Today marked a big day for manufacturing giant Samsung. After weeks of speculation and rumors about their latest iPhone killer, the South Korean based company finally revealed the full scoop on their next generation Galaxy smartphone. While many excited Samsung fans waited until 7pm for the event, information about the phone started leaking early in the day, and by the time Samsung officially announced their latest flagship smartphone, many of the finer details were well known.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is chocked full of improved specs and new features that would make any true tech-geek salivate. It will feature a quad-core AMD processor with 2GB of RAM and up to 64 gigs of HD space, making it one of the most powerful smartphones on the market to date; right behind the HTC One and Sony Xperia Z. Along with the powerhouse specs comes an expected 5-inch screen boasting true 1920x1080 HD resolution on a Super AMOLED display with pixel density of 441 PPI. In comparison, the iPhone 5 screen sits at only 4 inches with 1136x640 resolution and 326 PPI.
The real impressive stuff on the S4 isn't just the hardware specs, but rather the stunningly innovative features offered through Samsung's tweaked Android OS and application software. Contrary to earlier rumors, the Galaxy S4 will not have eye-tracking, but instead will feature enhanced facial recognition software that will recognize when its user is no longer looking at the screen. Consumers can use the feature in conjunction with the built in gyro-sensors to tilt the phone up or down and automatically scroll and navigate through select apps. The Galaxy S4 will also include a no-touch feature, which will allow a user to navigate through the phone's menus and answer calls by simply waving a finger or hand in front of the screen. For those who enjoy actually touching their phones, the S4 will also utilize technology that will allow you to use the phone with bare hands or gloves.
In addition to next-generation navigation controls comes a 13 megapixel rear-facing camera, built-in translator software, a wide variety of environmental sensors, as well as an awesome infrared light projector. Built by a company named Mobeam, the feature will emulate bar-codes through the timed projection of infrared light, allowing the phone to essentially mask itself as a virtual ticket or coupon to any existing bar-code scanner. Coupled with Samsung's new Wallet App, this could be a major game-changer for mobile wallet applications.
All-in-all, the S4 looks to be an excellent candidate for defining what consumers can expect to see in their next generation of smartphones. The Samsung Galaxy S4 is currently scheduled for release by the end of April in over 155 different countries.
Check out some great photos of the Galaxy S4 here: Link