Samsung Galaxy S4 official specs and features

by: Robert TriggsMarch 14, 2013

Samsung Galaxy S4 press

We have the full list of official Samsung Galaxy S4 specs and features. What do you think, do they leave anything to be wanted?

As with every release of a major new handset there are rumors and leaks aplenty. But at long last we finally have our hands on the genuine specs for Samsung’s new Galaxy S4, and it turns out that many of the early reports were actually true.

As we first heard a few months ago, there are two versions of the Galaxy S4, one for the US and one for the rest of the world. The only difference between the two is the choice of SoC.


Samsung Galaxy S4

Operating SystemAndroid 4.2 Jelly Bean TouchWiz Nature UI
Size136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9mm
Display typeSuper AMOLED
Display size4.99-inch (12.67cm)
Display resolution1920 x 1080 Full HD
Display density441ppi
CPUInternational version

  • Samsung Exynos 5 Octa
  • Quad-core A15 (1.6GHz) + Quad-core A7 (1.2GHz)

US version

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 APQ8064T
  • Quad-core Krait 300
  • 1.9Ghz
GPUInternational version

  • PowerVR SGX 544MP3 GPU
  • 3-core, 533Mhz

US Version

  • Adreno 320
Internal Storage16GB/32GB/64GB
MicroSD card slotmicroSD, microSDHC, microSDXC up to 64 GB
Main camera13MP
Front camera2MP
NetworksGSM, HSPA, LTEMicro-SIM
Wi-FiWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-bandWi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot
ConnectivitymicroUSB, MHL 2, USB host, DLNAInfrared blaster
Bluetooth4.0 with A2DP

Galaxy S4 Specs

Snapdragon 600 vs Exynos 5 Octa

As the rumors suggested, the US version will be using Qualcomm’s quad-core Snapdragon 600 whilst the rest of the world will be using Samsung’s own octo-core Exynos 5 Octa (5410). The Snapdragon 600 will be running at a smooth 1.9Ghz, whilst the Exynos 5410 will be clocked a tiny bit slower at 1.6Ghz.

Quad-core vs octo-core doesn’t sound like a very fair comparison, and considering that the Exynos 5 Octa uses the new Cortex A15 processors it could have a slight performance edge over the Krait cores used in the Snapdragon 600. Battery-wise, both of these two chips should be relatively power efficient as they are both designed with energy efficiency in mind.

Adreno 320 vs PowerVR SGX 544MP3

Due to the two different SoCs used in the different versions of the Samsung Galaxy S4 the phones will also be using two different graphics chips. The Snapdragon 600 sticks with the relatively powerful Adreno 320, whilst the Exynos 5 Octa opts for an over-clocked PowerVR SGX 544MP3 running at an impressive 533Mhz. You might recall that this is the same GPU used in the iPad4, which offers some of the best graphics performance on the market.

It can be frustrating for customers to have to settle for different hardware specs in different territories, but Samsung did something similar with the Galaxy S2 and Galaxy S3. This does mean that the US version will perform very similarly to new high end smartphones like the LG Optimus G Pro and new HTC One, which both use exactly the same Snapdragon 600 chip.

However, the international version might actually see some performance improvements over it’s US brother thanks to the new Cortex A15 CPUs and the super high clock speed of the SGX 544MP3. But we’ll wait for a direct comparison before reaching any conclusions.

And the rest

As for memory and internal storage, all models will ship with 2GB RAM memory for applications, and there will be a 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB variants to meet your storage needs. Much to the relief of many I’m sure, the Galaxy S4 will also come with a microSD card expansion slot with support for a further 64GB of space.

The handset has a 5-inch, 1080p (1920×1080) display, and Samsung has opted for a PHOLED AMOLED screen to help reduce power consumption while maintaining top-notch image quality. The high definition display will be perfect for viewing the impressive 13 megapixel pictures which can be taken with the camera. The front facing camera sports a decent 2 megapixels as well.

The Galaxy S4 will weigh in at 130g and has reasonable dimensions of 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9mm. Considering it boasts a 5-inch screen very little space is being wasted. Oh, and it will have a 2600mAh replaceable battery as well.

Galaxy S4 features

Ok so these were the most important Galaxy S4 specs, but the Galaxy S4 also brings some other nice features with it. Firstly, the rumored eye tracking technology has made it into the final design, which allows the handset’s front facing camera to track your eye movements to determine when to dim the screen or pause videos when you’re not looking, also known as Smart Pause.

Floating Touch is also implemented, which lets you interact with the touch screen by hovering your fingers just a few centimeters above it. This works in a very similar way to the S Pen for the Galaxy Note.

Samsung has also made a few improvements to camera functionality, including the Drama Shot feature which can take 100 shots in just four seconds, the ability to capture images from the front and rear cameras simultaneously, and finally there’s a new Sound and Shot feature which allows you to record a short audio clip before or after you press the shutter.

Perhaps most importantly, both the US and international handsets are LTE compliant, ensuring that you can access fast 4G network speeds wherever you are in the world.

There’s also plenty of additional connectivity, there’s the expected Bluetooth and NFC support for quickly transferring files between compatible devices. Samsung have also included an infrared LED, so that you can use the Galaxy S4 as a remote control for your TV and other gadgets if you so desire.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 will also ship with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean installed, which is pretty surprising for a non Nexus device. Samsung is also packing in some nifty pieces of software, perhaps the most interesting is the S Translator, which understands nice different languages, will speaks translations for you, and types out translated audio recordings. There’s also Group Play, KNOX security, S Health, and compatibility with Samsung’s HomeSync box.

Are the specs and feature of the Galaxy S4 on par with your expectations?

  • Yan Kar

    time to give sony a try

    • fafgrag

      The Xperia Z is way overrated. The screen and speaker sucks. You should try the HTC One or wait for the motorola X

      • Yan Kar

        i love the looks of htc one and specs but i am using note II , going from 5.5 inch to 4.7 kinda sux, otherwise would go for it.

  • So is Exynos Octa clocked at 1,6 Ghz as in the spreadsheet, or Octa clocked at 1,8 Ghz as in the text you written?

    “The Snapdragon 600 and Exynos 5410 will both be clocked up at 1.8Ghz.”

    • I’m sure will be only 1,6 GHz just to compensate US version which will not have the OCTA (no octa, more Ghz). However, it can be overclocked, I’m pretty sure.

      • Hope you’re right… Common sense tells me that 1,9Ghz S600 will totally destroy Octa’s A-15’s at 1,6 Ghz

        • Hello

          Naah. Cortex A15 > Krait 300.

        • kascollet

          A15 will be at 1.2Ghz in this Octa (1.6 for the A7 cores), but still, probably more powerfull than the S600.

          • Hellno, it’s A-15 clocked at 1,6 and A7 running at 1,2

          • kascollet
          • I usually trust anandtech, but this will be a huge blow! I wanna straight away have the S600 version, this is just rediculous. Do you really think that A15 at 1,2 would take on 1,9 Snapdragon..? Exynos must be underperforming here

          • kascollet

            I think that considering the huge marketing power of the Octa name, Samsung just had to find a way to deal with the very high power consumption of the A15 cores (at least when produced with 28nm tech) and give people the OCTACORE they dumbly want.
            With such a compromise on frequencies (1.2Ghz for the quad A15), battery life will not be disastrous and that’s much more important than raw power and benchmarks.
            If this info is confirmed (and we know Anandtech is highly-trustable), it’s possible that the Exynos Octa and the Snapdragon S600 versions of the GS4 will have the same overall performance, even in GPU (Adreno 320 is in the same league as SGX544MP3 and both will be highly clocked in this phone). In a way, this is logical : the user experience will be the same in France, Korea or USA.

          • Yeah, Apple will totally destroy everything out there with those specs.

            But I read on some site that A-7 cores can’t even be clocked as high as 1,6Ghz what’s told by AnandTech, if ofcourse Samsung hasn’t done some real magic on them. Also, if they (A7’s) are the “power-efficient cores” there is totally no idea in clocking them so high for power saving.. That would be just a crazy no-brainer.. You can draw some conclusions with this-> No way A-15 could be so powerful as an architecture for it to beat even qualcomm’s S4 at 1,9 Ghz if the octa’s A-15 are clocked only at 1,2Ghz. ;) Im not arguing but this is just very interesting

          • kascollet

            Yes, it’s definitely interresting and I too wonder if A7 cores can be clocked that high. I guess Samsung put a lot of work in this architecture.

    • Amrit

      Exynos Octa is 1.6 Ghz

  • % to get one is very high! Have to be calm and wait for the review from many website first before make any decision. The specs are top notch, dont really mind about the design, at least it does not as oval looks as S3.

  • Mike A

    The last slide at the show also said it was gonna have 4.2.2 on it.

  • Unlike everyone else, I didnt overhype this device, and I am pleased with what I see. Will I get one? We shall see what else comes out by the time by contract is up this december before making that decision.

    • coolfish

      I probably go with Optimus G Pro.
      It looks better than S4, at least for me.

  • As always, the U.S gets the retarded version. Their carriers can’t apparently use the international version or even standard LTE bands.

      • I was really hoping this was an explanation as to why we get the retarded version lol

    • flamencoguy

      US carriers use CDMA. Rest of the world GSM

    • Henry Léon

      There are Plus & Minus Point for Both Versions of S4 : In comparation with UK & US version (S4 I9505), the International version (S4 I9500) will get a newer tech of CPU (Exynos Octa), but will have lack of No LTE Support (only HSPA+/3,5G), while the US and UK version will support LTE even though it will ‘only’ have the start-to-be-old-style/design single Quad Core CPU that perhaps even faster than exynos octa (for single processing in work). # I’m living in Asia, and I do not like the international version we will have in our region. I believe we all want Exynos Octa with LTE Support that Samsung can not afford yet. :-(

      • Wrong, the Exynos Octa does support all 20 LTE Bands, the Korean LTE S4 for instance will use the Exynos SoC.

        • Henry Léon

          Yes, true, I’d heard so that several days ago Samsung had confirm that Exynos Octa will fully support all LTE Bands. Yet in my mind, I’m afraid that the capability may not be unpredictably implemented for some reason. I just hope not.

  • Ilija

    Are the specs and feature of the Galaxy S4 on par with your expectations?

    Hell Yeah :D

    • Agree, for the first time our wishes are coming true. We cried for OCTA, we have octa, we wanted 12 mp camera and 2 gigs of ram, we got 13 mp and 2 gigs of ram. All good so far :) My S3 looks old already.

    • i just dont get it , i have s2 it has best gpu but still games lag because of no optimization , having this much power but with no optimization of apps is useless .

      • Agree with you. However, you should try a S3. They released it in “good condition”, but after the last JB 4.1.2 updates is flying. Seems like Samsung started to put an accent on optimization. However, I think S4 will be for a long time people’s favorite phone. I have S3, will get S4, but I will not update it for the next few years (maybe 3-4), because having a quad-core power (which is a maximum for now, especially for a phone; my laptop isn’t bigger) with an octa-core processor, 2 GB of RAM and all those sensors doesn’t make sense to update anymore a while. S4 will take a year to be fully optimized and bug-free, so there is enough time ahead for it.

        • I have s2 with jb yes its very smooth but there are apps that lags or stutter even today,Even the google chrome lags when scrolling,

          • The damn Google Chrome is lagging on S3 too and I’ve seen many devices where it’s lagging. I use Dolphin with Rocket and I’m very happy.

  • Tyler Balanowski

    Why can’t North America have an octa core processor?

    • Twisted247

      Agreed FU*K Samsung, one would think after the uniform release of the note 2 you’d think they’d keep the same practice for the s4.

      That decision alone I’m actually happy for since I just bought the note 2 at release. One of the main key points of contemplating Buying the s4 was if it had the octa he in the states. Now I dunt have to worry about anticipating the launchsince I certainly won’t be purchasing it now. Cause Samsung F’ed up BIG time. Note 3 my money will be waiting.

      • Cole Raney

        Agreed as well. The exynos 5 architecture can support lte. I could kind of see the reasoning behind the different versions for the S3, exynos 4 was not compatible with lte. They don’t have that excuse now.

    • pissing me off

    • flamencoguy

      Because US carriers chose CDMA and rest of world uses GSM technology.
      And probably only Qualcomm makes SoCs with CDMA. It is a technical reason.

      The US is not being singled out. Wouldn’t make more sense for Samsung to only make one version? Much more trouble to have to make 2 versions. Their hands are tired. So did deeper to find the reason. Especially TWISTED247 mouthing off before getting all the facts.

  • Milos M

    I was hoping for Photo Sphere option in camera but we’ll have to wait more.
    I beleave it will come with some kind of update some time soon…

  • shawnkja88

    I’ll stick with my note 2 until note 3 comes out

  • Magnetic1

    I have a theory on the US version getting the Qualcomm snapD soc.
    It involves LTE. I don’t think samsung can do LTE without Qualcomm.
    So it’s like you scratch my back then I scratch yours.

    • Yan Kar

      i have note II with att and its lte and exynos

  • So does the U.S CPU/GPU even compare to iPhone 5 CPU/GPU ?? PowerVR vs Adreno 320?

    • doug

      adreno always beats powervr

      • kascollet

        What are you saying ??? It’s always been PowerVR better than Adreno. Get your facts straight.

  • kascollet

    “the Exynos 5 Octa opts for an over-clocked PowerVR SGX 544MP3 running at an impressive 533Mhz. You might recall that this is the same GPU used in the iPad4, which offers some of the best graphics performance on the market.”

    Hell no ! GS4 has the same GPU as the iPhone 5. The iPad 4 has far more powerfull graphics (SGX554MP4).
    It’s quite good still : old tech but best old tech.

    • Hello

      You are correct in saying that the GS4 and iPhone 5 has the same GPU but iPad 4’s GPU is a 266mhz SGX544MP4 and the GS4 has a 533mhz SGXMP3. By default, the GS4 wins with 57.5GFLOPS compared with iPads 38.3GFLOPS.

      • nottu
        • Hello

          That is actually if it ships with the GPU clocked at 400mhz. But the iPad 4’s GPU is only clocked at 266mhz. Compute for yourself.

          • kascollet

            No, wrong again. Why can’t people simply read (Anandtech’s review for example), and stop confusing one device for another.
            The iPad 4 pushes 75+ GFlops, and nothing out there beats it yet. This is no Apple praising, it’s technical facts.

          • mark

            How does the SGX544 compare to the Intel HD 4000 in tablets like the Surface Pro? Unfortunately it seems impossible to find benchmarks that compare Intel to ARM (for CPUs or GPUs) – though often it seems that what’s considered “fast” for ARM is “slow” for Intel.

            And if we’re comparing 10″ tablets to phones that fit in a pocket, why stop there – the NVIDIA GTX675M in my laptop beats the crap out of Intel, let alone anything in an ARM tablet. I’m not sure how much a GPU matters since most phone/tablet games a 1990s era 2D games, perhaps partly because the devices don’t have the storage space to store many high end games, and even a “high end” one tablet chipset is crap compared to real high end NVIDIA or AMD graphics. As long as it’s enough to run the things people want – which seems to be more about Facebook or Angry Birds on an ipad or S3/S4, than playing Skyrim, that seems fine.

          • kascollet

            Technically, you’re right : ARM powered mobile devices don’t have the “King of graphics” crown but your analysis is twisted. Most of the people are discovering those devices and realize what they can do with them, nor their power.
            Have you seen recent titles like Infinity Blade or Real Racing 3 ?
            The rise of the tablets/smartphones in real gaming is something undebatable.

        • Hello

          I’m sorry. I misread it. iPad 4 actually has a SGX554 not an SGX544. Yes. iPad 4 is quite stronger.

      • dude you are so wrong just look at anand tech site, ipad 4 beats the hell out of everyone

        • mark

          It beats a phone? Great! My Clevo laptop beats the crap out of an ipad 4. Certainly not “everyone”.

    • Henry Léon

      Yes, GS4’s GPU is better & faster than iPhone 5’s GPU, but slower than iPad 4’s GPU. # For some graphical tasks and handlings reasons, iPad 4 must have better (and more expensive :-) ) GPU than GS4’s since iPad 4 has much larger display and bigger dimension than GS4’s display. So each GPU fits for each dimension. # When we compare GPU, we should take a good look at display dimension, right?

      • kascollet

        That’s right, but GS4 has 2,9 times as much pixels as iPhone 5 and less than twice the GPU power (same chip at 566Mhz compared to 300Mhz). So we already know that the GS4 will be less powerfull than the iPhone 5 at their respective native resolution.

    • Thomas Bowden

      hmm according to geekbench’s benchmark scores, the Ipad 4 scores a 1778 while the GS4 4 core snapdragon scores 3160
      apple –
      android –

      • lesportif

        Sure Thomas, but we were talking about graphic performance (GeekBench only measures CPU & RAM performance).

  • mario

    waiting for Sprint to release the Nexus 4..but most likely gonna get this bad boy

  • Francis Pena

    Nice fuck yea im getting sammy all the way

  • So the S4 is indeed SMALLER and LIGHTER than the S3???!!! Wowwwww…. :-))))))

  • Sal

    This device is good enough. by far beats apples ass any day

  • JT

    Now im glad I didnt wait for this. My note 2 will do fine till the next big thing comes out. Like the note 3, if there’s a note 3 coming.

    • Yan Kar

      as logn as they don’t increase screen on note, i am on note II and this is about as high as i can go

    • Henry Léon

      I’m using Note 2 now, and also waiting for Note 3. ‘Unfortunately’, rumors in the Web has it that the Note 3 will be packed with 6,1 (or larger dimension) inches. # If the rumors are true, for me, that means Samsung will discontinue to create a newer Phablet by creating a newer Tablet called Note 3. # OMG, my waiting time can be useless since I just want a better Phablet with max. 5.5 inches display that suits for my single hand, not a Tablet with 6 inches (or more) that suits for my desk.

  • Hello

    I wish they used the Mali T658 for the GPU. :'( Anyways, the SGX544 is good enough and is still competitive in the current high end market. :-)

  • joser116

    The GPU is NOT the same as the iPad’s as you say. iPhone 5 uses SGX543MP3, Galaxy S4 uses SGX544MP3, and iPad 4 uses a quad-core SGX554MP4. So in general, the GPU on the S4 is only marginally better than iPhone 5 but less than the iPad 4.

    • ^ THIS. It is ridiculous how many times you guys at AndroidAuthority have made this SAME mistake.

      • kascollet

        Yes. This running gag is becoming a bit long.

    • Agree. However, I don’t mind about the GPU, because iPad is a tablet, S3 is a phone, so is good enough, I think :)

      • joser116

        I also don’t mind, I was just saying that the author made an error. I’m just happy that we finally got a GPU on an Android phone that is better than the iPhone’s GPU.

        • completely agree and I know that you just notified the author about the error.

  • Magnetic 1

    Pardon my bias, but I just heard Samsung S4 is incredibly thin.
    My iPad mini is thinner and it has 7.9″ screen and I had this thing for awhile now.

    • flamencoguy

      iPad mini:
      7.9-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit Multi-Touch
      display with IPS technology
      1024-by-768 resolution at 163 pixels per inch
      Depth: 7.2 mm Weight:308 g (0.68 pound)
      5 inch
      1920x 1080
      441 ppi
      Depth: 7.9 mm
      Thin enough in my books when you have a smaller package to put in a battery.
      You should be comparing phones to phones. Not phones to a sheet of paper.

    • mark

      No one cares.

  • M.Beg

    Plastic is the most important specs and feature of s4.


    “if it look’s the same, how will people know I upgraded?” :O LOL

  • chris

    Well i think thats no match for an htc one..

  • I thought I saw a photo of the presentation and it said 802.11ac in the list too?

  • brendan soliwoda

    Overall, looks pretty great. Definitely a worth sucessor. Two things that bother me though. First, the display. I mean, it’s a beautiful 5′ FHD SAMOLED, which is great, I just hate that it’s pentile. I know, it could be worse, I just don’t understand how they can manufacture a 5.55′ HD display without pentile but not a 5′ display also without pentile. But, whatever, I could get over that. Second, it’s the processor. Once again the U.S. market is to rely on Qualcomm. I don’t understand how they could give the U.S. the GN2, quad-core with LTE, and then come to the GS4 and only give the international LTE-free version the Octa. I mean, they could just do what they did with Note 2 and buy an LTE chip from Qualcomm that way they could keep the Octa in the GS4. But, this will probably be rectified by the Note 3. And that’s why I stay with the note series.

  • any S pen support???

  • hassan

    can anyone tell me what will be its GPU’s frame rates ?

  • petro

    Everything’s great. But how disappointing there’s no STYLUS! This is a key feature for true productivity– like drawing and writing notes (hate thumbing text). Can do without the new gimmicks– PHULEEZZE, give us a stylus phone!

    • flamencoguy

      really? Buy an after market stylus if u want one. No big deal.

  • hassan

    i tink it shoots video @60 fps rear camera and front camera @30fps am i right ?

  • kascollet

    “Samsung Exynos 5 Octa
    Quad-core A15 (1.6GHz) + Quad-core A7 (1.2GHz)”
    According to Anandtech, the frequencies are backwards : 1.2Ghz for the A15 cores and 1.6 for the A7.
    If so, it’s clever :
    – more work can be done by the A7 cores before A15 are needed
    – power consumption is not monstrous at 1.2Ghz when you use the A15 powerhouse

  • Roberto Tomás

    What USB spec is supported? I imagine this might depend on which version of the phone we are looking at.
    To me, (powered/no power, like when plugged in or not) USB 3 is very important, and will distinguish next gen phones from the current gen.

  • Akshay Jadhav