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Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III

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The built in keyboard of the Galaxy S4 is slightly different than that of its predecessor in that it has an additional line of numbers. This makes it more versatile and practical, but makes the keys a bit smaller than those of the GS III. If you are used to typing in landscape, though, this won't be such a problem. Not that typing with the GS4 is hard or anything, but... yeah, sometimes you might find the keys to be a bit smallish.

One update that we guess the Galaxy S III will eventually get is the new ChatON service which is avialable in the Galaxy S4. Its new key feature is the three-way conferance video call option. Nothing major to miss here for GS III users.

Samsung Galaxy S4's default QWERTY keyboard layout - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III

The on-screen keyboard of the Samsung Galaxy S III - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III
The on-screen keyboard of the Samsung Galaxy S III - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III


Internet and Connectivity

The Galaxy S4's advantages in this category are mostly due to its superiority in the hardware department. The slightly larger, 1080p screen makes reading a bit better, as everything is just so, so sharp and fine. It actually bothers us because last year we said that you can hardly notice an individual pixel in the 720p screen of the Galaxy S III. Now, we realize how wrong we've been, as the screen of the Galaxy S4 is so much better. But! Of course, that doesn't mean that the GS III's display is bad. Quite the contrary, it's still great for reading, browsing and so on, it's just that the GS4, with its Full HD screen, makes things look even more awesome!

S4 - Samsung's custom browser is fast and supports Flash Player. - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III
S III - Samsung's custom browser is fast and supports Flash Player. - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Samsung's custom browser is fast and supports Flash Player. - Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III

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When it comes to features, both handsets have LTE support, but the international GS4 steps things up a notch with its HSPA+ 42.2 Mbit/s support, whereas the GS III only has HSPA+ 21.1 Mbit/s. Another thing that the Galaxy S4 has that the GS III doesn't is an IR blaster.


Processor and Memory

Internationally, the Galaxy S III comes with the quad-core Exynos 4412, which is happily ticking at 1.4 GHz. The Exynos version has the Mali-400/MP4 GPU. In the U.S., the GS III comes with the dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus with two Krait cores at 1.5 GHz with Adreno 225 GPU.

The GS4, on the other hand, has the Snapdragon 600 CPU in most markets. The Snapdragon 600 is a quad-core chipset running at 1.9 GHz, and it also comes with the Adreno 320 GPU, which is much better than that of the GS III. In some markets, the Galaxy S4 will come with the Exynos 5 Octa CPU, which we presume will be better than the Snapdragon 600 version, but that's just guessing right now, because we haven't had the chance to play with it. Anyways, the Exynos 5 Octa is an octa-core CPU with two powerful A15 cores running at 1.6 GHz, and two low-power A7 cores running at up to 1.2 GHz, used for less demanding tasks in order to save power.
 
As you can guess, the Galaxy S4 is much faster than the GS III, it absolutely crushes the benchmarks and is as fast as you can get right now. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S III has a similar performance most of the time, as long as you aren't making it run tons of stuff at the same time.

System memory-wise, both the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S III come with 2GB of RAM, but the international GS III is an exception here as it only has 1GB of RAM, so keep that in mind if you are planning on getting the GS III right now – it may not be the best handset for multitasking.

The internal memory options are the same for both smartphones – they both come in 16, 32 and 64 GB variants, and both of them have microSD card slot, allowing you to easily expand your phone's storage, if need be.


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