Samsung Introduced, in an epic broadway style event, the Galaxy S4 to the world. Samsung’s wrapped top-tier hardware into a familiar chassis, and gave it a boost across the board. From a 8-core processor (in the U.S. it will have a 1.8GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor and the International version will have Samsung’s own 1.8GHz quad-core Exynos 5 Octa processor), a larger full 1080p display, and what surely will be an impressive 13 megapixel camera.
Build and design
Though to some disappointment it closely resembles the predecessor Galaxy S III and Note 2, while still offering a more streamlined, refined design. The screen is now 5 inches but the body of the device doesn’t feel much larger than the Galaxy S III. Samsung made the device slimmer and stronger. Gone is the plastic feel of the Galaxy S III; the Galaxy S4 is light, but feels higher quality.
As for the specs…
The full specification rundown looks like this:
• 5″ 1080p Super AMOLED HD display (441 PPI)
• 1.9GHz quad-core Qualcomm processor / 1.6GHz octa-core Exynos processor (depending on market)
• 2GB DDR3 RAM
• 13 MP Rear shooter, 2MP front camera
• 16GB/32GB/64GB Storage, microSD card slot with support up to 64GB
• Android 4.2.2
• Bluetooth 4.0
• 4G LTE Support
• 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi
• IR Blaster
• MHL 2.0
• Temperature and humidity sensors
• 2,600mAH battery
• 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm, 130g
• Two colors: Black Mist, White Frost
• Available on 327 operators in 155 countries
Features. More is what Samsung does!
A Life Companion for a richer, simpler and fuller life!
As beastly as the phone will be it’s also packed to the brim with new features and a ton of software enhancements that will differentiate it from other handsets on the market. They talked about pictures with sound, Air View, S-Translator, Group Play, S-Health, Samsung Knox Security, and Home Sync just to name a few.
A feature that allows you to use both the front and back cameras of the Galaxy S4 at the same time. Also allows for Dual Video Call where you can show people what you are looking at during a video call with the front facing camera.
Other features include:
Drama Shot: takes up to 100 photos in 4 seconds, and overlays them into one.
Eraser: if someone walks into the shot, you can easily remove them.
Sound & Shot: You can record audio with your photos to further enhance your photo experiences when shared.
An automatic album creating function, which you choose from pre-defined album designs to flip through photos with tag information. In a partnership with Blurb, you can print and ship a photo album to loved ones.
Portrayed as a real-time and accurate translator. It understands up to 10 languages, supports text to speech and vice versa.
Enhanced Air features
Building on some of the Air features introduced on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 you can now access Air View using your finger by hovering it roughly 2cm off the screen to preview videos or details inside applications like email and calendars without launching them. There is also Air Gesture to scroll up and down while browsing or wave your hand to navigate through your phone or accept a call.
S Voice Drive
Hands-free access to services drivers frequently need; calling, messaging, navigation, etc
Allows you to control your various home utilities (TV, DVD player) by turning your Galaxy S4 into a remote.
This is a feature that takes cues from AllShare Play, which allow multiple phones to share music to create a virtual surround sound system among friends whether you have an internet connection or not.
Smart Scroll allows you to scroll up and down emails or a browser without touching the screen. When reading, tilt phone slightly up or down to scroll the page.
Pause enables the users to control the screen by where they look. For instance, if you’re watching a video, the phone will pause it if you look away.
Samsung Optical Reader
One for serious networking folk and travellers, this new feature uses the camera tech to translate text on menus and books or read QR codes and can actually view a business card and know exactly what information it needs to pick out and keep.
Having announced its S Health application for the S3 which aims to help you maintain a healthier lifestyle this will also be part of S4 proceedings with a built in pedometer to track your steps and a food tracker to keep an eye on how much calories you are consuming. Additional accessories including an S Band bracelet, body scale and heart rate monitor will be compatible with the S4 and will can then be synced by Bluetooth to give you a much greater overview of your progress.
The Galaxy S 4 will launch in Q2 2013 on 327 operators in 155 countries, including AT&T, Spring, T-Mobile, Verizon, US Cellular, and Cricket in the US; Deutsche Telecom, EE, H3G, Orange, Telenor, Telia Sonera, Telefonica, and Vodafone in the UK.