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Samsung Unveils the Galaxy S4

Samsung Unveils the Galaxy S4

After two teaser videos (1) (2) and months of speculation, Samsung finally unveiled its latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S4. Some of its official specs differ from what we've heard in the past few weeks, but are not entirely unexpected. These include:

  • Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
  • 5-inch Full-HD Super AMOLED display 
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.9GHz quad-core processor (specific regions) or Exynos 5 Octa 1.6GHz processor (international model)
  • 2GB RAM
  • 13MP rear autofocus camera with 1080p video recording 
  • 2MP front-facing camera
  • 16, 32 and 64GB internal storage
  • microSD card support up to 64GB 
  • 2600mAh removable battery
  • 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9mm
  • 130g

The Galaxy S4 also comes with a handful of nifty software features, some of which are a step above the current implementation in the Galaxy S III and Note II. For example, the Air View on the Galaxy S4 allows you to hover your finger over an email, text message and image gallery to preview information.

Flipboard also collaborated with Samsung to develop a special version of its app to take advantage of Air View, where you hover a finger over a tile to see the top three articles. You can then select the particular story and load it immediately.

Samsung also takes gesture navigation to the next level with Air Gestures, where you can browse web pages, accept or reject calls, view images in an album, skip songs in a playlist or scroll through a body of text by just waving your hand across the screen.

Smart Pause and Smart Scroll, which are leaked earlier, also made their debut on the Galaxy S4. Videos will automatically pause when the front-facing camera of the device detects that you are looking away from the screen, and resumes playing when it detects that you are looking at the screen. Smart Scroll takes on a different technique where you scroll through content by tilting your phone up or down if the camera detects that you are looking at the screen.

The camera user interface and features are upgraded as well. The Galaxy S4 sports a dual-camera function which enables you to simultaneously use the front and rear cameras. You also can choose from a variety of frame effects to personalize the two images. 

If you engage in video call conversations often, the Galaxy S4 will be perfect for you as it has dual video call function where you can make and receive a video call with friends while showing what you are looking at during the call.

Other imaging features include Drama Shot, which allows you to see all the action in one continuous time-lapse, and Sound & Shot where sound and voice are recorded together as the picture is taken. Photos taken on the Galaxy S 4 will be automatically sorted out according to timeline, geo-tagging information or a specific event via the new Story Album feature.

Slated for a global availability at the end of April 2013 (May for Singapore), the Galaxy S4 will come in two colors: white frost and black mist. Here's a quick look at where the Samsung Galaxy S4 stands among the competition: - 

How the Samsung Galaxy S4 Stands Among the Competition

Specifications Samsung Galaxy S4 ASUS PadFone Infinity HTC One Sony Xperia Z
Operating System / User Interface
  • Android 4.2.2
  • Samsung TouchWiz
  • Android 4.1.2
  • Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
  • HTC Sense 5
  • Android 4.1.2
Processor
  • Exynos 5 Octa 1.6GHz (international model)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.9GHz quad-core (for specific regions)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core 1.7GHz
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core 1.7GHz
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 quad-core 1.5GHz
Built-in Memory
  • 2GB RAM
  • 2GB RAM
  • 2GB RAM
  • 2GB RAM
Display
  • 5-inch HD Super AMOLED
  • 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • 5-inch Super IPS
  • 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • 4.7-inch Super LCD 3
  • 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • 5-inch TFT HD Reality Display with Sony BRAVIA Engine 2
  • 1920 x 1080 pixels
Camera
  • Rear: 13MP
  • Front: 2MP 
  • Rear: 13MP
  • Front: 2MP
  • Rear: 4MP
  • Front: 2.1MP
  • Rear: 13MP
  • Front: 2MP
Storage
  • 16/32/64GB
  • microSD support up to 64GB
  • 32/64GB
  • 32/64GB
  • 16GB
  • microSD support up to 32GB
Battery
  •  2600mAh
  • 2400mAh
  • 2300mAh
  • 2330mAh
Dimensions
  • 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9mm 
  • 143.5 x 72.8 x 6.3 - 8.9mm
  • 137.4 x 68.2 x 4 - 9.3mm
  • 139 x 71 x 7.9mm
Weight
  • 130g
  • 141g
  • 143g
  • 146g

 

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