Xiaomi Mi4 vs Galaxy Note 3 vs Samsung Galaxy S5 – Best Prices and Specs Comparison

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Xiaomi has released the fourth generation of smartphones and honestly, the Mi4 is far more advanced than many of the devices from the market. We’ll compare it with Samsung’s Galaxy S5 and Note 3, to see which one has more advantages.

Displays and sizes

The upcoming Xiaomi Mi4 will feature a Sharp and JDI display with OGS technology and its size will be of 5inches. The supported resolution will be 1080x1920pixels and the pixel density will stand at 441ppi. It’s not certain yet if it will be protected by Gorilla Glass 3 or by Asahi’s Dragontrail strong glass.

Both the Galaxy S5 and the Note 3 have Super AMOLED displays which support the same resolution like the Mi4, but the S5 has a 5.1inches display with 432ppi, while the Note 3 has a 5.7inches display with 386ppi. They are both protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and only the S5 is water and dust resistant, while the Note 3 has a S Pen stylus.

As for the dimensions, the Mi4 is measuring 139.2×68.5×8.9mm and it weights 149grams, the S5 is slightly bigger at 142×72.5×8.1mm, but it’s lighter, weighting 145grams, while the Note 3 is the big boy with 151.2×79.2×8.3mm, weighting 168grams.

Hardware and OS

All three devices are using the same Adreno 330 GPU, only the international variant of the Note 3 has a Mali-T628 MP6 GPU. So, the Mi4 and the S5 are both powered by a Quad core 2.5GHz Krait 400 processor, based on a Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801 chipset, but the only difference is that the Xiaomi model hosts 3GB of RAM, while Samsung’s flagship has 2GB of RAM. As for the Note 3, the phablet comes with a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 quad core processor.

The Mi4 has two unexpandable variants of built in storage with the capacity of 16 and 64GB. The S5 has 16 and 32GB of ROM, but they’re expandable up to 128GB, while the Note 3 offers three variants of internal storage – 16/32/64 GB, and the first two ones are expandable up to 64GB.

The Mi4 runs on a newer Android version – 4.4.3 (KitKat) with its own MIUI. The S5 comes loaded with 4.4.2 (KitKat) and has TouchWiz on top of it, while the Note 3 runs on v4.3 (Jelly Bean), but you can upgrade it to v4.4.2 (KitKat).


The Mi4 sports a 13MP rear camera with Sony’s Exmor RS CMOS sensor, autofocus, dual LED flash and f/1.8 aperture, while the secondary camera is 8MP – perfect for selfies!

Samsung is admittedly a champion in this area, equipping the Galaxy S5 with a 16MP rear camera (ISOCELL) with LED flash, f/2.2 aperture and other great features + a 2MP camera on the front.

The Note 3 comes with a 13MP camera with LED flash, dual shot and other features found on the S5. The front camera is also 2MP.


The Mi4 has a non-removable Li-Ion 3080mAh battery which promises a lifetime of 280hours in stand by more. Both of the Samsung models have user replaceable batteries: the S5 has a Li-Ion 2800mAh battery which allows 21hours of talktime and it lasts 390hours in stand by mode, while the Note 3 has a more powerful battery with the capacity of 3200mAh, which lasts 420 hours in stand by mode, and it allows also 21hours of talktime.


The 16GB variant of the Mi4 costs 460 dollars, the S5 16GB variant is priced at 582 dollars, while the 16GB 4G variant of the Note 3 is available at 555 dollars.


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