Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. iPhone 5, HTC One, and BlackBerry Z10

Now that the verdict's in on the Samsung Galaxy S4, CNET stacks its specs up against those of three other hot flagship handsets.

Lynn La Senior Editor / Reviews - Phones
Lynn La covers mobile reviews and news. She previously wrote for The Sacramento Bee, Macworld and The Global Post.
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It's been nearly 10 months since the highly successful Samsung Galaxy S3 was first released in the U.S., and in a few more days, the Galaxy S4 will be sold online and in several retail stores across the U.S.

With a 5-inch HD screen, a 13-megapixel camera, and either a quad- or octa-core processor (the U.S. will get the former), the GS4 is dressed to the nines with hardware goods.

So how does it stack up against its current competition? Based purely on a spec-by-spec showdown, we compare the handset with three other popular flagships, all on different OS platforms: Apple's iPhone 5, the HTC One, and the BlackBerry Z10.

Judge for yourselves (as we're sure you will) whether Samsung's newest device has what it takes to bring down its rivals. And if you're curious about how it stacks up against its GS3 predecessor, check out our other chart.

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

Spec                            Samsung Galaxy S4           Apple iPhone 5                     HTC One                     BlackBerry Z10

Operating system* Android 4.2.2 iOS 6 Android 4.1 BB10
Dimensions 5.38 inches by 2.71 inches by 0.31 inch; 4.6 ounces 4.87 inches by 2.31 inches by 0.3 inch; 3.95 ounces 5.41 inches by 2.69 inches by 0.37 inch; 5.04 ounces 5.12 inches by 2.58 inches by 0.35 inch; 4.78 ounces
Display 5-inch full HD Super AMOLED; 1,920x1,080 pixels, 441ppi 4-inch IPS LCD; 1,136x640 pixels, 326ppi 4.7-inch LCD; 1,920x1,080 pixels, 468ppi 4.2-inch LCD; 1,280x768 pixels, 355ppi
4G LTE Yes Yes Yes Yes
NFC Yes No Yes Yes
Rear camera and recording 13-megapixel, 1080p HD video 8-megapixel, 1080p HD video 4-megapixel (UltraPixel), 1080p HD video 8-megapixel, 1080p HD video
Front-facing camera 2-megapixel 1.2-megapixel 2.1-megapixel 2-megapixel
Processor 1.9GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 (U.S. version); or proprietary 1.6GHz octa-core Exynos 5 Octa Proprietary A6 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus
Capacity 16GB, 32GB, 64GB 16GB, 32GB, 64GB 32GB, 64GB 16GB
Expandable memory Up to 64GB No No Up to 64GB
Battery 2,600mAh Not disclosed by Apple 2,300mAh 1,800mAh
Price AT&T: $199, 16GB with contract; T-Mobile: $149.99 down plus $20 per month for 24 months; U.S. Cellular: $199, 16GB with contract; Sprint: $249, 16GB with contract, new customers get it for $149; all other carriers TBA 16GB, $199; 34GB, $299, 64GB, $399 AT&T: 32GB, $199.99 and 64GB, $299.99 both with contract; Sprint: 32GB, $199.99 with contract; Developer Edition: 64GB, $649, all other carriers TBA $199 on Verizon with contract
Carriers AT&T, Cricket, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, Verizon AT&T, Cricket, Sprint, Verizon AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon
Available colors Black, white Black, white Silver Black, white (Verizon only)

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*At time of introduction
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