As expected, Samsung has announced tonight the fourth generation Galaxy S, the Galaxy S4. Running on Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean), the Galaxy S4 will be available in two flavors - one with a 1.9 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core CPU and one with a 1.6 GHz Samsung Exynos octa-core CPU (market depending). Hardly any other device is supporting as many WWAN as the Galaxy S4 which is said to support quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, quadband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA/HSPA＋ (up to 42) Mbps at 850/900/1900/2100 MHz and 4G LTE (up to 100/50 Mbps) with up to 6 different bands (market dependent). Furthermore the S4 features WiFi a/b/g/n/ac, GPS and GLONASS, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 (LE), an IR LED and MHL 2.0.
In terms of the supported sensors, the S4 comes with the Android typical accelerometer, geomagnetic compass, proximity sensor and gyroscope. Furthermore it incorporates a barometer, temperature & humidity and gesture sensor. All this is supported by either 16/32/64 GB flash memory memory (which can be expanded with a microSD card up to 64 GB and 2 GB RAM. The device measures 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm and weights 130 g, including the 2,600 mAh Li-Ion battery.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is slimmer yet stronger, with less to hold yet more to see. It has come up with simply unreal beauty. It has the world's first Full HD Super AMOLED display to showcase images at their very best. Its 5" large screen has 441ppi for stunning viewing quality. The Samsung Galaxy S4 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 S4 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 S4 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.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 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 WiFi access point 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 S4 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 E-Mail, 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 S4 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.
"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 S4 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).
The Galaxy S4 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 S4 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 S4 is partnering with global mobile operators such as Deutsche Telecom, EE, H3G, Orange, Telenor, Telia Sonera, Telefonica, and Vodafone. The commercial availability is expected for late April and Samsung has now confirmed a retail price of 729 Euro. 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.
Cheers ~ Arne