The Samsung Galaxy S4 was released in the month of March last year to a great opening; but the handset is only a minimal upgrade over the design features of the predecessor Galaxy S3. On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is creating buzz around the internet space for quite some time now with never-ending leaked information from various sources across the globe. That, if true confirms the release of the new phablet by the second half of this year (September).
With the difference between smartphones and phablets getting smaller release-after-release, it is only obvious that we compare the two. Readers who are planning on buying the Samsung Galaxy S4 or waiting for the release of Samsung Galaxy Note 4, here is the specification and price comparison pertaining to Australia.
Display, Design & Exterior
The Galaxy S4 comes with a 5 inches screen (Super AMOLED panel technology) with 1,080 x 1,920 pixels resolution. Whereas the Note 4 will sport a bigger 5.7 inches screen (like the Note 3) with a superior 2K resolution support (2,560 × 1,440 pixels).
The Samsung Galaxy S4 features a glossy piece of polycarbonate plastic as its exterior. If rumors were true the Galaxy Note 4 will feature a "new form factor" in the second half of this year. Going by the leaked concept images, the Galaxy Note 4 has a metal body with rubber-like material as its back panel. According to reports, a three-sided YOUM display is a possibility; that translates to, having the left and right sides of the display curved (slightly) in such a way that users will be able to view important notifications on those sides.
Hardware, Software & Internal Storage
The Galaxy S4 is powered by a quad-core cortex-A15 processor clocked at 1.6 GHz with 2GB of RAM and 16/32/64 GB internal storage; in addition, the handset supports microSD card slot for expansion up to 64 GB. On the other hand, the Note 4 will be equipped with a much superior octa-core 64-bit processor along with a whopping 4 GB of RAM and up to 128 GB of internal storage.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is expected to run on Android 4.5 Lollipop out-of-the-box, while the Galaxy S4 runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean (with Samsung's custom UI TouchWiz), which is upgradable to Android v4.4.2 KitKat.
The Galaxy S4 houses a 2600 mAh battery unit which provides up to 17 hours of 3G talk-time and 370 hours of 3G stand-by time. On the other hand, the Galaxy Note 4 is expected to house a superior 3600 to 3800 mAh battery unit.
The Galaxy S4 sports a 13 MP (with LED Flash) rear facing camera and a 2 MP front facing camera, while the Galaxy Note 4 is expected to sport a whopping 20.7 MP camera. If rumors were true, the Note 4 camera would support 4K recording capabilities.
Both the Galaxy devices support micro-sim.
The Galaxy S4 comes in black, white, blue, red, brown and grey colors. But not all the shades are widely available. The Note 4, on the other hand, is expected to come with 4 color options namely black, white, the new additional colors are green and red, according to Note 4 Galaxy.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 with 4G LTE 32GB is priced at AU$699.95, while the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is expected to be priced under US$800, which roughly translates to AU$860 in Australia.