Presented as a “life companion”, the Galaxy S4 is “less to hold, more to see,” said JK Shin, the head of Samsung’s mobile communications.
The Galaxy S4 has a very interesting set of features which places it in the range of this year’s high-end flagship smartphones.
At the level of features, the handset is without surprises, since many of the specs were leaked on the net.
On the exterior side, the Galaxy S4 comes with a polycarbonate (plastic) case, with the edges slightly redesigned with a metal band.
The smartphone increases the size of the screen compared to the old version, featuring a Super AMOLED 4.99-inch 1920 x 1080 pixels, as opposed to 4.8 inches on the Galaxy S3.
A small bonus of this screen is the ability to use it with gloves in winter.
The device follows the lines of the Galaxy S3, however, it’s thinner (7.9 mm as opposed to 8.6 mm) and slightly lighter (130 g versus 133 g).
No surprise on the side of the photo sensors: there is a 13 megapixel autofocus camera with flash at the back and a 2-megapixel front camera that can record Full HD video at 30 frames per second.
Power side, the S4 is equipped with, depending on the country of sale, a different CPU: an Exynos 5 Octa eight-core processor in the international version and a quad-core Snapdragon chipset in the U.S. version.
On either version, there is a 2 GB storage capacity available in versions of 16, 32 and 64 GB, expandable with a micro SD card (up to 64GB).
Connectivity side, the S4 is capable of supporting WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (HT80), Bluetooth 4.0, 3G and NFC.
It also supports 4G to connect to the fastest networks and surf the Internet in mobile broadband.
In software, the device uses an Android 4.2.2 with TouchWiz that allows it to take advantage of smart features.
In addition to these technical specifications, Samsung highlighted the new features of the phone.
New Smart Features are added to Smart Stay (which keeps the phone switched on while the user looks at the screen), such as Smart Scroll which will scroll your web page based on your eye movements.
With Air View you can preview the contents of an email or browse the photo and video gallery by simply passing your finger over without touching the screen.
Smart Pause stops a video that you are watching if you look away from your Galaxy S4 and S Voice comes with improved features, including auto support to can dictate the route and read or dictate text messages.
Optical Reader will be able to scan your business cards and perform actions such as calling a number or translating the text.
Sound and Shot lets you capture 5 seconds of sound before you take a picture.
WatchOn is a feature for displaying content on the TV and using the smartphone as a remote control with infrared technology.
For travelers, Samsung offers an automatic translator for text and voice that will be available in English, French, German, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish and Portuguese.
The Galaxy S4 will be available in two colors. You may be able to opt for either the white model, or the black one.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 will be available in late April in 155 countries. Price side, nothing official was announced but the new smartphone could be offered at $199 in the U.S. with a new two-year agreement.