The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has been the market leader since its release in the phablet sized smartphone sector, but it is now seeing some pretender’s to its crown leading up to this year’s Galaxy Note 3 release. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is certainly dwarfed by the recently announced Sony Xperia Z Ultra but how does the rest of the specs compare?
Only a couple of years ago smartphones that featured touchscreen display’s at 4.3-inches were deemed on the large size, but now they feel tiny compared to the handsets now being released especially to the likes of the Note 2 and Xperia Z Ultra.
The new kid on the block features a 6.4-inch Full HD display with a pixel density of 344ppi that compares to the Galaxy Note that has a 5.5-inch display at HD resolution with 267ppi.
The measurements of the two handsets come in at 179.4mm x 92.2mm x 6.5 mm and 212grams for the Sony, which compares to 151.1mm x 80.5mm x 9.4 mm and 183grams for the Galaxy Note 2, which makes the Sony 19% taller and 14% wider than the Note 2 but it is 31% thinner.
Processor and Power
Under the hood of the Galaxy Note 2 is the quad core Exynos 4412 processor running at 1.6GHz with 2GB of RAM, while the Sony has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad core unit set at 2.2GHz also with 2GB of RAM.
The Xperia Z Ultra only comes with the option of 16GB of storage with only about 11GB actually available to the user, but there is a microSD slot capable of taking up to 64GB cards, and the Note 2 has 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB storage options that can also be expanded up to 64GB via micro SD.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is currently sitting on the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS and should soon be seeing the 4.2.2 JB update which is the version of Android that the Sony will ship with.
Many new smartphones are being released now with 13-megapixel shooters on the back but the new Sony will only feature an 8-megapixel unit paired with a 2-megapixel front facer, and the Samsung also has an 8-megapixel shooter on the rear with a 1.9-megapixel around the front.
The Galaxy Note 2 has long been praised for its great battery life from its 3,100 mAh power pack that compares to the 3,000 mAh unit on the Sony.
Sony’s new phablet device does have dust and waterproofing amongst its armoury but you have to wonder how easy it will be to hold in the hand due to its dimensions and squarer form factor, especially compared to the Note 2 with its more rounded build.
Do you think the Sony Xperia Z Ultra is just too big?