Friday, March 15, 2013

Samsung unveils Galaxy S4 at the Big Apple

After a series of leaks, first the specifications and then the high resolution images, Samsung has launched its latest addition to its series line-up and its flagship smartphone, Samsung Galaxy S4 at its Unpacked event that was held today in New York City.


As it turns out, the leaks were true to quite an extent. Samsung Galaxy S4 is powered by an Exynos 5410 processor with the A15 cores clocked at 1.6GHz and the four A7 cores clocked at 1.2 GHz with 2gigs of RAM and PowerVR 544MP3 GPU.  There will also be another version of the device running Qualcomm 600 quad-core Krait processor and an Adreno 320 GPU at its heart. It is not sure which regions will receive which version but Samsung has confirmed that both will have LTE connectivity and 2GB RAM. At the back, it has a 13MP shooter at the back for detailed vivid stills and a 2.1 MP front camera.

The design hasn't changed much with respect to its predecessor, Samsung's own Galaxy SIII. Its has the same "nature-inspired" look and has an all-plastic body. Although Samsung has tried to prevent it from feeling cheap by using hyperglazed plastic at the back but it doesn't even compare with the looks and appeal of Sony Xperia Z or HTC One.

Even though the smartphone has amazing hardware and looks not that bad, but it has one thing that can draw attention from anything and everything around it, its stunning 4.99 inch 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Super AMOLED display at an awesome 441 dpi pixel density. Even though the screen has gone bigger, Samsung has manged to keep the over dimension narrower thanks to a narrower bezel around the display. It is still a PenTile Matrix display but at this pixel density, it won't make a difference.

Just like HTC One it also features an IR blaster through which it can be used as a remote control and even play multiplayer games through it if the app supports it. Asphalt 7 and Gun Bros 2 are the two launch partners but more apps should follow soon enough. The phone offers three storage options - 16GB, 32 GB and 64GB. If you want more it has a microSD card slot to help you expand the storage memory. Samsung Galaxy S4 is 7.9mm thick and weighs at 130g. A 2600 mAh powers this behemoth of a smartphone. The phone comes in two colors - White Frost and Black Mist.


Samsung's latest and greatest runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with Touch Wiz 4 UX running atop of the operating system. Samsung has taught some new, cool tricks to its baby to go with the update. Firstly there is Drama Shot, which captures a burst of photos and then combines them into one, there there is Cinema Shot, which lets you decide which part to animate and which part to leave static in a video mimicking Nokia's Cinemagraph feature, and then there is Sound and Shot, which lets you capture 9 seconds clips with sound like HTC Zoe. Just like Nokia Lumia 920, you can erase objects from a picture. You can also record videos from the front and the back camera at the same time at 1080p.

Samsung has incorporated an S Translator in the phone which works with both email and Samsung's ChatON messenger. For now, it supports all major languages with support for others coming soon with an update. Samsung has copied Nokia Lumia 920's super-sensitive touch as well.

Smart Pause pauses a video if it detects that you are looking away from the screen and Smart Hover lets you scroll up and down a web page by tilting it appropriately while you are looking at it. Air Gesture lets you scroll by swiping your hand over the screen without touching it like Sony Xperia Sola and Air View lets you see more information about an icon or image by hovering your hand over it. It may seem to be flimsy but it works.

Samsung has focused on wellness and health too this time. Galaxy S4 has a pedometer, temperature and humidity sensors built right into it and you can exploit them through the updated S Health app. You can not only synchronize with health and work-out devices from Jawbone or FitBit but you can even measure and keep track of your heart rate, steps or calories you consume with the help of Samsung's S Band and Heart Rate monitor accessories.

Samsung has also released a 4 minutes 24 seconds promo video of the Samsung Galaxy S4 to give you a rundown of the features. Lets have a look at it.

Samsung will begin the roll-out at the end of April and hit 327 carriers spanning across 157 countries. There is no official announcement as to which markets will get the Exynos version and which markets will get the Qualcomm version.

Do Galaxy S4 and its horde of features make it a deserving upgrade? The answer to this can be different for different people but Samsung has made sure that those who buy it will surely feel it to be a worthy upgrade.

Here is the list of specifications of this impressive flagship smartphone from Samsung.

  • Samsung Exynos 5410 octa-core CPU / Qualcomm 600 quad-core Krait
  • PowerVR SXG 544MP3 GPU / Adreno 320 GPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • GSM, HSDPA, LTE connectivity
  • 4.99 inch 1080p Super AMOLED display (441dpi)
  • 13 MP, 4128 X 3096 pixels back camera and 2.1 MP front camera
  • 16GB / 32GB / 64GB internal memory with expandable memory via micro SD card
  • 2600 mAh Li-Ion battery
  • 130g weight and 7.9 mm thickness


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