To overtake Apple's dominance of the smartphone market here in the US, Samsung put together an unveiling event like no other for its GALAXY S 4 last evening. Livecast over Facebook and Times Square's giant display, the event, which took place at New York City's famed Radio City Music Hall, was Samsung's effort to win even the most jaded of New Yorkers. However, the event's main attraction, the Samsung GALAXY S 4, might just be the sledgehammer the South Korean electronics giant is looking for to break Apple's stranglehold.
Billed as "A Life Companion for a Richer, Simpler, and Fuller Life," the Samsung GALAXY S 4 measures at 5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 inches (136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm), or a bit larger than Apple iPhone 5. Quipped with a 5-inch 1080P Super AMOLED display, it is 0.3-inch wider than the upcoming HTC One, the phone's closest Android OS rival. While virtually indistinguishable from its GALAXY S III predecessor, the GALAXY S 4 is actually thinner, lighter and more durable thanks to Corning’s new Gorilla Glass 3.
Thanks to the new Exynos 5 Octa, a 8-core, 1600MHz processor, and 2 GB of RAM, GALAXY S 4 may just be the fastest smartphone on Android OS, at least according to its specs. But such processing power was for a purpose. During his presentation, JK Shin, President of Samsung's IT & Mobile Communications, stated "…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…" The best example of this is GALAXY S 4's two camera and the array of image functions. 13 megapixels image sensor for the rear facing camera and 2 megapixels for the front facing one (again, outperformed both HTC One and iPhone 5), the phone can take on various fun tasks. There is "Dual Camera", where pictures can be taken using both front and rear camera simultaneously. With the 8 different templates, users can combine any two images for a unique picture-in-picture photo. "Dual Video Call" is just that, where everyone in a video chat sees what you are looking at during the call. "Drama Shot" gives you a continuous time-laspe image without any complex setting while "Sound & Shot" merges a picture with sound & voice in capturing that special moment. With GIFs being quite popular these, the "Cinema Photo" lets you create one quite effortlessly.
Scheduled to launch during the second half of this year, the GALAXY S 4 will be available through the AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile, as well as smaller carriers like Cricket and US Cellular. No price mentioned at this time though the biggest question now is how will Apple respond during its presentation later this year?
Processor + Operating Platform
1.6 GHz Samsung Octa-Core Processor
2 GB RAM LPDDR3
Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
Cellular + Wireless
2.5 Generation (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE): 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
3 Generation (HSPA+ 42Mbps): 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz4G (LTE Cat 3 100/50Mbps)
802.11a/ac/b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz)
Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
IR LED Remote Control, MHL 2.0
Power + Battery
2,600 mAh Li-polymer battery
32GB or 64GB flash drive
5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED Display
1920 x 1080 at 441 ppi
Camera + Photos + Video
REAR CAMERA: 13-Megapixel Auto Focus camera with Flash & Zero Shutter Lag
FRONT CAMERA: 2-Megapixel
Camera Features: Dual Camera: Dual Shot / Dual Recording/ Dual Video CallDrama Shot, Sound & Shot, 360 Photo, Cinema Photo, Eraser, Night, Best Photo, Best Face,Beauty Face, HDR (High Dynamic Range), Panorama, Sports
TV + Video + Audio
Audio supported formats:
Playback: MP3, AMR-NB/WB, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, OGG, FLAC, AC-3, apt-X
Video supported formats:
Playback: MPEG4, H.264, H.263, DivX, DivX3.11, VC-1, VP8, WMV7/8, Sorenson Spark
Barometer Temperature & Humidity