Friday, March 15, 2013

Samsung officially announces the Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Philippines

Earlier this morning, Samsung has finally taken the wraps off its latest flagship smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S 4. As what we’ve already seen on the leaked photos, the Galaxy S 4 is pretty much the same as the Galaxy S III when it comes to design standpoint. There’s the familiar curvy corners and the textured coating.

The Galaxy S 4 boasts of a 5-inch full HD Super AMOLED screen — that’s 1920x1080 with a pixel density of 441ppi. Despite having a larger screen, it has retained the size footprint of the Galaxy S III. In fact, the Galaxy S4 is physically less than it’s predecessor. It’s lighter in weight, slimmer, and narrower. Under the hood, there’s a 1.6GHz octa-core (read: 8 core) processor ticking in along with 2GB of RAM. In some markets, probably the US, it will have a 1.9GHz quad-core processor. It will come with 16/32/64GB internal memory and a microSD slot which can accommodate another 64GB.

A full set of connectivity features comes in the Galaxy S 4. There’s a quad-band HSPA+ up to 42Mbps and 4G LTE which Samsung says supports up to 6 different bands. There’s also Wi-Fi a//b/g/n/ac, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 which can be paired with smart accessories, and Infrared for remote controls. All of that set of internals will be powered by a 2,600mAh battery.

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A lot of other software features has been introduced by Samsung in the Galaxy S 4 too. They are as follows:

Dual Camera – allows simultaneous use of front-facing and main cameras to take a photo.
Dual Video Call – allows you to show what’s around you in a video call using the two cameras.
Drama Shot – takes one time-lapse and outputs it in a photo.
Sound & Shot – records sound as the picture is taken. The sound will be played back as you view the picture.
Story Album – compiles photos in different albums based on location and date. You can have photos and videos delivered for a fee.
Group Play – share music, photos, documents, and games with people around you without the need for a Wi-Fi or cellular date connection.
Share Music – play the same music across multiple phones.
S Translator – provides translation on the go using text, voice, or on apps like email or messages.
Smart Pause – pauses a video when you look away from the screen.
Air View – preview contents like photos, email, or videos by hovering your finger on the screen
Air Gesture – change music track, navigate a webpage, or answer calls using hand gestures
S Voice Drive – activates text to speech when connected to your car
Optical Reader – reads texts, business cards, and QR codes
WatchON – remote control the TV, set-top box, DVD player, and other home appliances like air conditioner.
S Health – keep track of your health and fitness information by utilizing sensors
Adapt Display – adjusts display on different conditions
Adapt Sound – adjusts sound levels on different conditions

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Specifications and Features
5-inch full HD Super AMOLED display with 1920x1080 resolution at 441 ppi
1.6GHz Octa-Core Exynos 5410 processor
13 Megapixels autofocus camera with LED flash, BIS sensor
2 Megapixels front-facing camera
Full 1080p HD video capture at 30fps
16/32G/64B mass memory, expandable by 64GB using microSD card slot
2,600mAh with integrated Qi wireless charging
Bluetooth 4.0
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Temperature & Humidity sensor
Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS

The Samsung Galaxy S 4 will be available from Q2 globally in 357 countries across 155 network operators including US, partnering with AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, as well as US Cellular and Cricket. In Europe, Samsung GALAXY S 4 is partnering with global mobile operators such as Deutsche Telecom, EE, H3G, Orange, Telenor, Telia Sonera, Telefonica, and Vodafone.

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