Of all the Galaxy S4 Variants, Which One is for You?


As of now, Samsung has launched as many as 5 major variants of its Galaxy S4 flagship so it can be a bit of a headache to decide which one is worth buying for you.

So for the sake of comparison and to make the decision a bit easier to make, here’s a table comparing the features of all the existing Galaxy S4 versions:

GS4 original (octa-core)GS4 US (quad-core version)GS4 miniGS4 ActiveGS4 Zoom
AvailabilityReleasedReleasedComing soonComing soonComing soon
OSAndroid 4.2.2Android 4.2.2Android 4.2.2Android 4.2.2Android 4.2.2
Dimensions136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm124.6 x 61.3 x 8.9 mm139.7 x 71.3 x 9.1 mm125.5 x 63.5 x 15.4 mm
Screen size5 inches5 inches4.3 inches5 inches4.3 inches
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 3Corning Gorilla Glass 3Not specifiedCorning Gorilla Glass 2, Water and dust resistantCorning Gorilla Glass 3
Resolution1080 x 1920 pixels1080 x 1920 pixels540 x 960 pixels1080 x 1920 pixels540 x 960 pixels
Processor1.6Ghz quad-core Cortex A-15, 1.2Ghz quad-core Cortex A-71.9Ghz quad-core Krait SnapDragon 6001.7Ghz dual-core SnapDragon 4001.9Ghz quad-core Krait SnapDragon 6001.5Ghz dual-core Cortex A9
RAM & storage2 GB, 16/32/64 GB2 GB, 16/32/64 GB1.5 GB (3G model), 8 GB2 GB, 16 GB1.5 GB, 8 GB
Card slotYesYesYesYesYes
Rear-camera13 megapixel, LED Flash13 megapixel, LED Flash8 megapixel, LED Flash8 megapixel, LED Flash16 megapixel, 1/2.33” sensor size, Xenon Flash
Video1080p Full HD1080p Full HD1080p Full HD1080p Full HD1080p Full HD
Front-camera2 mp, Full HD2 mp, Full HD1.9 mp2 mp, Full HD1.9 mp
ConnectivityBluetooth 4.0, microUSB 2.0, IR Blaster, USB-OTG, NFCBluetooth 4.0, microUSB 2.0, IR Blaster, USB-OTG, NFCBluetooth 4.0, microUSB 2.0, IR Blaster, NFCBluetooth 4.0, microUSB 2.0, IR Blaster, USB-OTG, NFCBluetooth 4.0, microUSB 2.0, IR Blaster, USB-OTG, NFC
Battery2600 mAh2600 mAh1900 mAh2600 mAh2330 mAh
PriceRs. 60,990Around the same as S4 Original$630The same as S4 OriginalUnannounced


It’s worth nothing though that the GS4 i9505 quad-core SnapDragon version is the phone targeted mainly towards the American market so finding it may prove to be more difficult than you’re thinking. Also the Octa-core version edges it (even if slightly) in benchmarks. Its worse when it comes to battery life though and the i9505 may be more expensive due to shipping costs, duties and taxes imposed while importing.

The GS4 Active is distinctive in a way from the others because of its tough build and waterproof & dust resistant nature. Also it looks better than the regular Galaxy S4. The Galaxy Zoom, however, is for people who mainly take photos using their phone cameras. It’s basically the Galaxy Camera at its heart but with phone capabilities. It’s not very portable and suitable for usage as your normal smartphone, though, due to its huge lens.

It all then comes down to the user, what do they want. It is important to keep your needs in check while buying the suitable version of the phone.