Samsung releases design video for the Galaxy S4: 'not a radical difference, more of an evolution'

Samsung releases design video for the Galaxy S4: 'not a radical difference, more of an evolution'
Design videos are now standard for each flagship phone Android makers, and not only, come up with. After Sony and HTC, Samsung didn't stray from the pack, and made a video explaining the design decisions behind its bread-and-butter handset in depth.

Samsung has more riding on it, though, as it has been frequently criticized about the lack of bolder design decisions in its Galaxy line, but the bold use of plastic all around. Both Sony, with the watertight Xperia Z, and HTC, with the diamond-cut aluminum One, have more to show in the chassis department this season, so Samsung is explaining bit by bit what went into the design gridlocks for the Galaxy S4 this year in the video below.

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Galaxy S4
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(17h 3G talk time)

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59 Comments

1. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Having S4, like the feeling very much but the points in this video I think ridiculous.

5. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Maybe less changes in the design make loyal SS users feel right at home. But this isn't the risk free approach as it may seem. Apple knows it now, SS has started feeling the heat a little. I think if they release S5 with same design again then they'll be in nasty trouble. Changing design language may fend off some of the customers, but may attract many more new.

18. Daftama

Posts: 641; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

The design of s5 will be one of kind..bendable display

31. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

i thought they put S3 design video.

50. chocolaking

Posts: 495; Member since: May 22, 2012

Lol!! It was the same video used for S3 maybe, and now using it again for Sfall.. maybe next year you will the same video for S5 too!

52. Dastrix unregistered

After their so-called soy-based 100% recyclable boxes, one may wonder what else they are going to recycle.. Videos!

57. chocolaking

Posts: 495; Member since: May 22, 2012

@Destrix Oh man, I love your comment.

58. Dastrix unregistered

Haha, thanks! I just looked back at what Samsung did with its boxes!

56. GTR722

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 20, 2012

lol this, dont wory Samsung, you have sites like this one to praise every thing you do.

2. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 576; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

After watching the whole thing, I thought this is straight copied from Apple. I went to the AT&T store and checked out the phone myself on the Saturday morning. Talking about evolution? 4 letters: S T F U Thanks

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It didn't impress u waka?

19. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 576; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

Waka waka... the screen obviously is impressive. I wish I have the time to listen to the audio quality. I didn't care much about loudspeaker. Many online had already show the quality of the camera. Phone is so fast, there's no need to test it. All those "so-called" new features are pretty much all gimmick-y to me. If I have the S4, I will turn them all off to save my battery. At last, about the build quality, it completely embarrasses the company as a whole. The GS3/Note 2 have a good feeling on hand at least. GS4? I can't even recall when was the last time I felt such... cheap plastic...

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Wow bro I wasn't blown away either

25. Lboogey6

Posts: 281; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

So what I understood is you want an iPhone.... rock body no features... What I'm trying to figure out is what makes it so bad to have a plastic phone?

28. teerex42

Posts: 221; Member since: Jun 14, 2012

There's nothing wrong with it and for the last f'ing time it isn't plastic...it's poly-carbonate BIG difference.

37. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

I honestly don't know where the idea of Samsung is cheap plastic. Like 20% of the phones body is polycarbonate so the back can be removed, under that is a piece of plastic covering the motherboard, designed to make opening the phone very easy by removing some screws. A majority of it is glass on the front and the ALUMNIUM between the screen/backplate. Remember: HTCs phones last year used Polycarbonate, the "king" of phone build quality Nokia uses polycarbonate too. The main difference between the S4 and S3 is that the S4 fells like a much higher quality device when holding it. Before anyone comes in here with their HTC One BS, the total amount of plastic used inside the HTC One (hidden by a thin layer of alumnium) is more than the amount of plastic used in the S4/S3.

53. chocolaking

Posts: 495; Member since: May 22, 2012

You have to understand the design philosophy behind every highend smart phone. Why does it feel cheap.. it's not what the designer trying to show. but it's the result of how consumer felt.

30. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

What I'm saying is I saw no reason to sell my note 2 for this.

43. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 576; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

All I want is a rock body construction with the GS4. You get the point? Rather than choose one or another, can I have both?

46. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

The S4 does feel rock solid, it is a much better built device than the S3.

47. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 576; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

What I meant is the premium feel. I want to feel the aluminum, not freaking POLY-CARBONATE. It was so disappointing to hold the phone on hand. It's like buying a car. Everyone has their own personal taste when it comes to purchase a car. Looking at GS4 as a Toyota (solid, but not much luxury you can mention) vs Lexus (Luxury and solid). If the HTC One do not suffer in the battery management issue, I will definitely get that one

55. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

They make metal backs for the S4/S3 etc, guess you are a unaware.

59. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 576; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

If an OEM expects us to buy a back ourselves, then they might as well save the money and have us consumers buy it on our own . . .

3. Reverence

Posts: 224; Member since: Jul 16, 2012

when it comes to iPhone: Revolutionary all new design Samsung:The evolutionary design Sammy is following the footsteps of apple

38. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Actually HTC copied Apple more than Samsung. Who is the only other company using an aluminum device with dual speakers? The truth hurts.

44. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

Yep, apple is aluminum with Dual Speakers.. Because the grill at the bottom is stereo.. Damn you're so fuucking smart.. My mind is shattered like the HD television..

4. Reverence

Posts: 224; Member since: Jul 16, 2012

they are saying life partner as if the SGS4 is gonna be my wife

9. ITEngineer

Posts: 54; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

Short term marriage...After two years. Listen phone, ehmm i found someone new.

27. BillyG

Posts: 305; Member since: Sep 24, 2012

its a life companion, not a 'life partner'... i'm quite sure GS4 is more loyal than your wife...

6. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Honestly Samsung,I started stopping being a Samsung fanboy when you did that designed for humans,inspired by nature thing. I don't like that approach and also with that "life companion". Can't you think of something different?

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