March 15, 2013

Samsung Galaxy S4: Specs, Features, Release Date and Photos

Nearly identical in exterior design to the Galaxy S3

Samsung Galaxy S4 release date and price

The Samsung Galaxy S4 will roll out with a staggering 327 operators across 155 countries and the Galaxy S4 release date is April 26.

U.K. - List of retailers that will be selling the Galaxy S4.
Australia - Full list of carriers selling the S4

Pricing for the Samsung Galaxy S4 will be about US $725 (£480 / AUD$695) SIM-free, although the Galaxy SIV price is yet to be confirmed.

Don't be fooled! That "aluminum strip" is actually plastic on the new Samsung Galaxy S4.

Samsung Galaxy S4 dimensions, weight and design

The S4 is smaller than the Galaxy S3 at 136.1 x 69.8mm. It's a 5-inch handset, which is exactly the same height as its predecessor (5.38 x 2.34 x 0.5 inches).

It's also unbelievably thin - considering the amount of tech stuffed inside - with the Samsung Galaxy S4 measuring a svelte 7.9mm.

It's a whole gram lighter than its predecessor too, at 130g.

The poly-carbonate chassis is still in use, although the metallic banding around the side, is much sturdier and feels more premium - though it's still plastic. Color-wise, there's the choice of 'White Frost' and 'Black Mist', although Samsung says "a variety of additional color options will be available later this year".

Samsung Galaxy S4 versus iPhone5. Side by side comparison.

As expected, the Samsung Galxy S4 is much larger than the iPhone5.

Exclusive, New Galaxy S4 Features

  • "Dual Camera": so you can take simultaneous photos and videos using both the rear and front cameras, then blend the pictures together
  • "Story Album": curates content, such as SNS posts, memos, location and weather information, as well as photos and videos, to create a photo album which is personalised around your timeline of special occasions and events
  • "Group Play": means you can enjoy music, photos and games with those around you, without requiring a Wi-Fi AP or cellular signal
  • "Samsung Smart Pause": so you can control the screen using your eyes
  • "Air View": allows you to hover with your fingers to preview the content of an email, S Planner, image gallery or video without having to open it
  • "Air Gesture": so you can change a music track, scroll up and down a web page, or accept a call with a wave of your hand
  • "S Health" software: empowers your life by keeping you up-to-date with health and wellbeing information through a range of accessories
Samsung Galaxy S4 rear camera and SIM card slot.
Samsung Galaxy S4 2600mAh battery

Tech Specs

  • Processor - Samsung Exynos 1.6GHz processor has a whopping eight cores. Some countries will get the Octo-core Exynos 5 while others the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro.
  • Memory - 2GB of RAM
  • Storage Capacity - Available 16, 32 and 64GB
  • Screen Display - 5 inch. Super OLED screen has a stunning 441ppi, Full HD 1,920 x 1,080 display.
  • 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 six different band sets (Dependent on market)
  • Connectivity - WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (HT80), GPS / GLONASS, NFC, Bluetooth® 4.0 (LE), IR LED (Remote Control), MHL 2.0, Sensor Accelerometer, RGB light, Geomagnetic, Proximity, Gyro, Barometer, Temperature & Humidity, Gesture.
  • Operating System (OS) - Android Jelly Bean 4.2.1
  • Battery - 2600mAh
  • Camera Main (Rear): 13 Mega pixel Auto Focus camera with Flash & Zero Shutter Lag, BIS, Sub (Front): 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
  • 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.
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