After so many rumors and leaks, Samsung has finally unveiled its latest flagship Galaxy S handset – the Galaxy S4 to the public. As the rumors had suggested, the Galaxy S4 packs in a 4.99-inch Super-AMOLED display with Full HD (1920*1080) resolution. The ‘Adapt Display’ feature will automatically adjust the brightness, contrast, and saturation points depending on the content you are viewing and the available light. The new Super AMOLED display will also work with gloves on, which should be a relief for people living in hilly or snowy region.
While the Galaxy S4 looks similar to the Galaxy S3, it is slightly larger, sleeker (7.9mm), lighter and stronger. The design has just been tweaked a bit, and the bezel on the side has been given a faux-aluminium look.
Internally, the Galaxy S4 is powered by Samsung’s own Exynos 5 Octa SoC that consists of four ARM-A15 cores for performance, and four low-power ARM-A7 cores for battery life. The Galaxy S4 is the first Android handset in the world to sport an ARM Cortex-A15 SoC, as well as ARM’s big.LITTLE implementation. However, the LTE variants of the Galaxy S4 will use a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 SoC clocked at 1.9GHz.
On the storage side, the Galaxy S4 comes with 2GB of RAM and 16/32/64GB of internal storage along with a microSD card slot. On the connectivity side, the Galaxy S4 is fully loaded and packs NFC, GPS with A-GPS, Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac, IR blaster, LTE, MHL 2.0, Bluetooth 4.0+LE and is accompanied by 8 new sensors. Two new and notable ones include an Infrared Gesture and a temperature/humidity sensor. Even with such a slim body, Samsung has managed to fit a 2600mAh removable battery inside the Galaxy S4 that should be enough to last a day of medium to heavy usage.
The camera on the back is a 13MP f/2.2 aided by an LED flash, with a 2MP camera in the front. The dual camera feature allows you to record videos simultaneously from the front and back cameras. There are a lot of software based features for the Camera like the ability to remove unneeded objects from photos (Eraser), click a photo with sound, a Galaxy Camera inspired UI, Drama mode and more. The ‘Story Album’ feature creates new albums that automatically sorts all your pictures depending on your date and location.
Out of the box, the Galaxy S4 will be running on Android 4.2.2 with the second generation of Samsung’s nature inspired TouchWIZ UI on top of it. The Galaxy S3 had a bunch of software gimmicks/features like Smart Stay, Direct Call and Smart Rotation etc. The Galaxy S4 includes all of them along with introducing a few new ones like Smart Pause that automatically pauses a video when the user is not looking at the screen, Smart Scroll that automatically scrolls lists for you. Other features include S Translator which is something like Google Translate on steroids with support for 10 languages, Group Play — that allows a bunch of Galaxy S4 to connect to each other and play the same music without the need of a mobile connection and even play multiplayer games and share pictures, and S Health that tracks all the calories you have burnt through-out the day. Samsung will also be releasing some accessories to track your heart beat level etc that complement the S Health feature.
Air Gesture is an enhanced version of Air View, as seen on the Galaxy Note 2, that allows you to navigate through the phone without the need to touch the screen. You can even accept phone calls using a simple gesture. The Samsung Smart Switch application will allow seamless transfer of your data from your old handset to the new Galaxy S4, using your PC. The Knox feature will allow you to keep your personal and private files separate.
The Galaxy S4 will be available from the end of April across 327 mobile operators in 127 countries. The handset will be available in two colors – Black frost and White mist. Samsung will also be releasing a bunch of covers for the Galaxy S4 including an S View Cover that allows you to receive calls and get a sneak peek of your data without the need to open the cover.
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