PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of S4 vs Galaxy S III

Performance

Processing power and speed

Passmark, Geekbench, AnTuTu, BrowserMark and Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Battery capacity

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from phonearena.com, techradar.com, gsmarena.com, pocket-lint.com and 3 more

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Galaxy S4 vs S III

geekbench Processor and memory performance

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

Galaxy S4
3,414
Galaxy S III
2,559

SunSpider 0.9.1 Web browser and javascript performance

Galaxy S4
804 ms
Galaxy S III
1,192 ms

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

Galaxy S4
2,670
Galaxy S III
2,543

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Galaxy S4
17.2 fps
Galaxy S III
3.8 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Galaxy S4
41.3 fps
Galaxy S III
13.7 fps

Differences What are the advantages of each

Back view of Samsung Galaxy S4

Reasons to consider the
Samsung Galaxy S4

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Significantly faster graphics 17.2 fps vs 3.8 fps More than 4.5x better GLBenchmark 2.7 score
Better AnTuTu score 24,894 vs 16,301 Around 55% better AnTuTu score
Takes significantly higher quality photos 79 vs 73 Around 10% better DxOMark photo quality score
Significantly sharper screen 440 ppi vs 305 ppi Around 45% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Significantly higher resolution 1920 x 1080 vs 1280 x 720 2.2x higher resolution
More cores Quad core vs Dual core Twice as many cores; each additional core lets your phone do more without visible UI slowdowns and jerkiness
Store more stuff 64 GB vs 32 GB 2x more storage capacity; free yourself from memory cards
Higher resolution front camera 13 MP vs 8 MP Around 65% higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Faster processor 1.9 GHz vs 1.5 GHz More than 25% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
More battery capacity 2,600 mA·h vs 2,100 mA·h Around 25% more battery capacity
Slightly bigger screen 5" vs 4.8" Around 5% bigger screen
Thinner 7.9 mm vs 8.6 mm Around 10% thinner
Back view of Samsung Galaxy S III

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Takes significantly higher quality video 71 vs 68 Around 5% better DxOMark video quality score

Reviews Word on the street

Galaxy S4  vs S III 

9.0
8.0
Call quality is superb, data speeds over LTE 4G are excellent and the display has those better than life colors that many love.
Galaxy S4

9.3
9.3
Alternatively, the standard email app is available as well to handle other email services, but its functionality and interface is similar to Gmail.
Galaxy S4

9.0
9.0
Gaming on the Samsung Galaxy S4 is handled by the Adreno 320 GPU, which can still work its magic when it comes to giving smooth, real to life gaming on the go.
Galaxy S4

Overall

8.7 Out of 10
8.6 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Galaxy S4  vs
S III 
Type AMOLED AMOLED
Size 5" 4.8"
Resolution 1920 x 1080 1280 x 720
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
PPI 440 ppi 305 ppi

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes

music

Supports FM radio No No

software

Operating system Android 5.0 Android 4.3
Multitasking Yes Yes
App store Android Market Android Market
Adobe flash support No No
App store size 850,000 apps 850,000 apps

connectivity

Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes Yes
Supports NFC Yes Yes
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v4.0

form factor

Galaxy S4  vs
S III 
Weight 130 g 133 g
Thickness 7.9 mm 8.6 mm
Size 69.8 x 136.6 x 7.9 mm 70.6 x 136.6 x 8.6 mm

hardware

Clock speed 1.9 GHz 1.5 GHz
Number of cores Quad core Dual core
RAM 2 GB 2 GB
Internal storage 64 GB 32 GB
Supported card formats
SDXC
microSD
SDHC
SD

photo & video

Camera 13 MP 8 MP
Resolution 13 MP 8 MP
Flash Yes Yes
Secondary camera 2 MP 1.9 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps

cellular

Generation 4G 4G
Networks
GSM (0.01 Mb/s)
UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
LTE (20 Mb/s)
CDMA (0.01 Mb/s)

battery

Capacity 2,600 mA·h 2,100 mA·h
Samsung Galaxy S4
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Samsung Galaxy S III
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