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Main Differences between the Galaxy S IV and the Galaxy S III

With Samsung launching its latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S4, let us take a look at the main differences  between the Galaxy S4 and its predecessor, the Galaxy SIII. 

GALAXY S4

GALAXY S3

GENERAL FEATURES

 Color

Black mist and White frost

Titanium Gray and Sapphire Black

PLATFORM

OS

Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean

Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean, upgradable

Processor

1.6 GHz Quad-core Cortex-A15 & quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7

1.4 GHz Quad-core Cortex-A9

Chipset

Exynos 5 Octa 5410

Exynos 4412 Quad

Graphics

PowerVR SGX 544MP3

Mali-400MP

 

DISPLAY

Size

4.99 inches

4.8 inches

Resolution

HD, 1920 x 1080 pixels

HD, 720 x 1280 pixels

Color

16 M

16 M

Pixel Density

441 ppi

306 ppi

Screen protection

Corning Gorilla Glass 3

Corning Gorilla Glass 2

CAMERA

Primary Camera

Yes, 13 Megapixel

Yes, 8 Megapixel

Secondary Camera

Yes, 2  Megapixel

Yes, 1.9  Megapixel

DIMENSIONS

Size

 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9mm

136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm

Weight

 130g

131 g

MEMORY AND STORAGE

Internal

16 GB, 32 GB or 64 GB

16 GB

INTERNET & CONNECTIVITY

Browser

Adobe Flash and HTML5 support

Adobe Flash and HTML support

Wi-Fi

Yes, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac

Yes, 802.11 a/b/g/n

Bluetooth

Yes, v4.0, with A2DP, EDR, LE

Yes, v4.0, with A2DP, EDR

MULTIMEDIA

Music Player

Yes, Supports WAV, MP3, MIDI, eAAC+, AC3, FLAC

 Yes, Supports WAV, MP3, eAAC+, AC3, FLAC

Video Player

Yes, Supports MPEG4, DivX, XviD, WMV, H.263, H.264, Full HD

Yes, Supports DivX, XviD, WMV, H.263, H.264,                        Full HD

OTHER FEATURES

Additional Features

S-Voice natural language commands and dictation,  Smart Stay eye tracking, Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, Predictive text input, TV-out, SNS integration, smart scroll

 S-Voice natural language commands and dictation,                               Smart Stay eye tracking, Active noise cancellation                                  with dedicated mic, Predictive text input,                                    TV-out, SNS integration

The Galaxy S4 sets itself apart from its predecessor with an 8 Core processor, a slightly bigger screen size with a much higher resolution resulting to a much higher ppi.

Both the S4 and the SIII have screen protections but the S4 has the latest one, Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The Galaxy S4 also has better cameras, a 13 Megapixel rear facing on the back and a 2 Megapixel camera in front, compared to the SIII that has an 8-megapixel camera on the back and a 1.9 Megapixel in front.

The Galaxy SIII and the S4 have quite a small difference in dimensions with the SIII being 1g heavier.

With the Galaxy S4, you can control or scroll down through web pages and documents on the screen by using your eyes. The S4 also has “Air Gestures” for you to control the phone by waving your hand above the screen. You can also pause videos by just looking away when using the Galaxy S4.

Looking at these features, the Galaxy S4 is the better device of the two.

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