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Samsung galaxy s3 or s4? Is it worth the upgrade?

Written by on April 19, 2013 in AT&T, Samsung - No comments

The Samsung Galaxy S4 has just been made available for pre-order, and you have your eye on picking it up as ready for a renewal.  However, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is still available, and the out of pocket cost on this phone keeps dropping – do you purchase the new Flagship phone, or possibly save a couple hundred dollars and pocket the difference?


At a casual glance, it might be very difficult to tell the difference between the two phones if you do not know what to look for in the subtle design details.

  • Phone Size

The new Galaxy S4 is ever so slightly narrower 69.8mm wide compared to 70.6mm. It’s also thinner and lighter than its predecessor at 7.9mm and 130g vs 8.6mm and 133g.

  • Screen Size

The Galaxy S4 has a 5” screen vs Galaxy S3’s 4.8-inch display. Both utilize SuperAMOLED technology.Galaxy S3 has a 720×1280 vs Galaxy S4 with a Full HD 1080×1920. This ups the pixel density significantly from 306ppi to 441ppi.

  • Camera

The Galaxy S3’s features a 8MP Rear camera and 1.9MP front vs the Galaxy S4 has 13MP Rear camera and a 2.1MP front.  The S4 also can record in full 1080p video vs the 720p video limitation of the S3.

  • Processor and RAM
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As discussed by PC Advisor UK:

“Samsung used its own Exynos 4 Quad processor for the Galaxy S3, a quad-core chip unsurprisingly. It’s clocked at 1.4GHz and is based on the ARM Cortex-A9 architecture.

The Galaxy S4 outdoes this with the Exynos 5 Octa processor which Samsung announced at CES. It’s the first smartphone to boast an 8-core chip. It consists of four Cortex-A15 cores clocked at 1.6GHz for performance while the remaining four are Cortex-A7s clocked at 1.2GHz for less demanding tasks and power saving.

The RAM has also been doubled from 1GB to 2GB so we’re expecting the Galaxy S4 to ace our benchmarks.”

  • Battery

Galaxy S3’s 2100 mAh battery vs Galaxy S4 much larger (and likely needed with a 8 core processor) 2600 mAh removable battery.

As you can see, the major hardware details have been tweaked and improved across the board.  With the Galaxy S4 starting at $199 (AT&T) and the S3 an easy $100 or more less (and likely to drop more in the next few months), you have to decide if you just have to have the latest features, or an extra hundred or more left in your wallet.

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