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Samsung Galaxy S5 vs S4 vs Note 3: specs comparison

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Samsung Galaxy S5 vs S4 vs Note 3: specs comparison
The much-hyped Samsung Galaxy S5 has just arrived and it’s a gradual evolution over last year’s Galaxy S4, and an even milder one when compared against the Galaxy Note 3. Samsung says it has gone back to the basics when creating the Galaxy S5, and this effort resulted in two big new features - a fingerprint scanner built right in the home key (hello, iPhone 5s) and a heart rate monitor positioned right below the rear camera.

We’ll take a separate look at these two, but one thing we’re particularly curious is just sheer performance. With no Quad HD (QHD) display on board, some of the excitement about the Galaxy S5 will die down, but fact remains that it’s a powerful smartphone on par with the top competitors out there.

Some of these competitors are Samsung’s own devices - the preceding Galaxy S4 and the 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 3 phablet. How much of an improvement is the Galaxy S5 over them? Take a look at the table below to find out.

Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Design
OSAndroid (4.4.2) TouchWiz UIAndroid (4.4.2, 4.3, 4.2.2)Android (4.4.4, 4.4, 4.3)
Dimensions5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 inches (142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm)5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 inches (136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm)5.95 x 3.12 x 0.33 inches (151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm)
Weight5.11 oz (145 g)
the average is 4.9 oz (139 g)
4.59 oz (130 g)
the average is 4.9 oz (139 g)
5.93 oz (168 g)
the average is 4.9 oz (139 g)
Body material Polycarbonate 
Design features  Stylus
RuggedWater, Dust resistant  
IP certifiedIP 67  
Display
Physical size5.1 inches5.0 inches5.7 inches
Resolution1080 x 1920 pixels1080 x 1920 pixels1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density

Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

432 ppi441 ppi386 ppi
Technology

Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

Super AMOLEDSuper AMOLEDSuper AMOLED
Colors16 777 21616 777 21616 777 216
Camera
Camera16 megapixels13 megapixels13 megapixels
FlashLEDLEDLED
Aperture size

Aperture size - The aperture of a camera is the opening through which light travels before it reaches the camera sensor. The smaller the number is, the bigger this opening is, allowing for more light to pass.

F2.2F2.2F2.2
Focal length (35mm equivalent) 31 mm31 mm
Camera sensor size1/2.6"1/3.06"1/3.06"
Camcorder3840x2160 (4K) (30 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)3840x2160 (4K) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (1080p HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (720p HD) (120 fps)
Recording formatMPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV  
FeaturesDigital image stabilization, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)Digital image stabilizationDigital image stabilization, Continuous autofocus, Video light, Video calling
Front-facing camera2.1 megapixels2 megapixels2 megapixels
Video capture 1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)
Hardware
System chip

System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974-ACQualcomm Snapdragon 600 APQ8064TQualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974
Processor

Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

Quad core, 2500 MHz, Krait 400Quad core, 1900 MHz, Krait 300Quad core, 2300 MHz, Krait 400
Graphics processorAdreno 330Adreno 320Adreno 330
System memory

System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

2048 MB RAM (Dual-channel) / LPDDR32048 MB RAM (Dual-channel) / LPDDR33072 MB RAM (Dual-channel, 800 MHz) / LPDDR3
Built-in storage32 GB64 GB64 GB
Storage expansionmicroSD, microSDHC, microSDXCmicroSD, microSDHC, microSDXCmicroSD, microSDHC
Battery
Talk time21.00 hours
the average is 12 h (699 min)
 25.00 hours
the average is 12 h (699 min)
Stand-by time16.2 days (390 hours)
the average is 21 days (493 h)
 22.0 days (528 hours)
the average is 21 days (493 h)
Talk time (3G)21.00 hours
the average is 15 h (925 min)
17.00 hours
the average is 15 h (925 min)
21.00 hours
the average is 15 h (925 min)
Stand-by time (3G) 15.4 days (370 hours)
the average is 23 days (546 h)
17.5 days (420 hours)
the average is 23 days (546 h)
Stand-by time (4G) 13.3 days (320 hours)
the average is 23 days (554 h)
15.8 days (380 hours)
the average is 23 days (554 h)
Music playback67.00 hours62.00 hours84.00 hours
Video playback13.00 hours11.00 hours13.00 hours
Capacity2800 mAh2600 mAh3200 mAh
TypeLi - IonLi - IonLi - Ion
Wireless chargingOptionalOptional 
Technology
GSM850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
FDD LTE800 (band 20), 850 (band 5), 900 (band 8), 1800 (band 3), 1900 (band 2), 2100 (band 1), 2600 (band 7) MHz800 (band 18), 850 (band 5), 900 (band 8), 1800 (band 3), 2100 (band 1), 2600 (band 7) MHz700 (band 17), 800 (band 18), 850 (band 5), 900 (band 8), 1700/2100 (band 4), 1800 (band 3), 1900 (band 2) MHz
DataLTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRSLTE Cat 3 (100/50 Mbit/s), , HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRSLTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS


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posted on 24 Feb 2014, 13:49 3

1. hellonerds (Posts: 264; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


I like my note 3 better.. anyone know where I can get that lockscreen wallpaper from the GS5?

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:02 2

12. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5867; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


+1. It seems that the Note series is getting the improved technology goodies. I guess I will be waiting until the Note 4 drops.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:52

27. jcdz89 (Posts: 73; Member since: 01 Mar 2013)


Note 3 all da way..s4 & s5 really disappointed me a lot.. I think z2 is a good alternative to s5 because at least it cover most of things well + sexy waterproof device

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 08:17

41. DetroitTech (Posts: 55; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)


Note 3 is solid. But, if you haven't tried a Moto X I suggest you do. It's pretty slick. Only downside is camera quality. Note 3 and Moto X are two totally different phones but best in each class IMHO. Only thing that sucks is I can't use my Galaxy Gear with the Moto X. :(. Not easily and smoothly anyway...

As far as the GS5 goes though. Meh. Ruggedness is nice but that's the only substantial benefit over the GS4. IMHO.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 22:11

43. obitobi (Posts: 2; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)


ww.androidguys.com/2014/03/01/get-samsung-galaxy-s​5-look-wallpapers

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 13:49 4

2. RohanM (Posts: 132; Member since: 15 Jan 2013)


no 2k display & only 2800 Mah battry.. better go for G2.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 13:51 2

3. techaman (unregistered)


It's the same f*cking screen is the s4 why would anybody buy this

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:01 6

11. IliyaBeshkov (Posts: 243; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)


are f*cking retard, why do you want a 1440p display, when you will not see the difference from a 1080p display ?!

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:05 1

18. av911 (Posts: 143; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


That's 'cause your eyes suck.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:07 1

20. IliyaBeshkov (Posts: 243; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)


OMG! So what you are a guy with 10x magnifying glass?
P.S.: Do you had in hand Nokia 1616 to call that you see pixels? :)

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 15:06

29. techaman (unregistered)


i have 13/20 15/20 vision and if i am getting a new device i want the new tech not old crap my s3 has 2 gig ram this s5 has 2 gig ram that means the random access memory it uses to open and communicate will be slow still with touchwiz and no 64 bit core its a waste of money on a device they just shot themselves in the face with is wanna be nothing phone

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 15:25

32. IliyaBeshkov (Posts: 243; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)


You know that you have a choice from other companies, right. Wait for Z2, One(2014) and G3 and then compare them and choose. Simple isn't it? :)

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:02 2

13. KingDingaLing (Posts: 295; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)


Guess they are trying to attract the S3 peeps. Doesn't seem to be a huge boost from the 4. Hopefully the next Note won't be as disappointing.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:02 1

14. alan_1230 (Posts: 76; Member since: 22 Apr 2012)


lol like you can tell the difference between a 2k display and a 1080p just stop lol

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:06 1

19. av911 (Posts: 143; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


1080p can be considered 2k.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 15:29

33. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1242; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


I have the bigger Note 3 and I see no pixels whatsoever. At some point every phone 6" and below will hit this threshold. Our hands can't get any bigger and our eyes can only see so much.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 13:03

42. JEverettnow (Posts: 202; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)


I see the difference between my note3 and LG G2 screens. The g2 is incredibly crisp. I have perfect vision though.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 13:56 1

4. sipha (Posts: 298; Member since: 12 May 2012)


RIP Samsung

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 13:58 4

5. Achilis (Posts: 32; Member since: 05 Oct 2013)


Samsung messed it up big time. The screen is bettered by just 0.1 inches but Dimensions and weight is considerably larger than S4. There is no mention worthy improvement other than 16MP camera which is still behind last year's sony and Nokia flagships.The battery is also not improved that much if you compare it with Z2. Its a total failure.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:04

17. ihavenoname (Posts: 1442; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


We'll see. This is overall improved and shrunken-down Note 3. Very fantastic phone, lots of new stuff, but unfortunately design... Meh, I like more the Black Edition GS4.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:11 4

23. synthetic_llama (Posts: 20; Member since: 06 Jan 2013)


Messed up big time? This has a finger print scanner. Improved Camera tech besides the 16MP , Ultra power mode that can potentially keep your phone on standby for 24hours at 10%. Ah I forgot, waterproof too.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 15:09

30. techaman (unregistered)


any battery app can do that is water resistant cant be under water for long time he said that so no taking video under water not water proof camera tech you cant tell dif on because the screen is less ppi then the s4 and will big time lag because the 2 gig ram and battery is really the same.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 13:58 3

6. ihavenoname (Posts: 1442; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Great device, but I think that I keep my Note 3. Still the best device for me.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:09

22. networkdood (Posts: 6274; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


oh yeah, totally agree - I mean, i like the look of the back, at least of this SGS5, but, if I had a Note 3...I would pass on this - would be a downgrade...

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:43

25. dratomic (Posts: 464; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


if you want something better in this size you can invest in galaxy j.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 13:59 1

7. ZeroCide (Posts: 696; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


In a galaxy far far away....

another day another samsung!

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 13:59

8. mayur007 (Posts: 440; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


after watching the event feeling sleepy, hehe :P

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:00 1

9. techaman (unregistered)


They will see no one cares for this phone
I just wish I know who they talked to to find out what people want

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 00:11

39. sniperdroid (Posts: 123; Member since: 23 May 2013)


That's what people said about the S4, iPhone 5S and guess what? They sold millions.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:00 2

10. Malki (Posts: 65; Member since: 20 Feb 2013)


it will sell very vell :) nice phone Samsung

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:02

15. andro. (Posts: 1960; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Samsung might struggle this year to retain the best smartphone spot

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:03

16. twens (Posts: 672; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


One Bing for sure. I am not ditching my note 3 for this. Also I think it's a good thing most oems are lowering down on specs. The design could have been much better but all the same the spec craze needs to stop. If you want a phone with mad spec wait for note 4. Sammy never disappoints with the note series. They are power houses.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:08

21. networkdood (Posts: 6274; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


i prefer the bigger phone, so I hope Samsung's next NOTE is at least a 6.1 inch screen...check out this 7.1 inch beast that I just recently ordered:
http://www.aliexpress.com/snapshot/6026613613.html

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:16

24. dmakun (Posts: 206; Member since: 06 Jun 2011)


I love my galaxy note 3 :-)

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:44

26. DarkTempt (Posts: 2; Member since: 21 Dec 2013)


While I believe the GS5 will sale very well, it's a very disappointing device. Some "new" features on this device is not worth the jumb for current S4 owners. Some people forget that while a camera on a phone is important, it was never meant as your main camera for everything video or photo worthy. If you want good shots or videos for something, go out and buy a camera dedicated for professional shots, videos, etc. Also, the finger scanner feature on this phone is not all the hype some people are putting into this device. Sure, you can unlock your device faster, but how much time are you really saving by scanning your finger as opposed to typing in a simple 4 digit numeric pass code? And waterproof? Sounds like a phone geared towards people who swim a lot and take deep sea videos. Unless that's you, what are you going to do with the waterproof feature? Take selfies in the shower? That's just my thoughts...

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 15:13

31. techaman (unregistered)


its not water proof its resistant can only get wet not be under water for any amount of real time.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 00:14

40. sniperdroid (Posts: 123; Member since: 23 May 2013)


That's still a plus no matter how you frame it.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 14:55

28. 1EXreMAR (Posts: 4; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Sadly to say it folks, but just look at to Xperia Z2: this phone is miles away better than S5!
The specs are talking themselves! Also it looks much much more pleasant.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 15:35

34. Scott93274 (Posts: 1182; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


I'm still happy with my Moto X. I know it's a midrange from last year, but it does all I need it to do seamlessly and with timely updates. I think going forward, processing speed and screen size/resolution will be less important than battery life & phone durability.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 17:47

35. noteseries (Posts: 76; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


my note3 much better, i think am gonna get nokia XL fot my second phone, its got HERE map... :)

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 18:06

36. djboy10 (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Feb 2014)


I was hoping for a lot more,all that commotion for this?! Im a lg fan but a i thought jast maybe the s5 was going to be so good i coulda try it out. Sticking to my g2 to for sure till the g3 comes out!

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 18:34

37. N3Z1droid (Posts: 87; Member since: 02 Jan 2014)


Keep my note 3, hope next note more advanced specs and design than this GS5

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 19:27

38. Justsadd (Posts: 20; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


like galaxy gio...the low end phone..will going to LG G3

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