Spec Shootout: Galaxy S4 vs. HTC One vs. Xperia Z vs. iPhone 5 vs. Lumia 920

Now that the Galaxy S4 has officially been unveiled, let's take a look at how it lines up compared to other flagship devices out there on the market. Note that we've highlighted the best specs, on paper, in bold, however this may not necessarily translate into the best real-world results.

  Samsung Galaxy S4 HTC One Sony Xperia Z Apple iPhone 5 Nokia Lumia 920
3G/4G HSPA+ and LTE HSPA+ and LTE HSPA+ and LTE HSPA+ and LTE HSPA+ and LTE
Display 5.0-inches
Super AMOLED
1920 x 1080
441 ppi pixel density
4.7-inches
Super LCD3
1920 x 1080
469 ppi pixel density
5.0-inches
LCD
1920 x 1080
441 ppi pixel density
4.0-inches
IPS LCD
1136 x 640
326 ppi pixel density
4.5-inches
IPS LCD
1280 x 768
332 ppi pixel density
Processor Samsung-made
Exynos 5 Octa 5410
1.6 GHz quad-core
ARM Cortex-A15 cores
1.2 GHz quad-core
ARM Cortex-A7 cores
Qualcomm-made
Snapdragon 600
1.7 GHz quad-core CPU
Krait 300 cores

Qualcomm-made
Snapdragon S4 Pro
1.5 GHz quad-core CPU
Krait cores

Apple-made
Apple A6
1.3 GHz dual-core CPU
Swift cores
Qualcomm-made
Snapdragon S4
1.5 GHz dual-core CPU
Krait cores
Graphics PowerVR SGX544MP3 Adreno 320 Adreno 320 PowerVR SGX543MP3 Adreno 225
RAM 2 GB 2 GB 2 GB 1 GB 1 GB
Storage 16/32/64 GB storage
microSD card slot
32/64 GB storage 16 GB storage
microSD card slot
16/32/64 GB storage 32 GB storage
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.0
A-GPS
NFC
Infrared
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.0
A-GPS
NFC
Infrared
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
A-GPS
NFC
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
A-GPS
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 3.0
A-GPS
NFC
Camera 13 MP rear camera
LED flash
2.0 MP front camera
1080p video recording
4.0 MP rear camera
"Ultrapixels"
LED flash
OIS
2.1 MP front camera
1080p video recording
13.1 MP rear camera
LED flash
2.2 MP front camera
1080p video recording
8 MP rear camera
LED flash
1.2 MP front camera
1080p video recording
8.7 MP rear camera
Carl Zeiss lens
Dual LED flash
OIS

1.3 MP front camera
1080p video recording
Battery Li-ion 2,600 mAh
Removable
Li-Po 2,300 mAh
Non-removable
Li-ion 2,330 mAh
Non-removable
Li-ion 1,440 mAh
Non-removable
Li-ion 2,000 mAh
Non-removable
Qi wireless charging
Launch OS Android 4.2
TouchWiz 
Android 4.1
HTC Sense UI 5
Android 4.1
Sony skin
iOS 6 Windows Phone 8
Launch Date April 2013 March 2013 March 2013 September 2012 November 2012
Size & Weight 7.9 mm thin
130 g
9.3 mm thin
143 g
7.9 mm thin
146 g
7.6 mm thin
112 g
10.7 mm thin
185 g

 

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rippleman said,
I wish the gs4 has ios on it. i would get it then. nice phone.
why ruin a great phone. If it has iOS it wouldnt get all those cool features.

Why ? I mean what would you do of so much horse power ? Oh you need it to render the 1080p 5" display hmm, but then you need battery to keep it on , which will need bigger dimensions , ooh that's why there is 5" screen. Umm wait what?

Didn't really follow the announcements too closely but looking at the specs I don't really see anything that is "OMG MUST HAVE" over the competition.

shinji257 said,
For anyone that wants to know... Galaxy S3 vs S4 comparison...
http://www.gizmag.com/galaxy-s...-s4-specs-comparison/26667/

Eww... I'm just noticing that the processor chart above seems wrong on the S4...
"1.9GHz, quad-core Snapdragon Fusion Pro; or proprietary 1.6GHz octa-core Exynos 5 Octa"

And just so others don't think I left it here I already used the report link.

The Qualcomm Smapdrgon model is likely the US boundone. Since the US carriers didnt go quad on the GS3 while the international version did, they will go quad this time and save the octa for the international one. I hate US carriers get toi change the sopecs...but the Snapdragon should be pretty awesome too. I hope they pair with the Adreno 320 GPU. Samsung to me doesnt make very good GPU's...the GPU in the GS4 is basically a slightly modified version of what is in the iPhone 5.

What's a Lumnia doing there? It looks more like a feature phone when compared to all of the others. Adreno 225 LMAO, find it hard to believe if someone buys that, waste of money.
It's a 3 or 4 generations ago Android phone.

First thing I read into this table is that Android needs more processors cores to run. We all know it's laggy, but now it seems it needs 4 times as many cores just to keep up with iOS and WP8. This is because is written in the horrendously slow and old fashioned Java kiddie language.

Can't wait to see how Samsung's forthcoming Tizen OS will run on this class of hardware.

Damn those Android phones are friggin' BEASTS!!! Gets me excited as a hardware enthusiast. I know that Apple devices require less hardware power because of Apples awesome software optimization, but still those specs would have been high end gaming rigs only a couple of years ago

1080p phablets missed in table - oppo finder 5, lg optimus g pro, asus pad phone infinity, lenovo k900 and some more.

korupt_one said,
I am sure the 920 is also BT 4.0 certified.

Yeah it is I don't know why it does'nt say that? It's built into the chip that the phone uses.

ingramator said,

Yeah it is I don't know why it does'nt say that? It's built into the chip that the phone uses.


It is but it does not work with any hearth rate belts and similar devices.
Not sure if it is OS related or what.

Actual picture quality the camera takes (SIII was quite ****ty IMHO) and real world battery life (how much that quad-core sucks battery) is what matters.

Pentium 4 550 HT (1 core, 2 threads) uses 115 watts of power. A new Ivy Bridge 3770 (4 core, 8 threads) uses 77 watts. Same 3.4 GHz clock. BUT MORE CORES= MORE POWER USAGE!!!! No. NO IT DOES NOT. The Ivy Bridge chip can even get a lot more done per clock cycle. Can you believe it? CAN YA????

I'm embarrassed for people that make these statements on a friggin tech of all places.

Sure if you compare to some antique lame desktop processor from the 2000s, today's chips are better. I think you are confusing clock speed with cores. More cores=more power usage. Get a clue. How many of those Android apps are multi-core optimized? They won't run automagically faster due to more cores. If the app isn't multicore aware, it's wastage of power.

I'm fairly sure that it's been noted frequently, that most of the cores power off when they are not in use.

UXGaurav said,
Sure if you compare to some antique lame desktop processor from the 2000s, today's chips are better. I think you are confusing clock speed with cores. More cores=more power usage. Get a clue. How many of those Android apps are multi-core optimized? They won't run automagically faster due to more cores. If the app isn't multicore aware, it's wastage of power.

Not only that but Linux in general is not multi-core efficient and never has been. After about 2 cores it started wasting cycles thus wasting excessive amounts of power and in some cases actually being many times less efficient then running the software off less cores and more cycles.

LOVE seeing MS fanboys cry and complain about advanced technology on competing platforms!

With each chipset advance power usage goes down regardless of adding cores, when cores are not in use they scale down or disable all together. Its what we call modern technology.

Sonne said,
LOVE seeing MS fanboys cry and complain about advanced technology on competing platforms!

With each chipset advance power usage goes down regardless of adding cores, when cores are not in use they scale down or disable all together. Its what we call modern technology.

Right and you obviously don't know about these "modern" technologies because core scaling at OS level is only really implemented in the NT kernel. Also, just because the core is not in active use ie going through the fetch execute cycle doesn't mean their isn't power going through it...

Edited by ingramator, Mar 15 2013, 12:51pm :

ingramator said,

Not only that but Linux in general is not multi-core efficient and never has been. After about 2 cores it started wasting cycles thus wasting excessive amounts of power and in some cases actually being many times less efficient then running the software off less cores and more cycles.

I heard this same argument when the Q6600 dropped below 300 bucks. You implied that the more cores this phone has, the worse battery life is going to be. Now move the goal posts to make sure your argument holds water.

UXGaurav said,
Actual picture quality the camera takes (SIII was quite ****ty IMHO) and real world battery life (how much that quad-core sucks battery) is what matters.
I have a GN2...its pure quadcore....on a full charge with minimum usage It last a full day and a half. Based on my usage i always pull it off the charger at 815AM when I leave for work. I dont take a charger. I do have USB cable just in case, but inly use it mostly to move music sometimes. at 11Pm at night same day, I still have 40% of battery left. But my battery is a 3100mah...the GS4 has a 2600 so it will still last nearly as long.

Yes the GS4 has a full HD screen...but unliek LCD's, AMOLED screens only send power where needed. It doesnt use power to produce balck because the screen is naturely black. Darker colors also use less power. Whites need more power which is why whites tend to look shaded on these panels. that full HD csreen likely at full brightness will use less power vs an LCD screen at 1/2.

Ah, in size & weight it should be 'mm thick' not 'mm thin'

Using 'thin' is one of those Apple wordplay things and is certainly not proper English use!

Sony Xperia Z seems the closest competitor to S4. But I think S4 wins the battle as the battery beats them all. Not to mention the 8 cores processor (Yes, it not fully used but it's still a plus). And also the 64 GB + 64 SD, which means 128 GB of space!
Ram is 2 GB with DDR3 bus, not sure about the others if they have DDR2 or DDR3.

Wireless charging is available but the charger is not included.

we are basing a 2012 model WP8 Lumia 920 to a 2014 phone, why???? seems like Samsung ummm borrowed some ideas from the lumia 920 too and WP8. Wait until a new WP8 flagship phone is released and then compare the 2.

korupt_one said,
we are basing a 2012 model WP8 Lumia 920 to a 2014 phone, why???? seems like Samsung ummm borrowed some ideas from the lumia 920 too and WP8. Wait until a new WP8 flagship phone is released and then compare the 2.

Are you in a time machine? We are in 2013....

korupt_one said,
we are basing a 2012 model WP8 Lumia 920 to a 2014 phone, why???? seems like Samsung ummm borrowed some ideas from the lumia 920 too and WP8. Wait until a new WP8 flagship phone is released and then compare the 2.
Yeah. When it came out it will be compared again. When next iPhone came out, it will be compared too. If we have to wait, we are going to wait forever because there is always a newer phone coming soon.

Raa said,
Yes, it has the ability. The article needs to be corrected.

Is it built-in like the Lumia 920, or you need to purchase an accessory like the Lumia 820?

From reading around, you have to buy a special backplate. Not only that, but only certain regions/variants of the S4 will actually support it so it probably is better left off the article.

BoredBozirini said,
No ****, the phone is coming out in April and its being compared with phones that came out last year.

Ooh April.. A whole two weeks away. Its not like they can compare to new phones that aren't out or announced yet. This is just a snapshot in time.

Enron said,
Is there really any noticeable advantage to having a pixel density over 300?

None what so ever unless of course you use a magnifying glass to view your phone, enjoy loosing battery life rapidly, enjoy sacrificing GPU and CPU cycles and want the device to heat up like a fire.

Enron said,
Is there really any noticeable advantage to having a pixel density over 300?

Generally no from a distance. I read perfect human eye can detect up to 477ppi so we are getting close to it.

Enron said,
Is there really any noticeable advantage to having a pixel density over 300?

Well if the S4 still has the same crappy Pentile pixel arrangement as the S3 did, you'll definitely be able to see jagged edges. I would assume they are smart enough to fix that though.

I really hate Spec Shoot outs likes this. Compare Apples to Apples.

There is no reason why you need to state that this Android Phone has more memory than an iPhone or a Windows Phone for that matter. Regardless of which has better specs, it is how the OS and particular framework uses that hardware. Even battery capacity is pointless in different platforms.

Rather compare hardware features like Wireless Charging, NFC, Screen Resolution, Pixel Density.

Spec shootouts makes it seem on paper that Apple and Windows phone are poor performers where in reality they work well for that OS it was designed for.

You wouldn't compare hardware of a Windows Laptop to a Chromebook would you?

A write up on the difference in NFC chips should be done. Ie. with newer chips drawing less power.

PenTile SAMOLED with its true resolution compared to other screens .. pixel density etc..

There are so many points as DarkNet has suggested that it doesn't even make sense comparing simply basic specs, not to mention seeing as how the Galaxy S4s interface lags.

neat, i'd like to see benchmarks/real world tests...specs wise it looks like they'll give iphone a run for its money but apple does manage to squeeze out every iota of its hardware compared to others.

it's great that samsung is going all out now. more competition = win for customers.

ShareShiz said,
iPhone 5 seems to lack in every category.

No doubt. I thought they were better than that.
Should have just not even bothered having that one in the list, is no comparison at all to the others. The Nexus 4 should have been in the list though, is better than most of the ones listed.

ShareShiz said,
iPhone 5 seems to lack in every category.

But it doesn't in every category.

So does that mean Windows Phone is garbage in specs? It doesn't each phone works well for it's OS. If you had hardware for the Samsung Chromebook running Windows 8, that is garbage. But if you had hardware designed for Windows 8 running Chrome OS, that's overkill.

DarkNet said,

But it doesn't in every category.

So does that mean Windows Phone is garbage in specs? It doesn't each phone works well for it's OS. If you had hardware for the Samsung Chromebook running Windows 8, that is garbage. But if you had hardware designed for Windows 8 running Chrome OS, that's overkill.

Well said! And isn't 8-cores a bit overkill for a mobile device?

I think the point is that the iPhone is a premium phone from a premium company, a company which touted the "retina display", and yet not only does it have the consistently worse specs, it has the worst screen by any metric.

In every metric ? Don't think so...

What about color fidelity / quality ? A good display has more dimensions than just size/pixel count (and yeah Apple started pixel density race).

If we put iPhone's callibrated display a side; HTC One's SLCD2 easily beats S4's unreal color represented screen. And i know OLED has infinite contrast but without representing true color, having a infinite range does not make it good.

greenwizard88 said,
I think the point is that the iPhone is a premium phone from a premium company, a company which touted the "retina display", and yet not only does it have the consistently worse specs, it has the worst screen by any metric.

ShareShiz said,
iPhone 5 seems to lack in every category.

It is worth noting that the iPhone was the first of those phones to be released, so obviously newer phones are going to have better specs.

ShareShiz said,
iPhone 5 seems to lack in every category.

In phone terms, the 5 is outdated. When the new one comes out, you can bet it will have better specs than the S4 (except screen size), and the same null comparison will apply.

Astra.Xtreme said,

In phone terms, the 5 is outdated. When the new one comes out, you can bet it will have better specs than the S4 (except screen size), and the same null comparison will apply.


I disagree. I doubt it will have NFC. I doubt it will have a better battery capacity. I doubt it will have a better pixel density. I doubt it will have SD Card. I doubt it will have better RAM (Most likely less or equal). I doubt it will have a better processor. I doubt it will have a better camera sensor (most likely lesser or equal to).

But again, some of these specs don't matter to the iPhone. Others do.

DarkNet said,

I disagree. I doubt it will have NFC. I doubt it will have a better battery capacity. I doubt it will have a better pixel density. I doubt it will have SD Card. I doubt it will have better RAM (Most likely less or equal). I doubt it will have a better processor. I doubt it will have a better camera sensor (most likely lesser or equal to).

But again, some of these specs don't matter to the iPhone. Others do.

Pixel density doesn't matter at all once you get over 300 ppi. The pixel arrangement does matter, and the S3 was terrible with it's pentile display. It would be laughable if the S4 uses the same method.
You're right that it probably won't have NFC, and I personally hope they don't put it in there. I find it to be a useless feature at this point. Battery capacity doesn't really matter, but battery life does, and I'm sure it will have better battery life since the iPhones usually do. Yeah definitely won't have an SD card, which is a bummer. It will probably have 2GB of RAM and will get insanely better performance. The 5 and even the 4S crushed the S3 in that regards. CPU won't be as crazy, but it's pointless since any well optimized OS doesn't need anywhere near that much power.

Astra.Xtreme said,

The 5 and even the 4S crushed the S3 in that regards. CPU won't be as crazy, but it's pointless since any well optimized OS doesn't need anywhere near that much power.

Source for this? The 4S. Not doubting but I never read that.

Mr.XXIV said,
Yea, check out the Galaxy S III S specs right there.

Indeed. Samsung said last year in an anti-Apple advertisement regarding the iPhone, “How will people know that I upgraded?” Well, this time, I am certain that we can ask Samsung the same thing about the S4.

And what are the big differences from the S4 and the Note? Half an inch and a stylus?

And it is plastic! Nothing wrong, you will say about it being plastic, but have you seen the price of the device? It is as expensive as a phone made out of metal, and no one is crying overcharge?

metal backdoor doesn't make phone premiumly expensive. difference is just several cents. but metal is unpractical and unesthetic.
- brings problems to signal reception
- not scratch resistant
- problematic to hold in hand on negative temperatures

Yes but plastic reduces the durability of the phone. Also the HTC One is aluminium and AFAIK it doesn't have reception issues

rustix said,
Yes but plastic reduces the durability of the phone. Also the HTC One is aluminium and AFAIK it doesn't have reception issues

Are bulletproof windows not durable? Aluminum is easier to dent/warp than polycarbonate.

mr_sock_00 said,

Are bulletproof windows not durable? Aluminum is easier to dent/warp than polycarbonate.

iPhone's apparently can be durable , I mean, look at the iPhone 4 and 4S models with the silicons. I've dropped it so many times and it's still looking bad ass.

Mr.XXIV said,

iPhone's apparently can be durable , I mean, look at the iPhone 4 and 4S models with the silicons. I've dropped it so many times and it's still looking bad ass.

Well iphone 4, 4s is definitely more stronger and durable than 5. Fanboys should realize aluminum is a soft material with the expensive look.

rustix said,
Yes but plastic reduces the durability of the phone. Also the HTC One is aluminium and AFAIK it doesn't have reception issues
er FALSE...plastic phones handle drops much better as plastic doesnt crack...it may dent. I have my GN2 and have dropped it more than 3 times and it only has a dent on the silver strip.

Glass breaks and is costly to replace on phones. Apple found this out the hard way when the biggest issue with iPhone 4 and 4S was constant breaking of the back glass panel. Which is why the 5 is metal.

Metal cases when scratched cant be cosmetically fixed. it must be replaced. When metal gets scratched on the iPhone u can hide it unless you put a case on it. The GS3, GN2 and Note 2 in white can hide any scars or scratches on the case easy because the when scartched it does turn another color...

When you scrtch the outter coatuing on metal, it is a lighter shade of the original and it stands out. Obvioulsy you didnt notice that.

Plastic is more flexible, more resilient..it just looks boring. I've never had to replace my flip cover for mt GN2 and my GS3 until i wanted to...with iPhone you simply have too