Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. The World: Specs Compared

We have all of the specs of the Galaxy S4 and wanted to show you how it stacks up against some of the most powerful smartphones on the market, including the iPhone 5, HTC One, LG Optimus G Pro and Sony Xperia Z.


Samsung Galaxy S4

 Apple iPhone 5 HTC One LG Optimus G Pro 

Sony Xperia Z 


iphone 5

HTC One Phone

Size (inches) 5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 4.8 x 2.3 x 0.3  5.4 x 2.68 x 0.36  5.91 x 3 x 0.37  5.47 x 2.79 x 0.31 
Weight (ounces) 4.6  3.9  5.04  6.07  5.15 
Screen Size (inches) 5.0 4 4.7  5.5  5.0 
Resolution 1920 x 1080  1136 x 640 1920 x 1080  1920 x 1080  1920 x 1080 
Pixel Density (ppi) 441  326 468  401  441 
Processor 1.9-GHz Qualcomm quad-core,
1.6-GHz Exynos octa-core
1.2-GHz Apple A6
1.7-GHz Qualcomm
1.7-GHz Qualcomm

1.5-GHz Qualcomm quad-core 

RAM 2GB    2GB  2GB  2GB 
Internal Storage  16GB, 32GB, 64GB  16GB, 32GB, 64GB  32GB, 64GB  32GB  16GB 
Cameras  2.1-MP front, 13-MP rear  1.2-MP front, 8-MP rear  2.1-MP front, 4-MP rear  2.1-MP front, 13-MP rear  2-MP front, 13-MP rear 
Carriers AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile,
AT&T, Sprint, Verizon  AT&T, T-Mobile,
Sprint, Verizon 
Unknown  Unknown 
Connectivity 4G LTE, HDSPA+42  4G LTE, HSPA+42  4G LTE, HSPA, GSM  4G LTE, HSUPA, HSDPA  4G LTE, HSPA+, GSM 
Wireless 802.11a/ac/b/g/n, 
Bluetooth 4.0, NFC  
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth 4.0, NFC 
Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
Bluetooth 4.0, NFC 
Wireless Charging Carrier dependent No No Yes No
Battery 2600mAh  1440mAh  2300mAh  3140mAh  2330mAh 
Starting Price Unknown  $199  Unknown  Unknown  Unknown 

From amazing new gestures and dual-firing cameras to S Translator for speaking someone else’s language, the Samsung Galaxy S4 can’t really be defined by a spec sheet. However, specs are important, including the display size and resolution, the weight and dimensions and how beefy that battery is.

Which phone do you think will come out on top?
Size-wise, the Galaxy S4 looks to be one of the thinner superphones in its class. At 0.3 inches thick, it’s equal to the iPhone 5 and a hair thicker than the Sony Xperia Z. Weighing 4.6 ounces, it’s also lighter than the competition, save the smaller iPhone 5. With a resolution of 1080p and a screen size of 5 inches, the S4 is as pixel-dense as the Sony Xperia Z, but slightly less than the HTC One. 

The processor inside the Galaxy S4 will depend on the region you live in; chances are, U.S. customers will get the Qualcomm chip, as that supports LTE and the Exynos octa-core CPU doesn’t. Either way, the S4 should be slightly more powerful than the competition. 

We like that NFC is included, but there’s no wireless charging built in. Considering that the S4’s plastic back is removable, though, Samsung — or one of the carriers — could add this feature. 

Finally, the S4 will have a 2600mAh battery, which is larger than those in the Xperia Z, iPhone 5 and HTC One but smaller than the Optimus G Pro. Of course, the LG phone is physically a lot larger, so there’s more room for a larger battery. 

Ultimately, the S4 has all of the specs you would expect from a flagship Android phone. Stay tuned to our full review.

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  1. Ofentse Says:

    I see last year’s most innovative phone is not here but u had to put the iPhone 5… I’m talking Lumia 920… Oh well…

  2. Corey Says:

    One correction …
    S4 include ac as one of its WiFi options.

  3. Allritch Tessono Says:

    It does have wireless charging. You editors better fix that right away.

  4. Steve Says:

    S4 does ahve wireless charging

  5. Michael A. Prospero, LAPTOP Reviews Editor Says:

    @Allritch and Steve – You are correct, the S4 will have wireless charging, but will require users to purchase a back separately, and will only work if the carrier supports the feature. We’re amended the chart to reflect that, as well as 802.11 ac compatibility.

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