Galaxy Note 2 vs. Galaxy Mega 6.3: Specs Showdown

By James Geddes , Apr 11, 2013 01:47 PM EDT
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Since the Samsung Galaxy Mega is now official, it's time to do a head-to-head comparison of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs. the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3. The reason for putting the Galaxy Mega 6.3 up against the Galaxy Note 2 and not the Galaxy Mega 5.8 is that Samsung is positioning the Galaxy Mega 6.3 as a high-end device like the Galaxy Note 2.


The Galaxy Note 2's screen is 5.5-inches, compared to the Galaxy Mega's 6.3-inch display. The Galaxy Note uses a 5.5-inch 267 ppi (pixels per inch) 1280 x 720 HD Super AMOLED display. The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 uses a 6.3-inch PLS HD display (Samsung has not specified the resolution). It looks like the Galaxy Note 2's Super AMOLED screen will beat out the Galaxy Mega's PLS HD display, which Samsung introduced in 2010. Some reviews of PLS displays have said that it has slower response times and is prone to a ghosting effect.


The Galaxy Note 2 uses a 1.6 GHz Exynos Quad-core processor, which provides a very fluid and fast user experience.  The Galaxy Mega 6.3 uses a 1.7GHz dual-core processor. The Galaxy Note 2's quad-core processor easily tops the Galaxy Mega 6.3's dual-core processor.

Internal Storage and RAM

The Galaxy Note 2 comes with 2GB of RAM and is offered in both 16GB and 32GB internal memory configurations and also includes a microSD expansion slot with support for up to 64GB cards. The Galaxy Mega 6.3 comes with a paltry 1.5GB of RAM (would it have cost too much to add an extra 512MB of RAM?). The Galaxy Mega 6.3 will come with either 8GB or 16GB of internal storage and a microSD expansion slot with support for up to 64GB cards. The Galaxy Note 2's inclusion of more RAM and internal storage is a better choice if you want more memory and more RAM.


The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will be smaller than the Galaxy Mega 6.3 due to the Note 2's 5.5-inch screen. The exact dimensions are 151.1 mm x 80.5 mm x 9.44 mm. The Galaxy Mega 6.3's dimensions are 167.6 x 88 x 8.0 mm dimensions. While the Galaxy Mega 6.3 is larger, it's also the same thickness as the Samsung Galaxy S4. You'll have to decide what size smartphone works best for you.


The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 ships with a 3,100 mAh battery which gives the phablet exceptional battery life. The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 will ship with a 3,200 mAh battery. It's unclear if the battery is big enough to power a 6.3-inch display, but the fact that the Mega 6.3 only includes a dual-core processor should give it battery life on par with, if not better than the Galaxy Note 2.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 still seems like a better choice if you're looking for a top of the line phablet. You also get the added benefit of having the S Pen, and Samsung has already publicly announced that the Galaxy Note 2 will receive some software features from the Galaxy S4. What do you think is the better choice? Let us know in the comments.

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