On Thursday, Android market leader Samsung finally revealed their new flagship Android phone, the Galaxy S4. While the device doesn't have all the futuristic features that were rumored before launch, it does have some pretty cool technology packed in, like the ability to control functions like music playback and picture viewing with various waves and gestures (without touching the screen), a 13 megapixel camera, and a 1080p 5-inch Super AMOLED screen. A screen like that should be a joy to watch movies on.
The latest Galaxy product is not exactly revolutionary in the design department, since it looks a lot like the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2, but maybe that was the intent, because it actually seems a blending of the two when you look at them all together.
According to ABC News, the S4 is scheduled for release on all the major U.S. Carriers (Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, & Sprint) sometime during the second quarter of the year. No price has been quoted yet.
However, you may be able to get one for free if you are will to deal with some marketing emails from Samsung Mobile. The handset manufacturer posted a sweepstakes of sorts on their website offering the chance of winning one of the new smartphones if you sign up for email updates.
Samsung GALAXY S 4 Product Specifications:
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)
5 inch Full HD Super AMOLED (1920 x 1080) display, 441 ppi
1.9 GHz Quad-Core Processor / 1.6 GHz Octa-Core Processor
The selection of AP will be differed by markets.
Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
Main(Rear): 13 Mega pixel Auto Focus camera with Flash & Zero Shutter Lag, BIS
Sub (Front): 2 Mega pixel camera, Full HD recording @30fps with Zero Shutter Lag, BIS
Codec: MPEG4, H.264, H.263, DivX, DivX3.11, VC-1, VP8, WMV7/8, Sorenson Spark, HEVC
Recording & Playback: Full HD (1080p)
Codec: MP3, AMR-NB/WB, AAC/AAC＋/eAAC＋, WMA, OGG, FLAC, AC-3, apt-X
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
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)
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)
Google Mobile Services
Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Latitude
Google Play Store, Google Plus, YouTube, Google Talk,
Google Places, Google Navigation, Google Downloads, Voice Search
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)
136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm, 130g