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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.

Display
Size
5.0 inches
5.7 inches
5.1 inches
Technology
Super AMOLED
Super AMOLED
Super AMOLED
Screen-to-body
71.91 %
74.78 %
69.76 %
Features
Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Hardware
System chip
Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 8974
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974-AC
Processor
Quad-core, 1900 MHz, Krait 300
Quad-core, 2300 MHz, Krait 400
Quad-core, 2500 MHz, Krait 400, 32-bit, 28 nm
GPU
Adreno 320
Adreno 330
Adreno 330
RAM
2GB LPDDR3
3GB LPDDR3
2GB LPDDR3
Internal storage
64GB
64GB
32GB
OS
Android (5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.2, 4.3, 4.2.2)
Android (5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.4, 4.4, 4.3)
Android (6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.4, 4.4.2), Samsung TouchWiz UI
Battery
Capacity
2600 mAh
3200 mAh
2800 mAh
Talk time
 
25.00 hours
the average is 17 h (996 min)
21.00 hours
the average is 17 h (996 min)
Stand-by time
 
22.0 days (528 hours)
the average is 20 days (472 h)
16.2 days (390 hours)
the average is 20 days (472 h)
Talk time (3G)
17.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 min)
21.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 min)
21.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 min)
Stand-by time (3G)
15.4 days (370 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)
17.5 days (420 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)
 
Stand-by time (4G)
13.3 days (320 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)
15.8 days (380 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)
 
Music playback
62.00 hours
84.00 hours
67.00 hours
Video playback
11.00 hours
13.00 hours
13.00 hours
Camera
Rear
Single camera
Single camera
Single camera
Main camera
13 MP (Autofocus, CMOS image sensor, BSI sensor)
13 MP (Autofocus, CMOS image sensor, BSI sensor)
16 MP (BSI sensor, PDAF)
Specifications
Aperture size: F2.2; Focal length: 31 mm; Sensor size: 1/3.06"; Pixel size: 1.14 μm
Aperture size: F2.2; Focal length: 31 mm; Sensor size: 1/3.06"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm
Aperture size: F2.2; Focal length: 31 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.6"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm
Video recording
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (120 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps)
Recording format
 
 
MPEG4, H.264
Features
EIS
Continuous autofocus, Video light, EIS, Video calling
HDR, Continuous autofocus, EIS, Video calling, Video sharing
Front
2 MP
2 MP
2.1 MP
Video capture
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD)
Design
Dimensions
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)
5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 inches (142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm)
Weight
4.59 oz (130.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)
5.93 oz (168.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)
5.11 oz (145.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)
Materials
Back: Plastic
 
Back: Plastic
Resistance
 
 
Water, Dust; IP67
Biometrics
 
 
Fingerprint (swipe)
Features
Notification light
Stylus, Interchangeable covers
Touch sensitive control keys, Interchangeable covers, Notification light


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Samsung Galaxy S5 specs
  • Display 5.1 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera) 2.1 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow Samsung TouchWiz UI

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