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

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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Comments

  1. jskbydesign says

    Those in the world of Apple— desktops, laptops, tablets, phones. They work seamlessly integrating work and entertainment libraries including apps. Do you suppose we will just pack all this in for a larger screen and other smoke and mirrors. Competition only forces everyone to be better.

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