Samsung Galaxy S4 (Octa-core) vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 – What’s the difference?

by Jerry D on March 15, 2013

There are questions we need to ask when deciding between the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Samsung Galaxy S3. Questions like… Does the 5.0-inch screen on the Galaxy S4, best the Galaxy S3’s display? How big is the Galaxy S4’s storage capacity? Is its processor quick? How does the Galaxy S3’s 133g build compare? Find out which phone is better by checking the comparison below.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3: stat-fight

Here’s how the two phones compare. If you you want more information on any of the technologies that you see mentioned, click on a highlighted term to find out more about it. Or view our FAQs.

Samsung Galaxy S4 VS Samsung Galaxy S3
Display 5.0-inch Super AMOLED 4.8-inch Super AMOLED
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
(440.6 PPI)
720 x 1280 pixels
(306.042 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1.6GHz eight core Exynos 5 Octa 5410 1.4GHz quad core Exynos 4412
Software Android 4.2.2 Android 4.0.4
Storage 16, 32 or 64GB internal, microSD cards up to 64GB 16, 32 or 64GB internal, microSD cards up to 64GB
Rear
camera
13.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, face/smile detection, image stabilization, HDR, Dual Shot, Panorama and Drama Shot modes, simultaneous video/image recording and 1080p video capture 8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, image stabilization and 1080p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 2.0MP Yes, 1.9MP
4G LTE LTE
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP/EDR 4.0 with A2DP and EDR
Size 69.8 x 136.6 x 7.9mm 70.6 x 136.6 x 8.6mm
Weight 130g 133g
Talktime TBC 12.0 hours
Standby TBC 790 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, NFC, DLNA, S-Voice, Smart Stay eye tracking, S Voice Drive, S Health, accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, temperature & humidity sensor, gesture recognition and a TV-out GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, barometer, stereo FM radio with RDS, S-Voice, TV-out and Smart Stay eye-tracking

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 analysis

You’ve seen the specs for the two phones above. But that doesn’t immediately tell you which one is technically superior. Here’s how this Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 fight plays out…

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 – Connectivity

The spec sheet of the Galaxy S4 lists NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP/EDR as the core connectivity options. Data downloads will zip over 4G (if your network supports it). Samsung’s Galaxy S3, meanwhile, dishes up NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP and EDR. 4G is also included.
— It’s a tie, a point to each phone (1-1)

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 – Size/Weight

True pocketability is difficult to quantify but let’s look at the specs. The Galaxy S4 is a neat 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9mm handset. While Samsung’s S3 phone is 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6mm. The Galaxy S3 was small, but the S4 is even smaller. Checking on weight, the Galaxy S4 weighs 130g, while the Samsung Galaxy S3 is 133g. The Galaxy S4 sneaks into an early lead.
— The Galaxy S4 wins (2-1)

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Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 – Camera/Video

The Galaxy S4′s 13.0 Megapixel camera features: autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, face/smile detection, image stabilization, HDR, Dual Shot, Panorama and Drama Shot modes, simultaneous video/image recording and 1080p video capture. It has a max resolution of 4208 x 3120 pixels. For video calls, there’s also a second, front-mounted camera rated at 2.0 Megapixels.

In this round, the Galaxy S3 comes off second best. The 8.0 Megapixel lens (with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, image stabilization and 1080p video recording) falls short of the 13MP package in the S4. The highest resolution on the S3 is 3264 x 2448 pixels. An extra camera on the front is designed for video calling. The resolution is 1.9MP.
— The Galaxy S4 wins (3-1)

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 – Display

The Galaxy S4 comes with a superb display that features Super AMOLED technology. It measures 5.0 inches across and has a quoted resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. That’s full HD. Get the calculator out and the pixels per inch (PPI) measurement of this 5.0-inch display is a superb (and unbeatable) 440.6.

XXXX pointy arrow The Samsung Galaxy S4 features a 5.0-inch Super AMOLED display with a quoted resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Its Pixels Per Inch (PPI) rating is 440.6.

At 4.8 inches (also measured diagonally), the Galaxy S3′s touch-sensitive Super AMOLED screen has slightly less room. Its 720 x 1280 pixel resolution is trumped by the Galaxy S4′s 1080 x 1920 pixel display. As you’d expect, the pixel density of 306.042 pixels per inch here is less than the 440.6 rating given to the Galaxy S4. Which means…
— The Galaxy S4 wins (4-1)

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 – Processor

In terms of performance, the Galaxy S4′s core uses an astounding, who-the-hell-needs-a-processor-this-fast 1.6GHz eight core Exynos 5 Octa 5410 chip, while the Galaxy S3 uses a quad core Exynos 4412 processor, rated at 1.4GHz.
— The Galaxy S4 wins (5-1)

Half-time: Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3

Five rounds gone, five still to go. At this stage, the Galaxy S4 enjoys a strong 4 point lead. But this fight ‘aint over. Has the Galaxy S3 got the tech to win the key storage and battery life rounds? In short, no. Otherwise it would be called the Samsung Galaxy 2.5…

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 – Software

Neither phone wins this Android vs Android battle. So…
— It’s a tie, each phone gets a point (6-2)

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 – Applications

It’s Google Play vs. Google Play and so there’s no winner here. Which means… The Galaxy S4 stays out in front. It’s effectively all over. The Galaxy S4 can’t be beaten.
— The two phones share the points (7-3)

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 – Storage

— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (8-4)

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 – Battery Life

We can’t score this round until we have full talk and standby time information for both phones.
— Tie. The Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy S3 share the points (9-5)

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 – Extras

Finally, the Galaxy S4 also includes an unbeatable collection of extras: GPS/A-GPS, NFC, DLNA, S-Voice, Smart Stay eye-tracking, S Voice Drive, S Health, accelerometer, digital compass, gyroscope, barometer, temperature & humidity sensor, gesture recognition and a TV-out. In comparison, the Galaxy S3 is packed with GPS/A-GPS, NFC, an accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, barometer, stereo FM radio with RDS, S-Voice, TV-out and Smart Stay eye-tracking.
— The Galaxy S4 wins (10-5)

BPF Verdict: The Samsung Galaxy S4 wins! (10-5)

The Samsung Galaxy S4 wins this match-up. It beats the Samsung Galaxy S3, taking 5 of the 10 rounds available, drawing 5 and losing 0. Here’s a summary of where this fight was won and lost:

The best connectivity: Comparable
The best size/weight: Yes
The best camera/video: Yes
The best display: Yes
The best processor: Yes
The best software: Comparable
The most applications: Comparable
The most storage: Comparable
The best extras: Yes

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