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Mar 14, 2013

Samsung Galaxy S4 Full Specs

Samsung has officially unveiled the new GALAXY S 4 smartphone today in New York, and is set to bring it to shelves in over 150 countries starting with next month.

Just as expected, the new device will hit the market with top-of-the-line hardware specifications packed inside, starting with the 5-inch full HD (1920 x 1080 pixel) Super AMOLED touchscreen that can deliver a pixel density of 441 ppi. The screen is protected by Corning's new Gorilla Glass 3, which makes it very durable, yet it can also be operated with gloves. Depending on the market, the GALAXY S 4 will sport a 1.9GHz quad-core Qualcomm processor inside, or will be powered by Samsung's own 1.6GHz Exynos octa-core chip. The processor is paired with 2GB of RAM, and there is also a 2600mAh battery to offer increased usage time. Samsung will launch the smartphone in three configurations, based on the internal memory, namely 16GB, 32GB and 64GB, but will also enable users to expand the storage with the use of memory cards.

The phone's specs list also includes WiFi a/b/g/n/ac, IR blaster, Bluetooth 4.0 + LE, NFC connectivity, MHL 2.0, and built-in GPS receiver. On the back, the upcoming device will feature a 13-megapixel photo snapper, with support for 1080p video recording, complemented by a 2MP front camera for making video calls. Samsung also packed the new GALAXY S 4 with HSPA+42 Mbps and 4G LTE connectivity, and claims that the LTE version supports up to 6 different band sets, so that it could be used in most LTE coverage areas. A TDD/FDD LTE Dual Mode version be launched later this year.

Set to arrive on shelves in Black Mist and White Frost initially, with more colors to follow later this year, GALAXY S 4 runs under Google's Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system. The handset measures 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9mm (5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 inch) and weighs 130g (4.59 ounces), while featuring the entire range of usual sensors, along with some new ones, namely temperature, humidity and IR for gestures.

Samsung Galaxy S4
Image credits to Samsung

Samsung Galaxy S IV Gets Torn to Pieces Before Official Launch

Just hours before the official launch event for the Galaxy S IV is set to kick off in New York, the device has seen the teardown treatment in China, after a series of hands-on photos and videos were published with it.

Supposedly the dual-SIM flavor of the handset for China, the smartphone is said to arrive on shelves as Samsung GT-I9502, while packing an 8-core processor inside. According to Chinese website it168, which tore the smartphone down to have a look at its internal circuitry, the Exynos 5410 chipset is confirmed, along with a a Qualcomm ESC6270 chip for GSM connectivity, and a Broadcom BCM4752 chip for GPS, phoneArena explains.

The phone also features 16GB of internal memory, a microSD card slot, a 2600mAh battery, and two SIM card slots, which might not make it inside the international flavor.

Samsung Galaxy S IV Teardown
Images credits to it168 via PhoneArena

Samsung Galaxy S IV Launch Event Coverage

Today, South Korean mobile phone maker Samsung Electronics will make official its next handset in the popular Galaxy lineup, expected to arrive on shelves as the flagship Galaxy S IV.

The handset has made it to the headlines quite a few times in the past several months, but today, all of its features and hardware specifications will be formally introduced to the world. The launch will take place in New York, at an event set to be streamed live in Times Square, where Samsung has been teasing the device for the past week or so. The press event will kick off at 7PM ET, or 11PM GMT for users in Europe, and we’ll be here to provide you with the latest details on the upcoming smartphone. Before that, however, you might want to have a look at some of the rumored specs of the device, starting with the new 8-core Exynos 5410 processor clocked in at 1.8GHz (though some suggest that a Snapdragon 600 CPU might be included in the device in some markets). The handset is also said to sport 2GB of RAM, 16GB / 32GB / 64GB of internal memory, with a microSD memory card slot to allow for further storage expansion.

On the front, there should be a 5-inch full HD screen that will also offer support for floating touch, paired with a 2.1MP camera. A 13-megapixel photo snapper on the back should provide users with an appealing imaging experience, as well as with full HD video recording capabilities. The usual set of connectivity capabilities will also be included inside the smartphone, along with the entire range of sensors, rumor has it.  On top of that, the phone is expected to sport eye-tracking features, so that users would be able to scroll web pages without even touching the device. Furthermore, it was said to include SwiftKey's predictive technology and to be able to shoot with both front and back cameras at the same time.

All in all, it appears that there’s nothing left for Samsung to announce, except maybe for the phone’s design, availability and pricing. And of course, it still has to confirm all these rumors, so check out this page again as soon as the launch event kicks off to learn what the handset vendor has to say on the smartphone.

6.58PM ET: We're only a few minutes away from the event. President and head of IT and mobile communications division at Samsung, JK Shin, takes the stage to announce the new Galaxy. JK Shin mentions Smart Scroll and Smart Pause, Dual Camera, S Health and more. Galaxy S IV is now official, will arrive in shelves at the end of April. 

Specs unveiled: 

  • full HD screen, 441ppi pixel density, a new user experience, a new look and feel.
  • 4G LTE connectivity packed inside, 100Mbps on the downlink and 50Mbps on the uplink.
  • WiFi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0
  • 13MP camera on the back, 2MP front camera
  • 2GB of RAM, 16GB / 32GB / 64GB memory options, with MicroSD memory card slot.
  • full range of sensors, plus two new ones

Galaxy S IV comes with Dual Camera video shooting capabilities, being able to capture not only the scene the user is looking at, but also the user capturing it. Dual Camera also works for taking photos. Galaxy S IV comes with S Translator app. Users type words in English and the smartphone will read them aloud in the language of their choice. It supports 9 languages at the moment. More new features in Galaxy S IV: Adapt Display, Story Album (albums can also be printed, courtesy of a collaboration with Blurb), and HomeSync with screen mirroring.

S Voice Drive, a new feature aimed at enabling users to better interact with the device while driving. It can work as a personal assistant, Samsung claims. Galaxy S IV can also be operated with gloves on (a feature that Nokia included in their Lumia 920 last year). Samsung Hub and Samsung Knox also included inside the new smartphone. The handset also comes with S Health (and an S Band - fitbit) S View Cover, Group Play, Samsung WatchON, and a great deal of other features as well. The event is over, with Galaxy S IV expected to become available globally starting with Q2. 

The Next Galaxy teaser

Samsung mentions features expected in Galaxy S IV

Galaxy S IV now official

Galaxy S IV

Galaxy S IV
Images credits to Youtube

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Goes Official Now, Will Arrive Next Month

Today, South Korean mobile phone maker Samsung unveiled to the world its next Android-based flagship device, the Galaxy S 4.

Running under Android 4.2.2, the new handset is only 7.9mm slim, weighs at 130 grams and was designed to “redefine the way we live and to maximize our fulfillment of life,” Samsung claims. The smartphone will arrive on shelves in Black Mist and White Frost starting with late April, but will also be released in a series of other color options later this year, Samsung announced. "With the Galaxy S 4, Samsung is again going to enhance the way we live," said JK Shin, President and Head of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung. "All the innovative features of Galaxy S 4 were developed based on the insights and needs we found from our consumers all around the world. Following the successful Galaxy S series, this phone is yet another great proof point of people-inspired innovation.”

“At Samsung we'll never stop pursuing innovation conceived by people, so we can inspire them in return,” he continued. Galaxy S 4 arrives on shelves with a 5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED screen, a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 2MP front camera for making video calls, and a new "Dual Camera" function to enable users to simultaneously shoot with both cameras. The handset also comes with 12 outstanding shooting modes including “Drama Shot” and “Sound & Shot,” as well as with a new “Story Album” function to store important moments. Galaxy S 4 arrives on the market with support for HSPA+42 Mbps and 4G LTE connectivity, a 1.9 GHz quad-core processor / 1.6 GHz octa-core processor, depending on the market, and a great deal of new features. As mentioned at the launch event, some of these include Group Play, S Translator, Smart Pause, Air View, Smart Scroll, S Voice Drive, Samsung WatchON, Optical Reader, and S Health.

Samsung Galaxy S 4 is set to hit shelves starting with the second quarter of the year, and will be available globally, including the United States. In the end, the device will arrive in 155 countries and will be carried by 327 operators, Samsung unveiled. It will be launched via wireless carriers such as AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, US Cellular and Cricket in the US, and Deutsche Telecom, EE, H3G, Orange, Telenor, Telia Sonera, Telefonica, and Vodafone in Europe.

Samsung Galaxy S4
Images credits to Samsung

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