Apple iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3: Spec Comparison

Check out how Apple's iPhone 5 specs compare to its toughest Android rival, Samsung's Galaxy S3.

The iPhone 5 is out, but for the first time, Apple’s once-unstoppable smartphone has some serious competition. Samsung’s Galaxy S3 is the first smartphone outside the iPhone to break the control of wireless carriers and be released simultaneously on all four major U.S. carriers, and U.S. Cellular. It has even sold more than 20 million units in its first 100 days of availability, an unheard of number outside of the iPhone. It’s one of the best examples of what Google’s Android operating system has to offer.

Spec Comparison Chart

Model

iPhone 5

Galaxy S3

OS


iOS 6

Android 4.0 (I.C.S.)

Updatable OS?

User storage (GB)

16/32/64

16/32/64

Subsidized Price (US$)

199/299/399

199/249/?

Carrier(s)

AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, Regionals

AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, Regionals

Network

GSM, CDMA, 4G LTE

GSM, HSDPA, 4G LTE

CPU type

A6 (most likely dual core or two dual core)

Cortex A9 quad core

CPU speed (GHz)

1.2 GHz (Apple hasn’t specified)

1.4GHz

RAM (MB)

1024

1024 or 2048 (conflicting sources)

Display type

Retina Display - IPS LCD

Super AMOLED

Display res. (pix)

1136 x 640

1280 x 720

Pixel Density

326

306

Display (diag, in)

4

4.8

MircoSD slot

x

√ (up to 64GB External Storage)

Rear camera (MP)

8, 1080p video

8, 1080p video

HDR Mode

Rear Camera Aperture

f/2.4

f/2.63

Likes to Party?

 √

 √
Video image stab.

 

Front camera (MP)

1.2 720p video

1.9, 720p video
Camera flash

Dual LED

LED
Audio out

3.5mm jack

3.5mm jack
Speakerphone

On-screen video

Supports up to 1080p

Supports up to 1080p
Wireless video

AirPlay (720p or 1080p)

DLNA
Video Out   HDMI via Adapter
USB port

x

microUSB v2.0
Wi-Fi 8.2.11 a/b/g/n 8.2.11 a/b/g/n
Wi-Fi Hotspot Carrier Dependent Carrier Dependent
Bluetooth 4.0 4.0
Compass
Gyroscope 3-axis
Accelerometer
Barometer x
Sensors proximity, ambient light proximity, ambient light
NFC x
Size (in) 4.87 x 2.31 x 0.3 5.26 x 2.78 x 0.34
Weight (oz) 3.95 4.69
Battery (mAh) Unknown 2100
Talk time (min) 480 (3G) 700 (3G)
Standby time (hr) 225 790
Available colors Black & Slate, White & Silver Sapphire Black, Marble White, Amber Brown, Garnet Red, Pebble Blue, Titanium Grey
Announced Sep 12, 2012 May 1, 2012

 

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