As anticipated Galaxy S IV looks much like S III with larger 5-inch display of higher resolution, with more sensors, Air View, dual camera, Sound & Shot, S Translate, S Health, Smart Scroll, Smart Pause and lot more. S IV is also lighter and thinner than S III. Ehm, no eye scroll…
Last Night at Radio City Music Hall in New York, Samsung had unveiled its new flagship Galaxy S IV while streaming it all live to lucky New Yorkers in Times Square. Samsung announced that S IV smartphone will be available in white frost and black mist in 155 countries with 327 operators as soon as April 26. In US Galaxy S IV will be available in Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, Cricket and U.S. Cellular. Let’s take a look at its features and specs.
New Samsung Galaxy S IV measures 5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 inch (136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm) and weighs 130 g (0.29 pound, or 4.6 ounces). Its predecessor Galaxy S III weighs 133g and its slimmest part is 8.6 mm.
S IV features Super AMOLED display of 4.99-inches with 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution and an amazing 441 pixel density. S III had a smaller 4.8-inch display with 720 x 1280 resolution and 306 ppi pixel density. Corning Gorilla Glass 2 protecting S III’s display was replaced with sturdier Glass 3 version.
S IV Hardware:
The processor in US version of Galaxy S IV is 1.9 GHz quad-core processor. We’re unsure as to what type of cpu will be available and where. Samsung is stating that the guts will change from territory to territory. The International version of Samsung Galaxy S IV sports 1.6 GHz Exynos 5 Octa (octa-core) 5410 CPU. The graphics are PowerVR SGX 544MP3. There is 2GB of RAM and choices of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB of built in storage. MicroSD card can offer up to 64 GB of additional storage, but this is optional. Dropbox has a 50 GB of storage. As rumored Galaxy S IV will be powered by strong 2,600mAh battery.
S IV connectivity:
Galaxy S IV supports 3G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4, and NFC. The fastest speeds S IV can reach in terms of data transfer is 100 Mbps on download and 50Mbps upstream. S IV has microUSB v2.0, USB On-the-go, and USB Host.
S IV Camera:
Galaxy S IV features improved 13 megapixel camera replacing the 8 megapixel on S III model. New rear camera produces crisp pics of 4128 x 3096 pixels. Front facing camera has also been improved to 2 megapixels.
With new Dual Shot features, you can now take both front and back picture simultaneously. In other words you can take a picture of your friends while taking one pic of yourself at the same time and adding you to the picture of your buddies. The camera also has a ‘drama shot’ functionality that snaps multiple pictures and then combines them to show the movements and trajectories. An ‘Eraser’ allows you to take out the undesired creatures out of your picture. HDR (High dynamic range) was also added to the rear camera. This allows for a higher quality pictures even in poor lighting conditions. Story Album feature will enable you to not only organize your photos in pre themed designed albums, but also to send your albums to Blurb for printing.
S IV Software:
The operating system is Google’s newest Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, but Samsung has added few custom touches on their signature TouchWiz UI. Here are some cool features.
Samsung introduces a new floating touch features called ‘Air Gesture’. Much like in Galaxy Note II and its AirView feature with S Pen, the Air Gesture enables user to show a preview of the link, or content by hovering over about half inch above the screen. You can even answer a call by waving a hand over the screen.
New features on S IV is ‘Smart Scroll’ which allows you to tilt your phone down or up to scroll the page. When you look away the video you have been watching S IV will pause it with ‘Smart Pause’. The heavily rumored “Eye scrolling” is apparently something that Samsung hasn’t polished up for this phone, but may be available in the next iteration. The Eye scrolling supposedly tracks your eye balls to see what you’re seeing and scroll down to the next content automatically. Man, that would be nice!
‘AllShare Play’ will allow multiple phones play the share music to create a fuller and stronger sound. ‘S Translator’ is really cool feature that translates from and to 10 languages in both text and speech.
There is also a ‘S Health’ feature monitoring your heart rate, your sleeps and burned calories. S Health also notifies you of current temperature, humidity, and such. There is a optional wristband accessory which you can wear to count your steps, and calories and later sync with S Health app to have it all analyzed. The ‘S Voice Drive’ will enable you to voice activate or control navigation, phone calling, or messaging. The phone even has IR (Infrared) LED to remote control your TV using S IV.
Here is a quick Galaxy S IV hands on video courtesy of Venturebeat.
HTC has just launched their new flagship android phone, that may give Samsung a pause. HTC One is boasting an amazing 468 ppi Full HD 4.7-inch display and all aluminum body that screams of premium. The processing power is topping all benchmarks. We will do a more thorough comparison of Galaxy S IV and HTC One later.
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