After much anticipation, Korean electronic maker Samsung finally unveiled their latest addition to the Galaxy family, the Galaxy S4 at the Samsung Unpacked event in New York.
This time, Samsung focused homely on their ‘smart’ features as found on the S3, but improved to make them better and even added a few more to ‘smarten’ the digital device.
Features on the S4 include:
• Dual Camera: This allows users to capture both photos or videos with both the rear and front camera at the same (damn) time.
• Group Play: Here users can ‘link’ multiple S4 devices together (like LAN) and share music, photos, documents and even play games.
• S Translator: Text can be translated from one language to another and device can ‘speak’ it out loud. The device can also listen to a spoken language and convert it to text in another language.
• Smart Scroll: This feature let’s you scroll tje browser without even touching the screen. Smart Scroll recognises your face looking at the screen and movement of your wrist and then it scrolls the pages up or down.
• Smart Pause: Similar to Smart Scroll, here eye-tracking recognises when you’re looking away from the device and pauses the videos that are playing. Once you look back, the video resumes play.
• Air Gesture: Just as found on their Smart TV range; 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.
• Air View: As with the Note II, this time without a stylus. Air View let’s users hover with their fingers to preview the content of an email, S Planner, video or image gallery without having to open it.
The Galaxy S4 is said to run on Android 4.2,2 powered up by a version of two processors, the 1.6GHz quad-core Cortex-A15+ and 1.2GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 and Exynos Octa 5410 chipset while graphics are projected by a PowerVR SGX 544 MP card. The screen on the S4 is slightly bigger than its predecessor as it features a 5-inch 1080p HD display, 13-megapixel rear camera and 2-megapixel front camera.
The S4 boasts with a powerful 2600mAh battery, NFC capability and expandable memory (64GB microSD).
Samsung confirmed availability of the S4 in April and would be available from 327 mobile operators in 155 countries. While the LTE model of the S4 will be made available later this year.