Now that Galaxy S4 is officially revealed, we know, you folks i.e. proud owners of galaxy s3, are tempted to compare galaxy s3 against galaxy s4 and see how the two device stand against each other. Well, S4 is definitely major upgrade in terms of hardware as well as software specifications and features, but we’ve heard from Samsung officials that most of galaxy s4 software-level features would be ported to galaxy s3 as well, unless the feature is dependent on galaxy s4-exclusive hardware. The main difference between the two handset(S3 & S4) lies in screen resolution, camera, processor, network connectivity, battery capacity. S4 features full HD resolution whereas S3 has HD resolution. S4 has global LTE support (models supporting FDD-LTE or TD-LTE – both kinds of variants will be released as announced). S4 has 13mp rear camera whereas galaxy s3 has 8 megapixel camera. The processor equipped in Galaxy S4 is also much more powerful in comparison to that of s3. Full comparison is given below in table format side by side. When you look at the comparison below, you’ll see that although S4 has about 2-inch bigger screen, it is of the same height as s3. Hence, the overall physical dimension of galaxy s4 has not increased from S3. In fact, the width and thickness of SGS 4 have decreased slightly – now that’s praiseworthy!
|Name||Samsung Galaxy S3||Samsung Galaxy S4|
|Screen Resolution||1280x720 pixels, capacitive, Gorilla Glass 2 protection||1920x1080 pixels, Super Amoled Display|
|Pixel Density||306 ppi||441 ppi|
|Height||136.6 mm||136.6 mm|
|Width||70.6 mm||69.8 mm|
|Thickness||8.6 mm||7.9 mm|
|Weight||133 g (4.69 oz)||130 g or 4.59 oz|
|Processor||Exynos 4412 Quad||Exynos 5 Octa 5410|
|Processor Speed||Quad-core 1.4||1.6 GHz Quad-core Cortex-A15 & 1.2GHz Quad-core Cortex A7|
|Graphics||Mali-400MP||PowerVR SGX 544MP|
|RAM||1 GB RAM||2 GB|
|Internal Storage||16/32/64 GB models||16/32/64 GB storage|
|Memory Card||up to 64 GB external supported||upto 64gb external|
|WiFi||yes||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
|Dual Band WiFi||yes|
|4G||yes (Some regions only)||yes|
|3G Speed||21 Mbps;||42.2 Mbps|
|Camera||8 megapixel||13 megapixel|
|Photo Resolution||3264x2448||4128 x 3096|
|Video Recording Quality||Full HD (1080p @ 30fps)||1080p Full HD @ 30fps|
|Front Camera||Yes, 1.9mp||2mp, 1080p video recording|
|Release Date||May 2012||March 2013|
|OS||Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, upgradeable to Jelly Bean and up||Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS|
|Other Features||Several features like Pop up Play, Smart Stay, smart Dial, Smart Alert| LED notification light | Flagship handset | Available in several colors - blue, black, white, garnet red, pink, brown | Very popular model|
Now the question is – Should I buy Galaxy S4 if I already own Galaxy S3?
Well, the answer is NO, unless you always want to stay at bleeding edge. Mobile industry keeps on changing without doubt, but from 2012 (s3’s launch) to 2013 (s4’s launch), not much have changed. There is nothing revolutionary in Galaxy S4 that’s could be considered as pressing enough for you to upgrade your phone if you already have galaxy s3. Galaxy S4 is definitely worthy phone if someone want to upgrade from galaxy s2. I don’t find any compelling reasons for s3 users to upgrade to s4, because there are lots of similarities between the two phones. Upgrading from galaxy s3 to s4 just because of increased screen resolution, camera, slight speed bump in processor, etc is not worth that much. HD to Full HD screen resolution is not so appreciable on 5-inch phone that it could press for upgrade in a compelling way and the same can be said for camera or processor here. You’ve sufficiently good camera in S3 as well, few megapixels jump in GS4 doesn’t account much as the 8mp lens in s3 is enough for your needs. Moreover, your SGS 3 phone will also receive future firmware updates and it’ll carry all those software tweaks/gimmicks/features that are currently exclusive to SGS 4. So, instead of buying SGS 4, galaxy s3 owners should wait for another year and hope that mobile industry changes radically so you could get your hands on something revolutionary and remarkably different that what you already have, probably Galaxy S5 in 2014.
Our answer to the above question is YES, only for those who’ve more than enough bucks to spend and who always want to tag themselves to the latest available tech, who doesn’t care much about their money and who spends extravagantly, or who find those specification differences in the two phones compelling enough as per their needs.