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Galaxy S6 vs Galaxy Note 4 spec shootout!

by Jacob Kleinman | March 2, 2015March 2, 2015 12:00 pm PDT

Looking to buy a new Samsung phone? The company just unveiled its latest flagship device with the Galaxy S6, but don’t rule out the Galaxy Note 4 just yet. Last year’s high-end phablet is still a powerful contender, even if it’s missing some of the latest features and specs from the South Korean company.

The Galaxy S6 offers a newer Exynos series 7 processor, an improved fingerprint reader and supports the company’s new Samsung Pay service. Then again, the Note 4 features a bigger screen, a bigger (removable) battery and microSD support for adding more storage. At the end of the day the choice may come down to how big you want your smartphone to be, along with whether you prefer a sleeker design or more customization options.

There’s a lot to consider, but we’re here to help. Check out our full spec comparison below along with hands-on photos of the two Samsung smartphones.

Samsung - Galaxy S6 Samsung - Galaxy Note 4
Display Size 5.1-inch, 1440 x 2560 pixel display (576 ppi) 5.7-inch, 1440 x 2560 pixel display (515 ppi)
Resolution X 1440 1440
Resolution Y 2560 2560
Display Type Quad HD Quad HD Super AMOLED
Operating System Android 5.0 (at launch) Android 4.4 (at launch)
Processor Exynos 7 series Quad 2.1GHz + Quad 1.5Ghz, Octacore application processor 2.7 GHz Quad-Core Processor or 1.9 GHz Octa-Core (1.9GHz Quad + 1.3GHz Quad-Core) Processor (varies by country/carrier)
RAM 3GB 3GB
Storage
  • 32GB
  • 64GB
  • 128GB
  • 32GB
External Storage No Yes
Main Camera (Back) 16MP 16MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 5MP 3.7MP
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.1 Bluetooth 4.1
Battery 2550mAh 3220 mAh
NFC Yes Yes
Connectivity
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Micro USB
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Micro USB
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Fingerprint
  • Gyroscope
  • Hall
  • HRM
  • Proximity
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Geo-magnetic
  • Gesture
  • Gyroscope
  • Hall
  • Heart rate
  • UV
GPS
  • Digital compass
  • GLONASS
  • GPS
Height 143.4 mm (5.65 inches) 153.5 mm (6.04 inches)
Width 70.5 mm (2.78 inches) 78.6 mm (3.09 inches)
Depth 6.8 mm (0.27 inches) 8.5 mm (0.33 inches)
Weight 138 g (4.87 oz) 176 g (6.21 oz)
Colors Black, Blue, Gold, White Black, Gold, Pink, White
Supported Audio Formats MP3, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, Vorbis, FLAC, OPUS MP3, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, AMR-NB/WB, Vorbis, FLAC
Supported Video Formats MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM, VP9 H.264, MPEG-4, H.263, VC-1, WMV7, WMV8, Sorenson Spark, MP43, VP8
Other Features
  • IR remote
  • IR Blaster
In The Box N/A N/A

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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