Samsung Takes the Wraps Off of Galaxy S4

And so finally few hours back Samsung took the wraps off of its latest flagship smartphone in New York Galaxy S4.img_design_02

We’ll start with the good news first.

The device will be launched at the end of April and go on to hit 327 carriers in 155 countries. It will come in two versions – one running on Snapdragon 600 chip and another rocking an Exynos 5 Octa chipset with quad-core Cortex-A15 and quad-core Cortex-A7 combo.

GalaxyS4For now It’s unclear which markets will get each of the two versions, though but its coming in two colors, White Frost and Black Mist.

And now for the Spec Sheet to see how many rumors did we get right and how many were just a miss fire.

Samsung Galaxy S4 at a glance:

  • General: Optional 2G/3G/LTE connectivity
  • Form factor: Touchscreen bar phone
  • Dimensions: 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9mm, 130 g
  • Display: 4.99″ 16M-color Super AMOLED HD capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels (441ppi)
  • Chipset: Exynos 5410 Octa / Snapdragon 600
  • CPU: 1.6 GHz Quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 and 1.2 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 / 1.9GHz Krait 300
  • GPU: PowerVR SGX 544MP3 / Adreno 320
  • RAM: 2GB
  • OS: Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • Memory: 16/32GB/64GB storage, microSD card slot expandable to 64GB.
  • Still camera: 13 megapixel auto-focus camera, face detection, touch focus and image stabilization, Dual Shot, Cinema Photo; 2MP front facing camera, video-calls
  • Video camera: Full HD (1080p) video recording at 30fps
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, standard microUSB port with MHL features (TV Out, USB host), GPS receiver with A-GPS and GLONASS, 3.5mm audio jack, NFC, Infrared port
  • Battery: 2600 mAh
  • Misc: TouchWiz UI, Extremely rich video/audio codec support, built-in accelerometer, Smart stay and Smart rotation eye-tracking, Smart pause, Smart school, S Health, Air Gestures

Along with an updated camera and Story Album, the Galaxy S 4 brings a handful of brand new applications to the Galaxy S family. The first, and possibly most important, is S Translator. S Translator is available in nine languages at launch, including Chinese, English U.S., English British, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Portuguese.img_acc_05

It is a standalone app that automatically translates information that is typed or copy/pasted into it. S Translator is also embedded in ChatOn, Messaging, and email.

The Galaxy S 4 also has an optical reader which turns analog information into digital, by reading business cards and turning them into address book contacts. S Translator is also embedded into the optical reader, which scans QR codes as well.

ChatOn, Samsung’s own-branded VoIP application, has been updated to include three-way video calls, screen share, and annotations. You can even use the new dual-camera mode to enjoy ChatOn calls.

img_acc_08Samsung has been making a big push in the health department with the new Galaxy S 4, and has thus preloaded the S Health app on the device. The app originally made its debut last July and seemed to focus mainly on linking up with existing health gadgets like fancy scales and blood glucose monitors. This time around, using the Galaxy S 4′s built-in pedometer, S Health tracks your activity throughout the day and knows when you’re running, walking or climbing stairs. The S Health app also lets you input your consumption activities to track caloric intake and get suggestions.img_acc_04

Make sure you log on to the dedicated website and check out the accessories that Samsung has in store for you!

The carriers to offer the Galaxy S4 in the US will be AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, Cricket and US Cellular. We expect more carriers from other countries to confirm that they will be selling the Galaxy S4 in the following days.

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