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Samsung has just launched its long awaited new iPhone killer, the Galaxy S4, sporting a range of new features including a dazzling super high res super sized 5 inch screen and innovative software applications.

With Samsung describing the Galaxy S4 as being “developed to redefine the way we live and to maximize our fulfillment of life”, the new device shares a lot in common with its bestselling S3 predecessor but features a raft of new features, both physical and under the hood.

The Galaxy S4 touts what is being described the world’s first full HD Super AMOLED display, with a screen size boosted from the S3’s 4.8 inch display to a full 5-inches. The Gorilla Glass 3 display also has a pixel density of 441ppi, apparently a world-first in smartphones.

One of the more innovative features of the new flagship is a ‘dual camera’ function that allows simultaneous use of both front and rear cameras. When capturing moments, users can blend the two pictures naturally and also adjust the size of the small picture inside the big one. Awkwardly finding someone to take a photo of yourself and your friends seems like it’ll now become less of a problem.

Another nifty camera feature is the new ‘dual video call’ function which enables you to make and receive a video call with friends and family while showing what you are looking at during the call. Pretty cool stuff indeed.

The phone itself is extremely similar in look to its S3 predecessor, in fact users might have a hard time differentiating between the two at first glance. The S4 is slightly lighter however, at 120g, compared to 133g on the S3, and at launch, two color options will be available - Black Mist and White Frost; with a variety of additional color options to apparently follow later this year.

Other new features include a bulked-up 2600mAH battery, S Translator, a global translator service with nine different languages, and Smart Pause and Smart Look, which essentially allow you to control your phone with your eyes.

The phone is also the first to utilise Samsung's Knox feature, which effectively splits the phone into two entirely separate sections - personal and business, in a move to attract BlackBerry and Apple's enterprise customers.

“With the Galaxy S4, Samsung is again going to enhance the way we live,” said JK Shin, President and Head of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung.

“All the innovative features of Galaxy S4 were developed based on the insights and needs we found from our consumers all around the world. Following the successful Galaxy S series, this phone is yet another great proof point of people-inspired innovation. At Samsung we’ll never stop pursuing innovation conceived by people, so we can inspire them in return.”

Telstra has already confirmed its plans to release the phone later this year, saying it a statement, “We’re excited to confirm that we will offer the new Samsung S 4 on the nation’s largest 4G network when it comes to Australia. Pricing and availability will be confirmed closer to launch but for now, customers can register their details to receive more information as it’s released at www.telstra.com.au/s4

Virgin Mobile also confirmed its intentions, with a Facebook post reading “Yep, we’re getting the new Samsung Galaxy S4.”

Jan Dawson, chief telecom analyst at Ovum, was cautiously optimistic about the new phone's chances.

“As anticipated, the device features a slightly larger screen, an improved camera, and beefed up processor power and memory," Dawson said.

“The improvements to eye tracking and the additions of S Translator and the hover feature and so on are good steps, but they can be seen as gimmicks rather than game changers. At this point, Samsung appears to be trying to kill the competition with sheer volume of new features – there should be something here for everyone, even if most of these new features won't be used by most users.

"For now, Samsung can likely rely on its vastly superior marketing budget and the relatively weak efforts of its competitors in software to keep it ahead. But competitors will catch up (as Samsung has caught up in many ways with Apple) and Samsung will need to continue to stretch."

Full local availability and pricing details will be posted on iTWire as soon as they're announced. For full specs and pictures of the S4, see page two.


Samsung GALAXY S 4 Product Specifications:

Network 

2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE): 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz

3G (HSPA+ 42Mbps): 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz

4G (LTE Cat 3 100/50Mbps) : up to 6 different band sets(Dependent on market)

Display

5 inch Full HD Super AMOLED (1920 x 1080) display, 441 ppi

AP 

1.9 GHz Quad-Core Processor / 1.6 GHz Octa-Core Processor

The selection of AP will be differed by markets. 

OS

Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)

Camera

Main(Rear): 13 Mega pixel Auto Focus camera with Flash & Zero Shutter Lag, BIS

Sub (Front): 2 Mega pixel camera, Full HD recording @30fps with Zero Shutter Lag, BIS

Video

 

 

Codec: MPEG4, H.264, H.263, DivX, DivX3.11, VC-1, VP8, WMV7/8, Sorenson Spark, HEVC

Recording & Playback: Full HD (1080p) 

Audio

Codec: MP3, AMR-NB/WB, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, OGG, FLAC, AC-3, apt-X

CameraFeatures

Dual Camera: Dual Shot / Dual Recording/ Dual Video Call

Drama Shot, Sound & Shot, 360 Photo, Cinema Photo, Eraser, Night, Best Photo, Best Face

Beauty Face, HDR (High Dynamic Range), Panorama, Sports

Additional Features

Group Play: Share Music, Share Picture, Share Document, Play Games 

Story Album, S Translator, Optical Reader

Samsung Smart Scroll, Samsung Smart Pause, Air Gesture, Air View, 

Samsung Hub, ChatON (Voice/Video Call, Share screen, 3-way calling) 

 

Samsung WatchON 

S Travel (Trip Advisor), S Voice™ Drive, S Health

Samsung Adapt Display, Samsung Adapt Sound

Auto adjust touch sensitivity (Glove friendly)

Safety Assistance, Samsung Link, Screen Mirroring

Samsung KNOX (B2B only)

Google Mobile Services

Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Latitude

Google Play Store, Google Plus, YouTube, Google Talk,

Google Places, Google Navigation, Google Downloads, Voice Search

Connectivity

WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (HT80)

GPS / GLONASS 

NFC,  Bluetooth® 4.0 (LE)

IR LED (Remote Control), MHL 2.0

Sensor

 Accelerometer, RGB light, Geomagnetic, Proximity, Gyro, Barometer

Temperature & Humidity, Gesture

Memory

 

16/ 32/ 64 GB User memory + microSD slot (up to 64GB)

2GB RAM 

Dimension

136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm, 130g

Battery

2,600 mAh

 

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David Swan

David Swan is a tech journalist from Melbourne and is iTWire's Associate Editor. Having started off as a games reviewer at the age of 14, he now has a degree in Journalism from RMIT (with Honours) and owns basically every gadget under the sun.

 

 

 

 

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