Samsung kicked off their Premiere 2013 event by immediately showing off their three new Galaxy S 4 variants: the Galaxy S 4 Active, Galaxy S 4 mini and Galaxy S 4 Zoom. These may be devices we already know about, but Samsung went over all the official specs and features.
The Galaxy S 4 mini will be a smaller Galaxy S 4 with “no compromises.” It’ll feature 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display, a 1.7GHz dual core processor, 2GB of RAM and an 8MP camera. Not quite a smaller Galaxy S 4, but it should perform pretty decently. It definitely will have to be at a low price, though, since it’s only qHD.
The Galaxy S 4 Active is a tougher version of the Galaxy S 4 with an IP67 rating. It is fully dust sealed and water resistant, able to survive in a meter of water for 30 minutes. It’ll also have an aqua mode in the camera to enhance the look of underwater photos and allow the use of the volume button to take photos. (The touch screen won’t work under water). To demonstrate it, they threw it into a container of water, and of course, it worked.
The specs of the Galaxy S 4 Active are the same as the Galaxy S 4, including the 1.9GHz quad core Snapdragon 600, 2GB of RAM and 2,600 mAh battery, but it’ll have a TFT 1080p display instead of the Super AMOLED panel. It also has an 8MP camera instead of the 13MP shooter that comes with the Galaxy S 4.
The Galaxy S 4 Zoom is the world’s first smartphone with a 10x optical zoom lens. Using zoom on any smartphone sucks, because digital zoom ruins image quality. Optical zoom will not impair the quality of the photos, just like a real point and shoot. It’ll also have an optical image stabilizer, meaning better video, less shaky shots and better low light performance. The sensor itself is a backside illuminated 16MP sensor paired with a real xenon flash.
On the software side, everything is based on the ring around the lens. Spinning the ring will bring up a menu with many features. You can take a photo in the middle of calls, and it’ll send the photo automatically to the person you’re talking to. With 25 different smart modes, which might be overwhelming, Samsung created a Smart Suggest Mode to automatically suggest the best modes for the situation. Yes, they have so many smart modes, they need a smart mode to choose a smart mode. Either way, it’s a pretty well featured camera-with-a-phone-in-it.
Samsung also announced five new colors for the Galaxy S 4, one of which we already have here in the US. Red Aurora is now an AT&T exclusive, currently available for purchase. The other colors are Blue Arctic, Purple Mirage, Brown Autumn and Pink Twilight. I won’t make a joke about that last color; Samsung already did it for me. But if you were looking for more color in your smartphone, then you’re in luck.
These devices are exactly what we expected from the Premiere 2013 event, but now we get to see all the fine details and specs. These devices, being Samsung, should sell pretty damn well. We’re interested in trying these devices out, so stay tuned for more info from Android and Me! And tell us, what do you think of these Galaxy S 4 variants?