Mar 14 AT 7:17 PM Dustin Earley 30 Comments

Samsung reveals Galaxy S 4

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After months of rumors, leaks and anticipation, Samsung has just officially announced the the Galaxy S 4 (in a bizarre, epic broadway style show). The Galaxy S 4 trumps the S III in every way imaginable. It’s thinner, sturdier, has beefier specs and a ton of software enhancements that will differentiate it from other handsets on the market.

The full spec rundown looks like this:

  • Network – 2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE): 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz, 3G (HSPA+ 42Mbps): 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz, 4G (LTE Cat 3 100/50Mbps) : up to 6 different band sets(Dependent on market)
  • Display – 5 inch Full HD Super AMOLED (1920 x 1080) display, 441 ppi
  • 1.9 GHz Quad-Core Processor / 1.6 GHz Octa-Core Processor (depending on the market)
  • Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • 13 megapixel Auto Focus camera with Flash & Zero Shutter Lag, BIS
  • 2 megapixel front-facing camera, Full HD recording @30fps with Zero Shutter Lag, BIS
  • Video codecs include – MPEG4, H.264, H.263, DivX, DivX3.11, VC-1, VP8, WMV7/8, Sorenson Spark, HEVC
  • Audio codecs include – MP3, AMR-NB/WB, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, OGG, FLAC, AC-3, apt-X
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (HT80)
  • GPS / GLONASS
  • NFC, Bluetooth® 4.0 (LE)
  • IR LED (Remote Control), MHL 2.0
  • Accelerometer, RGB light, Geomagnetic, Proximity, Gyro, Barometer
  • Temperature & Humidity, Gesture
  • 16/ 32/ 64 GB User memory + microSD slot (up to 64GB)
  • 2GB RAM
  • 2,600 mAh

As for Samsung’s special software enhancements:

  • Camera features include – Dual Camera: Dual Shot / Dual Recording/ Dual Video Call, Drama Shot, Sound & Shot, 360 Photo, Cinema Photo, Eraser, Night, Best Photo, Best Face, Beauty Face, HDR (High Dynamic Range), Panorama, Sports
  • Additional features include – Group Play: Share Music, Share Picture, Share Document, Play Games, Story Album, S Translator, Optical Reader, Samsung Smart Scroll, Samsung Smart Pause, Air Gesture, Air View, Samsung Hub, ChatON (Voice/Video Call, Share screen, 3-way calling), Samsung WatchON S Travel (Trip Advisor), S Voice Drive, S Health, Samsung Adapt Display, Samsung Adapt Sound, Auto adjust touch sensitivity (Glove friendly), Safety Assistance, Samsung Link, Screen Mirroring, Samsung KNOX (B2B only)

The Galaxy S 4 will launch around the globe, in Q2 2013. Be on the lookout for a ton of Galaxy S 4 info coming tonight, including some in-depth looks at Samsung’s special software.

Source: Samsung

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • Techrocket9

    HEVC support. That is moderately exciting.

    I think this is the first phone to have hardware HEVC support.

  • R.S

    Though Im sure there will be plenty of people who feel disappointed, I like it.

    A lot of cool new features! Should be a nice upgrade from my current phone; Galaxy S II.

    • kazahani

      That’s good to hear. I’m still skeptical about how the general public will view it, but it’s encouraging to hear that people are genuinely excited about it.

      “The Galaxy S 4 trumps the S III in every way imaginable. It’s thinner, sturdier, has beefier specs and a ton of software enhancements that will differentiate it from other handsets on the market.

      I read that and all I could think was that you could say the same thing about the iPhone 5 vs the 4s, but people don’t like the i5 because they don’t think that anything really is really that much better about it. Hopefully the same thing doesn’t happen here.

    • scubabum

      The S4 has a lot of improvements from the S3. I like it.

      At first, it looks like the S4 is thicker than S3 with the “metal” band, but reading the specs,
      it is true that the S4 is slimmer and lighter than the S3.

      As far as the plastic material, I am fine with it. I use a case for my phone so I won’t see much
      of the S4 backside.

      Then there are lots of new features (Air Views, Air Guestures, ..) which will let an old dog
      like me learn new tricks.

  • Nate B.

    Samsung has become Americanized and now sucks. The fact it looks the same kind of kills it visually for me. And even the UI looks the same. I mean I don’t expect them to re-write the entire OS but damn… This is super corny the way they’re presenting. I mean at the end of the day it has great specs…but idk…..

    • Matt Beaulne

      I understand your concern, but look at every other piece of major software. Windows, apple OS. iOS and android flavours. They more or less all look the same as their earlier versions. Maybe every 3-4 iteration of the software will have a slight to major overhaul on the UI. Also, Don’t fix whats not broken!

      • epps720

        Careful with that “Don’t fix whats not broken!” mentality. You can ask Blackberry and Palm about that. Obviously a little extreme for what Samsung did (or didn’t do with the new device) but complacency is dangerous in this business.

  • MyMilan

    I agree. Getting the HTC One instead too.

  • alexanderharri3

    They have kept Micro sd and removable battery. It looks the same… Eh

    • jonathan3579

      People always have to complain about something…

  • Stella

    The specs are awesome but I’ll wait for in-depth review before making a decision to upgrade. I need to know about all look and feel of the phone. Did Samsung update Touchwiz?

  • Dirge

    Why are people complaining about it looking like the S3? Do people really expect the design of a phone to change so soon? Also, this S IV is made from polycarbonate,which if memory serves me correctly, was the same material as the HTC One X. Besides, how many people keep their phone naked without a case?

    • Matt

      I sure do. I hate cases. Ruins the beauty of the phone. well a case may actually improve the “beauty” of the S4.

      • Lawrence

        Without casing look good

  • Matt

    Always loved HTC and the HTC One looks a hell of a lot better then this new Galaxy S4. All my friends have samsung though, but i think because most of them are Korean haha.

    Specs do look nice but the design is what i’ll be looking at the whole time and it just looks terrible, like always.

    And the show. Most corniest thing ive seen. Just tell me what it does and how to do it. Dont do a broadway show about it.

  • Pope Francis Drake

    commercial:

    But next time we get what we didnt get this time, right?

  • aranea

    It seems like what’s leaked was almost all true.

  • Prince77

    The phone is fine, they know what they are doing. This is the last time they play around with Apple, so they decided to “Copy” them one last time and leave the phone the same and just make the screen bigger and add better features. I’m sure this time next year there will be a body that everyone will say they should have used this year.

  • yankeesusa

    This phone sounds amazing. It doesn’t look as amazing as the htc one but I would choose the s4 over the one based on Samsung updates, battery life and features. Plus the s4 even though it’s plastic it managed to add a cool design to it and doesn’t it have a metal bezel on ita

  • donger

    From the video I only thing I like is the Group music play which is pretty cool. The health portion sounds like Samsung will track you/ info.

  • loves S4

    A brief up of Samsung galaxy s4, and of it’s software features

    http://phonemaya.com/News/Android/samsung-galaxy-s4-launched-boasts-of-an-oct-core-processor.html

  • i dont know

    Reminds me of last year HTC one x better design galaxy s3 best selling android phone wonder how it will be this year

  • Lance Armstrong, criminal

    Scamsung should be ashamed

  • brklynmind

    HTC needs to go back to removable battery. Its as simple as that

  • Nathan D.

    I love the spec but I love htc one design way better, Aaa, I want one of them!

  • Baudery

    I now have a cheap galaxy q, but I have been looking around for a new top-tier phone. After doing extensive research, I decided on the s3 (though I am a big apple fan). I realized that the s3 had been out for a while and the s4 was coming out soon, I decided to wait. After watching the horrible keynote on Thursday, I have made my discision to buy the s4.

    I cannot understand the endless complaining coming from people about how the s4 isn’t revolutionary. The s4 is a substantial upgrade from the s3. What more do people want? I just don’t understand. I like the metal band that samsung put around the edge to break up the traditional plastic body(assuming that the band is, in fact, metal) I like the smaller bezals, the bezal on all phones is pure wasted space, on the s4, very little space is wasted. I am a little dissapointed that the s4 doesn’t have the super amoled+ , only super amoled. The s4′s quad core processer (assuming in canada we don’t get that octa) is a huge step up from the dual core in the s3. Hovering feature on the s4 is probably going to be the most useful feature, it raises a ton of oppertunity. I hope that the 2600mah battery will be big enough to handle the extra processing and display power requirements.

    In conclusion the s4 is a big step from the s3 any way you look at it. The s3 all ready had features that made it better than some htc nokia and iphone phones. The gimmics on the s4 are not all that seperate it from the competition, as features such as smart stay- borrowed from the s3, will continue to draw consumers. That said, those with the s3 may or may not feel the need to upgrade. But I, only having a galaxy Q will certainly be upgrading.

  • Lawrence

    ya, HTC one….but S2, S3 still great in sales with this plastic…

  • Tom

    The HTC one interface is not only a resource hog, but also not customizable enough. Touchwiz is far from the perfect android experience but it beats HTC’s by a country mile.

    People who want form before function can happily buy the HTC One, but savvy users will want the increased functionality and performance of the Samsung Galaxy S4. Not to mention that the S4 has removable battery and SD card expansion, unlike the form before function designed “‘unibody construction” which provides neither.

  • Tom

    The HTC one interface is not only a resource hog, but also not customizable enough. Touchwiz is far from the perfect android experience but it beats HTC’s by a country mile.

    People who want form before function can happily buy the HTC One, but savvy users will want the increased functionality and performance of the Samsung Galaxy S4. Not to mention that the S4 has removable battery and SD card expansion, unlike the form before function designed “‘unibody construction” which provides neither. Backup batteries are essential for someone like me who never wants to be attached to a wall (and never is).

    Hands down, the S4 for me. Plastic does not bother me when i realize all of the benefits it brings. Amazing job by Samsung to fit it all into the footprint they have.