Samsung GALAXY S4 – New Features & Comparisons With iPhone 5, HTC One, BB Z10 & Galaxy S3

Samsung unpacked the Galaxy S4 in style at a grandiose event filled with extravagant sets and flamboyant choreography at the Radio City Music Hall in New York on Thursday. The smartphone will be released on April 26 with 327 operators across 155 countries and will be available in two colors – Black Mist and White Frost.

Samsung Galaxy S4 - Black - Front

Samsung Galaxy S4 - Black - Side

Samsung Galaxy S4 - Black - Back

Samsung Galaxy S4 - White - Front

Samsung Galaxy S4 - White - Side

Samsung Galaxy S4 - White - Back

(Image Source: SamsungMobile)

Standout Features

Check out this promo video for a full round-up of all the cool new features Samsung has packed into the Galaxy S4.

Pros

  • Air View – View previews of images, videos and email by hovering your finger over the screen (watch video above)
  • Air Gesture – Scroll through web pages, change music tracks and more by waving your hand over the screen
  • Dual Camera – Use both front and rear cameras simultaneously allowing users to capture themselves during normal camera usage and video calls (watch video above).
  • Smart Pause – Automatically pauses your video when you look away from the phone
  • Smart Scroll – Intuitively scrolls page for you through facial recognition and tilt movements
  • Group Play – Pair and play (same) audio on multiple S4 devices simultaneously
  • 1.6 GHz octa-core processor / 1.9GHz quad-core processor
  • 13-megapixel camera
  • 5-inch Super AMOLED full-HD Corning Gorilla Glass 3 display
  • Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • Optional Wireless Charging:  Requires you to change the rear cover to one that supports the feature.

Cons:

  • Same plastic body as the one used in the Galaxy S3 makes the phone look non-premium
  • No innovation in product design. Looks too similar to the Galaxy Note 2 and the Galaxy S3

Galaxy S4 vs Competition

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Spec|Galaxy S4|Galaxy S3|iPhone 5|HTC One|Blackberry Z10

Operating system|Android 4.2.2|Android 4.1|iOS 6|Android 4.1|BB10

Processor|1.9 GHz quad-core or 1.6 GHz octa-core|1.5 GHz dual-core (U.S.) or 1.4 GHz quad-core|Apple A6|1.7 GHz quad-core|1.5 GHz dual-core

Dimensions|5.38 x 2.71 x 0.31 inches|5.38 x 2.78 x 0.34 inches|4.87 x 2.31 x 0.30 inches|5.41 x 2.69 x 0.37 inches|5.12 x 2.58 x 0.35 inches

Weight|130.4 grams|133.2 grams|111.9 grams|142.8 grams|135.5 grams

Screen Size|5-inches|4.8-inches|4-inches|4.7-inches|4.2-inches

Resolution|1,920×1,080 pixels|1,280×720 pixels|1,136×640 pixels|1,920×1,080 pixels|1,280×768 pixels

Pixels per inch|441ppi|306ppi|326ppi|468ppi|355ppi

Rear Camera|13-megapixels|8-megapixels|8-megapixels|4-megapixels (Ultrapixels)|8-megapixels

Recording|1080p HD video|1080p HD video|1080p HD video|1080p HD video|1080p HD video

Front camera|2-megapixel|1.9-megapixel|1.2-megapixel|2.1-megapixel|2-megapixel

Capacity|16GB, 32GB, 64GB|16GB, 32GB|16GB, 32GB, 64GB|32GB, 64GB|16GB

Expandable memory|Up to 64GB|Up to 64GB|No|No|Up to 32GB

Battery|2,600mAh|2,100mAh|Undisclosed|2,300mAh|1,800mAh

4G LTE|Yes|Yes|Yes|Yes|Yes

NFC|Yes|Yes|No|Yes|Yes

Price|TBA|$99.99 – $199.99 (with contract), $499.99 (without)|$199.99, $299.99, $399.99|TBA|$199

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