The successor of the most popular smartphone from the most widely adopted platform – it doesn’t get much bigger than this in the mobile industry. After months of intensive rumors and amid unprecedented hype Samsung finally unveiled its Galaxy S 4 smartphone at its Unpacked event in New York.
At first glance the Samsung Galaxy S 4 might look very similar to its Galaxy S III predecessor, but you shouldn’t be fooled by that. It’s a completely new phone on the inside and it seems to have all it takes to keep Samsung ahead of the Android pack.
Fitting a larger screen of higher resolution in a more compact and lighter body, the Samsung Galaxy S 4 is also the first smarphone to feature an octa-core CPU. The Exynos 5410 chipset has a set of four Cortex-A15 cores to do the heavy lifting and another quarter of power-saving Cortex-A7 cores, which takes care of less demanding tasks. There will be a second version of the Galaxy S 4, powered by a Snapdragon 600 chipset, too, but we are unsure which market which get it.
Here are the rest of the Galaxy S4 highlights to get you started.
Samsung Galaxy S4 at a glance:
- General: Optional 2G/3G/LTE connectivity
- Form factor: Touchscreen bar phone
- Dimensions: 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9mm, 130 g
- Display: 4.99″ 16M-color Super AMOLED HD capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels (441ppi)
- Chipset: Exynos 5410 Octa / Snapdragon 600
- CPU: 1.6 GHz Quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 and 1.2 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 / 1.9GHz Krait 300
- GPU: PowerVR SGX 544MP3 / Adreno 320
- RAM: 2GB
- OS: Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
- Memory: 16/32GB/64GB storage, microSD card slot
- Still camera: 13 megapixel auto-focus camera, face detection, touch focus and image stabilization, Dual Shot, Cinema Photo; 2MP front facing camera, video-calls
- Video camera: Full HD (1080p) video recording at 30fps
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, standard microUSB port with MHL features (TV Out, USB host), GPS receiver with A-GPS and GLONASS, 3.5mm audio jack, NFC, Infrared port
- Battery: 2600 mAh
- Misc: TouchWiz UI, Extremely rich video/audio codec support, built-in accelerometer, Smart stay and Smart rotation eye-tracking, Smart pause, Smart school, S Health, Air Gestures
More power, better screen, a host of new exclusive software features and a larger battery to keep it going longer – the Samsung Galaxy S 4 has all the right boxes ticked to be considered a worthy successor to the most capable droid so far. It also has a key advantage over its direct rivals in running on the latest Android 4.2 platform.
The second Jelly Bean release is too huge an upgrade, but it still brings some cool new features that take the user experience up a notch. Of course, Samsung, will be more keen to direct your attention to its home-baked goodies like Eye-scroll and Auto pause, which surprisingly or not, work pretty well.
Let’s cut the teasing here – join us on the next page for the rest of our first-hand impressions of the Samsung Galaxy S 4, garnished with a bunch of live photos.