Difference between Samsung Galaxy S4 Active and Samsung Galaxy S3

Key Difference: Samsung announced that it has added a new phone to its lineup that combines the ruggedness of the older Samsung Xcover with the features and oomph of the new Galaxy S4. S4 Active is dust and water-proof. The phone comes with a 5-inch Full HD TFT capacitive touchscreen that differs from the AMOLED used in the S4. Samsung Galaxy S3 is a slate-format multi-touch smartphone that was launched in May 2012. It has a polycarbonate plastic chassis and is available in a variety of different colors. The S3 sports a 4.8 HD Super AMOLED screen with corning gorilla glass 2. It is offered with Android v4.0.4.

 

Samsung announced that it has added a new phone to its lineup that combines the ruggedness of the older Samsung Xcover with the features and oomph of the new Galaxy S4. S4 Active is dust and water-proof and aims to provide direct competition to the Sony Xperia Z. The phone is aimed at the users that require their phone to be durable as well as provide extra features. According to the CEO and President of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics, JK Shin, the phone is designed for the people who love the outdoors.

 

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active shares many features with the S4, but differs in terms of design and aesthetics. The S4 Active is thicker and heavier at 151 grams; the weight is mostly because of the added water and dust proof. The phone has a diamond-pattern textured back that makes it easier to hold the device. The company has also removed the capacitive buttons and replaced them with hardware buttons. The top of the phone houses the 3.5mm headphone jack and has the words waterproof etched next to it. The top also houses the secondary mic and the IR emitter. The volume rocker is on the left side of the phone, while the right side has the power/lock key. The bottom of the phone has the microUSB / MHL 2.0 port that is sealed with a plastic flap. The proximity sensor, light sensor and the IR motion detector are placed on the front above the screen near the speaker. The back of the screen houses the camera and the LED flash.

 

The phone comes with a 5-inch Full HD TFT capacitive touchscreen that differs from the AMOLED used in the S4. It has ~441 ppi pixel density and is protected by corning gorilla glass 3. The phone is powered by 1.9 GHz Krait 300 Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, has Adreno 320 GPU and 2GB RAM. The phone comes with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. The TouchWiz UI changes certain Jelly Bean features offering users with more options. The lockscreen features new widgets such as displaying personal messages overlaid on photos from the TripAdvisor. The water ripples effect has been replaced by the lens flare effect, but can be switched or disabled completely. The lockscreen also offers multiple screen on which users can add widget. Another cool feature is the Quick Glance feature that uses a proximity sensor to detect nearby movement and automatically lights up to display time and notifications.

 

The company has replaced the 13 MP camera with an 8MP rear camera that as a capability to work underwater. The volume rocker can be changed into a temporary camera shutter button that allows users to click photos and record videos underwater. The hardware buttons are also provided for the same purpose. The phone offers 16 GB internal storage capacity of which around 11 GB is available to the user. However, the storage can be expanded by 64 GB using a microSD card.

 

The same amazing features that were offered in Galaxy S4 is available in the S4 Active; including gestures, hovering, air wave, smart play, smart scroll and many other fun features. The phone also comes with an Aqua Mode that can be applied to increase visual quality and clarity for enhanced underwater images. The company has also added certain helpful Samsung Apps including Samsung Hub, S Travel (Trip Advisor), S Health and S Translator that can translate as well as pronounce many different kinds of language. The camera also comes with many different features such as Drama Shot, Sound&Shot, Story Album and Group Play. However, it is unsure if the phone offers Dual Shot or Dual recording. The phone also comes with a IR blaster that can covert the phone into a remote.

 

Samsung Group is a South Korean chaebol, the largest in South Korea. A chaebol is basically a conglomerate. Samsung Electronics has become one of the key competitors in the smartphone market due to innovative technologies. The group has launched popular phones such as Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note II.

 

The Galaxy S3 is a slate-format multi-touch smartphone that was launched in May 2012. It is the successor of Galaxy S2 and Galaxy S but abandons the rectangular design of the predecessors and opts for more rounded corners making it resemble the Galaxy Nexus. The S3 sports a 4.8 HD Super AMOLED screen with corning gorilla glass 2. It is offered with Android v4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and can be upgraded to 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean). The Galaxy S III has a polycarbonate plastic chassis and is available in a variety of different colors. The S3 supports a 1.4 GHz Cortex-A9 Quad-core processor, Mali-400MP GPU and 1 GB RAM. The S3 is available with 16 or 32 GB internal storage capacity, which can be expanded up to an additional 64 GB.

 

The phone boasts an 8 megapixel Auto Focus camera with flash, zero shutter lag and BSI. It also supports a 1.9 megapixel secondary camera that is capable of recording HD videos @30fps. When the phone was initially launched in May, the phone was considered to have been backed with innovative features and the TouchWiz "Nature UX" GUI was considered to be advanced. The GUI also included the “Water Lux” effect which can produce water ripples on contact. The phone also offered S Voice in response to Apple’s Siri, which enabled users to verbally control 20 functions on the phone. It was effectively considered as a iPhone killer. It also received additional publicity because of the ongoing patent infringement lawsuits against Apple.

 

The information for the detailed table about the two phones has been taken from Samsung Press website, Samsung website and GSMArena.com.

 

 

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

Samsung Galaxy S3

Launch Date

Q3/2013

May 2012

Company

Samsung

Samsung Electronics

Size

139.7 x 71.3 x 9.1 mm

136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm

Display

5-inch Full HD TFT capacitive touchscreen

4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED

Screen

1080 x 1920 pixels (~441 ppi pixel density) 16M colors

1280x720 pixels

Protection

Corning Gorilla Glass 3

Corning Gorilla Glass 2

Weight

151 grams

133 g

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE): 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

3G Network

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100

HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100

(HSPA+ 21Mbps): 850/900/1900/2100 MHz

4G Network

LTE 800 / 850 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600

LTE 700 MHz Class 17 / 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 - SGH-I537

Depends on market availability.

GUI

TouchWiz UI

TouchWiz "Nature UX"

CPU speed

1.9 GHz Krait 300 Quad-core

Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A9

GPU

Adreno 320

Mali-400MP

OS

Android OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)

Android OS, v4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich), upgradeable to 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)

Chipset

Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600

Exynos 4412 Quad

RAM

2 GB

1 GB

SIM Size

microSIM

microSIM

Internal Memory

16 GB (Approximately 11.25 GB available to user)

16/32/64 GB (The 64GB model has been discontinued)

Expandable Memory

Up to 64 GB

microSD up to 64 GB

Sensors

Accelerometer Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Digital Compass, Barometer Sensor, Gesture Sensor, Finger Hovering Sensor, Light Sensor

Accelerometer, RGB light, Digital compass, Proximity, Gyro, Barometer

Connectivity

Wi-Fi ac, Wi-Fi Direct, IrDA, NFC, USB 2.0, Bluetooth® 4.0 (LE), USB-On-the-go, USB Host, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot

WiFi a/b/g/n, WiFi HT40, GPS/GLONASS, NFC, Bluetooth® 4.0(LE), microUSB v2.0, USB On-the-go, wireless charging.

Data

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, NFC, Infrared port, USB

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, NFC and USB.

Speed

HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL

HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot

Bluetooth

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, EDR, LE

Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, EDR.

USB

microUSB v2.0 (MHL 2), USB On-the-go, USB Host

micro-USB 2.0; USB On-the-go.

Primary Camera

8MP 3264 x 2448 pixels

8 megapixel Auto Focus camera with Flash & Zero Shutter Lag, BSI.

Secondary Camera

2 MP,1080p@30fps, dual video call

1.9 Mega pixel camera, HD recording @30fps with Zero Shutter Lag, BSI

Video

1080p@30fps, dual-video recording

1080p@30fps, zero shutter lag.

Camera Features

  • Simultaneous HD video and image recording
  • Geo-tagging
  • Touch focus
  • Face and smile detection
  • Image stabilization
  • HDR
  • Aqua mode
  • Autofocus
  • LED Flash
  • Animated photo
  • Rich tone
  • Panorama
  • Beauty Face
  • Best Photo
  • Drama Shot
  • Sound&Shot
  • Simultaneous HD video and image recording
  • Geo-tagging
  • Touch focus
  • Face and smile detection
  • Image stabilization
  • Burst shot & Best photo
  • Recording snapshot
  • HDR

Sound Enhancement

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic.

Audio supported formats

MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WAV, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, MIDI, OGG, IMY, XMF, WMA, FLAC

Audio Codec: MP3, AMR-NB/WB, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, OGG, FLAC, AC-3, apt-X.

Video supported formats

MPEG4, H.263, H.264, DivX4, VP8, WMV9, WMV 7/8, MP43, Sorenson Spark

Video Codec: MPEG4, H.264, H.263, DivX, DivX3.11, VC-1, VP8, WMV7/8, Sorenson Spark Recording & Playback: Full HD (1080p).

Battery Capacity

Lithium-ion 2,600 mAh battery

2100 mAh battery

Talktime

No official data released

2G: 21 hours 40 minutes

3G: 11 hours 40 minutes

Standby Time

No official data released

2G: 590 hours

3G: 790 hours

Available Colors

Urban Grey, Dive Blue, Orange Flare

Pebble blue, Marble white, Amber brown, Garnet red, Sapphire black, Titanium grey, La Fleur

Messaging

SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS

SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS

Browser

HTML5

HTML, Adobe Flash

Radio

N/A

Stereo FM radio with RDS

GPS

GPS with A-GPS support and GLONASS

A-GPS support and GLONASS

Java

via Java MIDP emulator

Java MIDP emulator

Additional Features

  • IP67 certified - dust and water resistant
  • Glove Touch
  • Samsung Smart Scroll/Pause
  • Air View/Gesture
  • Samsung WatchON
  • ChatON
  • Samsung Hub
  • Group Play: Share Music, Share Picture, Share Document, Play Games
  • S Translator
  • S Travel (Trip Advisor)
  • S Health
  • Story Album
  • Google Mobile Services
  • Turn-by-turn navigation
  • Voice natural language, commands and dictation
  • Smart Stay eye tracking
  • Dropbox (50 GB storage)
  • TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
  • SNS integration
  • Organizer
  • Image/video editor
  • Document viewer (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
  • Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
  • Voice memo/dial/commands
  • Predictive text input (Swype)

 

Images Courtesy: samsung.com

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