As weird and as “different” as the Samsung launch event was for the Galaxy SIV yesterday, there is no denying that the latest version of Samsung’s flagship phone is a flat out beast! That being said, we’ve put together some cliff notes for you.
From a design standpoint, the new S4 isn’t much different in size from the S3. The screen is upgraded to about 5 inches and sports full 1080p resolution, which gives it one of the largest screens on the market. Perfect for those that consume a lot of media.
Functionally, the guts of the S4 benefit from significant upgrades. There’s now 2 GB of RAM, and a larger 2600 mAh battery. The S4 will be available with either 16, 32, or 64 GB of internal storage, and a microSD slot. To help you stay connected on the go, there’s Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4, and Near-Field Communication connectivity loaded.
The “Air View” or “Air Gesture” feature is one of the coolest features of the phone. The feature allows you to hover over certain items to preview content without actually touching the device.
The on board camera has been upgraded to the likes of something we have never seen before. Two new “Smart” features use the phones camera to detect when you’re looking at it. Smart Pause automatically pauses a video when it senses that you look away from your phone. Smart Scroll allows you to tilt the phone forward or backward to scroll through a document or a web page.
For health nuts, the S4 can replace your Nike FuelBand device thanks to S Health. The phone features a built-in pedometer for tracking the number of steps you take — or run — during the day, much like Fitbit’s line of devices.
As we mentioned before the S4 will feature a 5 inch screen, run the latest Android 4.2.2 “Jelly Bean”. With the “S View Cover”, you can view phone notifications through a cut-out window.
As far as pricing, there hasn’t been any definitive word on where the price will fall. Our best guess is that it will be in the same range as the current S3 model. The new S4 will be available in white and blue and wil be available through AT&T, Verzion, T-Mobile, Sprint, U.S. Cellular, and Cricket.