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Galaxy Note 4 vs Galaxy S5 – Comparison and Differences

Updated on October 15, 2014

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the Samsung Galaxy S5 are two of the flagship smartphones recently launched by the Korean electronics giant. Presented below is a comparison between these two awesome gadgets.

The Screen

Both the S5 and the Note 4 are ideal examples of the awesome display technology of Samsung. Both feature crisp and beautiful AMOLED displays with deep contrasts, vivid colors, and awesome viewing angles.

The S5 comes with a 5.1-inch screen, a resolution of 1080 pixels, and a ppi of 432. As opposed to this, the Note 4 comes with a much larger 5.7 inches display which is embellished by a 2560 x 1440 pixels resolution, and an incredible ppi of 515.

One can notice the difference between the screen qualities only after looking at them from a very close range. The display of S5 is still stunning. The choice eventually boils down to the size of the screen. Users who want a screen space that is bigger than the 5.1 inches of real estate on the S5 should opt for the Note 4.

The Design

The design of the Note 4 is not completely different from the S5. The former however comes with a metal rim on the sides, bordering the plastic casing. The Note 4 still has the fake leather design like its predecessor, but it is slightly different in the sense that it has done away with the faux stitches. On the other hand, the S5 came with a new perforated and dimpled back cover which did not appeal to the users and who gave it a big thumbs down.

On the front section, both phones have the same standard appearance with a home button and the recent apps and capacitive back keys on its sides. A fingerprint scanner is integrated in the physical home button on both phones. The difference lies in the ‘2.5D glass’ titled feature of the Note 4, indicating that its glass screen bends slightly at the edges, thereby giving it a more appealing look.

The Galaxy Note 4 is bigger than Galaxy S5. The former is thus an ideal device for those looking for additional screen space and those who do not mind the slightly challenging handling experience.

The Performance

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is available in 2 variants. One comes with a Snapdragon 2.5 GHz quad-core 805 processor, assisted by the new generation Adreno 420 GPU. The second variant is powered by a Samsung Exynos octa-core processor, using ARM’s new A57 and A53 cores built into a big-LITTLE architecture. When combined with Android L, due to release later in the year, this architecture will offer a more effective performance. 3 GB of RAM ensures smoother everyday use as well as seamless multitasking.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is also available in 2 versions; one is powered by a 2.5 GHzSnapdragon quad-core801 processor backed by an Adreno 330 GPU, and another comes with an octa-core Exynos 5422 CPU. Both variants have 2 GB of RAM.

The major hardware difference between Note 4 and S5 is that the former comes with a substantially improved newer version of the S-Pen stylus along with many new and enhanced compatible software features. On the other hand, the S5 has water and dust resistant qualities which are lacking in the Note 4.

The Note 4 comes in 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB versions, while the S5 is available in 16 GB and 32 GB versions. Both have microSD external storage options expandable up to 128 GB. Both the devices are laden with many sensors and connectivity options, including a heart rate monitor.

The lower specs on the S5 does not mean that it has performance issues. Cases of lag on the S5 are minimal even after being spiced up with features-laden Samsung’s Touch Wiz interface. The enhanced processing capacity of the Note 4 is comparatively better, even if it has to deal with a higher display resolution and a bigger screen.

The Camera and Battery

Both the Note 4 and the Galaxy S5 come with a 16 MP primary camera at the back. The former however features the OIS or optical image stabilization system that allows for clearer photos, better videos, and super shots under low-light conditions. It is definitely better than the Smart Stabilization software included in the S5.

As compared to the 2.1 MP front camera on the S5, the Note 4 comes with a 3.7 MP secondary camera along with f 1.9 aperture for enhanced performance in dim light situations, a default 90 degree viewing angle, and some other features and modes like panorama mode to make for an enjoyable selfie experience.

The Galaxy S5 comes with a 2,800 mAh battery along with several power saving enhancements. The Note 4 features a much larger 3,200 mAh battery along with an ‘ultra power saving’ mode and fast charging that charges nearly 50 percent of the battery in about 30 minutes.


In the US, the Galaxy S5 is available for an off-contract price of about $650. The Note 4 will be available with Sprint, AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and US Cellular on a 2-year contract for about $300. Off-contract price is around $700.


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    • Louise Daniels profile image

      Louise Daniels 3 years ago

      Thank you for sharing. Your article was very helpful!

    • Wasesaif profile image

      Waseem Saif 3 years ago from Lahore, Pakistan

      Till now it seems both are keeping a great balance with a great differentiation.

      A pretty nice comparison and a very useful information in a formation..

      You are surely a box full of content..