Samsung Unveils the Galaxy S4 with 5-Inch Display in New York City [PIC]

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Samsung this afternoon unveiled its latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S4 at an over-the-top, cringeworthy theatrical event held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Here’s a breakdown of what the S4 is all about:

  • 5-inch, 1080p 441ppi Super AMOLED display
  • 1.9GHz quad-core Snapdragon CPU
  • Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
  • 13MP camera, 2MP front camera
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB, 32GB, 64GB storage options
  • 69.8mm x 136.6mm x 7.9 mm; 130g; 2600mAh battery; available in black or white
  • GSM/EDGE/UMTS/DC-HSPA+/LTE Cat 3; Bluetooth 4.0 LE

The build of the S4 looks similar to the S3, except for thinner bezels on the sides and the larger screen. The company again decided to build the phone with plastic to make a lighter phone and fit in more materials, Director of Product Planning Drew Blackard tells TechCrunch.

Below is a comparison of the S3 vs S4, via Gizmodo, along with their thoughts on the device:

There has been a ton of hype and build-up to this device, and ultimately, it left us feeling cold. The S IV feels uninspired. There are small spec bumps from the previous generation and there’s a ton of software which will largely sit unused. There’s just no wow-factor here.

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Samsung also announced new features such as S Translator, which allows live translations; S Voice Drive for using the phone in the car; Air View which allows you to hover over the device to control particular apps; Smart Pause to allow you to pause videos when your eyes look away.

The Galaxy S4 will be available in late April, with no specific dates or price mentioned. You can bet it’ll be around $199 on a three year term, which seems to the ballpark subsidized cost for the latest smartphones.

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  • FragilityG4

    Well fAndroids there you go … Samsung has released a “S” phone of their own.

    So what’s the difference now between the note 2 and the S4? Half an inch and a stylus??

  • FragilityG4

    I wonder what happens with smart pause when you blink …

  • Kj

    Haha

  • http://twitter.com/shameermulji Shameer Mulji

    Good point. Very true. But the press will go on and on about how innovative it is when all it really is, is a better Galaxy S3.

  • cyruskafaiwu

    Honestly in my opinion, Samsung kinda of showed it self to be desperate.

    Getting into the fit band market because jawbone and nike haven’t developed their android apps yet.

    Placing it’s own optical reader software for business cards even though every phone has third party apps for this even their own.

    TV remote… <- wth? sounds cool!

    Eye control to pause video if your eyes move away. If it doesn't work well, it will be annoying. But great idea on them.

  • steve81

    Of course, no word about battery life…

  • http://twitter.com/Chrome262 Chrome262

    Plastic, hell if I was going to go Android (and I have issues with the OS) I would go with the HTC, its a way better build, METAL people, not this crap plastic.

  • zero 95teen

    So what is it called now? Galaxy S4S …. bwahahaha.

    Since nothing to copy from Apple, it copy it self… LOL

  • Hst

    fyi I just read that the cpu they have in s4 is that Octa-Core Processor

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    It’s hard to come up with something HUGE year after year, looks like Samsung has made this an iterative update.

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    The presentation was awful from the start. No one could understand what was being said through the thick accent. “Introducing, the Samsung Galax S4!”

  • FragilityG4

    Up until today the fAndroids would have said differently.

  • Acer12345

    So Samsung unveiled a phone that’s basically the same as the last rendition….remind you of someone? :p

  • iron

    it will still keep playing you coconut head. only when you move it out of sight i think. Anyways phone looks the same as last years, will probably end up with htc one.

  • KJ

    So coconut head your saying I can no longer set my phone down and still listen to say a YouTube music video, etc….sounds retarded don’t it

  • FragilityG4

    Ever heard of sarcasm?

    “Coconut head”? What are you taking insult cues from romper room?

  • xxxJDxxx

    Very true, but its hard not to say “I told you so” to all the fandroids who were saying that Apple had ‘lost its edge’ among other things whenever they release and iterative update.

  • Starklet

    I honestly can’t think of much else that they could add. Consumers continually want something to wow them every year, and when asked what they want to see, they say, “gee I dunno”.

  • zxczxcdfd

    OMFG at these Apple fanboys…I’m sure that you will bring your iPhone to you tomb when you die BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA

  • FragilityG4

    Who’s buried in tombs anymore?

  • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    You? Stupid blinded fanboy…

  • FragilityG4

    If I could be buried in a tomb that would be great! Anyways if you guys, meaning fAndroids, truly think that phone is “revolutionary” or “innovative” you are the blind ones.

    But I expect no less than that from you simpletons.

    Hooray for plastic! Hooray for malware! But hay you have your micro USB and SD slot so I must be wrong.

    “The Next Big Flop” — HTC (Even your own Android counterpart sees the truth)

    Peace.

  • djepsilon

    I remember when the dell streak came out with its 5 inch screen…5 inches was a ridiculous size then and is a ridiculous size now IMO.

    I am curious to see how this smart pause works in real life situations and wonder if it can be turned off and on. Also, am I the only one who see’s air gestures as completely pointless? If people are embarrassed to talk to Siri in public, I can’t imagine most people would be ok flailing about on a bus trying to control their phone by… not touching it?

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    Samsung Galaxy S3GS

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    For international markets

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    Where did you come from? At least your comment was well-timed.

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    These new ‘features’ sound cool on the surface, but from some of the reviews I’ve read they only worked intermittently. Then again, the devices used were most likely pre-release versions of the phone.

    No ship date, no price, no battery life. iPhone 5 shipped 8 days after its announcement.

  • FragilityG4

    But the fAndroids will say “that’s because it’s a rehash of the 4S” … Although I’m not sure if they would be able to define ‘rehash’ ……

  • Applesauce

    I don’t see apple with air view, the eye following etc.

    The eye following has a lot of potential, the initial release of this feature is apparently just a taste of what they plan on doing on this phone. I believe there will be a number of extra features being released that will definitely be innovative, as long as the carriers push the updates.

    There are new sensors on this phone that could be used for something interesting, humidity, temp, and something else I can’t remember.

    If I could just get the apple fan boys at iexpensit to port their code to an Android platform, I would definitely be getting an S4.. but the people that make iexpensit are pretty short sighted.

    I will be looking for an alternative to iexpenseit, then I am good to go.