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Hands-on: Samsung Galaxy S4

Hands-on: Samsung Galaxy S4


Comparison Photos with Other Flagship Smartphones

Comparing the Samsung Galaxy S4 with the Top Dogs 

The first three months of 2013 have been very exciting in the mobile scene as each phone maker unveiled its flagship device. Sony fired the first shot with the Xperia Z at CES 2013, followed by BlackBerry and the Z10 on 30th January. HTC held a bi-continental launch for its flagship One smartphone on 19th February, a week before ASUS unveiled its PadFone Infinity at MWC 2013.

Unfortunately, ASUS and HTC were unable to secure units of their respective devices for this article and we had to make do with the following handsets for comparisons: the Nokia Lumia 920, the HTC Butterfly, the Sony Xperia Z, the BlackBerry Z10 and the Apple iPhone 5. Before you take a look at the comparison photos, here's a quick overview of the specs of the respective flagship devices from the different phone makers.

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Various Flagship Smartphones
Specifications/Device Samsung Galaxy S 4 HTC Butterfly Sony Xperia Z Nokia Lumia 920 BlackBerry Z10 Apple iPhone 5
Processor
  • Exynos 5 Octa 1.6GHz (international model)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core 1.9GHz (specific regions) 
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 quad-core 1.5GHz
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 quad-core 1.5GHz
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core 1.5GHz
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core 1.5GHz
  • Apple A6 dual-core 1GHz
RAM
  •  2GB
  • 2GB
  • 2GB
  • 1GB
  • 2GB
  • 1GB
OS
  • Android 4.2.2
  • Samsung TouchWiz 
  • Android 4.1.1
  • HTC Sense 4+
  • Android 4.1.2
  • Windows Phone 8
  • BlackBerry 10
  • Apple iOS 6
Display
  • 5-inch HD Super AMOLED
  • 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • 5-inch Super LCD 3
  • 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • 5-inch TFT HD Reality Display with Sony BRAVIA Engine 2
  • 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • 4.5-inch Pure Motion HD+ IPS LCD
  • 1280 x 768 pixels
  • 4.2-inch TFT LCD
  • 1280 x 768 pixels
  • 4.0-inch IPS LCD
  • 1136 x 640 pixels
Camera
  • Rear: 13MP
  • Front: 2MP
  • Rear: 8MP
  • Front: 2.1MP
  • Rear: 13MP
  • Front: 2MP
  • Rear: 8.7MP
  • Front: 1.2MP
  • Rear: 8MP
  • Front: 2MP
  • Rear: 8MP
  • Front: 1.2MP
Storage
  • 16/32/64GB
  • microSD support up to 64GB
  • 16GB
  • microSD support up to 32GB
  • 16GB
  • microSD support up to 32GB
  • 32GB
  • 16GB
  • microSD support up to 32GB
  • 16/32/64GB
Dimensions
  • 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9mm
  • 143 x 70.5 x 9.08 mm
  • 139 x 71 x 7.9mm
  • 130.3 x 70.8 x 10.7mm
  • 130 x 65.6 x 9mm
  • 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6mm
Weight
  • 130g 
  • 140g
  • 146g
  • 185g
  • 136g
  • 112g
Battery
  • 2600mAh 
  • 2020mAh
  • 2330mAh
  • 2000mAh
  • 1800mAh
  • 1440mAh

 

 

Pricing and Availability 

No information on its pricing is available at the launch event although Samsung has stated a global availability of the Galaxy S4 from the end of April. The phone will be available in Singapore sometime in May.

Taking reference from the launch price of the Galaxy S III, its launch date and its competitors, we believe that Samsung is likely to launch it in the same period with a similar price point. What's certain is that as a flagship device, the Galaxy S4 will no doubt command a premium price.