Comparing the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy S3

Now that we got our hands on the Galaxy S4, we pit its specs against those of its predecessor, the GS3. After all, a little sibling rivalry never hurt.

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No matter whether you're deciding if you should wait and get the Samsung Galaxy S4 next week , making sure you don't have buyer's remorse from just having purchased your Galaxy S3, or perhaps just plain curious, CNET makes it easy to compare the two sibling handsets with this chart.

Physically, the GS4 didn't get any bigger. In fact, it even sports a thinner build and weighs a hair lighter. But with a slimmer bezel, its 5-inch full HD Super AMOLED touch screen had room to expand, and the display now sports a higher pixel density.

Also new is its quad- or octo-core processor. Similar to the situation when the GS3 debuted, which CPU is available will depend on where you live. The U.S. will receive the 1.9GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600.

Both cameras also got a bump, with the rear shooter jumping from 8 megapixels to 13 megapixels. Other changes include running the newer Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, a beefed-up battery, and a slew of new software features. And if you want to see how the GS4 compares with other flagship handsets, be sure to read our other chart .

Editors' note: This piece was originally published on March 14, 2013, and has been updated with additional information.

Spec                            Samsung Galaxy S4                   &nbsp Samsung Galaxy S3
Operating system Android 4.2.2 Launched with Android 4.0, some versions have updated to 4.1
Dimensions 5.38 x 2.71 x 0.31 in.; 4.6 ounces 5.38 x 2.78 x 0.34 in.; 4.7 ounces
Display 5-inch full HD Super AMOLED; 1,920x1,080 pixels, 441ppi 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED; 1,280x720 pixels, 306ppi
4G LTE Yes Yes
NFC Yes Yes
Rear camera and recording 13-megapixel, 1080p HD video 8-megapixel, 1080p HD video
Front-facing camera 2-megapixel 1.9-megapixel
Processor 1.9GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 (U.S. version); or proprietary 1.6GHz octa-core Exynos 5 Octa 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 (U.S. version); proprietary 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos
Capacity 16GB, 32GB, 64GB 16GB, 32GB
Expandable memory Up to 64GB Up to 64GB
Battery 2,600mAh 2,100mAh
Price AT&T: $199, 16GB with contract; T-Mobile: $149.99 down plus $20/month for 24 months; U.S. Cellular: $199, 16GB with contract; Sprint: $249, 16GB, new customers get it for $149; all other carriers TBA Varies from carrier and capacity: $99.99 to $199.99 with contract, $499.99 without
Carriers AT&T, Cricket, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, Verizon AT&T, Cricket, C Spire, MetroPCS, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, Verizon
Available colors Black, white Black, blue, brown, gray, red (AT&T only), white

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