Samsung Galaxy S 4 is officially unveiled

Samsung Galaxy S 4 is officially unveiled
Ladies and gents, the waiting is over - Samsung has just officially unveiled the Galaxy S 4. An iterative device, the Samsung Galaxy S 4 looks almost identical to its predecessor the S III, but adds on a slightly larger, sharper 5-inch 1080p display, a snappier processor and an updated, 13-megapixel camera.

Designwise, the S 4 is an almost identical twin to the S III: a slightly thinner 7.9mm one (the S III was 8.6mm thick), with a narrower bezel taking up more of the front leaving little space for everything else. The screen is a Super AMOLED one, a sharp 441ppi display with deep blacks and great viewing angles. Buttons are the same as on the S III: the single big physical home key on the front surrounded by a capacitive back and settings buttons. On the left side is the volume rocker and on the right a lock key hiding an IR blaster underneath.

And yes, the Galaxy S 4 is made out of plastic and you are not the only one disappointed by that.

Samsung seems to have adopted Apple’s approach to devices - a two year cycle, a tick year when a new design is unveiled and a tock year focusing on software. This is obviously a tock year for the Samsung Galaxy S series, and the S 4 comes with a plethora of new software features: Air View with its hover based actions borrowed from the Note series and Air Gestures for a Kinect-like interface that allow you to make a swiping gesture in front of the display to scroll up or down. Then you have the Smart Scroll and Pause where the device tracks your eyes.

Those are just a few of the novelties that come with the updated Nature TouchWiz UX, Samsung’s refreshed skin running on top of the latest Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

Skinny on the inside, the Galaxy S 4 is a beast on the inside running on the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chip with a quad-core 1.9GHz Krait 300 processor. Now that’s what the U.S. version will have and it of course comes equipped with a 4G LTE connectivity. The international version is featuring Samsung’s home-grown Exynos 5 Octa chip based on the big.LITTLE setup with a quad-core Cortex A7 setup running at up to 1.6GHz and a quad-core A15s running at up to 1.2GHz. Internal memory starts at 16GB, and you also have a 32GB and 64GB versions, all expandable via microSD cards of up to 64 gigs. 

Samsung is also bundling a serious 2,600mAh battery that should easily get you through a day of use.

The 13-megapixel main camera with a single LED flash bulges slightly on the back, promising to capture a stunning amount of details. And here is another area where Samsung brings its software magic. Again, we have a bunch of new little camera features. Dual shot for once allows you to simultaneously record footage on your rear and front cameras, while Cinema Photo basically makes a GIF for you and Story Album stitches all footage and stills into an album.

One thing we are excited about is the huge number of sensors that Samsung included in the S 4. Along the traditional accelerometer and gyro, there are a temperature and humidity as well as a gesture sensor for the Kinect-like Air Gestures functionality. There is even a pedometer that combines with a new S Health feature to track your steps and make you enthusiastic about leading a more active lifestyle. The device also features NFC and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity.

The Samsung Galaxy S 4 will go on sale on a whopping 327 operators in 155 countries at the end of April. In the United States, the Galaxy S 4 will be available on AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, Cricket and US Cellular. There are no price details yet but we’d guess prices will start from $200 on a two-year contract.

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Galaxy S4
  • Display 5.0 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera)
    2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh
  • OS Android 5.0 Lollipop

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134 Comments

134. epicandroid

Posts: 40; Member since: Nov 08, 2012

Isn't the processor supposed to be 1.6Ghz Cortex A15 and then 1.2Ghz Cortex A7?

114. idolbds

Posts: 6; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

I'm just wondering, where are the external speakers?

132. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

On the back of the phone, bottom left corner.

110. anthonyspapa

Posts: 22; Member since: Jan 24, 2013

People that had an iPhone 4 went and bought an iPhone 4s even though it was the same phone. So I dont see why people wont buy an Galaxy S4 (which had some change in design) other than the plastic reason.

109. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Bye RichardYarrell2011 enjoy your ban. Hey Richie...can I call you Richie? Thanx... Please say piss, clueless joes, and pimp slapped for me...ohhhh that's rite you can't cuz you're banned.

123. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Whoa man, no need to be rude.. The guy is a jerk and probably many can't take him, but there is no need to call the banned... He is probably lurking

124. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

No bro he's actually banned. He was getting extra disrespectful on an LG article yesterday.

126. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Yes, I saw but if we are the same as him, then we are no better, I get insults all the time, a good argument and a nice punchline should do. Prove them you are better than them, its what separates the reasonable fanboys from the other sheep

127. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

True true indeed. That guy just really gets to me lol

128. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

It happens to everyone I guess, lucky the troll that gets on my nerve is long gone

133. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Lol who was that?

131. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

He wasn't banned, just limited, which only lasts for a week I think. He'll be back. It's just a time out.

103. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

iPhone 5 slightly larger screen than iPhone 4S. Galaxy S3s slightly larger screen than galaxy S3. iPhone 5 white and black. Galaxy S3s black and white. iPhone two year refresh cycle. Galaxy two year refresh cycle. iPhone gimmicky features galaxy S3s gimmicky features. iPhone 5 underpowered battery galaxy S3s underpowered battery. I smell a lawsuit...also will eye scroll work if you're cross eyed, cock eyed, or blind. Can Stevie wonder use eye scroll? Ladies and gentlemen we proudly present the new samapplesung iGalaxy S3s...with eye scroll. It's magical, and revolutionary, the most beautiful scrolling experience ever. Samsung CEO Richard Yarrell says if eye scroll doesn't work, then you're blinking wrong.

99. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Calm down guys these phones are not identically. If you look closely you'll see one has a III on it, and one has a IV. You gotta look real close though lmao.

94. kashdoc

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

HTC butterfly has everything which samsung is giving us with SG4,,, Not impressive at all,,, samsung is better just in marketing nothing else...

82. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The sapple iGalaxy S3s

80. someones4

Posts: 628; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

Yup. A good upgrade for my galaxy s2. I would have gone with either the xperia z or the htc one if the S4 did not meet my expectations. but it does. Cons of xperia z: -poor screen -below average battery life ( according to gsmarena) cons of htc one: -not 5 inch display -no micro sd slot So for me, its between the htc butterfly and the galaxy s4

95. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

If your only options are the Butterfly and GS4, I would personally get the GS4 unless HTC pushes out the Sense 5 update quickly. But, ask yourself, does .3 inches really mean that much to you? And is a micro SD slot really necessary with a 64 GB option? I have a Galaxy S2 myself, and I'm leaning towards the One because of the front speakers and metal body. Also, it seems now that Touchwiz has gotten more intrusive than Sense at this point. There are too many features on the GS4 that are either impractical or require specific situations to be used, rather than being features that can be generally used and accepted across the market.

79. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

I must say this is very disappointing.

75. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Is this Samsung or SAMESung phone :D

81. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Lol good one man.

73. wizzardtech

Posts: 59; Member since: Mar 12, 2012

htc one will eat this phone alive.. i mean S3s. what a joke. just a like a cheap toy from china

70. Android4u

Posts: 456; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

Well... You know what to expect in the note3.....except it will have a 6in display

77. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

With a 8 incher stylus :D

69. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Richard Yarrell. Where you at bro? You said total redesign, flexible display the whole 9 yards. Ummmmm hmmmmmm. He'll say something with piss, or pimp slap apple in his post. Watch.

74. THE-ONE

Posts: 28; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

I was thinking the same to: it is Richard Yarrel.....is that you?

84. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I can't wait to read his piss on apple and all it's users post, or his the S IV will pimp slap the iPhone. He's pretty silent rite now tho. He also said those Chinese leaks were all fake that Sammy isn't apple, they don't make mistakes. Well those Chinese leaks were rite on the money.

92. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I'm pretty sure he was limited just today. I guess PA decided he needed a time out.

96. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Really?

102. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Yeah, 12 hours ago he was limited. I guess it was for his comments on LG's ads right above Samsung's because that's the last time I can recall seeing him in the comments. http://www.phonearena.com/news/LG-one-ups-Galaxy-S-4-ads-reminds-the-Optimus-G-is-here-4-you-now_id40822 I'm sure you can find him on some other tech sites though, I've seen him brown nosing Samsung on Pocketnow and PhoneDog before. Anyways, he vastly overestimated the GS4 launch. I mean, sure, the hardware is great and I guess the design improved a bit; but there is no flexible display or amazing, revolutionary, and industry leading software features. Some of the new features I would consider bloat because they aren't all that useful.

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