Samsung Galaxy S4 specs as ex-spec-ted, focus very much on fancy features

Samsung Galaxy S4 specs as ex-spec-ted, focus very much on fancy featuresFor one surreal hour, the attention of the world’s mobile press was focused on New York’s Radio City Music Hall, as child executive Jeremy Maxwell and friends unveiled the Samsung Galaxy S4.

If you were lucky enough to miss the launch (Jeremy Maxwell tapdanced, like seriously tapdanced), do yourself a favour and don’t watch it. I feel more than a little violated, but I’ve got all the important stuff in black and white below.

While the Samsung Galaxy S III was “Designed for humans”, the Samsung Galaxy S4 aims to “help you get closer to what matters in life” (boobs? Computer games? Booze?); it’s your “Life companion”. Good lord.

Samsung Galaxy S4 specs are entirely as expected. That means you’re looking at a 5in Super AMOLED HD display with a lofty 441 PPI.

On the inside, the Samsung Galaxy S4 has either – dependant on territory – an octo-core Exynos 5 Octa processor or Qualcomm Snapdragon (presumably 800) CPU, backed up with 2GB of RAM, and running Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean).

As for connectivity, the Samsung Galaxy S4 will support 3G and Cat 3 LTE, yielding maximum download speeds of 100Mbps and uploading at up to 50Mbps. In the UK, EE has already confirmed it’ll carry the LTE Samsung Galaxy S4.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is 7.9mm thick, and weighs 130g, which is pretty impressive, and all the more so you when consider it houses a meaty (and removable) 2,600mAh battery.

As predicted, there’ll be six variants of the Samsung Galaxy S4, with 16GB, 32GB or 64GB storage, and a choice of Black Mist or White Frost. In any case, storage is augmentable via microSD, so there's a potential maximum of 128GB.

So, yeah, the Samsung Galaxy S4 spec sheet reads almost entirely as predicted. Next to no surprises there.

The focus on the Samsung Galaxy S4 is very much on the software and trickery side of things.

For example, there’s a whole bunch of stuff going on with the Samsung Galaxy S4’s cameras, which weigh in at 13MP rear and 2MP front, with 1080p video capture.

Dual Camera is compatible with both video and stills, and essentially allows you to stick your silly face in pictures and video via the front shooter. Similarly, Dual Video Call lets you show the person you’re calling what’s happening through both cameras.

S Translator does what it says on the tin, and is pretty much the Samsung Galaxy S4 version of Google Translate. It's compatible with nine languages for now.

Moving on to Smart Scroll and Smart Pause, they’re a natural progression from the Samsung Galaxy S III’s Smart Stay function, which automatically locked the screen if you dared look away for a period.

S Voice Drive aims to stop you killing people while attempting to simultaneously drive and play with your Samsung Galaxy S4. Via a ton of voice commands, you can make and answer calls, and listen to and reply to messages, all without taking your hands off the wheel of your metallic death machine.

A couple of Samsung Galaxy S4 features with “Air” in the title; Air View is the hovering thing that lets you preview content by lingering above (as opposed to on) the display, while Air Gesture lets you throw pages around by gesturing instead of swiping. Ideal if you’ve got sticky hands (ahem) or you’ve just done your nails or whatever.

Still with me? Almost done! Group Play lets you share and play music over multiple devices. As if one person playing music on the bus wasn’t annoying enough.

On the enterprise side of things, the Samsung Galaxy S4 has a BlackBerry 10-style feature that allows you to set up independent personal and work profiles. It’s called Samsung Knox, named after the fort. Probably.

Finally, the Samsung Galaxy S4 has an S View Cover with a little mini display that lets you see key info, and it’s also possible to answer calls without flipping the cover back. Nice.

And that’s the Samsung Galaxy S4. Have I missed anything? Almost certainly, but it’s now 1am and Jeremy Maxwell’s tapdancing seriously threw me off. We’ll clear up some more ship in the morning.

So, what you do you think? Is the Samsung Galaxy S4 your next phone? Oh, it arrives at the end of April, incidentally! Or are you seriously underwhelmed? Either way, let rip in the comments.

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Pondlife  Mar. 15, 2013 at 01:20

Bit gimmicky features, well quite a lot really, but most of them sound like they could have their uses. Plenty that I wouldn't call silly anyway.
Cover sounds interesting too

mrT786  Mar. 15, 2013 at 02:29

I watched the launch event, apart from the "acting" the phone has got some really good features imo. there is something for most people, what one person might find gimmicky might be useful to another. they tried to pack it with so many features that there is something for everyone. eye scroll for people who read alot to dual picture taking for camera users.

lcurdie / MOD  Mar. 15, 2013 at 03:08

'Silly' in the title changed to 'fancy' :p

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 15, 2013 at 06:54

Samsung Galaxy S IV specs are entirely as expected. That means you’re looking at a 5in Super AMOLED HD display with a lofty 441 PP Well, I didn't expect it to be smaller while packing a larger screen and battery. So thumbs up, Samsung.
The rest... do I care? Honestly? Not. The floating eyeball or finger thing? Nope.
Here's why: Tom Cruise and Colin Farell! They looked like real idiots in Minority Report waving at that screen that wouldn't wave back. I also see huge potential for annoying bugs; fun with damaged sensors. It's always great when important stuff fails because gimmicky (fancy) add-ons act up....

Voice dictation? Yes. When I had (shortly) an iPhone 5 I always used Siri. Always.
No, Only when I felt like checking if it still couldn't understand a really difficult word like, errm, "county" - granted, loadsa consonant clusters and stuff. Who can blame Apple.

And who can blame Samsung? I'm sure if there had been anything revolutionary to pack in, they would have done it. It seems we reached a bit of a plateau. Will I wave at a screen when a micro-flick with the thumb does the trick? Nope. Not as long as I have 2 hands.

At least it isn't uglier than the SGS3. But I wonder: how many of the new features will be ported to the SGS3 because they are software- rather than hardware-based?

Sephiroth  Mar. 15, 2013 at 07:10

So when can we expect an S3 price cut?

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 15, 2013 at 07:14

So when can we expect an S3 price cut?

Hard to say... Many places sell the Note 1 at more or less the same price as the Note 2 o_O
But I guess you will save a few quid once the SGSIV hits actual shelves.

loofer  Mar. 15, 2013 at 08:41

Did they mention a price range for the GS4? Not that I want one, I just hope it makes HTC drop their price further

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 15, 2013 at 08:49

No, so far only vague speculations re US contract deals - i.e. $200 on 2 year contract.
Nothing re sim-free etc...

loofer  Mar. 15, 2013 at 09:00

I've got a feeling that eye tracking tech is going to be more useful to the advertisers than to consumers.... i don't like the way this is going.

loofer  Mar. 15, 2013 at 09:02

No, so far only vague speculations re US contract deals - i.e. $200 on 2 year contract.
Nothing re sim-free etc...


Well they'll either be cheeky and go for £500 mark because they think they can or it'll be around £450 to knock Sony, HTC, BB out as an alternative choice.
I think the sammy would win on features/£

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 15, 2013 at 09:11

Loofer , I totally agree re eye-tracking! We pay for their research to then implement the tech all over the place. Bad times.

Stelph  Mar. 15, 2013 at 10:14

Samsung Galaxy S IV specs are entirely as expected. That means you’re looking at a 5in Super AMOLED HD display with a lofty 441 PP Well, I didn't expect it to be smaller while packing a larger screen and battery. So thumbs up, Samsung.


Agree, its nice to see the steady increase of phone size has stopped, plus ive always quite liked the flip cases that samsng had for the S3 so its a nice idea seeing those being used but with an additonal notification screen. Other than that im with the rest of you on the "meh" scale since there just doesnt seem to be anything that is genuinely useful or game changing at the moment. Unless someone comes out with some new impressive portable tech or AI makes huge leaps and bounds I think this is the situation we are stuck with tbh

Infinite Element  Mar. 15, 2013 at 11:30

It's actually the S4 not the S IV. Samsung's own web site confirms this. So please stop using Roman numerals - it looks like you're misspelling a kitchen utensil.

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 15, 2013 at 12:12

Okie dokie

mrT786  Mar. 15, 2013 at 13:06

Some of the features are coming to the S3 i hope, features like dual shooting pics using both cams, is just software that can be updated onto s3, whether they will or not is another Q, might want to keep most features to make S4 flagship phone.

Also eye scroll is same on S4, is just software development of the 'smart stay' on s3 (or if im mistaken any extra hardware on S4 for that feature?)

Really hope that some features do make it onto the S3 because most people like me are not even half way through our 24month contacts (got my S3 July 2012) and the S4 is already out

Galaxy S IV software features coming to other Samsung smartphones too

lcurdie / MOD  Mar. 15, 2013 at 13:07

It's actually the S4 not the S IV. Samsung's own web site confirms this. So please stop using Roman numerals - it looks like you're misspelling a kitchen utensil.

Yeah, that's right enough. Updated!

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 15, 2013 at 13:14

There already are apps for the photo in photo thingy

Pondlife  Mar. 15, 2013 at 14:03

Some of the features are coming to the S3 i hope, features like dual shooting pics using both cams, is just software that can be updated onto s3

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