Samsung announces the Galaxy S4: 5-inch 1080p screen, top of the line specs, releasing this April
After weeks of teasing, Samsung has now officially announced the Galaxy S4 at Radio City Music Hall in New York today. The smartphone looks similar to the images which were leaked earlier.
Samsung will be releasing the device in April across 327 mobile network operators in 155 countries and it will be available in both 3G and 4G / LTE variants.After weeks of teasing, Samsung has now officially announced the Galaxy S4 at Radio City Music Hall in New York today. The smartphone looks similar to the images which were leaked earlier. Samsung will be releasing the device in April across 327 mobile network operators in 155 countries and it will be available in both 3G and 4G / LTE variants. Unlike with GSIII, the GS4 will be available in two colour combinations — Black Mist and Frost White.
The GS4 ups the ante of possibly every feature present in the GSIII and then adds more to that — apart from the same design language. The phone sports a 5-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display with 441ppi pixel density. It still uses the underwhelming PenTile matrix scheme, but at this resolution it should hardly matter. The powerhouse of the device is Samsung’s Exynos 5410 Octa — a 1.8GHz quad-core Cortex A15 couple with 1.2GHz quad-core Cortex A7. The graphics processing is done by PowerVR SGX 544MP3. The smartphone comes out of the box with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, which the latest version of Android currently available — kudos to Samsung for that.
At just 7.9mm thickness and a weight of mere 130 grams, the GS4 sure looks sleek and svelte. The 13 MP rear camera is bumped up significantly from the GSIII, both in terms of hardware and the software features it provides. A 2 MP front-facing camera is included for video-calling and self-photography purposes. Other specs include 2GB of RAM, 16/32/64 GB of internal memory, microSD card slot, WiFi a/b/g/n, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB port with MHL features (TV Out, USB host), A-GPS and GLONASS, 3.5mm audio jack, and NFC. The phone is provided with a 2600mAh battery — a pretty decent capacity for a device of this size.
Samsung has also included 6-cent IR blasters in the phone, which enables it to be used as a remote control for TV and a host of other devices. The TouchWiz UI has been updated, eye-tracking features such as Smart Stay, Smart Rotation and Smart Pause have been added, and Air Gestures are included to bring some of the features currently present in the Note series of smartphones.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Specifications:
- Dimensions: 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm
- Weight: 130 grams
- Display: 4.99″ 16M-color Super AMOLED HD capacitive touchscreen; 1920 x 1080 pixels (441ppi)
- Chipset: Exynos 5410 Octa
- CPU: 1.8GHz Quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 couples with 1.2 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7
- GPU: PowerVR SGX 544MP3
- RAM: 2GB
- OS: Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
- Memory: 16/32GB/64 GB storage, microSD slot for expansion
- Camera: 13 MP auto-focus camera; 2 MP front-facing camera
- Connectivity Options: Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB port with MHL features (TV Out, USB host), A-GPS and GLONASS, 3.5mm audio jack, NFC, Infrared port
- Battery Capacity: 2600 mAh
- Miscellaneous: TouchWiz UI, accelerometer, temperature and humidity sensor, Smart stay and Smart rotation eye-tracking, Smart pause, Smart school, S Health, Air Gestures
The price of the device hasn’t been announced as of of yet, but expect “premium pricing” in accordance with other Samsung devices. The device will be released somewhere around in April, as the exact date is yet to be confirmed. Only time will tell how this device fares up to the expectations of users who’ve grown so fond of the GSIII and other Android devices.
Salman Ravoof is a freelance writer, a mechanical engineer and an avid science and technology enthusiast. He likes creativity and is a great fan of fantasy and sci-fi genre. When not busy, he revels in experimenting and spends most of his time pondering about the existence of reality.
15 March, 2013