Galaxy S4 vs iPhone 5 vs BlackBerry Z10 vs Lumia 920

Samsung recently announced its new Galaxy S4 flagship Android smartphone, which boasts an impressive set of hardware.

Compared alongside its main rivals from other platforms, the Samsung Galaxy S4’s specifications appear to trounce its competition.

It has the biggest battery, fastest processor, highest megapixel camera and greatest resolution display.

Hardware specs should not be used as the only way to compare smartphones, however. The software, ecosystem, and device-specific features also come into play when deciding which device to buy.

For example, the Nokia Lumia 920 has wireless charging based on the Qi built in, while the iPhone’s digital marketplace (iTunes) lets South African users buy or rent movies online.

While specification sheets alone aren’t enough to compare phones, it does remain valuable to look at what the different top-end smartphones have under the hood.

The following table compares the hardware specifications of the Samsung Galaxy S4, iPhone 5, Nokia Lumia 920, and BlackBerry Z10:

Specifications Galaxy S4 iPhone 5 Nokia Lumia 920 BlackBerry Z10
Maker Samsung Apple Nokia BlackBerry
Dimensions 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9mm 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6mm 130.2 x 70.8 x 10.7mm 130 x 65.5 x 9mm
Weight 130g 112g 185g 135.4g
Operating system Android 4.2.2 iOS 6 Windows Phone 8 BlackBerry 10
Display 5″ 1080p HD (1080×1920) 4″ Retina (640×1136) LED IPS 4.5″ (768×1280) IPS 4.2″ WXGA (768×1280)
Rear camera 13MP 8MP 8.7MP “PureView” 8MP
Front camera 2MP 1.2MP 1.3MP 2MP
Storage, internal 16GB/32GB/64GB 16/32/64GB 32GB 16GB
Storage, expandable microSD (64GB) No No microSD
RAM 2GB 1GB* 1GB 2GB
Processor Exynos Octa 5410: 1.6GHz quad-core Cortex-A15 + 1.2GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 Apple A6 (1.2Ghz dual-core*) 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4
Graphics PowerVR SGX 544MP PowerVR SGX 543MP3* Adreno 225 Adreno 225
Battery 2,600mAh 1,440mAh (5.45Wh) 2,000mAh 1,800mAh
Cellular data LTE and HSPA+ models HSPA+, DC-HSPA, LTE 42Mbps HSPA+, LTE LTE, HSPA+, and CDMA models
SIM type Micro SIM Nano SIM Micro SIM Micro SIM
NFC Yes No Yes Yes
* Not official Apple specifications, obtained from iFixit teardown.

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