Samsung GALAXY S 4 vs GALAXY S III: What’s new?

March 14, 2013
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Samsung has shared their new smartphone and all its software aspirations with the world, and this is the first thing that came to mind. Yup, you knew this was coming now that the quite similar Samsung GALAXY S 4 has been announced and shares some resemblance to the older and smaller brother. While the look and feel is largely unchanged, the hardware under the hood and software under the skin is what's new. Lets take a look.

It's all about comparisons here folks. You already have the Galaxy S III and you're wondering if you should upgrade, or you know the S III will be getting a price drop (eventually) once the 4 arrives - what do you do? It's a hard choice out there for a tech lover. Not to mention all the other devices available. While we know many of you probably already know everything that's different, but for those that would like it spelled out check out the specs and video below.

Samsung GALAXY S 4
Display: 5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED 1920×1080 resolution at 441 PPI
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.9 GHz Quad-Core Processor / Samsung Exynos 1.6 GHz Octa-Core Processor – depending on market
Cameras: 13 megapixel rear and 2 MP front
Dimensions: 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm, 130g
Storage: 16/32/64 GB internal storage, 64GB capable microSD slot
Battery: 2600 mAh (removable)
Glass: Gorilla Glass 3

Samsung GALAXY S III
Display: 4.8-inch Super AMOLED 1280 x 720p HD display at 306 ppi
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.5 GHz dual-core / Samsung Exynos 1.4 GHz Quad-core Processor – depending on market
Cameras: 8 megapixel rear and 1.9 MP front
Dimensions: 136.3 x 70.3 x 8.3, 133g
Storage: 16/32GB internal storage, 64GB capable microSD slot
Battery: 2100 mAh (removable)
Glass: Gorilla Glass 2

So now you've seen the specs, you've watched a quick video, so what about software and features? We have those too! The Galaxy S III is currently running on Android 4.1.2 for most of the users, with a few leaks of 4.2 in the wild. It has the Premium Suite update with many new features, but nothing compared to the new Galaxy S 4. The GS4 is running the absolute latest Android 4.2.2 from Google, and is loaded with all sorts of goodness. From Hover features like the Note II, Eye tracking (which probably won't arrive in the GSIII) Airview, S Health and much much more.

We expect plenty of the new features to arrive eventually in software updates from the respective GS III carriers, but some will probably be exclusive to the new GALAXY S 4. For an idea of everything the new device has to offer hit the timeline of links below. So what do you think, we'd love to know. Enough of a change and new features? Or too similar? That HTC One is looking pretty unique and different right about now.

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  • BabyGerald

    ‘Quad-core or octacore processor, depending on market’ huh? Gee, I wonder which market is getting the quad-core? I read this as Samsung short-changing the US market yet again.

    Not that I don’t love my S3 to death, but I’d love it twice as much if it had the quad-core that the rest of the world got.

    • Liaw Kim Poh

      yeah man. the other variant is the 8-core (still 4-core practically)

    • chris s.

      How shortsighted. Samsung’s so-called “octacore” is nothing but 2 separate quadcores singly working on different demands -hence the name big.little- just because it has two times more cores doesnt mean its gonna be two times more powerful.

    • satur

      From what I’ve read the octa core still got some tweeks to do. Problem seems to be that its over heating a lot. Buts its still a beast that is still got, just some minor tweeks to perform. The snapdragon 600 is on a class of its own that runs under htc one aswell. I’m guessing we (US market) will get the snapdragon variant. Considering this will be Samsungs last device running android before they switch to Tizen Os next year (according to news and reports) this phone shows what an update should bring to the table (wich is a whole slew of innovations), can’t wait for the game changer of next years samsung’s high end phone already!

      • X

        Google PLAY content store, Play Music, Play Books, Play Magazines, upcoming Play Radio and… the most disastrous … none of Android 900,000+ Apps and Games will NOT be available for Tizen.

        The same problem is with ALL OTHER “OS”.

        The “rumors and reports” about SAMSUNG leaving Android must be shut down already.

        SAMSUNG “switching” to Tizen is Microsoft-Apple FUD.

        Google = innovations,
        SAMSUNG + Motorola + Google = unbeatable tech alliance.

  • Shane

    I would prefer a 1.9ghz quad core than a 1.6ghz quad+quad core.

  • X

    the look of “4″ on SAMSUNG’s posters/ads/teasers WAS ABSOLUTELY pointless.

    NO black metal, no silver matte metal.
    Hmm.

  • Fukin Octacore plz

    Does NA (Usa+CA) get octa or quad…?
    We got the NA galaxy s3 with dual core when international version got quad.
    I know its chipset and frequency problem but NA is big market for Samsung.
    I cant understand why they doesnt put NA on priority. .lol

  • Gilbert Gonzalez

    Is it me or does that S4 look alot like a larger Hercules (S2)?