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Samsung Galaxy S4 official: packs Exynos Octa 8‑core processor, 5‑inch 1080p Super AMOLED display and 13MP camera

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

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 1GB2GB
Dis­play 5‑inch Full HD Super AMOLED 4.8‑inch Super AMOLED
Res­ol­u­tion 19201080 1280720
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 NFCMHL
SIM Micro-SIM Micro-SIM
Bat­tery 2600 mAh 2100 mAh
Weight 130g 133g
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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