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Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Samsung Galaxy S4 – Price and Specs Comparison


Samsung achieved huge success in the smartphone market with introduction of Galaxy S3.

The company sold more than 50 million units of Galaxy S3 worldwide. The galaxy S4 is the successor to the S3 and was released three years after launch of Galaxy S3 in 2010. Many smartphone users seem eager to know what extra features Galaxy S4 brings to the table and how it is better than S3. Let’s take a closer look at both phones to find out.


Galaxy S3 is compact and sleek measuring 5.38in (H) x 2.78in (W) x 0.34in (D) and weighing around 133 grams. Galaxy S4 is slightly bigger in size and measures 5.38in (H) x 2.75 in (W) x 0.31in (D) and weighs around 130 grams.


Display of the smartphone has always been an important characteristic for Samsung. The company has always maintained a strategy of introducing bigger display in successive models and the Galaxy Series is no different. The S3 features a TFT touchscreen measuring 4.8 inches and capable of rendering 720 by 1280 pixels and has a pixel density of 306 ppi. The Galaxy S4 has a bigger screen measuring 5 inches and having a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. The super AMOLED screen in S4 has pixel density of 441 ppi and is protected by Gorilla glass from Corning.


The Galaxy S3 features dual cameras; a 8 megapixel camera at the back and 1.9 megapixel camera in the front of the device. The 8 megapixel rear camera has a resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels. The S3 has good camera enhancement features such as autofocus, smile and face detection and geo tagging. Galaxy 4 is equipped with dual cameras; a rear 13 megapixel camera with resolution of 4128 x 3096 pixels. Samsung has provided several photography enhancement features in S4 which includes image stabilization, smile and face detection, touch focus, simultaneous recording of HD images and video and dual shot. The front camera in S4 is a 2-megapixel camera capable of recording 1080p video at 30 frames per second. Galaxy S4 owners can record using both cameras simultaneously.

Hardware and OS

Galaxy S3 is powered by a Cortex A7 processor clocked at 1.4GHz. The device runs Android Ice Cream Sandwich OS which can be upgraded to JellyBean version. It has 1GB RAM and varied internal storage capacity such as 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB.  The storage capacity can be extended up to 64GB through microSD card. Galaxy S4 has far batter hardware configuration than its predecessor. It is powered by a quad core CPU and discrete GPU with clock frequency of 544 MHz. The PowerVR’s Series5 GPU fitted in S4 is particularly designed for gaming. Galaxy S4 comes with 2GB RAM. The phone is available in different models where each model is differentiated by the amount of internal storage space it has. You can choose between 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models.


The Galaxy S3 comes fitted with 2100 mAh lithium-ion battery which allows you to use the device for approx 11 hours 45 minutes on 3G network. The Galaxy S4 features 2600 mAh lithium ion battery allowing you to use the device for approx 17 hours on 3G networks.


Galaxy S3 factory unlocked version can be purchased online at $295.99. Galaxy S4 unlocked model can be purchased online at $468.97 while you can get the phone at a lower price of $149.99 with 2-year contract.