Samsung announced successor to Galaxy S3, the latest flagship smartphone Samsung Galaxy S4, set to launch by end of April will be available in 55 countries with 327 operators. There will be two versions, one with 3G and the other supports 4G/LTE.
Samsung Galaxy S4 features 5-inch super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080p pixels(441 ppi). The international version is powered by 8-core Exynos Octa processor clocked at 1.9GHz, 2GB of RAM and will be available in 16, 32 and 64 GB versions with microSD card support. It also has a 2600-mAh battery, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, support for 802.11ac Wi-Fi and also has a built-in IR Blaster. The US version uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor.
Samsung added a thermometer and IR gesture sensor in addition to the standard suite of sensors. The Galaxy S4 also has Qi wireless charging capabilities and it will also offer a wireless charging pad.
There are a whole lot of other new software features that come with the Galaxy S4.
Dual Camera: It allows simultaneous use of both front and rear cameras. When clicking images, users can choose from a variety of frame effects which blend the two pictures naturally and also adjust the size of the small picture inside the big one.
Sound & Shot: Another camera related feature, it captures the sound along with an image.
Smart Pause: Smart pause feature pauses the currently playing video when the user looking away, with the resuming playback when user look back.
Smart Scroll: lets the user move through web pages without looking at the screen. Samsung says the S4 recognises the user’s face looking at the screen as well as the movement of the wrist and moves the content to match the user’s movements.
S Translator: This feature provides instant translation and supports both from speech to text and text to speech. At present S Translator supports 9 languages.
S Voice Drive: This feature allows to operate S4 while driving, which activates voice commands while driving.
Optical Reader: Which scans business cards and the like and provide useful actions like calling a number or translating the text.
Samsung WatchOn: which uses the IR blaster to use S4 like a universal remote.
Group Play: which syncs multiple phones to use them as stereo speakers for music playback. user can also share photos, files and games with selected friends without needing a dedicated network.
Air View: lets preview messages or images and pull contextual data by hovering fingers over the screen.
Air Gesture: Air Gesture allows to control the music player, answer calls or scroll through pages without actually touching the screen.
Pricing & Availability
Samsung has not revealed the pricing yet. The Samsung Galaxy S4 will go on sale globally beginning the end of April. S4 will be available in 55 countries with 327 operators. S4 will be available in two colour variants, Black Mist and White Frost.
Whats Changed ?
|model||Galaxy S4||Galaxy S3|
|OS||Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)||Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)|
|Processor||1.9GHz Exynos Octa 8-core processor / 1.9GHz Quad-core Qualcomm processor||Samsung Exynos 4 / Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960|
|Memory||2GB||1GB / 2GB|
|Display||5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED||4.8-inch Super AMOLED|
|Resolution||1920 x 1080||1280 x 720|
|Glass||Gorilla Glass 3||Gorilla Glass 2|
|Pixel Density||441 ppi||306 ppi|
|Storage||16GB / 32GB / 64 GB + microSD slot (up to 64GB)||16GB / 32GB + microSD slot (up to 32GB)|
|Primary Camera||13-megapixel BSI AF||8-megapixel BSI AF|
|Secondary Camera||2-megapixel BSI||1.9-megapixel BSI|
|Cellular||GSM/EDGE/UMTS/DC-HSPA+/LTE Cat 3 (bands vary by market)||GSM/EDGE/UMTS/HSPA+/LTE (bands vary by market)|
|WiFi||WiFi 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n, HT80||802.11 a/b/g/n, HT40|
|Bluetooth||4.0 LE||4.0 LE|
|Navigation||GPS / GLONASS||GPS / GLONASS|
|Connectivity||NFC / MHL 2.0 / IR LED||NFC / MHL|
|Battery||2600 mAh||2100 mAh|
|Dimensions||136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9mm||136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6mm|
|Colors||Black Mist / White Frost||Pebble Blue / Marble White|
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