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IFA 2014: Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs the Apple iPhone 5S specs comparison

Earlier this week we brought you the announcement of Samsung's latest release, the Galaxy Note 4, live from a fully-packed auditorium in Berlin ahead of IFA 2014. We've so far compared it to a range of other phones, but what about the iPhone 5S? Ahead of Apple's imminent iPhone 6 launch, we take a closer look at how the Note 4 compares to the Apple handset.

Storage & memory

The two phones start off neck and neck in terms of internal storage, with both models coming in 16, 32 and 64GB variations, although the Note 4 has the advantage of sporting microSD capabilities. It's on the RAM front where the 5S really starts to trail behind, with its 1GB looking paltry in comparison to the 3GB of the Note 4.


It's safe to say that the Note 4 is superior in pretty much every way when it comes to the display. Samsung's phone makes use of a 5.7in, Super AMOLED screen which dwarfs the 4in IPS LCD screen of the iPhone 5S, although depending on your preference you might prefer the smaller screen. In terms of resolution and pixel density there is only one winner. The Galaxy Note 4 has a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels and a pixel density of 515PPI, compared to the 1136 x 640 pixels and 326PPI of the iPhone.


It's a similar story with the cameras, as both the front and back cameras on the Galaxy Note 4 are significantly greater compared to those of the iPhone 5S. Where the iPhone features an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 1.2-megapixel front camera, the Note 4 boasts a 16-megapixel rear camera and a 3.7-megpixel rear camera, more than double that of the 5S.

Size & weight

Now, this is where personal preference really comes into play. There's a significant size and weight difference between the two devices, what with the Galaxy Note 4 sitting comfortably in the phablet category, so if you're looking for something smaller, the iPhone will be your preferred option. The 5S measures 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6mm, compared to 153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5mm for the Note 4, and there is a weight difference of 54g, with the 5S and Note 4 coming in at 112g and 176g respectively.


If it's processing power you're after, look no further than the Galaxy. Its Exynos 5433 quad-core processor, clocking in at 2.5GHz, well outmuscles the iPhone's dual-core A7 processor, which has a clock speed of 1.3GHz. Considering the size difference between the two smartphones, the Note 4 understandably has a much larger battery at 3,200mAH, compared to 1,440mAH in the 5S.


It's clear to see that the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is superior in most areas when compared to the Apple iPhone 5S, although this is to be expected seeing as the 5S is a year old. The iPhone 6 launch is rumoured to be just around the corner so keep your eyes and ears peeled for the announcement of what is sure to be a much closer contest.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Apple iPhone 5S


Screen Size

5.7in 4in

Pixel Resolution

2,560 x 1,440 pixels 1136 x 640 pixels


515PPI 326PPI



Processor and battery


Snapdragon 805 / Exynos 5433 Apple A7


Krait 450 Swift (ARMv8s)


Quad-core Dual-core

Clock Speed

2.5GHz 1.3GHz


3,220mAH 1,440mAH

Claimed 3G talktime

Up to 10h

Storage and Memory



Internal Storage

16GB / 32GB / 64GB 16GB / 32GB / 64GB


Yes No



16-megapixel 8-megapixel


1080p @ 60fps 1080p @ 60fps, 2160 @ 30fps


3.7-megapixel 1.2-megapixel





802.11 a/b/g/n 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac


Yes No


v4.0 v4.0

Integrated wireless charging

Yes No



153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5mm 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6mm


176g 112g

Operating system

Android 4.4.3 KitKat iOS 7

Price (SIM-free unless otherwise stated)

TBC £549 (16GB) / £629 (32GB) / £709 (64GB)


TBC Available

Sam is Head of Content at Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, and has more than six years' experience as a reporter and content writer, having held the positions of Production Editor, Staff Writer, and Senior Business Writer at ITProPortal.