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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  • http://twitter.com/Maxdavedallas Casey

    I was hoping for much much more. Never again will I get coked out for an android product unveil unless its Nexus brand. I don’t understand why people are so nuts over the Korean phone.

    • Pacomacman

      Most of what Samsung had to offer are novelty features that in sure will be turned off the first time they go wrong (eye tracking). What is the point of 440ppi on any device. You can’t see anything over 300 so it’s just wasting VOU and GPU! We all know the way the megapixel war went with cameras and that more pixels does not necessarily give a better image…. Oh and finally, it looks just like the S3 (Android users can stop poking fun at Apple). At least Apple has a good design worth sticking too, this thing just looks plastic and flimsy.

      The best thing about this phone the removable battery!

      • http://twitter.com/Maxdavedallas Casey

        I’m surprised Samsung never added a p0rn assist feature, maybe that’s for 2015

        • mkimid

          Yes, Apple has already

      • DEFMAD

        Every time I think of samsung I think of cheap plastic. I don’t care what they pack in their products, the horrible designs and their excessive use of plastic means I won’t even touch their products with a 10 foot pole.

        • Thatsgr8

          Well said

      • John

        Actually you can see more than Apple’s “retina” display. It depends on the distance the viewer is looking at too. Trust me, you will notice the difference, subconsciously or not. You screamed at Apple’s 326 pixel density, but spat on Samsung’s 440. I don’t even need to go further, one cannot discuss with a fanboy. We need more tech-savvy people, not Apple or Android-savvy.

        • John

          I do agree with many features being novelty features though.

          • http://rounak.me/ Rounak Jain

            Want to know how many S3 buyers even know about the raisetocall feature.

          • genXhippie

            Nevertheless, I prefer novelty features over lack of.

          • genXhippie

            Nevertheless, I prefer novelty features over lack of.

        • Zangpakto

          Sorry, so wait.. you have a MD? Or degree in engineering? Do you understand the fact DPI isn’t actually relevant after a certain amount? I mean, you can’t be that stupid. Yes, distance is involved, but what you going to do? Look at the thing under a microscope constantly?

          • Lawrnzo

            You need your MD striped if you have one…seriously. Let’s wait to see what apple comes out next in the sense of screen and come back here with your “fanboism” and tell us how useless it is since it won’t make any difference. I remember Apple saying, a phone screen larger than 3.5 inch is useless. Last time i checked, iPhone 5 is………???

      • genXhippie

        “You can’t see anything over 300…. ” This is not an undisputed fact by any end means. This is only a statement/rhetoric made by Apple in their presentation(s).

        • Pacomacman

          Yeah but come on, we’ve been using much less than 300dpi on our desktop PC monitors, and yes if you sit 12″ from your screen you can see the difference, but that isn’t the point. I’d rather not have processor and GPU cycles waisted rendering extra pixels and wasting my battery.

          • genXhippie

            Well, that was my point. Just because we been using “much less than”, does not necessarily mean we should continue, nor was it good enough then or now imo. Although, I do agree battery is a constant nagging issue. But, I do not wish to sacrifice on features nor quality for the sake of battery life. I much rather they provide us with an adequate battery supply(larger battery) instead skimping on features.

          • bcsc

            iPhone 5 – 1440 mAh……S4 – 2600 mAh. and replacable. Battery is not an issue.

          • genXhippie

            Yes, I know. ” iPhone 5 – 1440 mAh” does not cut it/ make the grade. Apple needs to provide larger batteries, more juice. Instead they’re are using the small batteries as another excuse for not giving us consumers more enhanced features imo.

      • mkimid

        326 vs 440 shows noticeable difference. Even little more than 360 also. Already, we have experienced with the other models which has announced already.

    • AFa

      Seriously who would move an arm from side to side just to change a page, its more convenient and effortless to just slide with a finger! All these gimmicks look like they want to catch buyers, but in the end they won’t be useful at all

      • haaha

        when you hands are dirty, will you touch your screen?

        • genXhippie

          There you go, good question.

        • AFa

          This answer is the same as the arguments stated when the iPhone and other touch screen devices were compared to the ones with buttons.. but look at where we are now.

          • genXhippie

            Perhaps, but it still better to have that option(s) than not to imo.

        • laurnzo

          I’m glad someone finally saw the sense in that. I mean, think of how many times you wish you could use your phone without buying special gloves or removing them to use your phone when in the cold. How many times you have to wash your hands and dry them before touching the screen, how many times you have to rewind a video because you got distracted and this list can go on and on If Apple was the first to come out with all these “Gimmick” they would have been less BS about how useless it is. Long story short, don’t get it if you don’t want it.

  • abubasim

    Sorry, but isn’t the LG Nexus 4 also a Korean phone? With a glass back and no microSD card and maximum 16GB internal capacity… XD

    I wish I could have the SGS4 with a pure Android OS without that infernal TW crap. But for a pure official Android experience on a phone, you have to go for inferior hardware. At least for me the choice is clear. At least I can try out CM10 if I get fed up with TouchWiz.

    • http://rounak.me/ Rounak Jain
    • http://twitter.com/Maxdavedallas Casey

      I’m with you, drop all the Samsung crap and just Indulge in nice hardware. The nature inspired icons and skin makes me want to vomit!

    • genXhippie

      Just root the SGS4 when available, problem solved as with the SGS3 presently.

    • Nosferatu

      You can it’s called custom ROMs. Something you can’t do no iPhone (replace the OS). There’s AOSP, AOKP, CM, etc. etc. etc. I own an S2 and I went to AOKP for a while from TouchWiz but shockingly already went back to TW. There’s certain things I like about it and other things I don’t I can usually hide with a launcher.

      That being said, the presentation was AWFUL. The device I’m eager to upgrade to. If I had an S3 I’d question the upgrade as Sammy said most of the software features will port from the S4 but coming from an S2 it’s a no brainer.

      Good read here from iPhonehacks on the device.

  • http://twitter.com/Maxdavedallas Casey

    Samsung left out the p0rn*assist feature for 2015

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004036573264 Mitchell Cameron Taylor

    Apple has well and truly fallen behind. It seems Samsung knows you need more than a simple processor upgrade to get people excited. Apple could learn something here.

    • http://twitter.com/Maxdavedallas Casey

      Yea, during a product unveil make the viewer feel as awkward as possible! Do a broadway show and show off featurers in a theatrical way lol, if you havent seen the official unveil. Apple is just fine bing classy and calm!

      • genXhippie

        I’m believe, he’s speaking about the actual device, not the presentation. The presentation was perhaps strange/awkward, but that became irrelevant once it ends, imo. It is time to move on to the actual device.

      • barondebxl

        Yeah, apple does a better job at unveiling. But the actual product is better at samsung. Now if the unveiling is more important to you than the product itself…..

    • mkimid

      Till S3, Samsung just focused on HW(at least, much better than iPhone), and They are so behind in SW(No doubt, iOS and it’s applications). But, they has changed so much in S4 (so much effort to put some thing in SW part). Now Apple can not say what is the advantage via their competitor now. I hope Apple can give up the answers on the next release of iPhone

    • RandomGamer342

      Because the S4 is REALLY INNOVATIVE, right?

      I’d love a list of the important innovations of the S4, as everything i see is pretty gimmicky.

      (For the record, apple isn’t innovating either at this point, but trying to make samsung out as a glorious messiah is stupid as they’re doing the same thing)

      • Kraken

        Agreed. Most of the software enchancements look gimicky or downright painful to use to me. The first thing I would do is root it and install Cyanogenmod.

        But the hardware is great:

        1. 1080p screen
        2. IR remote capabilities
        3. 13MP Camera
        4. MicroSD slot
        5. Removable high-capacity battery
        6. The usual CPU/memory improvements.

        The iPhone has almost none of that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/THExREALxTACO Jeremy Taco Patterson

    Wow, I expected much warmer feedback. Even though this is “iPhoneHacks”, its usually full of Samsung/Android fanboys and pot-stirrers.

    I agree that it just looks overblown on most fronts. I expect even with all of that processing power, it will be BARELY faster than the iPhone 5, if at all. As said earlier, MP wars with phones will be exactly the same as MP wars with digital cameras: more is only better up to a point. I would imagine its going to be diminishing-returns over 10MP. Two MP front camera is pretty nice though. Props for that.

    As for all the eye-movement based stuff, that stuff better be on point or people will HATE that. If it becomes a pain, which really does seem very likely, it will be turned off, in which case it will be wasting space.

    One HUGE bit of Ammo the Sammy fanboys have officially lost is the “Apple phones all look alike” argument. This thing looks JUST like the GS3, MUCH more than the iPhone 5 resembles the 4/4S. Don’t ya hate that…

    • mkimid

      You are going to wrong way, so stupid. Why we are trying understand the hw & sw spec from the other machine. It is not just talking about. We try to find the current position of Apple, and Trend of technology. Did you ever heard about “Benchmark” ?

      • http://www.facebook.com/THExREALxTACO Jeremy Taco Patterson

        I have heard of “Benchmark” and I know that when it was released, the iPhone 5 had the highest benchmark scores of ANY mobile device, including tablets.

        But you can’t really expect Apple to build a phone to out perform phones that were not even in existence 6 months ago when the iPhone 5 was released.

        • Pacomacman

          Agreed, Apple not only beat the opposition in every other benchmark (other than pure CPU), it managed it on a lower clocked CPU. Nothing like a well optimised OS running on dedicated hardware.

          • http://www.facebook.com/THExREALxTACO Jeremy Taco Patterson

            Lower clocked CPU with fewer “cores”.

            PLUS a better display, per independent testing labs, even without the vaunted “more PPI”.

            Give me Optimized, Lean, Fast and Light over hulking, bloated, fast and heavy ANY DAY.

        • mkimid

          JTP, you are so funny, and I seriously, I can feel your dummy head. Suching “Benchmarking” Instead of ‘Benchmark”, you may find the meaning.

          Benchmarking is the process of the comparing one’s business process and performance metrics to to industry bests or best practices from other industries………..

          • http://www.facebook.com/THExREALxTACO Jeremy Taco Patterson

            I wouldn’t get too carried away with the insults. Benchmarking can most definitely apply to more than one aspect of performance.

            To ANY business, the most important NUMBER is PROFIT. Apple sets the benchmark on that number with almost TRIPLE the profit Android send to the bank.

            So maybe, before you call somebody a “dummy”, you need to check what is really important. Apple makes the most money by nearly triple with less than half the number of active devices. Android is practically GIVING its service away, and the phone companies are making the only money to be made from Android devices at the point of sale.

      • DigitalXtreme

        I own and use an iPhone 5. Have owned every iPhone model since day one, and I am in no way endorsing Android or Samsung. I was simply making an observation on the new S4. Also @mkimid your response is very hard to read and understand. Benchmarking is a reliable way to measure the performance of any technology, so I fail to see your argument there. I was merely pointing out to all the Android/Samsung/Galaxy S fanboys that just because it’s new and has a lot of questionably useful new features, does not make it better. Just saying…

        • mkimid

          Measuring of performance is a just part of benchmarking. We are reviewing a competitor’s device now, It is a part of benchmarking also.
          Anyway, I have all iPhone and iPad now, and some samsung and LG devices. For reviewing and comparing, this kind of takes are the part of benchmarking also.

        • mkimid

          And the comparing base on the benchmarking is should be fair and strict, not just a clam. It is my point,

  • Overlord

    Gotta agree that touchWiz is very annoying but the phone isn’t that bad at all ,i might consider replace my iphone with the SGS4.And yeah Apple falling behind big time ,they have to catch up with it is competitors but sadly i don’t think it will happen with next iphone 5s or whatever is called…

    • Pacomacman

      So other than battery consuming widgets and animated wallpapers what worthwhile features are at the top of your wish list. The only one I’d like is a removable battery, otherwise Samsung can keep their gimmicks!

  • Mary

    Best article on the s4 out there. Clear and concise summary. Great job. Engadgets summary sucked.

    • http://www.iphonehacks.com iPhoneHacks

      Wow! Thanks for that compliment.

  • http://www.facebook.com/marius.zotea Marius Zotea

    The presentation is the WORST. Apple’s presentations are soooo much better. I watch those with pleasure. This one is torture.

    As for the product. I don’t like TW at all. If I were to buy a new device I would go for a Nexus. The features presented are just battery consumers. So basically it’s an S3 S with some features that you will most likely turn off.

    • http://www.facebook.com/brandon.hash Brandon Hash

      yeah samsung’s presentation just screamed trying to hard to appeal to a younger crowed. I’m part of that crowed and even I think it just became weird and awkward 0_o

  • genXhippie

    I own a jb iP5. That being said, Apple’s so called “retina display” is a
    frickin’ industry joke now, comparing to the competitions’ high-end phones imo. :/ Move your ass Apple, screen and camera wise.

  • genXhippie

    Thanks for a good unbiased (it’s refreshing) write up, it much appreciated. I am not a particular brand fanboy, since I own a Nokia N8, rooted SGN2, and jailbroken iP5.

    • http://www.iphonehacks.com iPhoneHacks

      Glad you liked it!

  • Ian

    Surely they took design advice from Apple for this. Apple’s advice was “Just keep it looking the same. Advertise some gimmicks. And watch the suckers buy it” :p

    • http://www.facebook.com/THExREALxTACO Jeremy Taco Patterson

      Apple realizes the design is only a “big deal” when it’s NOT right. Once you have a form that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing, there is no need to drastically change the looks. Apparently, Samsung caught on to that. What a shocker… Samsung copying Apple. NEVER heard of that…

  • samsung vs apple

    All isheeps admit it samsung is better. If u couldn’t jailbreak your iphone would. Still buy an Iphone. … no so ya apple sucks there ios and every thing through itune and no sd slot

    • genXhippie

      You are 100% correct imo. I would NOT buy an iPhone, unless it’s jailbreakable. A stock iPhone is nothing more than a pricey feature phone in my eyes, due to all it ‘s imposed limitations and restrictions. Actually, I did not purchase the iP5, until one week before the evasion release.

      • Pacomacman

        I’m always prepared to pay a premium for a well made phone, regardless of the cost. People keep banging on about Android being better than iOS, but from a developers perspective I’m yet to find any professional programmer that program’s both OS’s and prefers Android. If Apple wanted to offer widgets, customisable home screen and animated wallpapers Android fans would still find fault. At least iOS is virus and malware free!

    • http://www.facebook.com/THExREALxTACO Jeremy Taco Patterson

      I bought my iPhone 5 knowing it may be a long time before the JB would be available. I LIKE JB’ing, but wouldn’t leave Apple even if there was never another Jailbreak.

  • http://twitter.com/TheMartyMart Marty Mart

    I found this presentation very entertaining and fresh. I applaud Samsung for doing something different and this phone has severely impressed me.

  • http://twitter.com/TheMartyMart Marty Mart

    And also, great job on the summary with the article. This is how it should be done, take notes other websites. And also good job for including the YouTube videos!

  • http://rounak.me/ Rounak Jain

    Totally amazed by Samsung’s choice of typeface in its press shots. AT LEAST COPY THAT FROM APPLE!

  • http://www.facebook.com/stephen.kennard Steve Kennard

    All the S4 needs is a Ssmell app, so you could do a group fart to all your contacts.

  • What Was That?!

    MY EYES!!! What the hell did i just watch! thats was highly embarrassing… oh man..

    I can see samsung fanboys getting some crap from today after they laughed at the look of the iphone 4s/5…. the S4 looks like ermmmm S3 i think they’ll see.

    BUT after all that, nice spec phone, nice features etc etc… just a shame it aint running OSX..

    • Mike

      The iPhone 5 design and the ios looks like the iPhone 4S, iPhone 4 , iPhone 3GS ,and iPhone 3

      • RandomGamer342

        The ip5 looks like the ip3 in the same way my old sony walkman looks like a nokia

    • mkimid

      in fact, I have disappointed about there is not unique features, everything has been copied from the other product or software. and, they just put the new name. BUT, we have to understand, ONLY advanced of Apple is SW. and, Apple’s competitor start to concentrate on the SW area more deeply.

  • M.B

    I unveil my plastic sword

  • Dev

    As usual, samsung shows off features you normally turn off. Still sticking to Apple.

    • genXhippie

      Perhaps, but rather have the option to shut off those features, than not have an option at all, which is Apple’s typical dictating approach imo.

  • Mike

    Yeah this is the phone I’m getting goodbye iphone 5 in April apple is still playing catch up from the galaxy s3 the galaxy has a removable battery unlike iPhones and the samsung is more user friendly unlike strict apple and most of the apps for a rooted android phone are free unlike on cydia everything basically is overpriced

    • http://www.facebook.com/THExREALxTACO Jeremy Taco Patterson

      Yay! Now GTFO!

      • Mike

        That’s the samething I say to your mom when I bust a nut

        • http://www.facebook.com/THExREALxTACO Jeremy Taco Patterson

          Tell me you at least give her cab money? You inconsiderate jerk!

    • RandomGamer342

      I don’t even know anymore.

      Can i sue you for brain damage?

    • mkimid

      I agree with you, HW itself, Apple’s competitor has much better. but, Apple still have a good SW environment/experience yet. but, Apple’s competitor keep developing a new feature one by one, and very interesting. I am not sure, how Apple will protect their position under the current situation.

  • Apel P

    I Am So Mad I Wasted My Contract On The iPhone 5 Now.

  • Apel P

    When is this going to be released?

    • Apel P

      Sorry Didn’t Read The Post Well Enough, End Of April.

  • DigitalXtreme

    So, I watched the Samsung Galaxy S4 event last night, and have to say the presentation was an EPIC FAIL. Really? As far as the unit itself, I will hold judgment until it has been benchmarked against the competition. It is pretty much the same form factor, and seems to only offer novelty features that will be turned off the first time they go wrong. Could end up being a cool phone, but actual testing by non-biased third parties covering features, durability, stability, security, innovation, battery life, drop tests, and etc.. will be the true determination. Any company including Apple can put on a smoke screen show, but only actual field testing by qualified people can truly say which is superior. I always choose based on actual facts that apply to my needs in a device vs. the so called next best thing. I want my phone to always be a communication devise first, and sized for non-cumbersome portability. I have a tablet for more complex operations. Just my personal choice. Hopefully the S4 will live up to all the hype.

  • Thatsgr8

    Same crap coming from Samsung. It will NOT give Apple a run for there money. It’s more like a novelty item that will be lost after the fun factor wore off. Humidity sensor “Really” and that will be used for what? What a joke AGAIN

  • Erik

    Time to step it up Apple. I don’t think an iphone 5s is gonna cut it this time, unless all the software capabilities of the s4 are introduced to it. 1080p displays are gonne be the norm too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/iamchristhegreat Chris Emry

    I have had an iPhone since the 1st launch, BUT, I really like and think I want this phone. Hmmm.

  • barondebxl

    I never seen that many comments on an iphonehacks article. Samsung is doing great apparently.

  • 1h84ppl3

    Until now, apple iphone can’t SEND or RECEIVE files from other phones with Bluetooth.

  • Ravi

    I got this ^_^