this comes as a surprised to us. during the annual Google I/O, the Mountain View folks unveiled a new edition of Samsung GALAXY S 4 that will be running on stock Android Jelly Bean. which means, no fancy TouchWiz to hamper your true Android experience – just the plain good vanilla flavor of Android. i don’t know what to say (more like, having a hard time containing my excitement), but as far as Android purists are concerned, this is going to be huge. what you have here is all the hardware and design goodness of the S 4 which happens to include a quad-core 1.9GHz processor (or will it be an octa-core processor?), 16GB of storage, a 13MP main shooter, 2MP front-facing camera, 3G/4G LTE, and of course, the signature brilliant display by the way of a 5″ Full HD Super AMOLED multitouch display, packing in 441ppi. not forgetting that all those features are packed into a physical size that’s a tad smaller than the 4.8″ S 3.

after having spent some quality time with the S 4, i must say it is a like for me as far as hardware is concerned but not so much for the complex software which i probably won’t have a use for them. so i must say that with a plain vanilla S 4, you damn right that i am totally sold – if not for its wallet-crunching price tag of $649. but then again, that’s the price for a fully unlocked set with LTE support for AT&T and T-Mobile. speaking of which, it is not clear if the LTE radio of this Samsung GALAXY S 4 with stock Android Jelly Bean will be compatible with operators in countries like Singapore, or will it be even made available to anywhere outside of the US. in any case, i am half expecting it be selling like hot cakes when it hits the Google Play on the June 26.

Published by Mike chua

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