Specs summary


The Samsung Galaxy S4's screen is 5 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.


There is a ARM Cortex-A15 Quad-core 1.9 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean (Update Available: 5.0.1 Lollipop) operating system (OS).

13+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.

16/32/64 GB

Internal memory is 16/32/64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2600 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 20.7 days standby time, 1020 minutes (2G), 1020 minutes (3G), 600 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

The S4 is very much an incremental step over the S3 – it’s evolutionary, not revolutionary.

- Peter Nowak , CBC 

We can say that it’s one of the best smartphones of all time, which, while not revolutionary, brings more than enough new stuff to the table to be worth an upgrade.

- Joshua Vergara , Android Authority 

Reviews summary

Based on 84 reviews

What's good  

  • Beautiful display
  • Enhanced touch inputs
  • Great camera
  • Removable battery
  • Great performance

What's bad  

  • Plasticky feel
  • Slippery case
  • Questionable TouchWiz interface
  • Boring hardware design

As the flagship in Samsung’s Galaxy smartphone lineup, the S4 is a leader in its bracket. With a 5-inch 1080p display, a 13-megapixel camera and a powerful Snapdragon chipset, the phone has the features and power to handle most anything mobile device users might ask for. However, case design and the TouchWiz interface could pose an issue for some.

Engadget’s Brad Molen sums up the device well when he says “In drawing our conclusion of the Samsung Galaxy S4, we find ourselves at an interesting junction: while our geek senses keep tingling at the thought of so many market-topping specs contained within the same chassis, we also aren't overjoyed, per se, with excitement.”

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One aspect of the S4 that truly shines is the display. The 5-inch AMOLED display features excellent contrast, great outdoor visibility and wide viewing angles. Gareth Beavis of TechRadar said “The screen is out of this world. Even at a lower PPI the 5-inch display dominates the competition. It's clear, bright and vivid, and there's very little it isn't great for.” The Synaptics powered enhanced touch inputs allow users to take advantage of the Air Controls features on the Note series or use the device while wearing gloves. Support for MicroSXHD cards provides massive storage upgrade potential while the 13-megapixel camera and 4G LTE support provide plenty of ways to use the storage space.

The device runs Android Jelly Bean with the TouchWiz interface. This is where things get questionable for the S4. The TouchWiz interface is something that many users either love or hate. It offers enhanced features over the stock interface. Unfortunately, they are sometimes less than intuitive. Another concern is the materials used for the phone. Samsung has always been a fan of plastic cases. The S4 is no exception.

While the phone does not feel frail or flimsy, it certainly has a cheaper feel than many of the polycarbonate or aluminum devices available from competitors. David Pierce of The Verge says “I don't like holding this phone, and I can't overstate how much that informs the experience of using it. It makes an awful first impression, slippery and slimy and simply unpleasant in your hand.”

Reviews (8.3/10 Avg. rating)


So many cool, useful, and sometimes scarily clever tools

from About

Yet again, Samsung have produced a market leading smartphone. It may seem to some to be more like the Galaxy S3.1 than a full update, but for those who give it the time, learn what it can do and take advantage of the advanced features, it really is hard to beat. The 5in screen is fantastic, the camera is both powerful and great fun, and the whole package feels well thought out. The slightly cheap feel does let the phone down somewhat, but the choice of materials almost certainly reflects in the price (as well as the weight) of the S4. Available from all major carriers for around $199 on a n... Full review


Still a good buy

from AndroidPIT
I'm not going to tell you which phone to buy. I'm sure by now you already have a hunch as to which one you'd like. But the Galaxy S4 certainly isn't a bad bet. However, for those who want an expandable storage drive and a removable battery, it would be right up your alley. The good news is that consumers now have a choice between many excellent Android models, even if a year old, and of course each with their strengths and weaknesses. Despite the arrival of the Galaxy S5, Galaxy S4 still have massive appeal... Full review
Expert Reviews

Packs a lot of good extras in a handheld package

from Expert Reviews

It's hard to find chinks the S4's general excellence. The storage is measly and the mono speaker and lack of FM radio may be a downer for some, but despite these it's still a lot of phone for your money.

The S4 is a lot of smartphone for your money today. The lack of a big.LITTLE processor is a shame, as it looks to be a great idea, but even without it the S4 embodies that phrase rather nicely. The screen is bigger than that on the HTC One, the battery is bigger than the HTC One's or the one in the Sony Xperia Z, yet the phone itself is slightly smaller than either. Simply put, Sams... Full review

Good Housekeeping

A solid choice for your next Android smartphone

from Good Housekeeping

The Galaxy S4 does everything well: It contended for the top spot on nearly every test we threw at it. The S4 offers great battery life; in our Good Housekeeping Research Institute tests, it streamed video for 10 hours on its beautiful 5” HD display. The S4 is no slouch in processing power as well, scoring highly on graphics performance benchmarks and giving you fast navigation and reliable video playback.

Our consumer testers loved the phone as well, giving it high marks on ease of use including reading, navigating, and typing. The iPhone users especially appreciated the p... Full review


One of the best options available

from GottaBeMobile
If you plan to use the Galaxy S4 on a contract be sure to look at Galaxy S5 deals before settling on the Galaxy S4, and make sure you look for Galaxy S4 deals online instead of going straight to a carrier store. For more on each feature check out the original Galaxy S4 review. If you don’t need a slightly bigger, and much better looking, display or a water-resistant design the Galaxy S4 delivers a good smartphone experience and it will very likely see at least one more Android update from Samsung that could add some Galaxy S5 features... Full review
GSM Dome

Exquisite phone if you need a huge number of features

from GSM Dome
We give the Samsung Galaxy S4 a 9 out of 10 for design, 9.5 out of 10 for hardware and a 10 out of 10 for OS and UI. The final grade is 9.5 out of 10, which is very close to the 9.67 out of 10 we gave HTC One. Galaxy S4 is the kind of phone that takes care of you, being so much more than a phone... Full review

Blazing fast but a little bloated

from APC
The S3 sold insanely well, but the differences between it and the S4 don’t pan out if you’re looking to upgrade. If you’re just after a new premium smartphone, the S4 is good, although there are now better-designed, slicker alternatives that perform just as well... Full review

It's a very solid device that belies that exterior and shouldn't be discounted for it

from TechRadar
The Galaxy S4 is a great, great device in its own right, re-inventing what it means to own a brilliant smartphone in a number of ways. The gestures are cool, the touch-less experience amazing at times - in short, it's a wonderful phone you want to pull out of your pocket again and again and again... Full review

Stock Android experience, snappier performance, improved battery life

from PhoneArena
Should you go out and buy this, especially when this unlocked model is flaunting an outright price point of $649? Well, if you’re a diehard Android user, one who takes pride in getting that untouched experience, this is arguably a device that’ll appeal to you – even more when it’ll more than likely receive updates faster than its TouchWiz sibling. Indeed, the price point will scare anyone who hasn’t dabbled in anything except carrier-subsidized phones, but we’re certain that these specific people would easily fork over the money to pick it up... Full review
Digital Trends

Samsung’s great hardware with Google’s clean, fast Android OS

from Digital Trends
The Google Edition Galaxy S4 is a smartphone made for a particular type of Android lover. The kind of person who likes the core operating system and doesn’t want companies messing with the look or the functionality or adding a bunch of apps. This kind of Android fan will do all of that themselves, thank you. For this crowd, this GS4 model offers a great alternative to the Nexus 4. The biggest drawback is price. Unlocked and unsubsidized, this phone costs $649 to own. That price buys you freedom from contracts as well as from TouchWiz... Full review


Good phone bad battery life

good phone, worst battery life of all smart phone its a smart phone, i expect to be able to play with it during the day but if i dont plug it during lunch time the battery die even if i can change the battery do we call that a solution
good phone, worst battery life of all smart phone its a smart phone, i expect to be able to play with it during the day but if i dont plug it during lunch time the battery die even if i can change the battery do we call that a solution Less

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Full Specs

Release date April 26, 2013
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom, India
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
1700 MHz
SIM Card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean (Update Available: 5.0.1 Lollipop)

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Processor ARM Cortex-A15 Quad-core 1.9 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
16 GB or 32 GB or 64 GB
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.5 W/kg
Body: 0.65 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2600 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 660 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 600 minutes
3G Surfing Time 480 minutes
4G Surfing Time 480 minutes
Talk Time Up to:
1020 minutes (2G)
1020 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 20.7 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Aurora Red, Black Myst, Blue Arctic, Brown Autumn, Gold, Pink Twilight, Purple Mirage, White Frost
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.7 x 7.0 x 0.8 cm
(5.4 x 2.8 x 0.3 in)
Weight 130 grams
(4.6 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Super AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel Density 441 pixels
Size 5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Adapt display
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Google Android
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM (Google Talk)
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared Yes
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN, OBEX
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
DLNA Support Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
PictBridge No
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 13+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Image stabilization, Night mode, Panorama, Dual camera feature (Dual Shot / Dual Recording/ Dual Video Call), Drama shot, Eraser, Sound & Shot, 360 Photo, Beauty face, HDR
Video Recording Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 60 fps
Front Camera  
Resolution 2+ megapixels
Zoom No
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters HD (1280 x 720 pixels), 30 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, WMA, WAV, OGG, AMR-NB
Radio Yes (FM/RDS)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, DivX, XviD
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Yes
Apps Yes (YouTube, Google Play Store, Google Plus, Google Latitude)
Included Software / Apps Yes
Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung Galaxy S 4, Galaxy S IV, Galaxy S IV LTE, Galaxy S4 LTE, GT-I9505

- Samsung Smart Scroll
- Infrared gestures
- Humidity sensor
- S Translator
- Auto adjust touch sensitivity (Glove friendly)
- Eye Tracking
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