Will it be Exynos 5420 or Snapdragon 800 in your Note 3? Wonder no more

August 15, 2013
Sam Mobile leaked the list of countries and carriers that will carry the Exynos 5420 and Snapdragon 800 versions of the Note 3. All variants will feature 3GB of RAM.

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Wondering what processor will power your next S Pen enabled device? While we had a hunch that Samsung would roll out different variants of the Note 3 in different markets, like it did with the Galaxy S4, we weren’t really sure that’s the case.

Now Sam Mobile, a site that we tend to trust when it comes to this kind of info, just published the list of countries and operators that will receive the Exynos 5420 or the Snapdragon 800 variant of the Note 3. Regardless of the processor, all devices will sport 3GB of RAM, confirms today’s report.

The 3G version of the Galaxy Note 3 bears the SM-N900 code number and features an octa-core Exynos 5420 processor, with an ARM Mali-T628 MP6 GPU and 3GB of RAM.

The LTE version of the Galaxy Note 3 is code numbered SM-N9005 and features a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, with an Adreno 330 GPU and 3GB of RAM.

An Exynos 5420-powered dual-SIM model code numbered SM-N9002 will be available in China.

According to Sam Mobile, several countries where LTE is available will get both versions of the Note 3, with the Snapdragon 800 model to roll out first. The list of countries and carriers is supposedly not final, so you shouldn’t take it as official info just yet.

In addition to the processor and RAM, we also know that the S Pen-enabled device will feature a 5.68-inch AMOLED display, a 13MP camera with optical image stabilization, and a 3200 mAh battery.

The device is expected to sport a variation of the design of the Galaxy S4, with overall dimensions said to remain unchanged over the Galaxy Note 2.

Samsung is widely expected to unveil the Galaxy Note 3 on September 4, at its Unpacked 2013 Episode 2 event.

Comments

  • Ruel John G. Jordan

    3 gigs of ram.. nice..

  • MasterMuffin

    YES, 3GB of RAM. I hope that Nexus 5 will also get 3GB of RAM (though I wouldn’t count on that)

    • Guest

      nothing – it’s just future proof

      • MasterMuffin

        ??

    • Ivan Myring

      Yeah, it’s gonna be epic. I just wish the uk would get the 8 core. But going on the s 4 we won’t.

      • MasterMuffin

        If you’re a ROM flasher you should be glad

        • Ivan Myring

          Yeah… But EIGHT CORES!

          • MasterMuffin

            Yea, what I ment was “EIGHT OR NOTHING!!”

          • AdamFrancisGarbacz

            That’s why I keep three S4s in my pocket at all times. 20 CORES THAT ARE JUST AS USEFUL AS THE 4 CORES THAT ARE THROTTLED DOWN!

        • Jaime

          I don’t think flashing roms on a Note device is a good idea, as one of the big ideas of the Notes is the s pen.

          • MasterMuffin

            Well then millions of Note users (and I) disagree with you

            Edit. Well that number may be a little bit too big, but still :)

          • Jaime

            Well, being a Note user myself, I can say that using roms makes the device “common” (for the lack of a better word). I have use roms on several other mobiles, but I wouldn’t on my Note.
            Maybe in Finland you like to use roms on Note devices :-)

          • MasterMuffin

            There would be no ROM development if nobody was using them, so definitely not just a Finland thing :D

          • adam

            They also have different touchwiz based roms that still let you utilize the S pen.

    • EvenInTheDarkestHour

      Without a OM overlay to compensate for, should the Nexus 5 need 3gb ram?

      • MasterMuffin

        Don’t know

        • EvenInTheDarkestHour

          More room to work can’t hurt…You’d never have to close an app again. lol

          • MasterMuffin

            Exactly, more RAM doesn’t hurt anybody :)

  • number29

    What does 3GB of RAM get us that we can’t do with 2GB?

    • Chris Papadopoulos

      nothing much at this point but it’s much more future proof

      • number29

        Do people on this forum keep phones for long enough for that to be a consideration?

        • MasterMuffin

          Do you know what KLP will bring? It may be something that can make use of large amounts of RAM or something like that!

          • number29

            What sort of functionality are you imagining?

          • MasterMuffin

            I’ll leave the imagining part to Google :D

          • number29

            Actually it would be interesting to hear from Samsung why they think the Note 3 needs 3GB of RAM and what justification they have other than to make suckers upgrade.

          • MasterMuffin

            Probably some more “needed” stuff like in S4. Or Samsung is just lazy and doesn’t bother optimizing Touchwiz

          • Guest

            Bloat!

        • ethanator95

          I have had my Samsung Galaxy s1 for four years now….

          • Christian ColĂłn

            That’s sad….

    • Mark Washington

      People complain about Motorola X being a mid range device then get upset when the specs are to high!

      • number29

        You’re probably talking about different people. Specs actually don’t matter in the slightest, what’s important is whether the device does everything it’s supposed to and does it in a way that’s not detrimental to the user experience and expectations. Adding extra specs for the sake of it with no benefit to the end user is a common trick as it encourages fools to part with their money.

        • Mark Washington

          Your right! So with that said go right ahead and buy a chromebook because the majority of mankind don’t do anything else but surf the Internet and type basic information on word.

          • number29

            Well if Word is a requirement, then a Chromebook is no good!

          • Mark Washington

            Don’t mislead people with that comment because their is Word on Chromebooks not Microsoft Word but Document which is part of Google Docs….

          • number29

            Word is a Microsoft product. It is not available on the Chromebook. The product you’re referring to is Google Docs, and happens to be able to save in a Word compatible fashion, but isn’t Microsoft Word. That’s why I’m saying if Word is a requirement, the Chromebook is no good. If Google Docs is a requirement, the Chromebook would be fine.

          • droid4life

            Word is a web app now so a chromebook is just fine

          • AdamFrancisGarbacz

            Unless you drive through a tunnel on the train.

          • Jaime

            doesn’t make sense.

          • Jaime

            Google Docs are compatible with Word.

          • Jaime

            I have a Chromebook. It’s really good for children and like a second laptop, although I use it more than my main laptop because it turns on really fast.

          • AdamFrancisGarbacz

            You’re misunderstanding the point. He’s not saying that spec bumps don’t have theoretical benefits in relation to everyday usage. He’s saying the way in which they are implemented doesn’t provide a benefit. Switching to a faster CPU doesn’t mean anything if your software is not optimized to take advantage of the silicon. Think of it like putting 16 gigs of ram into a 32 bit computer (even though that’s not a perfect analogy).

        • Chris

          Yes and no.. Although, specs don’t matter for your average everyday consumer for your average everyday phone functionality, specs do matter for “intensive” purposes that most entry level phones have a hard time handling.

    • hoggleboggle

      3GB of ram would allow editing apps like photoshop touch to ditch their image size limitation for example.

    • Cristi13

      Why not? I mean it will not hurt anybody, plus it’s maybe faster ram or other modifications. I don’t understand people, they say they don’t care about specs, then complain about specs.

      • Andrew T Roach

        I’d much rather spend 100 less dollars for high end specs that aren’t total overkill like 3 gb Of Ram

        • Paul M

          if the Note3 seems too high a spec, then buy a Note2 as they’re being discounted heavily now. I’ve seen some great bargains.

          Or how about the Mega instead if you just want a big screen?

      • AdamFrancisGarbacz

        Nobody has ever said that they don’t care about specs. Everything about the phone is a spec. People complain about specific aspects that don’t make sense.

      • Paul M

        moved comment

  • Lexc

    Could 3gb of RAM be the “answer” to TouchWiz ? Or is it already…perfect with the GS4 ?

    • MasterMuffin

      I think just making poor optimizations and throwing more RAM isn’t the option

    • Cristi13

      Samsung already updated the s4 countless times and now it is great. Also on phones like s4 mini or zoom works great. Don’t listen to whatever troll on the internet.

  • Babs Oyed

    Love the 3bg of RAM. Hopefully we also have a 64gb internal storage option available on day 1

    • Stephen Andreala

      that would be great but i wouldn’t count on it

    • tomn1ce

      That’s what keeps bothering me, why can’t they just release all models of the device all at once. They should just start their flagship device with 32GB and have the 64GB as an option for those of us who prefer larger storage space.

    • Ian

      with the increasing storage space of MicroSD cards, its unecessary, plus that is portable storage that you can move from phone to phone…better to get a 32 or 64GB MicroSDHC card and move it from new phone to new phone!! Or start storing important photos and such in the Cloud…lots of back up options…

      • Paul M

        I’d like to have at least 32GB internal storage, so that I can have a decent amount of data that doesn’t get switched if/when I change microSD card; also directly connected flash should be faster than a microSD card but the difference doesn’t matter so much these days with incredibly fast cards.
        Things like map data for offline caches, or Copilot atlas data are best in fixed memory, as are podcasts and their databases.

  • Lexc

    Could 3gb of RAM be the final “answer” to TouchWiz ? Or is it already perfect with the GS4 ?

    • MasterMuffin

      Why did you comment that again?

      • Lexc

        Sorry about that. Not used to post comments, and when I reloaded the page the post wasn’t there…I assumed I did something wrong so just reposted.

        • MasterMuffin

          Okay :D

    • abazigal

      Touchwiz lags because it is just a horribly-designed piece of software. No amount of ram or processor speed can get rid of that lag.

  • 72goojman72

    I’mwo ndering which processor is gonna reign supreme?? Exynos or Snapdragon 800??

    • Jason Yuen

      oh. Snap. ofcourse.

    • http://annunakimaster.blogspot.com/ AnnunakiEnvoy

      I also read somewhere – Snapdragon is superior.

    • SeraZR™

      Snapdragon for sure

  • joey lopez

    Who is the best? Snapdragon or exynos 5420

    • SeraZR™

      these are not living things o.O

    • fallacies

      i think the snapdragon will provide a better user experience… it’s faster. and it’s already 4 processors… the samsung chip is 8 slow processors… what might they do than to give you 15 extra minutes of battery life? and it might not.

      • LAlalal

        You dont make sense “Samsung iis chip is 8 slow proccesors”

        • fallacies

          If you say so…

      • Ronny

        Ok, you must have been confused with Mediatek 8 core A7 processors. The 4xA15 cores in Exynos way faster than the 4xKrait processor in Snapdragon at the same clockspeed. Exynos has additional 4xA7 processor to save power better than the quadcore krait processors.

        Exynos chipset in S4 has slight defect yet performed fairly well in comparison with Snapdragon processors. The octacore chipset in Note 3 is the newer one that said to have been fixed and should perform extremely well. The best is to make in-depth comparison between the 2 version of Note 3 to see if the issue has been completely fixed.

        Hope I have explained to as simple enough for you to understand better. Go and do your research please otherwise ppl will just laugh at you.

    • The Droid

      If you mean faster then exynos 5420 maybe a bit faster.
      A15 cores have IPC advantage of 6-7% over krait 400 cores which should be enough to outperform krait 400 even with the clock difference (1.8 vs 2.3)
      Also all 8 cores (4 a15s and 4 a7) would be working on Exynos 5420 unlike 5410 which had a broken cci.

      for gpu,they appear quite close ,if we look at Glbenchmark Mali T628 in exynos should get 27fps in Trex HD and 80 Fps in Egypt hd
      while adreno 330 scores 26fps and 65 fps .

      One of the major concerns would be lack of lte on exynos so most people would opt for s800

      • The Droid

        Another thing battery efficiency should be improved on 5420 compared to 5410 as any combination of cores would be able to work without any limit

  • Jason

    13mp camera …. boring!

    • EvenInTheDarkestHour

      How is that boring? The 8mp shooter on the Note II is already really good, and this is (potentially) a serious upgrade. If you want something more, like 41mp, go get a Nokia 1020 on AT&T. No need to be “bored” with a Note III.

    • Keg Man

      if you aren’t being sarcastic, there isn’t a picture you will print big enough to use like in a 41mp image. A billboard on the side of the road is 6 megapixels. 7 to be safe. I’ll put this nicely, you have no clue what you need. the image stabilization is the bigger factor

      • Anonymous

        That is a good point, mega pixels are way to create ads for the average consumer. The real thing to look at is stabilization and low light performance & in an amazing world (120 FPS Phone Camera)

        • Keg Man

          the 4.2.2 update to the stock camera is amazing. It totally made me feel like my galaxy nexus camera was replaced with a new one. Looking forward to an actual physical image stabilization

    • JH

      Will a 8MP camera on 4S,5,5S does fine for you then?

  • EvenInTheDarkestHour

    Snapdragon 800? Cool, that’s the one I hoped they’d ship. But, either one will be faster, and more powerful, than most of us will ever need…

    • mustbepbs

      Until the next set of chips comes out. Then all of a sudden having the Snapdragon 800 is a “disappointment”.

      • EvenInTheDarkestHour

        For some, no doubt. I haven’t been able to max out my Note II, unintentionally. There’s always someone wanting more…

        • Money Loo

          Yeah you’re lucky I use my note 2 international version heavily and it definitely gets laggy as the RAM runs out.

          Sitting at 1.55/1.75 as I type this and Swype is laggy as ..you know.

  • songti

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  • http://annunakimaster.blogspot.com/ AnnunakiEnvoy

    “Bigger RAM means more power savings”. Is it right? Anybody have idea? I’m just guessing…..

    • lesportif

      That’s right. More RAM limits access to flash storage and thus diminishes battery drain.

      • http://annunakimaster.blogspot.com/ AnnunakiEnvoy

        Thank you, this is the theory I want to confirm. Also in computer processor [intel] there is L2, L3 cache memory to help smoothen the processing of inputs to outputs.

        • lesportif

          ARM SoCs also feature cache memory.

  • letdown Sammy

    so I guess whem sammy said that the only reason there isn’t wide spread use of exynos is due to not having enough is a lie? wow what a let down, first small battery now this.

    • tomn1ce

      Isn’t this exynos 5420 a newer version then what they use in the international GS4 O_O

      • http://annunakimaster.blogspot.com/ AnnunakiEnvoy

        This 5420 came after the S4 was on the shelves. OR this processor is just going into production at this time.

  • don’targue

    The only thing where i am amazed was the battery, I don’t need that 3gig of ram (in my opinion it just for gimmick(only my opinion don’t get me wrong sir)), i can do all stuff with 2 gig ram. and i am not a fan of Samsung screen i want more the screen of xperia(we have different eyes, we have different taste) :) but Great Phone though.

    • Greg Cardall

      I respectfully disagree on the amount of RAM. Screens are definitely an “eye of the beholder” type-of-thing, so I won’t argue that. But the amount of RAM in any computing device is largely the difference between apparent lag or smoothness in games and the UI. Even if all 3 gigs are never fully utilized, if there is any spillage at all over 2 gigs, having that 1 extra gig will make it completely unnoticeable to the user and make all the difference in the world when it comes to apparent fluidness.

      • DieElop

        damn straight, to hell with all these techno-phobic naysayers “Oh, too much RAM, this is enough, that is enough…” Just jump off a cliff and end our misery already, whinging old farts!

  • Keg Man

    how much free RAM do you 2gb users have? I have 15% on avg free on my 1gb RAM Galaxy nexus and its sluggish

    • EvenInTheDarkestHour

      47% of 1.75 unless I run Task Manager then it jumps (albeit temporarily) to 59% free. But either way, I don’t have significant lag on Note II.

      I had the Gnex (CDMA version), and it slugged along. It was not what I’ve known a Nexus/pure Android experience to be…

  • Ivan Myring

    UK gets both… Yay
    Now.. Which should I get. 8 cores or more ROMs?

    • thartist

      Never ever get the Exynos version.
      More battery consumption, no LTE, no ROMs.
      It is only better at benchmarks.

      • MasterMuffin

        How do you know that the battery life is worse, you’ve already compared both Note 3 models?…

      • Ronny

        Yeah, I bet you are just talking based on the early reviews of the S4 octa. You might not even seen how it performed on 3d games. This octa chipset is different and said to have fixed the CCI issue plagued in S4 octa. LTE is not available in most countries. Dual-channel HSDPA+ in country can exceed 30Mbps which is reasonable fast and also saves battery.

        The reason some people are interested in this octa is mainly to get the best of both worlds (great performance + great battery). And u are wrong, they are couple of custom ROMs available for Exynos Octa.

        I’d suggest to wait for more reliable reviews on both versions of Note 3 before giving dumb advise to ppl.

  • yogesh

    there is alots of ram and storage with best display

  • Maher Salti

    can someone clarify this for me,

    so an LTE phone is backward compatible with 3G right (is this also compatible with GSM?)

    so if I would turn off LTE on the device does it also mean the battery consumption will be the same as a non LTE device?

    hope someone has a clear answer on this as I’ve got 0 experience with LTE devices..

    looking forward to the Note 3, will buy after reading reviews about it :)

  • Andrew T Roach

    3 gigs of Ram. Is this running Windows? What a stunt.

    • DieElop

      Wish you were part of the stunt that went wrong and ended up in an accident.

  • Luis Gabriel Lemieux

    5.7″ lame ! Good job at letting other companies beat yuo at your own game.
    The Note raise to fame was due to the size first spen second..now all others are offering bigger powerful phones and all you have is the stupid Mega.
    After Note 1 and Note 2 looks like there will be no Note 3 for me :/

    • EvenInTheDarkestHour

      What do you want the screen size to be? Just “bigger than..” What? Dell Streak? HTC One Max? Sony Xperia Z Ultra? PadPhone? And, what phone is going to be “more powerful” than one rocking a S800? Not trolling you, just want to know your frame of reference…

    • Paul M

      the S4’s picture area increased but the overall dimensions of the phone didn’t.

      the Note2 didn’t change much either. There’s not much bezel you can shave off to make the picture area bigger, so you’d have to make the phone bigger to get a significantly bigger screen. I am happy with the size of my Note2, I am not sure I want a bigger device at all.

      The Mega isn’t a bad phone, so not sure why you don’t want it.

      A Note2 mini would appeal to some people.

      • CKH14

        Actually I have a mega 6.3 and a note 2, and Since I got the mega I havent even turned my note 2 on… The mega does everything really weIl… gaming , browsing, watching videos… and ime my mega has been smoother and faster than my note 2. Even after I get the Note 3 I’ll Still keep mega as my main phone. Its just the perfect size for me. Pocket able in all my jeans and huge gorgeous screen… Def dissapointed Note 3 will only be 3mm larger than Note 2. Doubt that will hardly be noticeable. Its funny the same people that say specs dont matter turn around and Knock the mega Even though 99% have never even tried one in Person lol

  • Whatever…

    Oh yeah, 3 gigs of ram probably mean even more bloated touchwiz.. :) ofc it’s a joke, but who knows…

    Honestly, it is just pure marketing. OPTIMIZE THE SOFTWARE FFS. No need for 16 core processors and 8 gigs of ram, when the OS and launchers still lag

    • Dimitri Sevastis

      I couldn’t agree more, its getting really tiring seeing all the android manufacturers coming out with a bunch of phones with fancy specs but yet they still have buggy and laggy software. That’s why I only buy Nexus phones. Fully optimized and no bloatware with decent specs.

      • fallacies

        and these nexus owners are so bored with their devices, they read up on Note 3 news…
        everyone calm down, if you didn’t want the specs, you’d buy the Mega or whatever sub-teir release they’re coming out with…
        you’d buy the motorola ultra that just came out.
        the only reason to wait for a premeire phone is the top of the line specs and added features.
        so if anything, complain about what specs aren’t up-to-par
        thanks

  • brendan soliwoda

    What happened to “using the Exynos in every version of the Note” thing that they did with Note 2? Whatta shame.

  • Mark Helm

    The Galaxy Note 3 so far sounds like it will be a great replacement for my HTC EVO 3D. I’m looking forward to the release where I can see some of the video reviews before purchasing.

    • JH

      Comparing a Lambo to Mustang?

  • admin

    what’s better exynos 5420 or snapdragon 800??

    • JH

      Both

      • admin

        naw but if u compare both of them which one is better overall

        • JH

          They are not living beings!

  • JH

    Hopefully will be running Windows 8 in dual boot! :D

  • sam

    Note 3 with Exynos or Note 3 with Snapdragon? which one is a BETTER option??

  • JH

    Therefore I can dualboot Windows 7 right?

  • Shayd

    Benchmark both? Anyone?

  • Guest

    This makes zero sense. I am still waiting for someone to explain how a 32-bit SOC benefits from greater than 2GB of RAM.

    Krait 400 and Cortex A15 are both 32-bit only. Unless Samsung suddenly surprises us with a bunch of Cortex-A57s in the Exy 5420, 3GB of RAM is one serious marketing stunt.

    • Erm

      3GB i smainly needed for touchwiz bloat ,i have seen many S4s lag with all sensors turned on.

  • Erm

    Note 3 is most likely using the faster snpdragon 800 (MSM8974AB)

    http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/09/06/pu5usuzy.jpg

    with a higher clockd gpu an memory it is scoring higher than other s800 devices with MSM8974.