Samsung on Thursday unveiled Galaxy S IV, its flagship Android smartphone, at an event in New York. The new phone, which is powered by the latest version of Android called Jelly Bean and next-generation hardware, will compete against Apple iPhone, HTC One, Nokia Lumia 920, Sony Xperia Z and other high-end smartphones that will be launched later in the year. Currently, Samsung has not announced any price.
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“We are committed to innovation, we are always listening to learn from people around the world about what kind of progress they really want,” Shin said. The smartphone will roll out with 327 mobile operators around the world in 155 countries starting at the end of April, he said.
Design and Specs
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is 136.6 by 69.8 by 7.9mm and 130g, the same height but slightly slimmer both in width and depth than the Galaxy S III. The edges are a little squarer than the GS3’s, but the phone is still made of plastic. It comes in two colors, “black mist” and “white frost.”
There’s a 5-inch, 1920-by-1080 Super AMOLED screen on the front with a very tight 441ppi density. New software on board alters the screen’s color temperatures based on what kind of content you’re looking at, for the best possible view.
The processor inside is either a 1.6-GHz Samsung Exynos 5 Octa or a 1.9-GHz Qualcomm S4 Pro, depending on the country. The phone has 2GB of RAM and either 16, 32 or 64GB of storage, plus a MicroSD card slot. It runs Android 4.2.2. with 2600 mAh Battery .
There’s a 13-megapixel camera on the back and a 2-megapixel camera on the front. The cameras can actually be used together to shoot picture-in-picture photos and videos.
For networking, the GS4 has EDGE, HSPA+ 42 and LTE; there will also be a CDMA/LTE version. Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, GPS, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, and MHL are all on board as well. An infrared transmitter lets the phone work with the built-in WatchOn software to function as a TV remote and electronic program guide. The phone will support wireless charging if carriers demand it, the company said.
For Samsung, the Galaxy S IV is a crucial launch in its battle against Apple. For years, Apple has managed to keep iPhone ahead of the pack but Galaxy S series phones are slowly catching up. The last phone in this series Galaxy S III, though failing to beat iPhone 5 in overall sales, almost matched the Apple offering in terms of features and performance.
According to data revealed by Samsung in January, Galaxy S III sold over 40 million units in six months. Collectively, over 100 million Galaxy S series phones have been sold so far. Samsung hopes that Galaxy S IV will do better than its predecessor. Apple is expected to launch the new iPhone around September.