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.
HTC One is so far one the greatest high end handsets not released yet! But a leaked picture of a training document for AT&T reveals that the second largest carrier plans on accepting pre-orders for the HTC One starting from this Friday April 5th.
The price stateside will be $249.99 for the 32GB model with a signed two-year pact. That contradicts the $199.99 price for the phone that we saw saw on the Radio Shack sign for the Sprint version of the model. According to the leak, the phone will available in two colors, Silver and Black and AT&T is not putting up any signage in its stores for the beginning of the pre-order period. The exclusive 64GB model likely won’t be ready in time for early adopters, but it’ll go for $299.99 once it does show up on store shelves.
The HTC One will be available for Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T while Verizon is expected to sit this one out. Still, with some funky things happening to the HTC DROID DNA’s online listing, there are some who feel that a version of the HTC One will end up at Verizon.
Meanwhile, the three carriers that are definitely getting the phone each will apparently offer different pricing.Based on the earlier Radio Shack sign, it looks like Sprint will have the HTC One for $199.99 on contract. If the leaked document that accompanies this article is legit, AT&T’s variant will ring up the register at $249.99 on contract and T-Mobile is expected to allow you to buy the phone with a $99 down payment and pay for the rest monthly.
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.
It’s done. After weeks of teasing and expectations, HTC has finally officially announced its new high-end smartphone: the One. Forget the term M7. No surprises on the smartphone, as it is faithful to the leaks that have traveled the web in recent weeks.
The One features a 4.7-inch LCD full HD 1080p display with (468 PPI), a quad-core processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 clocked at 1.7 GHz with 2GB RAM, 32GB capacity, sound BOOMSOUND , a frontal video camera of 2MP for HD calling, a BSI sensor 13MPx F/2.0 “revolutionary”, an IR port or a battery of 2300mAh. All under Android 4.1 with Sense 5 overcoat, soberly named New Sense.
HTC chose an aluminum unibody for a very chic. No big surprises on that side, while being consistent with previous leaks. Note that HTC has chosen to integrate the antennas directly in the shell, so you do not have reception problems. At the bottom of the screen, we can find two capacitive buttons, against 3 on the One X.
One of the surprises is the HTC BlinkFeed. As BB10, HTC provides its users with a hub connected together all the information about your news. It allows you to stream all your content and news directly on your home screen, like the tiles of Windows 8.
HTC also introduced BOOMSOUD, a technology manager two stereo speakers device. Thus, you will have a clear sound stereo on your device, and without wearing headphones. Still on the Sound, the One is equipped with two microphones to adjust the sound of your voice on the phone and also automatically adjust the sound according to ambient noise.
But where HTC was expected, it was of course on his camera. HTC has taken to break the megapixel myth and presented its technology Ultrapixels. Few details, but HTC says that its technology should greatly improve the quality of your photos.
HTC One will also have the native software ZOE, which in the manner of Instagram allows you to capture short videos. It allows you to change very quickly through a simple and intuitive interface.
Finnaly, the HTC One will be available worldwide in late March at a price still undisclosed (€ 649 according to the first gossip)
Qualcomm has just announced their next generation of mobile processors, the Snapdragon 800 and 600 series.
Starting with the Snapdragon 600, it includes two of Qualcomm’s newest Krait 300 cores, clocked at 1.9GHz. The GPU is the Adreno 320 with an increased clock speed compared to the one in the S4. The Snapdragon 600 is aimed at mid-range mobile devices.
If you want something faster, then Qualcomm has the new Snapdragon 800 for you. Running four of the latest Krait 400 CPU cores clocked at an incredible 2.3GHz, along with a brand new Adreno 330 GPU, which is said to be 50 percent faster than the Adreno 320. Thanks to all this power, the Snapdragon 800 is also capable of encoding/deciding 4K content at 30fps.
Other features include integrated 9×25 3rd generation LTE baseband, integrated 802.11ac baseband and 2x32bit LP-DDR3 at 800MHz memory with 12.8GB/s bandwidth. Both the Snapdragon 800 and 600 are based on TSMC’s 28nm process.
The old Snapdragon S1-S4 series has now been rebranded and replaced by the Snapdragon 200, 400, 600 and 800 series of processors. The Snapdragon 800 and 600 are expected to arrive by the middle of the year.