Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Apple iPhone 4S

Vs Tony Crammond 13:50, 7 Nov 2011

We're dealing with rumour and hyperbole this time around, as we compare Apple's newly released iPhone 4S with Samsung's Galaxy S3, courtesy of a juicy product leak

Most people are still arranging their upgrades to Apple's new iPhone 4S, but we're already concerning ourselves with what comes next. In this case it's the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S3.

We've recently got our hands on its intended specification via an internet leak. So in this face-off we'll be playing the 'suspected' Galaxy S3 specs off against the iPhone 4S. 

How will this new Android powered device measure up to the sweetheart of the smartphone world? Well, let's delve into its  alleged specifications and find out.

It's worth remembering that at this stage in the game this is speculation, and there will no doubt be some changes before the final device hits the shops. But let's forget that and indulge ourselves!

Power

Apple's iPhone 4S packs a decent punch thanks to its dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 chip and PowerVR SGX543MP2 GPU, and as the first dual-core toting Apple smartphone to come to market you can enjoy solid, speedy performance throughout.

The device is equipped with 512MB RAM too, which provides a nice snap to proceedings and allows apps to open in a flash thanks to Apple's meticulous optimisations. 

The iPhone 4S comes in 16, 32 and 64GB flavours.

The Galaxy S3 allegedly runs on Samsung's own Exynos 4212 chipset, which includes a huge 1.8GHz dual-core CPU and 2GB RAM (yes, you read that right!), which will have the device whizzing along at a rate previously reserved for laptops and top-end tablets.

In addition to its super powerful CPU, the Galaxy S3 will apparently come in 16 and 32GB flavours with additional support for Micro SD cards up to 32GB in size.

Winner - Samsung Galaxy S3

Display

The Galaxy S3 features a stellar Super AMOLED Plus HD display and rumour has it that it will be 4.6-inches in size and come with the usual array of accoutrements, including Gorilla Glass fronting.

The rumoured pixel density for the Galaxy S3 is 319PPI – only a gnats shy of the iPhone 4S – and if this is correct it will be the most advanced Android device around.

The iPhone 4S features Apple's famed Retina Display technology in the form of a 3.5-inch LED backlit IPS TFT screen, which weighs-in with a pixel density of 330PPI.

Visuals on the iPhone 4S are stunning and it's by far the best mobile display around – at the moment. How it stacks up against the Galaxy S3's Super AMOLED Plus HD in the real world may be cause for a changing of the guard though.

Winner - Apple iPhone 4S

Form

Apple iPhone 4S - 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm, 140G
Samsung Galaxy S3 - ?

Judging this category is going to be tough as no information has been leaked regarding the Galaxy S3's form and measurements – but we can let our imaginations run for a moment, right? No harm in that.

The iPhone 4S is a sleek, slim device which is constructed out of top quality materials. Design tweaks have all but eradicated 'death grip' concerns and, say what you like about Apple, it knows how to design a good looking piece of tech.

The 4S looks and feels like a finished article whereas in many areas the iPhone 4 did not. The antenna fix for one, then there's Siri and all that new hardware – dual-core CPU, 8-megapixel camera etc.

The Galaxy S3 will likely follow in the footsteps of its brother, the Galaxy S2, and be a big-screened, super skinny device.

We expect it to measure less than its stable-mate's 8.5mm thickness and be crafted from the same blend of plastics that let us down with the S2 as well.

In other areas it seems as though Samsung has chosen to refine things, giving the Galaxy S3 more sweeping edges, rather than the boxy shape its predecessor's boasted.

Winner - Apple iPhone 4S

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