Samsung Unveils Galaxy S4 Smartphone

By Jeremy Del Nero on 16 March 2013
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Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Electronics announced the newest addition to its Galaxy S smartphone lineup, the Galaxy S4.

The most significant upgrade is the screen, which has been bumped up to a full 5″ display, crammed with more pixels than ever before, offering a 1,920 X 1,080 resolution. The Full HD Super Amoled display features 441 ppi (pixels per inch) compared to the S3’s 306 ppi. The S4 also introduces a newer and tougher version of Gorilla Glass to protect its display from cracks, scratches and other damage.

With a full 2GB of random access memory (RAM), and a nearly 2GHz processor, the S4 is bound to be a speed demon. In addition, it will come with the newest (4.2.2) version of the Android Jelly Bean operating system right out of the box. Buyers can purchase additional internal on-board memory (up to 64 GB), with the option to add more via the microSD slot (up to 64GB) to a total full potential of 128 GB of storage space.

The S4 will support LTE speeds as well as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. In addition, the S4 will also boast an IR blaster on its top (next to the headphone jack), which will allow the smartphone to control any number of devices, from TVs to air conditioners, to any device or appliance with an IR receiver.

For all of the mobile photographers of the world, Samsung has provided a significant camera upgrade. While the front-facing camera remains similar to the S3’s, allowing for decent 2.1 megapixel images, the primary camera can shoot 13-megapixel ones. Both cameras have the ability to shoot full 1080 HD video.

The S4 weighs 130 grams – three lighter than the S3, but still 18 heavier than the iPhone 5, and has 20% more battery capacity than its predecessor.

Numerous software upgrades were announced including the new preloaded keyboard based on SwiftKey, updated camera software, Smartscroll, Smart Pause, Air Gesture & Air View, S Translator, and a new suite of health apps. We’ll learn more about these features as previews, updates and demos continue to roll out in the coming weeks.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is the successor to the nine-month-old S3, which sold more than 40 million units worldwide, making it the only major and real competitor and threat to Apple’s iPhone in the ongoing smartphone war. Major UK smartphone retailers will begin selling the S4 on April 26 of this year. While there isn’t an official US release date yet, we can expect to see the newest Galaxy hit the shelves not too long after that. Updates, including pricing and pre-order information, should be available in the not-too-distant future.


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