Samsung Galaxy S4 – The low down

Samsung Galaxy S4   The low down

So yes, those leaks were right and yes, you can control it using your eyes. In a somewhat strange cabaret-style launch in NYC this evening we were treated to some of the features of the all-new Samsung handset.


First though, the official specs. It’s powered by Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) and has a 5″ Full HD Super AMOLED 1920×1080 display at an amazing 441 dpi. It’s powered by a 1.9GHz quad-core CPU / 1.6GHz octa-core CPU depending on the market (yes, 8 cores baby).

The camera technology is fairly usual – a 13 megapixel camera (wth flash, zero shutter lag, BIS) and a 2 megapixel one up front. However, they can be used in a new and innovative way, allowing users to film and include themselves in videos whilst also filming others on the back camera – almost like editing on the fly.

The “Smart Scroll” and “Smart Pause” technologies were shown off (more on this later) as were the “Air Gesture” and “Air View” functions – again, more on this later. The device also has an IR port, so you can see that it’s not just the HTC One that has gone down this route.

Further specs can be found in the full press release below, but you get WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, GPS, GLONASS, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, accelerometer, RGB light, Geomagnetic, Proximity, Gyro, Barometer
Temperature & Humidity and Gesture. There’s 16GB, 32GB or a whacking 64GB of user memory (depending on the model) and a further 64GB can be added through a microSD card, giving you a max of 128GB if you get the right model and the right microSD. Wowser.

It’s powered by a 2,600mAh battery and is 7.9mm thick. It measures 136.6 x 69.8mm and weighs 130 grams.

We’ll be following up shortly with more details on the software and other features, so keep tuned in.

Introducing the Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4 - Live Launch
  • nigel

    Anyone else feel a little underwhelmed by new devices. It would seem we have reached the end of “game changers” I got the same feeling about MWC this year too. Both the latest android and ios phones are merely modest improvements over their predecessors. I get the feeling with the S4 that Samsung is desperately trying to think of new software gimmicks to differentiate it from the crowd – plus developing unnecessary accessories like s-scale. from what I have seen today – I wonder if HTC has regained some ground with their ONE – it least its software gimmickary looked vaguely useful with Blinkfeed and the image montage creator. If Samsung smart pause and smart scroll are as good as smart stay – then they are completely useless in most environments. Real innovation seems to have departed this industry – everyone is content playing it safe.

  • Seems a little gimmicky !! – and that show was just weird – truly !

  • It does look like the development plan was “it must have more of EVERYTHING than anyone else!”

  • rich

    So which is best, HTC ONE or S4