The Samsung Galaxy S4 was finally announced early this morning, and if the specs are anything to go by – then this will be the best Android phone to have been launched yet (sorry HTC). Similar to a method Apple use, Samsung have adapted the same method and kept the design similar to the S3 from last year. It’s a design that sold very well, so Samsung were able to innovate the inside of the phone, rather than the outside in order to save money and effort changing what already works. Business wise it works, but personally we would have liked to have seen a slightly different design because we’re not fans of the S3′s design. One thing that has changed is the Metal strip on the side encompasses the entire side, rather than just a small section in the S3.
Let’s have a look at the specs, because they are quite good:
- Processor – QExynos 5 Octa 5410 with Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A15 & quad-core 1.2 GHz (dependant on your region)
- Display – 5-inch full HD super AMOLED display with 1920 x 1080 resolution (441 PPI) & Gorilla Glass 3
- RAM – 2GB
- Storage – 16/32/64 GB storage
- Camera – 13 MP with auto focus (1080p HD video recording at 30fps), 2 MP Front Facing Camera.
- Battery – 2,600 mAh
- Weight – 130 grams
- Size - 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm
- OS – Android 4.2.2
A 1080p screen with 441 PPI on a Full HD super AMOLED display? That sounds much to tantalizing to be ignored.
Essentially, they’ve managed to make the phone thinner and lighter than the S3, while increasing the phone’s screen size from 4.8-inches to 5-inches (essentially the the phablet category, but thinner. The phone also comes packed with some tremendous software that may or not be useful in the long run (and may even pass the ‘gimmick test’). Smart Pause let’s you pause a video by simply looking away from the screen (though we’re not sure how this will work in the dark). Smart Scroll let’s you scroll through emails, web pages, and documents simply by using your eyes! Other software includes S Voice Drive, Optical Reader, WatchOn, and finally Group Play – which let’s you sync multiple phones to act as speakers for songs. Great for Parties we’d assume.
Available in Black & White, expect this to hit stores around late April/Early June through 327 Carriers in 55 countries in 3G and 4G/LTE variants. Price is yet to be announced as of yet, but we’ll find out soon enough.