Samsung launched the most anticipated Android based smart phone “GALAXY S4” since the Galaxy S3 during MobileUnpacked event held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, USA on Thursday March 14, 2013. The phone would be available in start of April 2013.
The new handset is made entirely of polycarbonate. An IR-blaster built into the phone allows it to replace your television’s remote control. One particularly noteworthy feature is Samsung’s DualShot, which allows you to take a photo with both the front and rear camera at the same time and then combine the two together into a single photograph.
Another interesting camera feature is Cinema Photo, which lets you pick one piece of your photo to move, while keeping the others still.
Samsung’s Smart Scroll feature allows you to scroll through websites by tilting your phone. A Smart Pause feature lets you control the screen with your eyes. The feature stops and starts video based on whether or not you’re looking at the screen. If you’re watching a movie and put your phone down to grab a snack, video play will stop until you return and look at the screen again.
Group Play lets you share music, photos and games with the people around you. The feature can also be used to play music together as a group, turning your friend’s phones into a makeshift surround system of sorts. For instance, your phone might play the role of the right speaker, while your friend’s will be the left. If your 3rd friend decides to join in on the fun, his phone can be the centre speaker in your system, and so on.
An Air View features lets you hover your fingers over an email, S Planner, or image gallery to view a larger preview of content before selecting it, and an Air Gesture feature allows you to change a song, scroll through a web page, or answer a call by just waving your hand.
An S Health feature attempts to replace your FitBit, and works as not only a pedometer, but also a way to keep track of what you eat and your sleeping patterns. An optional ‘S Band‘ syncs via Bluetooth with your phone and can be used when it might not be practical to tote your S4 along with you.
Finally, S Translate helps you translate your email or text messages into one of nine different languages, using text or voice translation. The feature can translate from both speech-to-text and text-to-speech.
Samsung GALAXY S4 Specifications:
- Display: 5-inch full HD Super AMOLED; 1,920×1,080 screen, 441 pixels per inch
- Screen Size: 4.7 inch screen
- Battery: 2,600mAh
- OS: Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
- Dimensions: 5.38 x 2.71 x 0.31 inch OR 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm, 130g
- Weight: 4.6 ounces OR 130g
- Network: 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)
- Rear Camera: 13 Mega pixel Auto Focus camera with Flash & Zero Shutter Lag, BIS
- Front Camera: 2 Mega pixel camera, Full HD recording @30fps with Zero Shutter Lag, BIS
- Video: Codec: MPEG4, H.264, H.263, DivX, DivX3.11, VC-1, VP8, WMV7/8, Sorenson Spark, HEVC; Recording & Playback: Full HD (1080p)
- Audio: Codec: MP3, AMR-NB/WB, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, OGG, FLAC, AC-3, apt-X
- Camera Features: 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
- Processor: 1.9GHz, quad-core Snapdragon Fusion Pro; or proprietary 1.6GHz octa-core Exynos 5 Octa
- Storage Capacity: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB
- Expandable memory: Up to 64GB microSD slot
- 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
- Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (HT80), GPS / GLONASS, NFC, Bluetooth® 4.0 (LE), IR LED (Remote Control), MHL 2.0
- Sensors: Accelerometer, RGB light, Geomagnetic, Proximity, Gyro, Barometer, Temperature & Humidity, Gesture
- RAM: 2GB
- Additional Features: 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), Samsung WatchONS, 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)
- Carriers: AT&T, Cricket, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, Verizon
- Available Colours: Black, white
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Samsung GALAXY S4 Introduction Video: