PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of Galaxy Note 3 vs Galaxy Alpha


Processing power and speed



3D and 2D graphics

AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Talk time (3G) and Battery capacity


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No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Galaxy Note 3 vs Alpha

geekbench Processor and memory performance

Differences What are the advantages of each

Back view of Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Reasons to consider the
Samsung Galaxy Note 3

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Much better theoretical download speed 150 Mb/s vs 21.1 Mb/s More than 7x better theoretical download speed; enjoy lightning fast downloads on modern networks
Significantly more battery capacity 3,200 mA·h vs 1,860 mA·h More than 70% more battery capacity
Noticeably bigger screen 5.7" vs 4.7" More than 20% bigger screen
Significantly faster processor 2.3 GHz vs 1.8 GHz Around 30% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Significantly higher resolution 1920 x 1080 vs 1280 x 720 2.2x higher resolution
Store more stuff 64 GB vs 32 GB 2x more storage capacity; free yourself from memory cards
Sharper screen 386 ppi vs 312 ppi Around 25% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
More RAM 3 GB vs 2 GB 50% more RAM; browse media-heavy webpages without slowing down
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Significantly better overall performance 3,092 vs 870 More than 3.5x better geekbench score
More cores Octa core vs Quad core Twice as many cores; each additional core lets your phone do more without visible UI slowdowns and jerkiness
Supports FM radio Yes vs No Somewhat common; Listen to music and news from local radio stations
Significantly lighter 115 g vs 168 g More than 30% lighter
Thinner 6.7 mm vs 8.3 mm Around 20% thinner

Reviews Word on the street

Galaxy Note 3  vs Alpha 

Granted, we could live without some of that software, including the TouchWiz UI itself, but the pen software is top notch, Samsung's Multi Window split window multitasking is the best in the business and there are several enjoyable creature comforts like Air View.
Galaxy Note 3

So you have to choose – either the compact size and premium construction of the Alpha, or the better specs and features of the larger but not as premium Galaxy S5.
Galaxy Alpha


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Specifications Full list of technical specs


Galaxy Note 3  vs
Size 5.7" 4.7"
Resolution 1920 x 1080 1280 x 720
Multitouch N/A N/A
PPI 386 ppi 312 ppi


Clock speed 2.3 GHz 1.8 GHz
Number of cores Quad core Octa core
Internal storage 64 GB 32 GB

photo & video

Camera 13 MP 12 MP
Resolution 13 MP 12 MP
Flash Yes Yes
Secondary camera 2 MP 2.1 MP
Video resolution 3840 x 2160 @ 30 fps 3840 x 2160 @ 30 fps


Generation 4G 4G
LTE Cat 4 (150/)
LTE Cat3
HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
LTE Cat4 (150 Mb/s)
EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
LTE (20 Mb/s)
LTE-A Cat 6 (300/)
HSDPA+ (42.2 Mb/s)
UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
GSM (0.01 Mb/s)


Talk time (3G) 1,260 min 660 min
Capacity 3,200 mA·h 1,860 mA·h

form factor

Galaxy Note 3  vs
Weight 168 g 115 g
Thickness 8.3 mm 6.7 mm
Size 79.2 x 151.2 x 8.3 mm 65.5 x 132.4 x 6.7 mm


Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes


Supports FM radio No Yes


Operating system Android 5.0 Android 5.1
Multitasking Yes Yes
App store Android Market Android Market
Adobe flash support No No
App store size 850,000 apps 850,000 apps


Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes Yes
Supports NFC Yes Yes
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v4.0
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