Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs. Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs. Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 was made official back in April, and it’s set to land in Blighty in a couple of months. With a SIM free price of around £460, the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 will have plenty of high-end competition.

One such phone is the much-loved Galaxy Note 2, also from Samsung, and as such I’ve decided to pit the two against each other in a bloody spec-based battle to the death. Fun!

Glancing at the respective spec sheets, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 – somewhat confusingly – aren’t that different. Let’s take a closer look.

Display

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 display: 5.5in 720 x 1280, 267PPI

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 display: 6.3in 720 x 1280, 233PP1

At 720 x 1280, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 actually have the same resolution, but stretched over the larger display, the latter of course has a lower PPI (pixels per inch) score.

Processor

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 processor: quad-core Exynos 4412 clocked at 1.6GHz

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 processor: dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 clocked at 1.7GHz

Naysayers might scoff at the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3’s dual-core processor, and Snapdragon 400 instead of 600, but the gargantuan phone should – in theory – have plenty of power under the hood.

As for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, eight months after release, it remains one of the most powerful Android devices on the market.

RAM

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 RAM: 2GB of RAM

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 RAM: 1.5GB of RAM

There’s no getting past it; if the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 were truly aimed at the high end of the market, it’d be backed by a full 2GB of RAM, much like the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One, Sony Xperia Z…

Camera

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 camera: 8MP rear with LED flash and 1080p video recording, 1.9MP front

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 camera: 8MP rear with LED flash and 1080p video recording, 1.9MP front

On paper, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 cameras are the same, though it remains to be seen if the Mega 6.3 will offer Note 2-style simultaneous video and image capture.

Storage

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 storage: 16, 32 or 64GB

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 storage: 8 or 16GB

Internal storage is often a sign of a device’s intended market, and the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3’s 8GB starting point screams (price aside) mid-range.

Having said that, both the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 have microSD compatibility, welcoming an additional 64GB via card.

Battery

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 battery: 3,100mAh battery

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 battery: 3,200mAh battery

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is well known for offering – shock horror – more than one day of juice on a single charge – depending on usage, of course. Jan reckons “2 full days shouldn't be a problem”.

Presumably the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 will offer something in the same vicinity, and that could be a big selling point – battery life being a huge bugbear with consumers.

Size

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 size: 151.1 x 80.5 x 9.4 mm, 183g

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 size: 167.6 x 88 x 8 mm, 199g

The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 is around 10% wider and taller than the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, though it’s 1.4mm thinner. Is that a good thing? Hmm. It should at least feel pretty solid, at 199g.

There might be some pocket-related concerns with the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3, but Three Mobile reckons it’ll be fine.

Conclusion

On closer inspection, the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 isn’t that bad. Maybe we’ve been a little harsh on it. However, the spec sheet does hint at mid-range while the price yells high.

We can’t help but feel that the more educated consumer will opt for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, or – wiser still – wait and see what the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 offers when it launches in September.

It's also worth noting that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is specifically designed with stylus in mind.

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JanSt / MOD  May. 28, 2013 at 13:28

Has anyone ever actually seen the 64GB cersion of any Galaxy? In real life? Tsssk

CTPAHHIK  May. 28, 2013 at 15:35

Don't foresee 1.5GB or RAM being a problem, given that it will actually have 1.5GB and not 1GB RAM and 512MB for GPU.
I would rather be concerned with Dual-Core CPU. Background tasks will eat up a core for processing and memory management leaving end user with only one core to spare. It will work fine with regular app use, but games and HD video decoding cannot wait on CPU to finish dealing with background requests.

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