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The Difference Between Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S5

Posted by on March 14, 2014

Samsung has announced its latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5, at Mobile World Congress (MWC) last month in Barcelona, and the phone will be available to pre-order on 28 March. As the successor to the Samsung Galaxy S4, the Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with a number of new features and improvements. Now, let’s see what makes Galaxy S5 different from its predecessor, the Galaxy S4.

Galaxy S4 vs Galaxy S5: Size and Weight

Measured at 142 x 72.5 x 8.1mm and weighted 145g, the Galaxy S5 is slightly bigger and heavier than the Galaxy S4, which is 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9mm and 130g.

samsung galaxy s4 vs galaxy s5

The scale is accurate to show the difference in physical size between the two handsets

Galaxy S4 vs Galaxy S5: Touchwiz

The biggest visual change between the Galaxy S5 and S4 is Touchwiz. The touchWiz for the S5 features larger, more rounded icons on the phone’s home screen, making it more like iOS 7 in some respects.

samsung galaxy s4 vs galaxy s5: touchwiz

Galaxy S4 vs Galaxy S5: Screen

Samsung has increased the screen size of the S5 by 0.1 inch to 5.1 inch from the S4’s 5-inch screen size. While Galaxy S5 has a slightly bigger screen but it comes with the same 1080p resolution as the Galaxy S4. This means pixel density has dropped slightly, but not enough to be noticeable.

Galaxy S4 vs Galaxy S5: Processor

Samsung has also increased the Galaxy S5 processing power. The 2014 flagship device has a quad-core 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, an improvement on the quad-core 1.9GHz Snapdragon 600 processor in the Galaxy S4.

This mean that the Galaxy S5 performs tasks such as gaming and browsing more smoothly than its predecessor. The S5 still sticks with 2GB of RAM to support the processor.

Galaxy S4 vs Galaxy S5: Camera

The Galaxy S5 has a 16-megapixel primary camera in preference to the Galaxy S4’s 13-megapixel snapper. It also has a dramatically improved auto focus time of just 0.3 seconds.

samsung galaxy s4 vs galaxy s5: camera

Galaxy S4 vs Galaxy S5: Home button

Although the Galaxy S5 home button looks almost the same as the galaxy S4’s home button, but it comes with a fingerprint reader embedded inside the home button. This can be used to unlock the device and access secure content.

Galaxy S4 vs Galaxy S5: Battery

In terms of battery life, the galaxy S5 sports a 2800mAh battery while the galaxy S4 offers 2600mAh. Although the Galaxy S5’s battery is slightly bigger than the Galaxy S4 one, it has a ultra power-saving mode, which lets you use your phone for longer.

Galaxy S4 vs Galaxy S5: Connectivity

Both the Galaxy S5 and S4 support all major 2G, 3G, and 4G LTE frequency bands, although the S5 supported the faster LTE category 4 while the S4 makes do with LTE category 3. Apart from that, the Galaxy S5 comes with Download Booster feature that combines LTE and Wi-Fi connections to download data. This is the first smartphone to ever have such a combo.

The table below provides a more detailed comparison between Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S5.

Model Galaxy S4 Galaxy S5
OS Android Kitkat 4.4 Android Kitkat 4.4
Size 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm 142 x 72.5 x 8.1mm
Weight 130g 145g
Screen size 5.0 inches 5.1 inches
Display 1,920 x 1,080 pixels Super AMOLED, 441 ppi 1,920 x 1,080 pixels Super AMOLED, 432 ppi
Processor Quad-core 1.9 GHz Snapdragon 600 Quad core 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
RAM 2 Gigabyte 2 Gigabyte
Camera 13 Megapixel / 2.1 megapixel 16 Megapixel / 2.1 megapixel
Internal Storage 16 / 32 gigabyte + microSD 16 / 32 gigabyte + microSD
Battery 2,600 mAh 2,800 mAh
Connectivity LTE Category 3, HSPA+, Bluetooth 4.0, IrDA, NFC, USB 2.0 LTE Category 4, HSPA+, Bluetoth 4.0 LE, IrDA, NFC, USB 3.0


The Galaxy S5 has some new features like fingerprint scanner, a heart-rate monitor, water and dust resistance which the Samsung Galaxy S4 lacks, but neither phone is water proof. On top of that, both devices are running Android 4.4 KitKat and the Samsung Galaxy S4 Snapdragon 600 is speedy enough to handle games and multitasking.

So, if you already have a Samsung Galaxy S4 in my opinion you should be good for another year. On the other hand if you have a different device then you should seriously consider the Samsung Galaxy S5.

One comment

  1. I love S5