious battery.

In addition to this display of hardware might, it's Samsung's ever-enhanced productivity tools that also separate this new Note from what came before. Clever additions make the stylus smarter than it's ever been.

Yet for bargain hunters hoping to scoop up a cheaper Note 2 when the Note 3 goes on sale, Samsung's gleaming spec list and S Pen innovations may not prove significant enough to command a premier price.

Read also: When a 'big' smartphone is just too big

Read up on the new S Pen tools in CNET's Galaxy Note 3 hands-on, and line up the specs with this handy chart below.

Galaxy Note 3                 Galaxy Note 2
Dimensions (in inches) 6 x 3.1 x 0.33 5.9 x 3.2 x 0.37
Weight 5.9 ounces 6.4 ounces
Launch OS         Android 4.3 Android 4.1
Display 5.7-inch AMOLED;
1,920x1,080 pixels; 386.5ppi
5.5-inch AMOLED;
1,280x720 pixels; 267ppi
4G LTE Yes Yes
NFC Yes Yes
Bluetooth v4.0 v4.0
IR blaster Yes No
Rear-facing camera 13 megapixels;
1080p HD video
8 megapixels;
1080p HD video
Front-facing camera 2.1 megapixels;
1080p HD video
1.9 megapixels;
720p HD video
Processor 2.3GHz quad-core (LTE);
1.9 GHz octa-core (3G)*
1.6GHz quad-core Exynos 4
Capacity 32GB, 64GB* 16GB, 32GB, 64GB*
Expandable storage Up to 64GB Up to 64GB
Battery 3,200mAh removable 3,100mAh removable
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (HT80) 802.11 a/b/g/n (HT40)
AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile,
U.S. Cellular, Verizon
AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile,
U.S. Cellular, Verizon
Colors Black, white, blush pink Gray, white
Finish Leatherlike plastic Plastic
*Varies by market

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