The Samsung Galaxy S4 is finally announced on March 24th but we still waiting for the device to hit the store. If we look closer to the cycle of the releasing dates of previous famous i.e Best selling Galaxy S series devices, we will witness a perfect year gap in between them but this time, coinciding with a shorter renewal cycle due to some frenetic pace of improvement in the mobile world, Samung felt that it is the best time to announce it’s next High-End Galaxy S device and gain some early momentum over Apple rivalry. So that results in presenting the next Galaxy S series device the most expected Samsung Galaxy S4.
The galaxy S4 surely is a terminal that has been upgraded both in terms of hardware and software. It became one of the strongest bid to compete with other already submitted High-end devices like Sony Xperia Z, HTC One and Blackberry Z10, we don’t have to go far as next iPhone is also expected to jump into the show in within next 2-3 months.
Lets watch out what Samsung really did with Galaxy S4 and how we can consider it to be an upgrade of the best ever sold smartphone by Samsung, the Galaxy S3.
1- Display :
If we put both Galaxy S3 and S4 face to face it’s quite difficult to differentiate between them, but with a bit closer look we will find some interesting new additions to the design and some new material has been used in the making.
The Galaxy devices are for sure escalating in size since we have been seeing the original galaxy S which had a 4-inch display, which had a resolution of 480 x 800. It was upgrade to Galaxy S2 which came with a 4.3 inch display. The Galaxy S3 showed up with even bigger display of 4.8 inches and this time it had a 720p HD screen.
The display in Galaxy S4 also got improved significantly as the Galaxy S4 now has a 5-inch Full-HD Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080p and 441ppi pixel density, which makes it one of the most vibrant and clear display device available in the market yet.
2- Size :
Surprisingly with the increase in Display size the Galaxy S4 still have the same footprints that is 136.6 x 69.8 mm. All they did is reduced the bezel and increased the size of the display. However the reduction in it’s thickness by 0.7 mm as compared to Galaxy S3, to 7.9 mm is quite impressive. It gives more room to hold your device and despite the addition of new aluminium bar strip to the side s of the device it’s still 3 grams lighter than Galaxy S3 which is also quite significant.
If we talk on overall design, it closely follows the guidelines set by the Galaxy SIII , although this one is somewhat less rounded. The back cover is again removable plastic material which doesn’t seem much stylish but a removeable cover is a great advantages.
3- Specifications :
Perhaps one of the most committed upgrade is the introduction of the latest Corning Gorilla Glass 3 which is more resistant scratches and will make the device display even more durable.
Inside we see a hardware varies by region, as the Koreans are well known in practicing it with earlier devices. In one of them – which we assume will be the international version, There will be the most powerful and famous Exynos 5 Octa, 8-core processor, which has a clock speed of 1.6GHz . This processor has a capability to work in both Quad core and Octa core environments.
The other alternative version processor which will be used in other variants is a Quad Core 1.9GHz unspecified, but some reports suggests that the company could go for the 600 Snapdragon Qualcomm we see in other high-end smartphones like HTC One .
This raw power is supported by a graph still unconfirmed PowerVR SGX544 Mali GPU and a RAM of 2GB will empower the high graphics app and games. The internal storage options of 16, 32 and 64GB, while the device has the expandable memory option and support microSD cards up to 64GB, giving us a choice which isn’t being available in many High-end devices out there.
In turn, inside we found a 2,600 mAHremovable battery , which have a 25% extra charging capability over the previous model the Galaxy S3, although it can not be translated into the equivalent autonomy due to the variation in performance.
Considering the Camera of this device It’s also been upgraded from the previous version. Now the Galaxy S4 supports a 13-megapixel camera which is capable of shooting Full-HD videos and thanks to the built in software that brought features like Dual mode, action mode etc which aren’t available in any Smartphone camera yet. On the front their is also a 2 megapixel camera which also have the ability to record HD videos and helps in HD video chats.
As far as Connectivity is concerned, Samsung has always puts in all the ingredient together. Th Galaxy S4 comes with LTE integration, built in NFC chip ( Near Field Communication), GPS and Glonass, Bluetooth 4.0, MHL 2.0 and LED Infrared to use it as a remote control, plus all the sensors themselves in a smartphone.
In addition to all the Samsung Galaxy S4 is coming with lots of Accessories which may help you in daily use.
4- Software :
Samsung takes a couple of years focusing efforts not only have better looking handsets , but they have added quite impressive things to the software aspects as well. So, in addition to tracking eye sensor last year Samsung has introduced Smart Scroll, with which we can scroll through the eyes.
The other main feature is the Integration of a built in Translator names as the “S Translator” , which amounts to a text translator and real time vice translator as is found working in ChatOn messaging application. Also the introduction of Smart Pause , to pause the video when we stop looking at the screen, which is related to eye sensor. We also have the upgraded version of S-Voice and S-Drive, a GPS service announced by Samsung Mobiles.
New Functionality like Air View is also added which most of you have already experienced in the Galaxy Note II, we can preview content without access to the full, and this time you won’t even need a S-Pen it can be simply done with putting your finger over the display. The same technology has been seen in Xperia phones as Floating Touch.
The Camera features we discussed earlier are also a treat to have. In addition to all camera tricks available in Galaxy S3 we got new features like Dual Camera which helps us in using both camera while taking snaps or recording a Full-HD video.
In addition to that the terminal includes 12 more shooting modes including Drama Shot and Sound & Shot, later is even more impressive which ensures the ability to stores voice and images, Its quite a similar idea to the service Spoken Pic . Beside that the camera also have the improved photo albums sorting integration with the gallery.
File sharing features also got polished and are in addition we got the best music sharing feature named as Group Play, which allows media sharing or Share Music , to simultaneously play the same song.
5- Availability and Price :
The new Galaxy S4 is available in two colors, black and white. Which have been named as Black Mist and Frost White respectively. The device is also available in 3 variants of 16, 32 and 64 GB. Other colors and Variants will be announced later.
Sources at Samsung has stated that the distribution of the Galaxy S4 starts somewhere around the last week of April for more than 327 operators in 155 countries, still no dates or specific figures officially announed by Samsung. Yet many independent Sources claimed that the Smartphone will hit the market on 30th of April, among which are US Cellular and AT&T, the later has posted a price of $249.99 with an easy 2 year contract.
Here’s what the Guys at verge sort out about the Samsung Galaxy S4.