it is official. the most anticipated Android phone has just been announced by Samsung at the Radio City Music Hall in New York: the Samsung GALAXY S IV smartphone. aesthetically, we wouldn’t say it is a breakthrough – in fact, at a glance, it almost like like the S III, but it is somewhat sleeker, slimmer, lighter, and more ‘solid’. well, we are not exactly sure what the ‘solid’ means cos’ the body is still constructed from polycarbonate. anyway, the new iteration receives a bump in screen size – it now has a 5″ full HD Super AMOLED multitouch display that boast 441ppi – but manage to keep a thin 7.9mm profile and tipping the scale at just 130 grams. to put things into perspective, the S III is 8.6mm and weighs in at 133 grams. despite the increased in display size, the S IV still maintains around the same physical size to its predecessor, which means, it now has a pretty darn narrow bezel. so you could probably imagine how beautiful it is.
continuing on the hardware features, the new S IV is driven by either a 1.9GHz quad-core processor or a 1.6GHz octa-core processor (massive 8-core!) and will be powered by Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. on the imaging department, it has a 13MP main camera with autofocus, flash and zero shutter lag, while the front receives a 2MP item, capable of full HD videoing. a new feature known as ‘dual camera’ allows stills and videos to capture by both cameras simultaneously, and it even allows the recorded image or footage to be ‘fused’ into the main image/footage. other hardware features include support for both 3G and 4G LTE Cat 3 (for up to 100/50Mbps down/upload), 2GB RAM, up to 64GB built-in storage, microSD card slot that supports up to 64GB, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi (with support for ac protocol), NFC, IR LED, MHL 2.0, GPS/GLONASS, and along with the barrage of ‘standard’ sensors such as accelerometer, proximity and light sensors, gyro and likes, the new S IV has a few other additional sensors including temperature and humidity sensors, as well as (IR) gesture and geomagnetic sensors. and oh, it has a barometer built into it too. last but not least on the hardware department is a pretty meaty 2,600 mAh battery pack and the good news is, it is still removable.
as with any Android phone, the hard design is only part of the handset’s equation. for this newest GALAXY S, it has a host of software enhancements. notable ones include S Translator – a translator app that can translator nine languages from text to speech and vice versa, Air View for image preview by just hovering your finger over the thumbnail (yes, finger), Story Album that stitch related images into one complete story and printable in collaboration with Blurb (for a fee, of course), S Voice Drive – an app that allows you voice response, text and navigate while driving, and an advanced eye-tracking feature that automatically pause the video that you are watching when you look away. the Samsung GALAXY S IV Smartphone will be available from Q2 to 327 carriers in 155 countries. as for the price, it will be peg to the carrier’s customer agreement. naturally.