Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. iPhone 5, HTC One and BlackBerry Z10

It's been nearly nine months since the release of the highly successful Samsung Galaxy S3 (GS3), and today, the Korean phone company officially announced its successor, the Galaxy S4 (GS4), at a New York press conference.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 (left) and the HTC One.
(Credit: Sarah Tew/CNET)

Packed with a 5-inch screen, a 13-megapixel camera and either a quad- or octo-core processor (depending on where you are), the GS4 is dressed to the nines with hardware goods.

So how does it stack up against its current competition? Based purely on a spec-by-spec showdown, we line up the handset with three other popular flagships, each of them on different OS platforms: Apple's iPhone 5, the HTC One and the BlackBerry Z10.

Judge for yourselves (as we're sure you will) whether Samsung's newest device has what it takes to bring down its rivals. And if you're curious about how it stacks up against its GS3 predecessor, check out our other chart.

Spec Samsung Galaxy S4 Apple iPhone 5 HTC One BlackBerry Z10
Operating System Android 4.2.2 iOS 6 Android 4.1 BB10
Display 5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED; 1920x1080 pixels, 441ppi 4-inch IPS LCD; 1136x640 pixels, 326ppi 4.7-inch LCD; 1920x1080 pixels, 468ppi 4.2-inch LCD; 1280x768 pixels, 355ppi
4G LTE Yes Yes Yes Yes
NFC Yes No Yes Yes
Rear camera and recording 13-megapixel, 1080p HD video 8-megapixel, 1080p HD video 4-megapixel (Ultrapixel), 1080p HD video 8-megapixel, 1080p HD video
Front-facing camera 2-megapixel 1.2-megapixel 2.1-megapixel 2-megapixel
Processor 1.9GHz, quad-core Snapdragon Fusion Pro; or proprietary 1.6GHz octa-core Exynos 5 Octa Proprietary A6 1.7GHz, quad-core Snapdragon 600 1.5GHz, dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus
Capacity 16GB, 32GB, 64GB 16GB, 32GB, 64GB 32GB, 64GB 16GB
Expandable memory Up to 64GB No No Up to 32GB
Battery 2600mAh Not disclosed by Apple 2300mAh 1800mAh


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Shannon.Roberts posted a comment   

Question about the Processor section for Galaxy 4, Does this mean there are two different performance types, a 1.9 and 1.6 OR since they are described differently are they still exactly the same performance and it doesnt matter from a hardware perspective ?. IF there is a performance difference, i guess a consumer would need to be aware of this to ensure they are getting what they are paid for ?. If there are two different performance models, they'd want to sell the phone at two different prices, otherwise there might be a loop whole of unhappy customers complaining that arent getting the high performance they thought they paid for and get a slower version ?


The Stav posted a comment   

Granted the S4 has cordless charging, which only works with a plastic body. Expandable memory, a real bonus in my view. Why pay a premium for larger onboard memory when SD cards are cheap.
I believe also it has a removeable & bigger battery, great for heavy 4G connectivity particularly.
The camera tech is Sony's because Samsung produced very average stills & video on previous models. I own Sony's superb compact digital the HX30v, but there are 3 other flagship phones out there which will still win out against the S4.
Audio. Check out the rave reviews on the HTC One, nothing comes close.
The Android UI on the S4 is nothing to write home about. Again the HTC One's Blinkfeed 'live tile' UI wins out over all others including Windows Phone 8.
The Galaxy S4 eye scrolling tech will prove popular. Constant monitoring of your eyes through the front facing camera will drain the battery faster. Interesting tech though.
Your quick comparison of 3 flagship phones did not include the Sony Xperia Z & ZL and the excellent LG Optimus G Pro (won't be coming to Australia).
Most of us would be happy to own anyone of these exceptional phones. I've made my bed & chosen the HTC.
Caution, Motorola (Google) might suprise everyone in Q3.


trebor83 posted a comment   

Vs Lumis 920...?

No of course not. It makes much more sense to compare it to a Blackberry then a Windows Phone... Obviously...


Jerricho posted a comment   

this looks quite excellent both feature wise and hard goodies inside. the shame of it all is that the sheeple main media would be all over this had it been of tribe apple giving the item sooo much free hype and advertising that the try hards and wannabe's would already be cueing up. the shame is simply because it creates a slanted public impression. No reviewer who uses an apple will sell an apple short in reviewing the product to the point of justifying the serious down sides to the product, while the same reviewer will give limited praise to outstanding features of any other branded product on the market. Most reviewers don't like to stray to far from the comefort of the flock. Even cnet in a video review of apple phones had to don hard hats and flack jackets to pressent the "5 reasons why android is better than apple" article


trancedictive posted a comment   

I prefer the HTC One, looks better and software works better on HTCs from my previous experience.

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