The Galaxy Note 3 vs. Galaxy Note 2 battle is an interesting one as Samsung has the task this year for generating interest for a product that doesn't seem that different.
Samsung fans were disappointed when the Galaxy S4 debuted with not enough new features to persuade them to ditch their Galaxy S3. The phone still has been quite successful; however, it has not had the same impact as its predecessor.
So what can the Korean company do this time to differentiate the new Galaxy Note from the current version?
Although no official information has been released on the Note 3, various spec leaks have pointed to a significant power increase for the device.
The new model is rumored to feature a 5.68-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, a 1.8GHz octa-core Exynos 5420 processor, ARM Mali-T628 MP6, a 13-megapixel camera, LTE connectivity, microSD support, 16/32/64GB of storage, Android 4.3, JellyBean and a 3200mAh battery and 3GB of RAM. Other reports claim the Galaxy Note 3 will come with a Snapdragon 800 processor instead.
The former model featured top-of-the-line specs for its time including a 5.5-inch display with 720p resolution, 2GB RAM, LTE connectivity, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a microSD slot, a quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A9 processor, Android 4.1.1, JellyBean and a 3100 mAh battery.
The Galaxy Note 2 packs enough punch to entice a buyer this year looking not to spend that much on a new device. The Note 3 seems like it will be more of a slightly beefed up version of its predecessor rather than something that was completely revamped.
The only aspect of the Note 2 that could use a drastic improvement is the exterior design. The outside of the device was rounded and made out of plastic. The new model could benefit from redesigned look. A leaked photo of the front panel on the Galaxy Note 3 points to virtually non-existent bezels. The overall look will also be squarer; however, the material on the component appears to be the same plastic used on previous versions.
Samsung redesigning the exterior would help attract new buyers. The more powerful specs will be overlooked by people looking to save money by not purchasing the newest gadget.