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

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 ratio

70.48 %
69.76 %
74.39 %

Colors

16 777 216
16 777 216
16 777 216

Camera

Rear

Yes
Yes
Yes

Main camera

16 megapixels
16 megapixels
16 megapixels

Hardware 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

Flash

LED
LED
LED

Software Features

Manual focus, HDR, Panorama, Face detection, Smile detection, Voice activation, Burst mode, Scenes, Effects, Exposure compensation, ISO control, White balance presets, Touch to focus, Self-timer, Digital zoom, Geo tagging
Digital image stabilization, Touch to focus, Smile detection, Face detection, Voice activation, Self-timer, Digital zoom, Geo tagging, Exposure compensation, ISO control, White balance presets, Burst mode, HDR, Panorama, Night mode, Scenes, Effects
Digital image stabilization, Touch to focus, Smile detection, Face detection, Voice activation, Self-timer, Digital zoom, Geo tagging, Exposure compensation, ISO control, White balance presets, Burst mode, HDR, Panorama, Macro mode, Night mode, Scenes, Effects

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
MPEG4, H.264
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 oz (172 g)
5.11 oz (145 g)
the average is 6 oz (172 g)
6.21 oz (176 g)
the average is 6 oz (172 g)

Materials

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

Resistance

 
Water, Dust
 

IP certified

 
IP 67
 

Biometrics

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

Features

Touch sensitive control keys
Touch sensitive control keys, Interchangeable covers
Touch sensitive control keys

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
32 GB
32 GB

Storage expansion

 
 
 

Slot Type

 
microSDXC, microSDHC, microSD
microSDXC, microSDHC, microSD

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

Talk time

 
21.00 hours
the average is 21 h (1278 min)
 

Stand-by time

 
16.2 days (390 hours)
the average is 21 days (499 h)
 

Talk time (3G)

23.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1382 min)
21.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1382 min)
20.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1382 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

Cellular

GSM

850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz

UMTS

850, 1900, 2100 MHz
850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz

LTE (FDD)

Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 17, 20
Bands 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20
Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 17, 20

Data

LTE-A Cat 6 (300/50 Mbit/s), HSPA, HSUPA, UMTS
LTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS
LTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA

Connectivity

Mobile Payment

Samsung Pay
 
 

Multimedia

Screen mirroring

DLNA, Wireless screen share
MHL
DLNA, MHL, MirrorLink




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5 Comments

1. babyk

Posts: 379; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

worst letdown ever

2. JMartin22

Posts: 2311; 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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