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Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Samsung Galaxy S4: Spec comparison

Samsung has ensured that Mobile World Congress 2014 will not just be remembered for Mark Zuckerberg's keynote and Nokia's decision to show a bit of pride and stick a finger up at Microsoft. The South Korean firm made its mark on the evening of 24 February, and what a mark that was.

As expected, Samsung launched the Galaxy S5, its new flagship smartphone that will replace the Galaxy S4 at the top of its product line. The S4 has earned rave reviews since it was unveiled just under a year ago, and has fought long and hard for the top seat with the iPhone 5S, HTC One and Sony Xperia Z1.

In other words, it takes some serious beating.

Samsung said that its aim was to go back to basics with the Galaxy S5, focusing on enhancing what it considers the things that mean the most to consumers: picture quality, data and health. Sure enough, the new mobile packs a whopping 16-megapixel camera that dwarfs the S4's 13-megapixel snapper, "Download Booster" Wi-Fi technology, which Samsung claims to boost download speeds and a number of fitness tools, including a heart-rate sensor and pedometer.

The new flagship now features biometric technology, in the form of a fingerprint scanner, which should also improve the security aspects of the device, since it can act as a means to lock and unlock the phone, as well as carry out payments. The IP67-certified S5 trumps the S4 in terms of battery life, with its 2,800mAh juice pack claimed to last four hours longer than the 2,600mAh energiser found in the S4.

However, The Galaxy S5 has also been upgraded in a couple of areas that might not please you as much. At 142 x 72.5 x 8.1mm and 145g, it is significantly bulkier and heavier than the S4. The fact that both phones carry the same number of pixels means that the newer model, which plays host to a 5.1in display, does not boast the same pixel density found on Samsung's former flagship.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Samsung Galaxy S5


Screen size 4.99in 5.1in
Resolution 1,920 x 1,080 pixels 1,920 x 1,080 pixels
Pixel density 441PPI 432PPI
Type Super AMOLED Super AMOLED

Processor and battery

Family Snapdragon 600 Exynos 6 / Snapdragon 805
CPU Krait 300
Cores Quad-core Quad-core
Clock speed 1.9GHz 2.5GHz
GPU Adreno 320 Adreno 330
Battery 2,600mAh 2,800mAh
Claimed 3G talk time Up to 17h Up to 21h

Storage and memory

Internal storage 16GB / 32GB / 64GB 32GB / 64GB
microSD Yes Yes


Rear 13-megapixel 16-megapixel
Video 1080p@30fps 2160p@30fps / 1080@60fps
Front 2-megapixel 2-megapixel


Standard 4G LTE 4G LTE
Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac
NFC Yes Yes
Bluetooth v4.0 v4.0
Integrated wireless charging No Yes


Size 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9mm 142 x 72.5 x 8.1mm
Weight 130g 145g
Operating System Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean Android 4.4 KitKat
Price (SIM-free) £355 via amazon (16GB)Porthole Ad Unknown

Availability Available 11th April 2014