With millions of Galaxy S3 smartphones in the market, we decided it was worth looking to see if its successor stands up, spec-for-spec, so we’re putting up the Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III against the new I9500 Galaxy S4.
Under the bonnet, the Galaxy S III gets out of the blocks fast, powered by a 1.4GHz Exynos 4412 Quad processor. The I9500 Galaxy S4 however revs up on the outside with an Exynos 5 Octa 5410 CPU delivering up to 1.6GHz clock speed. As far as memory goes, ’2GB’ is the new ’1GB’ with the Galaxy S4 matching most new top-drawer phones with its 2GB cache and the I9300 Galaxy S III sporting just 1GB.
Screen quality goes a long way to selling your overall experience and here, the S4 runs a Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen-type panel that measures 5.0 inches and delivers 1080 x 1920-pixels. The Galaxy S III also has a decent 4.8-inch display panel built from Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen technology but with only 720×1280-pixels. The Galaxy S III has decent graphics speed thanks to its Mali-400MP graphics processor unit (GPU) core while the S4 powers through games with its PowerVR SGX 544MP3 graphics core.
When it comes to internal long-term storage, both phones offer your choice of 16/32/64 GB of flash storage. But if you’re like us and find internal storage is never enough (or not worth the extra cost), you’ll get microSD, up to 64 GB, available in both phones.
The operating system powering the Galaxy S III is Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich), upgradeable to 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean). On the Galaxy S4, it’s Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) delivering all of the system extras.
As for portable power, the S4 runs on a sizeable 2600mAh Li-Ion battery whereas the Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III comes up with a 2100mAh Li-Ion battery to keep you going.
You get good network coverage from both devices – they are both quad-band in 2G and 3G coverage, supporting 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz bands on 2G and 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz on 3G.
Both of these devices have wireless connectivity covered with the Galaxy S4 just edging ahead with 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac standard options while the S III still does well with its 802.11 a/b/g/n support. For more personal networking, both phones deliver Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP ready to roll.
Dedicated cameras are all but redundant now and these phones don’t help. The S III features an 8 MP (3264×2448 pixels) with autofocus-type image sensor on the back and a simpler 1.9 MP option on the front for personal shots. The S4 competes with a forward-facing 2 MP option but overtakes the S III with a 13 MP (4128 x 3096 pixels) with autofocus image sensor on the back. And if you want to do some video recording, both have this covered with recording up to 1080p@30fps available.
And finally in this ‘Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III vs Samsung I9500 Galaxy S4′ battle, both phones can handle external peripherals through the USB port, supporting USB OTG (On The Go) but they also have MHL (Mobile High-definition Link) to hook up the phone to your HDMI-equipped TV for Full HD screen and video playback.
All up, the Samsung I9500 Galaxy S4 delivers all of its features inside a chassis measuring 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm and weighing in at 130 grams. Likewise, the Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III does its work inside a slightly taller and thicker 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm chassis that tips the scales at 133 grams. The S III was announced in May 2012; the S4 first appeared in March 2013.
NOTE: All specifications are subject to change and may not be correct at time of purchase. Please check before you buy any device that it meets your expectations and requirements.
|Model||Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III||Samsung I9500 Galaxy S4|
|Processor||Exynos 4412 Quad||Exynos 5 Octa 5410|
|Clock||Up to 1.4GHz||Up to 1.6GHz|
|GPU type||Mali-400MP||PowerVR SGX 544MP3|
|Screen size (inches)||4.8||5.0|
|Screen resolution||720 x 1280 pixels||1080 x 1920 pixels|
|Screen type||Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen||Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen|
|Operating system||Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich), upgradeable to 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)||Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)|
|RAM||1 GB||2 GB|
|Internal storage||16/32/64 GB||16/32/64 GB|
|External storage||microSD, up to 64 GB||microSD, up to 64 GB|
|Battery type||2100mAh Li-Ion||2600mAh Li-Ion|
|- standby time||Up to 590 hours||Up to 370 hours|
|- talk time||Up to 21 hours||Up to 17 hours|
|Wi-Fi connectivity||802.11 a/b/g/n||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
|Bluetooth||v4.0 with A2DP||v4.0 with A2DP|
|2G coverage (MHz)||850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900||850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900|
|3G coverage (MHz)||850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100||850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100|
|Rear camera||8 MP (3264×2448 pixels) with autofocus||13 MP (4128 x 3096 pixels) with autofocus|
|Front camera||1.9 MP||2 MP|
|Video recording||Up to 1080p@30fps||Up to 1080p@30fps|
|Dimensions||136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm||136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm|
|Weight||133 grams||130 grams|
|Announce Date||May 2012||March 2013|
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