Samsung Galaxy S5 vs S4 vs Note 3: specs comparison

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 S4 vs Samsung Galaxy Note3 vs Samsung Galaxy S5

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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 (1016 min)
21.00 hours
the average is 17 h (1016 min)

Stand-by time

 
22.0 days (528 hours)
the average is 22 days (539 h)
16.2 days (390 hours)
the average is 22 days (539 h)

Talk time (3G)

17.00 hours
the average is 21 h (1232 min)
21.00 hours
the average is 21 h (1232 min)
21.00 hours
the average is 21 h (1232 min)

Stand-by time (3G)

15.4 days (370 hours)
the average is 29 days (695 h)
17.5 days (420 hours)
the average is 29 days (695 h)
 

Stand-by time (4G)

13.3 days (320 hours)
the average is 25 days (607 h)
15.8 days (380 hours)
the average is 25 days (607 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 6.2 oz (176 g)
5.93 oz (168.0 g)
the average is 6.2 oz (176 g)
5.11 oz (145.0 g)
the average is 6.2 oz (176 g)

Materials

Back: Plastic
 
Back: Plastic

Resistance

 
 
Water, Dust; IP 67

Biometrics

 
 
Fingerprint (swipe)

Features

Notification light
Stylus, Interchangeable covers
Touch sensitive control keys, Interchangeable covers, Notification light


Related phones

Galaxy S5
  • 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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