For 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.