Samsung Unveils The Galaxy S4

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After months of rumors and speculations Samsung unveiled the next generation its Galaxy S smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S4 (or officially called Galaxy S 4) at an event at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

As expected, Samsung Galaxy S4 comes packed with tons of features such as 4.99 inch Full HD Super AMOLED display with 441 ppi, 13-megapixel back facing camera and 2-megapixel front facing camera, powered by the 1.6GHz/1.2GHz Exynos 5 Octa processor or 1.9GHz Snapdragon quad-core processor depending on the region, replaceable battery and lots more.

Technical Specifications:

Here’s a look at the complete technical specifications of Samsung Galaxy S4:

  • Display: 4.99 inch Full HD Super AMOLED (1920×1080) display with 441 ppi.
  • Processor: 1.6GHz/1.2GHz Exynos 5 Octa processor or 1.9GHz Snapdragon quad-core processor depending on the region
  • Camera: 13-megapixel back facing camera and 2-megapixel front facing camera.
  • Memory: 2GB LPDDR3 RAM 
  • Storage: 16GB/32GB/64GB
  • Dimensions: 136.6 x 69.8 x 79 mm
  • Weight: 130 grams
  • Battery: replaceable 2600mAh battery
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, RGB light, Digital compass, Proximity, Gyroscope, Barometer, IR Gesture, Temperatur & Humidity
  • OS: Android 4.2.2 [Jelly Bean]
  • Network: 3G [HSPA+ 42Mbps]: 850/900/1900/2100 Mhz, 4G [LTE Cat 3 100/50Mbps]: up to Hexa band
  • Connectivity:
    • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (HT80)
    • NFC
    • Bluetooth 4.0
    • IR LED (Remote Control), MHL 2.0
    • GPS / GLONASS
  • It looks like the Galaxy S4 comes with a wireless charging feature, but one needs to buy a a new back cover ($39.99), as well as a dedicated wireless charger ($59.99) according to CNET.

Software features:

Samsung also announced the following new software features for its flagship device:

  • Smart Pause: Pauses a video when you look away and automatically resumes where you left off when you look back at the screen again.
  • Smart Scrolling: Automatically scroll up or down emails or websites by looking and tilting your wrist.
  • Air View: Enlarge photos and content, preview emails and speed dial by hovering your finger over the screen. 
  • Air Gesture: Ability to accept calls, change music or browse the web and your photos with gestures without touching the device.
  • S Voice Drive: It uses Galaxy S4’s built-in navigation system and lets you make calls, send messages, and check the weather with voice commands. When a message comes in, it alerts you and also reads the message and lets you reply or cancel.  
  • S Translate: It allows you to translate between 9 languages using text-to-speech or speech-to-text — which means you can type something and have it spoken aloud, or use your phone to record a snippet of spoken language and translate it into text that you can read.
  • S Health: It comes with updated S Health app. It takes advantage of the built-in pedometer for tracking steps and uses the temperature and humidity sensor to tell you the current status of surroundings for your activities.
  • Dual Camera: It allows you to take photos and video by simultaneously shooting with front and back facing camera, so that along with the photo and video, you can also capture your reaction.
  • Dual Video call: Lets users make and receive a video call while showing the recipient what you are looking at during the call.
  • Sound and Shot: You can also record the sound when you take a photo.
  • Drama Shot: It is an upgraded version of Burst mode. It can take 100 photos in four seconds, and  presents those images in an easy-to-manage collage.
  • Group Play: Wirelessly connect multiple Samsung Galaxy S4 phones to play games and share photos and documents.
  • Story Album:  Allows you to create a photo album based on special occasions. Also allows you to apply themes and chose various layouts and get them printed through Blurb.
  • WatchOn: It allows you to remotely control your TV and set-top boxes. It also suggests different programs based on your preferences and provides program schedules.
  • Adapt Display: It “learns” what you are viewing and adjusts the display’s brightness accordingly. It comes with 7 automatic modes and 4 manual modes to provide the optimal viewing experience.
  • Adapt Sound: Adjusts the volume and tone based on your environment, sound source and your preferences.

Photo Gallery:

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Click on the image above to see a slideshow of all the Galaxy S4 photos

Hands-on video:

Accessories:

The video embedded below gives a glimpse of the accessories that Samsung has launched for the Galaxy S4 courtesy Stefan from Android Beat.

Price:

Samsung hasn’t announced the pricing of Samsung Galaxy S 4 yet, but I expect it to be priced same as Galaxy S3 when it was launched.

Availability:

Galaxy S4 will be launching on 327 carriers in 155 countries, starting at the end of April 2013.

Wrap up:

As you can see the Samsung Galaxy S4 does pack tons of new features and improvements both on the hardware and software front, however there is nothing revolutionary about the device, no wow-factor, it seems like an evolutionary upgrade to the Samsung Galaxy S3 just the way I felt about the iPhone 5. Will it give Apple’s iPhone 5 a run for its money? Hell, Yes!

As a side note, Samsung really needs to rethink the way it introduces its devices as I had to force myself to watch today’s event. Watch the video of the entire event, I’m sure you’ll agree.

You can check out the complete coverage of the Samsung Galaxy S4 launch event on Android Beat, our all-new Android site or follow @Android_Beat Twitter account.

Update 1:

Updated with information about the wireless charging feature.

Update 2:

Updated with video of Samsung Galaxy S4 accessories.

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