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 S4next 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                   &nbspSamsung Galaxy S3
Operating systemAndroid 4.2.2Launched with Android 4.0, some versions have updated to 4.1
Dimensions5.38 x 2.71 x 0.31 in.; 4.6 ounces5.38 x 2.78 x 0.34 in.; 4.7 ounces
Display5-inch full HD Super AMOLED; 1,920x1,080 pixels, 441ppi4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED; 1,280x720 pixels, 306ppi
4G LTEYesYes
NFCYesYes
Rear camera and recording13-megapixel, 1080p HD video8-megapixel, 1080p HD video
Front-facing camera2-megapixel1.9-megapixel
Processor1.9GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 (U.S. version); or proprietary 1.6GHz octa-core Exynos 5 Octa1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 (U.S. version); proprietary 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos
Capacity16GB, 32GB, 64GB16GB, 32GB
Expandable memoryUp to 64GBUp to 64GB
Battery2,600mAh2,100mAh
PriceAT&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 TBAVaries from carrier and capacity: $99.99 to $199.99 with contract, $499.99 without
CarriersAT&T, Cricket, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, VerizonAT&T, Cricket, C Spire, MetroPCS, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, Verizon
Available colorsBlack, whiteBlack, blue, brown, gray, red (AT&T only), white

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