Galaxy Note 3 vs iPhone 5S specs, features, price comparison 2013

Published 18 September 2013  |  

Two highly anticipated smartphone devices have been released in September and for those looking to buy a new phone this fall, we've compared the latest Samsung Galaxy Note 3 which will run on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and the Apple iPhone 5S which will run on the iOS 7 launched today.

Processor
The iPhone 5S features an all new A7 chip with 64-bit architecture (which Apple claims to be 40x faster than its predecessor) and an all new M7 motion coprocessor. The RAM has not been specified.

The Note 3 features a 2.3GHz quad-core 800 CPU processor in LTE variant and a whopping 3GB RAM. The 3G variant has a 1.9GHz Exynos Octa Core CPU.

Screen
The iPhone 5S has a 4-inch retina display with 1136-by-640 pixel resolution at 326 ppi.

The Galaxy Note 3 has a Super AMOLED display measuring at 5.7 inches with 1920x1080 resolution.

Camera
The iSight rear camera on the iPhone 5S is 8 megapixels with 1.5µ pixels. It also has True Tone dual flash for better low-light pictures. There is 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps and features such as Slo-mo video. The front-facing FaceTime Camera is 1.2 MP (1280 x 960 )with 720p HD recording.

The Note 3 has a 13megapixel rear camera with LED flash and 2megapixel front-facing camera with BSI sensor and smart stabilization. The rear camera records in full HD 1080p 60fps video, with 4K available in some models.

Battery
The iPhone 5S has a built-in lithium-ion battery and the Note 3 has a 3200mAh removable battery.

Operating System
The iPhone 5S runs on the revamped iOS 7 while the Note 3 launches with the latest Android 4.3 and Touchwiz.

Storage and Price
The iPhone 5S is available in three options: 16GB ($199), 32GB ($299), and 64GB ($399). The prices are based on a new 2-year plan with a US cellular network.

Contract prices for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 range from $199 to $299. An contract-free phone is expected to cost over $700. It comes with 32GB and 64GB storage with MicroSD slot.

The iPhone 5S comes with the all new fingerprint reader while the Note 3 features NFC and the S Pen.

Both devices are very different in both design and function. The iPhone 5S comes in the classic brushed aluminum with glass and will be available in a brand new gold color while the Note 3 features a new leather-look plastic cover to give it a more "notebook" feel.

The Note 3 also comes with the S Pen, which is designed for note-taking on the phablet's big screen.

Which handset do you plan to get this fall?

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