Samsung Galaxy S6 vs Galaxy S5 vs Galaxy Note 4: specs comparison


Samsung has seemingly outdone itself with the Samsung Galaxy S6 - never before has a Galaxy had such a premium feel. Without a shadow of a doubt, it's miles ahead of the former flagship in terms of design. Gone is the "glam" design of the Galaxy S5 (whew!), welcome the metal and glass finish of the new flagship, which will undoubtedly attract more fuzz. In the meantime, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 was certainly a step forward in terms of design.

"What are you talking about, PhoneArena, this is a specs comparison!", you'd certainly argue. Indeed, you are most right! We wanted to stress on the differences between the design, which gradually continue to the specs sheets of the Galaxies. A Samsung high-end device has never before been under-powered. On the contrary, they have always been on the very edge of the hardware front, crushing a large number of its rivals at the time.

Here's how the Galaxy S6, the Galaxy S5, and the Galaxy Note 4 fare specs-wise.

Samsung Galaxy S6 vs Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Display

Display size

5.1 inches
5.1 inches
5.7 inches

Resolution

1440 x 2560 pixels
1080 x 1920 pixels
1440 x 2560 pixels

Pixel density

577 ppi
432 ppi
515 ppi

Technology

Super AMOLED
Super AMOLED
Super AMOLED

Screen-to-body

70.48 %
69.76 %
74.39 %

Hardware & Performance

System chip

Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 7420
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974-AC
Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 5433

Processor

Octa-core, 2100 MHz, ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit, 14 nm
Quad-core, 2500 MHz, Krait 400, 32-bit, 28 nm
Octa-core, 1900 MHz, ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit, 20 nm

GPU

Mali-T760 MP8
Adreno 330
Mali-T760 MP6

RAM

3 GB LPDDR4
2 GB LPDDR3
3 GB LPDDR3

Internal storage

128 GB, not expandable
32 GB
32 GB

OS

Android (7.0 Nougat, 6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop), Samsung TouchWiz UI
Android (6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.4, 4.4.2), Samsung TouchWiz UI
Android (6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop, 4.4), Samsung TouchWiz UI

Battery

Capacity

2550 mAh
2800 mAh
3220 mAh

Charging

Fast charging
 
Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0

Talk time

 
21.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1117 min)
 

Stand-by time

 
16.2 days (390 hours)
the average is 21 days (502 h)
 

Talk time (3G)

23.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1404 min)
21.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1404 min)
20.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1404 min)

Internet use

3G: 10 hours; LTE: 12 hours; Wi-Fi: 12 hours
 
 

Music playback

57.00 hours
67.00 hours
82.00 hours

Video playback

13.00 hours
13.00 hours
14.00 hours

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

16 megapixels
16 megapixels
16 megapixels

Features

Optical image stabilization, Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
Back-illuminated sensor (BSI), Phase detection autofocus
Optical image stabilization, Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)

Specifications

Aperture size: F1.9; Focal length: 28 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.6"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm
Aperture size: F2.2; Focal length: 31 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.6"; 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

3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (120 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps)

Recording format

 
MPEG4, H.264
 

Features

Optical image stabilization, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Continuous autofocus, Picture-taking during video recording, Video light, Video calling
High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Continuous autofocus, Digital image stabilization, Video calling, Video sharing
Optical image stabilization, Continuous autofocus, Picture-taking during video recording, Video calling, Video sharing

Front

5 megapixels
2.1 megapixels
3.7 megapixels

Video capture

2560x1440 (QHD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD)
2560x1440 (QHD) (30 fps)

Design

Dimensions

5.65 x 2.78 x 0.27 inches (143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm)
5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 inches (142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm)
6.04 x 3.09 x 0.33 inches (153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5 mm)

Weight

4.87 oz (138 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (174 g)
5.11 oz (145 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (174 g)
6.21 oz (176 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (174 g)

Materials

Back: Glass; Frame: Aluminum
Back: Plastic
Back: Plastic; Frame: Aluminum

Resistance

 
Water, Dust; IP 67
 

Biometrics

Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (swipe)
Fingerprint (swipe)

Features

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



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5 Comments

1. babyk

Posts: 379; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

worst letdown ever

2. JMartin22

Posts: 2380; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Of course you would think that if you're a troll. But if you aren't, the generic spec sheet is a letdown because it doesn't go into specificity the engineering and quality that went into making these components, and they aren't the same as last year's hardware, just represented by a number. There's various functionality increases over the S5 and Note 4.

5. DLAROC

Posts: 7; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

What functionality increases are there? A better cpu and slightly better camera? There is nothing about the build of it that increases functionality.. It just makes it look better, while taking away features that most people praised it for.

3. SonyPS4

Posts: 347; Member since: May 21, 2013

Looks great except for no SD card and smaller batterty. Everything else looks good, Design is much better than S5.

4. DLAROC

Posts: 7; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

I agree with the first comment. Big let down. And no Im not a troll... I'm a Samsung Galaxy user since the S2. Why make the battery smaller if it's not going to be removable? Why remove an SD card slot? I'll tell you exactly why! To make more money! The smaller battery will increase charging which makes the battery die faster. No SD slot means they can over charge for internal storage (just like Apple). Who would trade very useful features just for the device to look better? Not anyone in their right mind.. They should've just continued with the Alpha and Note 4 build, metal and plastic, and kept all their signature features. Now it's just more similar to the iPhone.. I don't like that.

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