Samsung Galaxy S5 Vs Galaxy S4 – Is It Worth The Upgrade

You would be happy to hear that Samsung released their latest flagship, the S5, however is it worth the upgrade. Read this side-by-side comparison between the Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Galaxy S4 and decide for yourself.

Weight and Size

Galaxy S4 weighs 130 g and dimensions of 70 x 137 x 7.9 mm and the S5 weighs 145 g and dimensions of 73 x 142 x 8.1. Where the S4 differs from the older S3 in design is the rectangular design and rounded corners. The S5 on the other hand has even more toned down curves and weighing more than the S4 and a little larger, however if you are used to the S4 size, the difference between is not that obvious at all. 


Galaxy S4 made from plastic, metal trim around sides with carbon fiber effect finish on rear and front of the device. Galaxy S5 made from plastic, metal trim around sides plain black front and dimpled soft-touch plastic at the rear. Although it was expected that the S5 would be a metal version, Samsung stuck to using plastic body, however the finish used for the rear of the phone makes a huge difference, giving it a premium feel, and the overall appearance with the plain black front gives it a stylish look.

Screen Size

Galaxy S5 has a 5.1-inch display and only .1-inches larger, which is a minor difference and both devices use Corning Gorilla Glass 3 against scratching. Both the devices have the same screen resolutions and uses AMOLED technology. Both the devices has same resolutions and screen technology, however the fact that the Galaxy S5 has a slightly larger screen, means lower pixel density. The S5 has 432PPI as opposed to the 441 pixels per inch. However, with both the devices still having high pixel, densities the notice is hardly noticeable with the naked eye. Where screen brightness is concerned however the S5 wins. The S4 has a brightness of 272cd/m2 as opposed to the S5 with 339.43cd/m2. The blackness level as well as the contrast ratio of the S5 is also superior when compared to the S4. Although the S4 has a great screen, the S5 is much better.


Galaxy S4 uses Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 and runs at 1.9GHz compared to the S5 that uses Snapdragon 801 and runs at 2.5GHz. The Galaxy S5 is the winner by far and runs 1.29 times faster than the S4.

Graphics and Memory

During benchmark 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited GPU testing, the S4 reached an overall 11,254 score and the S5 scores an impressive 18,438. There is a 64 percent improvement when comparing the two devices, clearly putting the S5 miles ahead again. Galaxy S4 runs with a Qualcomm Adreno 320 GPU with the latest flagship running, newer Adreno 330 GPU. The devices are on equal footing both with 2GB RAM.


S4 has three storage configurations, 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB supporting MicroSD card slots and supporting 64GB cards and the S5 is available in 16GB and 32GB, but supports 128GB cards. Although it misses 64GB versions, the S5 wins again with the high card slot capability.


S4 has 2,600mAh battery capable of 17 hours talk time and the S5 has improved 2,800mAh battery. According to Samsung, the new S5 will run 21 hours, hands down the winner again.


Galaxy S4 has a 13-megapixel rear camera capturing 4,128 x 3,096 resolutions and records at 30fps Full HD video and 0.23-inch sensor. Galaxy S5 uses ISOCELL sensor technology, has 0.28-inch sensor, and captures 4,640 x 3,480 stills and record Ultra HD 4K video at 30fps. Clearly, the S5 has a far superior camera.


The Galaxy S5 is clearly a major improvement on its predecessor the Galaxy S4 should you wonder if you should do an upgrade. The price may be the deciding factor as a Galaxy S5 cost around $649 for the 16GB and the S4 sells at $599.99 for a 16GB.

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