Unlike the previous one where you could barely see the phone, the new one actually takes you through some of the key features of the device.
The video goes through a select few features of the phone, with Air Gesture getting the most importance. You see the characters picking up calls with a wave of their hand and the call automatically going into speakerphone mode. You also see other features in action, such as Air View for opening a message without touching the screen, Drama Shot for capturing multiple shots and combining them in one and the remote control functionality using the built-in IR blaster.
Samsung has just officially announced their Galaxy S flagship 2013’s version : the Samsung Galaxy S4 at their Mobile Unpacked Event 2013 Episode 1 in New York, USA.
The Galaxy S4 features a stunning 4.99-inch Full HD (1920×1080) SuperAMOED display. Which offers a pixel density of 441 ppi and the ability to use your gloves at the same time, your eyes won’t be able to distinguish the pixels, which ensures excellent visual comfort.
Samsung’s latest flagship device will feature Samsung’s latest Exynos 5 Octa-Core (5410) CPU based on ARM’s big.LITTLE technology with Quad Cortex-A15 cores clocked at 1.6GHz and Quad Cortex-A7 cores clocked at 1.2GHz or the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 CPU clocked at 1.9GHz (Depending on the market), PowerVR SGX 544MP3 GPU running at up to 533MHz or the Adreno 320 GPU (Depending on the Market) and 2GB of RAM.
On to the imaging details, the GS 4 sports a 13MP BSI camera with f/2.2 aperture and autofocus, while the front-facing camera gets a slight bump in res to 2MP. Samsung claims that neither camera features any shutter lag, so we’ll be eager to test it out. But some of the most intriguing aspects of the camera are the new features: dual-video capture mode, which lets you record video on both cameras simultaneously (much like on the LG Optimus G Pro), and Dual Video Call mode, in which you can make video calls and show the caller what you’re looking at. Additionally, Drama Shot utilizes burst mode to create animated GIFs, while Sound & Shot can record up to nine seconds of audio to accompany a still photo.
The Galaxy S IV comes pre-loaded with Android 4.2.2. The device features Samsung’s latest Nature UX 2.0, we really liked the original Nature UX on the Galaxy S III and the Nature UX 2.0 simply looks amazing. ::::::: The GS 4 will also take advantage of the same “Smart” gesture features we saw on the GS 3, and gives you a few more to enjoy. Smart Pause stops the video you’re watching if your eyes drift away. Smart Scroll will move the screen up or down when you tilt the phone and look at the screen at the same time. Air View is also available on the Galaxy S4, just like the Galaxy Note II, but in this case we use our finger instead of the S-Pen. Air View lets you use your finger as an S Pen by giving you a preview of an email, calendar appointment, image gallery or video just by hovering your finger over it. There’s also a Group Play feature that connects networks of GS 4 devices (provided they’re in close proximity) to share music in a surround-sound mode or play games against each other.
In terms of connectivity, the Galaxy S4 offers WiFi 802.11ac support on top of the usual a/b/g/n, and an IR blaster is included for remote control access using Samsung’s WatchON service. NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 + LE are included, and it’s got MHL 2.0 and is able to use a standard MHL connector. There are a ton of sensors on the device too, including: Accelerometer, RGB light, Geomagnetic, Proximity, Gyro, Barometer, Temperature & Humidity, Gesture.
The Galaxy S IV comes in 3 storage options: 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. The storage is also expandable via a MicroSD Slot. The device is comes in two different colour variants, White and Black.
Dimension-wise, the GS 4 is 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9mm (5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 inch) and weighs 130g (4.59 ounces). The chassis itself is actually 0.8mm skinnier, 0.7mm thinner and 3g lighter than its predecessor, which is impressive given its larger screen size and 2,600mAh battery. It will launch in black and white hues, though Samsung plans to add more colors to its lineup as the year progresses. Head below the break as we continue to reveal what else you can expect from the newest Galaxy device.
No pricing has been set, and we’ve been told that the phone will be released globally starting at the end of April. It will come to all four national networks in the US as well as Cricket and US Cellular, and it will be picked up in other markets by Deutsche Telecom, EE, H3G, Orange, Telenor, Telia Sonera, Telefonica and Vodafone (we imagine this is only a short list of carriers for now, however). The full press release with more details is below, and we also have a full hands-on preview up for your viewing pleasure.
Officiall Press Release
Samsung Introduces the GALAXY S 4 – A Life Companion for a richer, simpler and fuller life
GALAXY S 4 gets you closer to what matters in life, bringing your world together
New York, USA, March 14, 2013 – Samsung Electronics announced today the fourth generation GALAXY S, the GALAXY S 4, designed to get you closer to what matters in life and bring your world together.
Understanding what matters most to us in our lives, the Samsung GALAXY S 4 was developed to redefine the way we live and to maximize our fulfillment of life. This sleek and innovative smartphone makes every moment of life very meaningful; it understands the value of relationships, enabling true connections with friends and family. It believes in the importance of an effortless user experience, making your life easy and hassle-free; and, it empowers your life, helping take care of your well-being.
The beauty of the phone is the highly crafted design encompassing a larger screen size and battery, minimized bezel; all housed in a light (130g) and slim (7.9mm) shape. The Samsung GALAXY S 4 is slimmer yet stronger, with less to hold yet more to see. It has come up with simply unreal beauty. At launch, two color options will be available – Black Mist and White Frost; with a variety of additional color options to follow later this year.
“With the GALAXY S 4, Samsung is again going to enhance the way we live,” said JK Shin, President and Head of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung. “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. Following the successful GALAXY S series, this phone is yet another great proof point of people-inspired innovation. At Samsung we’ll never stop pursuing innovation conceived by people, so we can inspire them in return.”
Meaningful Moments – Gives Greater Enjoyment
A rich life is one that’s filled with meaningful moments and the GALAXY S 4 captures and shares those special moments. The GALAXY S 4 has the world’s first Full HD Super AMOLED display to showcase images at their very best. Its 5-inch large screen has 441ppi for stunning viewing quality. The Samsung GALAXY S 4 also utilizes Corning’s new Gorilla® Glass 3*, making it a durable travel companion for all of life’s adventures.
Equipped with a 13 megapixel rear camera, the GALAXY S 4 also boasts a ‘Dual Camera’ function that allows simultaneous use of both front and rear cameras. When capturing moments, users can choose from a variety of frame effects which blend the two pictures naturally and also adjust the size of the small picture inside the big one. Users can select 8 different ways to combine the two photos taken by the front camera and the rear camera. At the same time, the ‘Dual Video Call’ function enables you to make and receive a video call with friends and family while showing what you are looking at during the call.
The camera functionality extends beyond Dual Camera, as the device is also equipped with 12 outstanding shooting modes including ‘Drama Shot’, which allows you to see all the action in one continuous time-lapse, and ‘Sound & Shot’, which uniquely stores sound and voice together as the picture is taken so those special moments are captured in the truest form imaginable, exactly as they happened.
These meaningful moments can also now automatically be stored in a photo album, with the new ‘Story Album’ function. Photos taken by the GALAXY S 4 are automatically gathered and sorted out according to your timeline, geo-tagging information, or a specific event to create a photo album. These unique story albums can be ordered and delivered as an offline photo album through a new partnership with Blurb*, so you can keep those precious moments safe to look at and share time and time again.
True Connections – Brings People Together
Samsung GALAXY S 4 enables true connections with the people in our lives. It is more than a personal device that can be enjoyed by one user – it makes the most of our relationships allowing us to easily share and experience many of life’s pleasures together with family and friends, wherever you are.
With its ‘Group Play’ function, users can enjoy music, photos, documents and games with those around them without even requiring a Wi-Fi AP or cellular signal. This innovative feature enables users to connect directly with others to share, play and co-create content and entertainment instantly. Its ‘Share Music’ option allows users to have the same song playing on multiple phones in sync to create the best party atmosphere.
The GALAXY S 4 brings all people closer together by breaking down language barriers. It makes international travel a joy, with ‘S Translator’ which provides instant translation, using text or voice translation on applications including email, text message and ChatON. This instant translation is possible both from speech to text and text to speech and ensures that you can rely on the correct information whilst abroad.
The GALAXY S 4 supports HSPA+42 Mbps and 4G LTE which means wherever you are in the world, you can rely on perfect connectivity. Especially, the LTE version supports up to 6 different band sets which allows it to function in most LTE coverage areas as well as enabling global LTE roaming. Furthermore, TDD/FDD LTE Dual Mode version will be introduced later this year.
Effortless Experience – Makes Things More Convenient
In today’s world, we are all looking for smart ways to make life easier and less stressful. The GALAXY S 4 ensures that tasks are effortless with innovative features that detect your face, voice and motions to enable screen control with no need for finger touch activation.
‘Samsung Smart Pause’ enables you to control the screen by where you look. When you are watching a video, the video pauses when you look away then it starts right up again when you are back. ‘Samsung Smart Scroll’ allows you to scroll the browser or emails up and down without touching the screen. It recognizes your face looking at the screen and movement of your wrist and then scroll the pages up or down accordingly.
‘Air View’ allows users to hover with their fingers to preview the content of an email, S Planner, image gallery or video without having to open it. You can even see a magnified view on the internet browser, or a phone number saved in the speed dial on the keypad. With ‘Air Gesture’, you can change the music track, scroll up and down a web page, or accept a call with a wave of your hand.
With ‘S Voice Drive’ you can activate commands via voice control for optimization when driving. Once connected with a car Bluetooth, the phone automatically turns into driving mode converting text to speech so you can easily and safely check messages with no need to look at the screen.
‘Samsung Optical Reader’ makes life yet more effortless, by automatically recognizing text, a business card or QR code information, and providing useful functions such as translation, call, text message and search.
At home, using ‘Samsung WatchON’, the GALAXY S 4 will transform into an IR remote to control your home entertainment system including TV, set-top box, DVD player and even air conditioner. In addition, you can enjoy various content including live TV, cable TV and VOD based on the rich information provided by EPG (Electronic Program Guide).
Empowered Living – Takes Care Of Your Health and Quality of Life
The GALAXY S 4 empowers your life by keeping you up-to-date with health and wellbeing information using the new ‘S Health’ software. The combination of sensors built within the device systematically and automatically monitors your health, surroundings and so much more to help improve your quality of life. Also, users can easily check their health conditions using food diary, exercise diary and sleep monitor to stay fit and healthy. (Certain functions are enabled by specific accessories.)
To further protect your wellbeing, ‘Samsung Adapt Display’ provides an optimal viewing experience, customized for each type of application, and ‘Samsung Adapt Sound’ offers an optimal level and type of sound, personalized for each user, to make the most out of life.
Samsung GALAXY S 4 will be available from Q2 globally including US, partnering with AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, as well as US Cellular and Cricket. In Europe, Samsung GALAXY S 4 is partnering with global mobile operators such as Deutsche Telecom, EE, H3G, Orange, Telenor, Telia Sonera, Telefonica, and Vodafone.
March 14th is the big day for Samsung, and in case you’re unsure what’s important about that date, just take a look at Times Square in New York.
In one week, we will discover the famous Galaxy S4 or “Next Galaxy” as Samsung likes to say. But in the meantime, and despite many leaks more or less true, Samsung continues its buzz and Samsung has put up several ads for its upcoming “Unpacked” event with a series of photos at Time Square in New York, where the presentation will take place, and where the Korean manufacturer invited its fans to discover the new smartphone the Galaxy S4 or “Next Galaxy”…
The Galaxy S IV is supposed to feature an 1.8 GHz Exynos 5 octa-core chipset and offer a 4.99-inch screen of FullHD resolution (resulting in 441ppi), 2 GB of RAM, and Android 4.2 out of box.
Be sure to check back with us next week for our full coverage of the event!
For the record: Samsung 2013’s flagship (Samsung Galaxy S IV) will make its debut at 7PM ET at Radio City Music Hall in NYC. And ofcourse, we’ll be liveblogging the event, so mark the date! March 14th in New York you’ll know everything.
Samsung want to have more control in each country about updates and sales. Samsung wants to know exactly how many devices has been sold in all countries.
Samsung’s plan is to stop the retailers that are shipping for example French based software devices to The Netherlands. Samsung won’t give devices updates if you bought a phone outside your home country. This could mean retailers need to pay more for devices and the prices could go higher. Also customers could have to wait longer on their new devices. So far we can conclude from our information Samsung will start to test this way by no longer notification trough OTA (over the air).
Another thing to know is that Samsung will still use both KIES and OTA services. But could test in the future IMEI based updates. If Samsung decides to use IMEI tracking for updates this is most worst way for developers. We do not expect Samsung to choose this way at the moment. For Samsung at the moment KIES and OTA are fine. IMEI could be dangerous for Samsung self too.
What does this all mean for Samsung, retailer and customer?
- Samsung side :
- – Control of updates in each country. (faster way of updates)
- – Exact sales numbers.
- – Could bring the price up / down if needed or cancel device that do not sell well.
- Retailer side :
- – Retailer must ship country based devices otherwise customer isn’t able to update.
- – Retailer shop price could be more expensive.
- Customer side :
- – Delay in new device.
- – Customer isn’t able to update their device outside the country of origin.
- – Price can be higher.
Samsung upcoming flaghsip device has being built under codename “Project J” and now has been changed to codename “Altius(J)”. The Samsung Altius will come in 2 colours black and white. Samsung will of course give the colours a glamourous names but we are currently unaware of them.
Samsung is planning to ship the Altius starting from week 16, which simply means April 15. We expect Samsung to hold an unpacked event at MWC or sometime in March. Samsung could hold one of its mobile unpacked events in London, New York or even Korea.
Some details about Samsung’s next flagship device which are 100% confirmed are listed below :
- Code Name: Altius
- Model Number: GT-I9500
- Colours: Black / White
- Battery Capacity: 2600 mAh
- Special: Wireless Charging Kit
The rumoured specs of the next generation Galaxy S device are :
The next Galaxy S is rumoured to feature an Exynos 5 Octa (8-Core) CPU, Mali-T658 (8-Core) GPU, 4.99″ Super AMOLED Full HD Resolution Display, 2GB of RAM, 13 Megapixel Rear facing Camera capable of shooting 1080p Full HD Videos at 30FPS, 2 Megapixel front facing camera capable of shooting 720p HD Videos and running Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean out of the box.
The Samsung Galaxy S IV next Samsung flagship keeps talking about himself.
An image alleged to be of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S IV smartphone was published on Friday by SamMobile. If authentic, the image reveals that Samsung will finally ditch its traditional home and navigational buttons for on-screen keys.
The bezel around the device is thinner, giving the upcoming Galaxy smartphone a near edge-to-edge display, similar to Motorola’s DROID RAZR M.
The Galaxy S IV is rumored to feature a 4.99-inch Super AMOLED full HD 1920 X 1080 display, and include a 2GHz quad-core Exynos processor, 2GB of RAM and a 13-megapixel rear camera.
It should be noted, however, that SamMobile could not 100% confirm that the image is authentic. The most recent rumors suggest the Galaxy S IV will be released in April. But with the Samsung Lebanon facebook’s account hinting a realese date to May, we will hear a lot about the GS IV.
In the mean time you should take this rumors with a pinch of salt, until we hear an official word from Samsung.
Samsung’s Galaxy S line of flagships traditionally launches in Q2 – the original launched in June, the sequel in April and the Galaxy S III in May. What about the S IV? A post on Samsung Lebanon’s Facebook account points to May for the Samsung Galaxy S IV launch date.
While we know better than to take anything coming from a Facebook page for granted, we wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if the Galaxy S IV has a May launch (it’s when the S III launched after all).
Earlier, Reuters reported that the S IV will be launching in April, which doesn’t seems slightly less likely, given the enormous popularity the Galaxy S III and Note II are still enjoying.
That’s for the launch date, when the new phone might be announced is a completely different matter. The first two of the line were announced a few months before launch, while the Galaxy S III was announced and launched in May. We expect the forth Galaxy S flagship to follow the footsteps of its predecessor, though, and only go official a couple of weeks before it hits the shelves.
Now if everyone could please stop with the CES/MWC announcement rumors – it’s simply not happening. What we might see at CES though, is tech that will go into the Galaxy S IV like the rumored 5″ 1080p Super AMOLED or a Cortex-A15 based chipset, which are also going around the rumor mill.
The Samsung Galaxy S IV is expected to pack a quad-core Exynos 5440 chipset whose CPU cores will use either 28nm high-K metal gate technology, or ARM BIG LITTLE architecture, which uses an energy-sipping A7 CPU, paired with a more powerful A15 units for heavier tasks.
Once again, we hear about a 5″ 1080p AMOLED display gracing the Samsung Galaxy S IV. A 13MP camera and a 9.2mm waistline are mentioned as well. The latter has grown slightly over the Galaxy S III’s in order to accommodate the S Pen.
If the S Pen report turns out to be true, the Samsung Galaxy S IV is bound to one up all its competitors as far as productivity is concerned. As is the case with most rumors, we would advise that you take all the above information with a pinch of salt.