So after literally months on months of leaked pictures, alleged specs and video the Samsung Galaxy S4 has officially been unveiled at an extravagant New York -based event this evening, and we have some information about the official S4 specs.
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Build and design
Bigger screen aside, the Galaxy S4 which will be available in white and black, at 130g is slightly lighter than the S3 (133g) and has the same height and width dimensions. At 7.9mm thick it’s significantly slimmer than the Galaxy S3 but not quite as thin as the iPhone 5.
Jumping from a 4.8-inch display to an almost Note-like 5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display, the S4 promises 441 ppi which should mean a massive jump in terms of clarity for what is already one of the brightest and most vibrant smartphone displays on the market. The new Adapt sound and Adapt display tech will also change the screen and sound settings to suit whether you are watching a video or reading an article on the web.
Sporting a new 13-Megapixel rear-facing camera with full HD 1080p video recording capabilities, there’s also a jump back up to 2-megapixel front-facing camera to take care of all your video chatting.
Adopting some of the features introduced with the Samsung Galaxy camera including the interface, there is now a dual shot mode which essentially takes two separate photos which can then be merged.
Other notable new camera features include Eraser Shot which can delete those people who try to ruin pictures by moving in the background, Drama Shot that lets you turn Burst photos into one picture and Sound Shot to record nine seconds of audio and combine with a photo.
On the filming front there’s dual recording to shoot two video simultaneously a new Cinema Photo mode which lets you select which video shots to stay dynamic and still which you can then turn into your very own ready-made GIF.
Out of the box the S4 will be running on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean which is the latest version of the mobile OS which arrived on some handsets last month and brings some minor updates but users will be most interested in the key features announced in Android 4.2 which include Photo Sphere and Daydream. Interestingly, the keyboard will be powered by Swiftkey which means fans of the app can benefit from its impressive predictive powers.
With speculation last month that the S4 could run on a 1.9 quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor the architecture aimed at mid to high end smartphones will feature in the handset but for UK owners a 1.6GHz EXYNOS 5 Octo-Core processor officially announced by Samsung last month will be powering the performance with 2GB of RAM to help take care of multitasking.
Battery and storage
The good news for is that the capacity has jumped from 2,100 to 2,600mAh) but is some way behind the Galaxy Note 2 (3,1000mAh). On the storage front, like the S3 there will be 16, 32 and 64GB versions available with microSD support for up to 64GB.
New Smart features
Samsung has revealed a trio of intriguing new features that we are sure are going to get a mixed response as to how useful they will actually be. First up is SmartPause which essentially halts any video you are watching when you look away from the screen and Smart Scroll which lets you browse through content by tilting the device.
Sharing is big theme for the S4 integrating S Translator to email Chat-On and messaging making it easier to communicate with your international buddies by converting speech to text. On top of that you can now do dual and 3-way video calls, share content on your screen Note-style and annotation that you’ve made to documents.
In the multimedia realms you can pair up to eight Samsung Galaxy S4 devices via NFC to play the same song and for gamers you can also indulge in some multiplayer action with games like Asphalt 7 and Gun Bros 2 over Samsung’s own Wi-Fi technology.
Enhanced Air features
Building on some of the Air features introduced on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 you can now access Air View using your finger by hovering it roughly 2cm off the screen to preview videos or details inside applications like email and calendars without launching them. There is also Air Gesture to scroll up and down while browsing or wave your hand to navigate through your phone or accept a call.
Having announced its S Health application for the S3 which aims to help you maintain a healthier lifestyle this will also be part of S4 proceedings with a built in pedometer to track your steps and a food tracker to keep an eye on how much calories you are consuming. Additional accessories including an S Band bracelet, body scale and heart rate monitor will be compatible with the S4 and will can then be synced by Bluetooth to give you a much greater overview of your progress.
Samsung Optical Reader
One for serious networking folk and travellers, this new feature uses the camera tech to translate text on menus and books or read QR codes and can actually view a business card and know exactly what information it needs to pick out and keep.
Samsung Galaxy S4 UK release date
So, when can you get your hands on the Samsung Galaxy S4? Well, the next Galaxy smartphone will be available from April 24th and while EE has already confirmed that the S4 will be getting the LTE 4G treatment we are still waiting to hear which network operators will be offering the handset.
Samsung Galaxy S4 video