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Tuesday, 23 April, 2013 and the Sydney Opera House plays host to Australia’s latest, greatest and perhaps most anticipated smartphone since – well since the iPhone.

I don’t want to compare the Galaxy S4 to the iPhone – it is unfair to compare a device released today with old metal released last September. It is unfair to compare Samsung’s customised open source Android and iOS. It is unfair to compare a mass market retail product with a closed ecosystem like the Applesphere...

For those hiding under a rock or not reading iTwire the Samsung ‘Galaxy S4 Life companion model GT-19505’ (S4 from hereon in) is a smartphone.

Screen: 4.99”, HD, 1920x1080, Super AMOLED, 441 pixel per inch, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 screen that is big, bright and beautiful.

Phone: 4G LTE (Australian model) plus 3G HSDPA and 2G GSM network support. The 4G version in Australia will have a slower processor to help make up for the 4G battery drain.

Processor: 1.9GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 CPU

For clarity the Aussie version does not have the Exynos 5 Octa processor – a dual quad core (8 core of which four can work at once) quad core 1.6GHz A15 and quad core 1.2GHz Coretex A7 processor and PowerVR SGX 544MP3 GPU.

Camera: 13MP rear with Dual Shot, HD video record, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection. Front 2MP with dual video (two cameras working at the same time) call.

Battery: 2600 mAh and usable time between charges will be closer to a day.

Memory: 2GB ram and 16/32/64GB options

Sensors and features: Accelerometer, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-FI AC, Wi-DI, DLNA, Airplay, Infrared remote control, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, temperature, humidity, gesture, NFC, A-GPS/GLONASS.

Points of difference: Gesture control, eye tracking, wireless charging (option), S-Voice command and S-Translate.

Points of non-difference: Android Jellybean 4.2.2 and if reports are correct will be upgradeable to Key Lime Pie V5.

The good news is that it is smaller, lighter and thinner than the S3 even with the larger screen as bezel space has been minimised. Samsung expects to sell 70 million S4’s this year.

Apple however is not fazed. Marketing Chief Phil Schiller attacked the “fragmented” Android software and uncertainty of upgrades. Android suffers from being open source – there are hundreds of players and varieties as well as it being a target for hackers and malware (so far Apple, Windows Phone and BlackBerry have largely been hacker free).

Expect more follow up articles on the S4 in the next 24 hours especially on the 11 accessories that may extend this smartphones functionality.



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Ray Shaw

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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!