Samsung Galaxy S5 vs. Samsung Galaxy S4: 5 Key Differences

The new Samsung Galaxy S5 has finally replaced the Galaxy S4 as the company’s flagship smartphone and when it arrives in April, it will be sporting some key differences that prospective buyers will need to be aware of.

After weeks and weeks of rumor and speculation, Samsung finally introduced the Galaxy S5 to the world. As expected, the Galaxy S5 features some high-end features that the company hopes will propel the device to stardom.

In the weeks ahead, prospective buyers will be looking into the Samsung Galaxy S5, weighing next to devices like the iPhone 5s, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and quite possibly, a brand new HTC One that is currently dubbed HTC M8. There will also be those that compare it next to the current Galaxy S, the Samsung Galaxy S4.

This is the all-new Samsung Galaxy S5.

This is the all-new Samsung Galaxy S5.

Thanks to its impressive hardware, updated software and its declining price tag, the Galaxy S4 remains an extremely solid option, even as the Galaxy S5 arrives to replace it. The device probably isn’t going anywhere any time soon and carriers and retailers will likely offer it as a budget smartphone option for those that want a lot of horsepower but don’t want to shell out the big bucks.

At the moment, we can’t offer up a detailed opinion about how the Galaxy S4 compares to the Galaxy S5. It’s too early for that. What we can offer are some of the key differences between the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Samsung Galaxy S4. There are a number of them but we’ve decided to focus on the five biggest differences.


One of the biggest changes that consumers will notice is the design. The Samsung Galaxy S5 does not look like the Samsung Galaxy S4. While it’s still plastic, Samsung still has yet to offer a metal Galaxy S design, it’s not the same flush polycarbonate look that we saw the Galaxy S4 bring with it last year.

Instead, the Galaxy S5 design offers a perforated pattern on the back cover that Samsung says adds a “glam” look to its flagship. We’re not sure about that adjective but it’s definitely different.


More importantly, the Galaxy S5 design blends Galaxy S with Galaxy S Active. What we mean by that is, the Galaxy S5 features a dust and water resistant design, something that the regular Galaxy S4 does not have. Those who want a rugged design with the Galaxy S4 are limited to the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active on AT&T.

The rugged design does come with some drawbacks though. The Galaxy S5 is 8.1mm thin as opposed to the Galaxy S4 which checks in with a 7.9mm thin frame. It also weighs 145 grams while the Galaxy S4 weighs right around 130 grams. In other words, the Galaxy S5 design is thicker and heavier than the Galaxy S4.

Both the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S4 come with 2,800 mAh batteries and both devices feature a removable back. Yes, the Galaxy S5 and its rugged design feature a removable back that will allow users to tack on an extended battery for more juice.


Instead of a 13MP camera like the Galaxy S4, the Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with an upgraded 16MP camera that is capable of shooting ultra-high definition 4K video. The Samsung Galaxy S4’s camera can shoot high quality video footage but it simply cannot match the output of the Galaxy S5’s new camera.


What’s more is that the Galaxy S5’s camera utilizes a hybrid autofocus system. The device uses both standard and something called phase detection autofocus together, at the same time, which means that the device can autofocus in speeds up to 0.3 seconds. That’s absolutely phenomenal for those who love to shoot high quality photos on their smartphone.

The company has also made some changes to HDR adding advanced High Dynamic Range (Advance HDR) that should provide better colors and more natural lighting in photos and video.

Home Button

While there were rumors that suggested that the Galaxy S5 would shun the home button in favor of a bezel-less front, the Galaxy S5 does indeed come with a home button though it’s different than the home button found on the Galaxy S4.


The Samsung Galaxy S5’s home button comes with a fingerprint reader embedded inside the home button. Like the iPhone 5s fingerprint reader, it’s going to add security and convenience for Galaxy S5 users.


As expected, the Galaxy S5 features a faster processor than the Galaxy S4 though it’s still not clear if the device utilizes a 64-bit processor like rumors suggested.

Samsung currently lists the device as having a 2.5GHz Quad core application processor so it’s possible that the company hasn’t made a decision on which chips it will be using. Typically, the company uses two different chips. The Galaxy S4, for instance, utilized an 1.6GHz Exynos chip from Samsung and a 1.9GHz Snapdragon chip from Qualcomm.

The Galaxy S5’s processor will be quad-core and it will be clock higher than the Galaxy S4 which means that it could offer improved performance in areas like gaming and multitasking.

The two devices do happen to have quite a bit in common and we thought it wise to point some of those features out. The Galaxy S5 will be coming with 2GB of RAM to support the processor.


While the Samsung Galaxy S4 uses a 5-inch display, the Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with a screen that is .1-inches larger. The size difference is marginal but it’s still there.


Oddly enough, the Galaxy S5 does not utilize a higher resolution display and instead comes with the same 1080p resolution as the Galaxy S4. This means that content on the Galaxy S5 should be on par with content displayed on the Samsung Galaxy S4.

Overall, the Galaxy S5 is a little larger than the Galaxy S4, thanks to the design changes and the increase in display size.

Samsung has also added a brand new “Ultra Power Saving Mode” that will turn the display to black and white and will turn off all unnecessary features in an effort to conserve battery life.