After months of rumors regarding the new flagship of the South Korea-based made the headlines keeping us guessing what the Samsung Galaxy S4 will actually be like, today the highly-anticipated smartphone was officially unveiled during a press conference held by the Samsung officials in New York.
Watching the press event where the Samsung Galaxy S4 was launched was like a deja-vu to me. I felt like I was watching the Apple event held on September 12, 2012, but this time the Samsung Galaxy S4 was the star. I was already knowing everything about the new smartphone before the Samsung official brought it on the stage and showed it to the public.
If you followed the news in the tech publications over the past couple of weeks, I am sure you also knew everything about the Galaxy S4, as well. Should I even bother tell you what are the technical specifications of the Samsung Galaxy S4 or describe its design for you? Neah, just kidding, of course I will, after all one of the most anticipated smartphones of 2013 saw the light of day today.
Well, I will begin by saying that most of the rumors that made the headlines over the past couple of months were confirmed today at the Samsung Galaxy S4 launch event.
The design of the Samsung Galaxy S4 was the last one to leak. After endless strings of concepts and renderings showing us how the Galaxy S4 might look like, it was only his week when we saw what’s the real design of the new-comer. It looks exactly like the smartphone that was caught on camera earlier today.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 continues the design language introduced last year by the South Korean company on the Galaxy S3 and continued by the Galaxy Note 2. Even though the SGS4 is the successor of the popular Galaxy S3, to me the new smartphone is rather a reminiscent of the 5.5-inch phablet, with its less rounded corners and narrower bottom end.
Samsung used plastic for the case of its new flagship, but compared to the Galaxy S3 is brings a newer texture for the back lid and the front panel. Exactly like the analysts predicted and like many sources confirmed ahead of the launch event, the Samsung Galaxy S4 comes with a physical Home button and to capacitive buttons on the bottom end of the front panel, following the layout Samsung introduced on its first-gen Galaxy S.
Of course because the display is bigger and the one of its successors and the dimensions are almost similar, the Galaxy S4 brings a thinner bezel, and has a profile of only 7.9 mm.
Let’s forget a moment about the design of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and concentrate on the technical aspect of the new flagship smartphone.
To the joy of many smartphone enthusiasts, the Galaxy S4 is underpinned by the octo-core Exynos 5 Octa chipset introduced by Samsung this year at CES 2013 event in Las Vegas. The Exynos 5 Octa is based on the big.LITTLE architecture developed by ARM and incorporates two sets of quad-core processors. There are four Cortex A7 cores for the basic tasks that are meant to drastically improve the battery life of the smartphone and four Cortex A15 cores clocked at 1.8 GHz that come into action when more processing power is required.
Samsung says that the new Exynos 5 Octa is 70% more battery friendly than the Exynos 5 Dual processor on the Nexus 10 tablet. The octo-core chipset also integrates a PowerVR SGX 544MP GPU at 533 MHz that should deliver graphic performance between the iPad 3 and the iPad 4.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 technical specifications list also includes 2 GB of RAM and all the connectivity features worthy of a high-end smartphone like Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB 2.0, all standards of WiFi, NFC chip, GPS, and 3.5 mm audio jack.
After we’ve seen a couple of high-end smartphones debuting earlier this year, we’ve knew that the 5-inch full HD display will be some sort of standard for the 2013 smartphone market. Well, the Samsung Galaxy S4 fits perfectly into this standard as it brings a 4.99-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1,080 x 1,920 pixels. The Corning Gorilla Glass protection is not missing, but we are eager to see whether the South Koreans have improved how the panel performs under direct sun light.
Just like we all anticipated, the new Samsung Galaxy S4 comes pre-loaded with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Of course, the Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie was out of the question for the new flagship smartphone, as the new Android iteration will most likely debut this May at Google I/O event, and, probably, the Galaxy Note 3 will be the first smartphone of the South Korea-based company to run it out of the box.
Well, Samsung couldn’t have left the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean untouched, and the TouchWiz user interface is here to stay and, as usual, Samsung has integrated it’s own innovations to its proprietary user interface.
Just like some hands-on videos revealed Samsung Galaxy S4 received new motion and eye tracking features besides the ones that debuted last year on the Samsung Galaxy S3.
Therefore we will be able to enjoy Samsung’s Smart Pause, a feature that pauses the video that is playing on the display as soon as the device detects that he user is no longer facing the screen, Smart Scroll, a feature that uses eye tracking to allow the user to scroll text, documents, or web pages by using their eyes, or touchless gestures. The later works in a similar way the Air View feature on the Galaxy Note 2 works, but without the use of the S Pen. If you want to get a preview of a picture, video, or video timeline, all you have to do is hover your finger over the specific item and the smartphone will display a preview of the item.
Like usual there will be two color options at the debut, White and Black, and three internal storage options, 16, 32, and 64 GB of storage, of course expandable using microSD cards.
The camera of the Samsung Galaxy S4 also received an upgrade from the 8 megapixel unit integrated on its predecessor. The new smartphone boasts a 13 megapixel camera with autofocus, LED flash, image and video stabilization, simultaneous photo and HD video recording, and full HD video recording capabilities.
That would be all for now about the new Samsung Galaxy S4, we promise we will return as soon as possible with new details about the newly announced terminal, as well as with comparisons against it’s main rivals on the market. Stay tuned.