Samsung Galaxy S4 becomes official!

In a global launch event here in Radio Music Hall, New York City, Samsung finally revealed their latest Galaxy smartphone – the Samsung Galaxy S4.

Samsung polished the design of the S3 and bumped up the hardware configuration to come up with the Galaxy S4. The body is still made of polycarbonate material but gives you an impression that it looks and feels a bit metallic.

The handset manufacturer also put a lot of focus on the OS layer by adding a huge set of customizations from entertainment, education, health and media fronts (will discuss more about that in a separate article).

The Galaxy S4 will basically have two major configurations –- one running an Exynos 5 Octa processor and another with a Snapdragon 600 quad-core. This chip (and LTE) will depend per region but it’s more likely the Philippines will get the Exynos 5 model.

Samsung Galaxy S4 i9500 specs:
4.99-inch display full HD Super AMOLED @ 1920x1080p, 441ppi
Samsung Exynos 5 Octa 1.6GHz 4+4 core
Quad-core 1.6GHz Cortex-A15, quad-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A7
PowerVR SGX544MP3 tri-core GPU
2GB RAM
16, 32GB, 64GB
Up to 64GB microSD
HSPA+
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, dual-band WiFi Direct
Bluetooth 4.0
GPS w/ aGPS support
NFC
IR Blaster
13MP autofocus, rear camera with LED flash
1080p video recording @ 30fps
2MP front-facing camera
1080p video recording @ 30fps
7.9mm
Li-Ion Battery 2600mAh
Android 4.2.2 Jellybean

The other model is has an SKU number of GT-i9505 and runs on Quacomm Snapdragon 600.

Samsung Galaxy S4 i9505 specs:
4.99-inch display full HD Super AMOLED @ 1920x1080p, 441ppi
Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 1.9GHz quad-core
Adreno 320 Graphics
2GB LP-DDR3 RAM
16, 32GB, 64GB
Up to 64GB microSD
HSPA+, LTE 100Mbps (6 bands)
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, dual-band WiFi Direct
Bluetooth 4.0
GPS w/ aGPS support
NFC
IR Blaster
13MP autofocus, rear camera with LED flash
1080p video recording @ 30fps
2MP front-facing camera
1080p video recording @ 30fps
7.9mm
Li-Ion Battery 2600mAh
Android 4.2.2 Jellybean

The 4G LTE frequencies supported are 700MHz, 800MHz, 1700MHz, 1800MHz, 1900MHz, 2600MHz.

Samsung put a lot of effort with the 13MP camera by including a number of fancy effects and post-shot compositions. Technically, it’s just a super-charged native camera app but it does a lot pretty neat tricks that will look impressive to a regular consumer.

The handset will be available in White Frost and Black Mist colors. Samsung is set to have a worldwide release of the Galaxy S4 some time in May 2013.

You can read more about our hands-on first impressions here. You can also see the Quadrant Benchmarks here.


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