Amidst all the speculations and rumors, Samsung in a musical unpacked event unveiled its Galaxy S 4. The successor to the best-selling Galaxy S III just got bigger and smarter and Samsung showed the world how a successor is produced by incorporating some of the beautiful technologies in one single smartphone. With a lot of hustle and bustle at the Times Square and the Radio City Hall in New York, the press conference started with the little secret messenger Jeremy accompanied by Will chase and an orchestra for the Musical launch. Later, JK Shin, President and Head of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung took over and gave a pre-look of the device as he said, “With the GALAXY S 4, Samsung is again going to enhance the way we live. All the innovative features of GALAXY S 4 were developed based on the insights and needs we found from our consumers all around the world. Following the successful GALAXY S series, this phone is yet another great proof point of people-inspired innovation. At Samsung we’ll never stop pursuing innovation conceived by people, so we can inspire them in return.” A few hours into the event, Samsung rewarded JK Shin by making him and Yoo Boo-keun, the head of the consumer electronics division one of the three CEO’s that will now run the company.
The Samsung Galaxy S 4 will be rolling out to 327 carriers in 155 countries with the first phase of rollout starting 26th April.
The design of the Galaxy S 4 stays much like the SIII’s pebble outlook but Samsung finally gave up the plasticity and now it feels a premium device as it features a polycarbonate body with some of the best hardware and software combinations in it. It measures a 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm and is quite thinner and lighter than its predecessor at 130 g. The device is available in two colours namely, Black Mist and White Frost.
The Galaxy S 4 has a 5 inch Full HD Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels with the pixel density going up to 441 ppi. The display uses PenTile pixel distribution which is unfortunate but at such resolutions and pixel density it is not a problem at all. The Full HD display is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3 as well. A feature I would like to mention here is that the display can work with the gloves on which is only found in the Lumia 920.
Samsung Galaxy S 4 is high on software enhancements and a slew of them are found on the 13 megapixel snapper and a 2.1 megapixel front camera. The autofocus zero shutter lag camera has some amazing features such as Eraser, Cinema Photo, Drama Shot, Story Album, Sound & Shot, Dual Shot, Dual recording, Dual video Call among others. The snappers can also record Full HD videos at 30 fps and one can also record video and simultaneously click images.
The Galaxy S 4 derives its raw power from the Exynos 5 Octa 5410 chipset which features Quad-core Cortex-A15 processor clocked at 1.6 GHz & Quad-core Cortex-A7 clocked at 1.2 GHz with the PowerVR SGX 544MP3 GPU as the support for graphical rendering and 2 GB DDR3 RAM. Additionally, for the US variant there is a different chipset in the form of Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor.
Samsung Galaxy S 4 runs on Android 4.2.2 which is the first for a non-nexus smartphone stitched with a light TouchWiz UI with lots of customizations.
The device will be available in 16/32/64 GB memory variants which is further expandable up to 64 GB via micro-SD card.
On the connectivity front, Samsung Galaxy S 4 incorporates all the 4G LTE Global frequencies apart from the 3G connectivity and has features like Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, NFC, DLNA, IR-blaster port for using the device as a remote control. It has the normal set of sensors but only with an addition of temperature & humidity sensors apart from the Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Compass, Barometer and Gesture.
The Galaxy S 4 has a massive 2600 mAh Li-Ion battery with wireless charging capabilities through the wireless charging pad.
As for the Samsung Galaxy S 4, it is built on the success of its predecessor and the real beauty lies in the software of the device. Samsung has added a plethora of features in the Galaxy S 4 and I will further try and explain them here.
Air View- It is the same feature from Galaxy Note II which helps preview content by just hovering your finger over it.
Samsung Smart Pause- While watching a video if you look away from the screen the video will get paused and will play again when you look at the screen.
Samsung Smart Scroll- The front camera detects the movement of your eyes whilst reading on the Galaxy S 4 and scrolls the content automatically.
Samsung WatchOn- It uses the IR blaster and helps you remote control your TV, Set-top box, air conditioner and likes which use IR sensor.
Optical Reader- Recognises information while seeing it from the camera and the dictionary is also incorporated in this.
Group Play- It allows Galaxy S 4 users to share audio/video content without Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. One can share content on up to 8 Galaxy S 4’s with also some multiplayer games on board.
Eraser- Erase unwanted objects from the picture.
Cinema Shot- A feature which records a video in which a part of picture is moving giving it an animated feel.
Drama Shot- This feature click 100 images in 4 seconds and creates a preview collage merging all the images in one.
Sound & Shot- It enables to add a background sound to a picture for some seconds.
Dual Shot- It uses front and rear camera simultaneously that produces a picture embedding the picture shot from the front camera.
Dual Recording- It is the same as the dual shot feature except for the fact that it is a video recorder embedding the video shot from the front camera.
Dual Video Call- Uses front and rear camera while a video call.
S Translator- It translates a sentence into another language and also in text format.
S Health- Monitors your health, body movements, daily habits. The Galaxy S 4 is also the first device to feature temperature sensor as in a thermometer. Also, Samsung is offering an S-Band accessory that works via Bluetooth in the S Health app.
S Travel- A travel application with facility to book tickets.
Samsung Knox- It is a feature for the enterprise users which allows the possibility of dual persona of the device, while a part is used for personal content and the other for professional content.
So that was it, some of the most talked about features of the Samsung Galaxy S 4.
The Samsung Galaxy S 4 carries the legacy of the super smartphone in the world only to become a device with immense stature.
Further down in the Official specification sheet for the galaxy S 4 for you all to have a look at the beauty and the accessories list out of the factory.