Samsung Galaxy S4 – all you need to know: hardware, software, accessories and availability

March 14, 2013
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Samsung on Thursday announced the Galaxy S4 and we’ll tell you everything there is to know about the device, leaving the theatrics at the door – that’s right, Samsung, that Galaxy S4 introduction was definitely strange.

What’s important is that the Galaxy S4 is here, and ready to launch in 155 countries at the end of April. In what follows we’re going to tell you everything there is to know about the device, from specs to new software features to launch details and pricing.

From the get-go it’s important to notice that while the Galaxy S4 has some interesting hardware under the hood, Samsung actually focused more on the new software features that will be found on top of the Google’s Jelly Bean – and yes, we can say that this time around we had a pretty good idea of what the Galaxy S4 would offer both in terms of specs but also new features.

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Hardware

We’ll certainly get to review the screen performance, the battery life, the processor’s efficiency in great detail in the future. Meanwhile we’re just going to list the full specs for the handset, reminding you once again that the leaks were almost right on the money:

Specification

Samsung Galaxy S4

Operating System Android 4.2 Jelly Bean TouchWiz Nature UI
Size 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9mm
Weight 130g
Display type Super AMOLED
Display size 4.99-inch (12.67cm)
Display resolution 1920 x 1080 Full HD
Display density 441ppi
CPU International version

  • Samsung Exynos 5 Octa
  • Quad-core A15 (1.6GHz) + Quad-core A7 (1.2GHz)

US version

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 APQ8064T
  • Quad-core Krait 300
  • 1.9Ghz
GPU International version

  • PowerVR SGX 544MP3 GPU
  • 3-core, 533Mhz

US Version

  • Adreno 320
RAM 2GB
Internal Storage 16GB/32GB/64GB
MicroSD card slot microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC up to 64 GB
Main camera 13MP
Front camera 2MP
Battery 9.88Wh
Networks GSM, HSPA, LTEMicro-SIM
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-bandWi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot
Connectivity microUSB, MHL 2, USB host, DLNAInfrared blaster
Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP
GPS A-GPS, GLONASS

Software

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Yes, the Galaxy S4 will run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean right out of the box with TouchWiz on top, but Samsung is packing a lot of other features of its own inside the phone. Here’s they are, briefly explained:

  • Dual Camera: the person taking the picture or recording a video can also be placed in either of them. It also works during video calls.
  • Sound & Shot: record audio while taking pictures and pair the resulting files
  • Drama Shot: take 100 shots in a few seconds and automatically create a collage of images
  • Eraser: take multiple shots to erase background elements that shouldn’t appear in the final photo
  • Air View: preview an image just by hovering a finger on top of it, without actually touching the screen
  • Story Album: create photo albums on the phone, and even send them in physical form ($10-30 for 10-page album)
  • Adapt Display: the screen automatically adapts based on viewing conditions and the actual content to offer a better performance
  • Air Gesture: control the phone without actually touching it
  • Smart Scroll: slightly tilt the device to scroll through pages
  • Smart Pause: pause playback when looking away from the screen
  • S Translator: translate between nine supported languages (English US, English UK, French, German, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Brazilian Portuguese, Italian). The feature includes voice-to-text and text-to-voice support, and it’s able to perform translations of image contents. It works both offline and online.
  • S Health: manage your fitness exercises by pairing the smartphone with additional accessories including the S band, Body Scale or a heart-rate monitor.
  • Samsung Knox: use the smartphone as an enterprise solution and balance work and personal features in a two-phones-in-one style. The feature will be available on other Samsung smartphones.
  • Samsung HomeSync: automatically sync files between devices
  • S Voice Drive: interact with the phone via Bluetooth while driving
  • Smart Switch: backup Galaxy S4 data on computers. Support for moving between any smartphone to the Galaxy S4 is included.
  • Samsung Hub: magazine interface for buying content
  • Group Play: simultaneously play the same track on up to eight devices, and even create a 5.1 surround system. Support for multiplayer games is also included
  • ChatON: new app version supports video chat with up to three people and can be combined with Dual Camera
  • IR Sensor: control your TV with the smartphone
  • Temperature and humidity sensors

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Accessories

In addition to the S band S Health accessory we mentioned earlier you should know that the Galaxy S4 will have a variety of other accessories including cases and covers. You can expect Flip Covers in a variety of colors, but also a new S View Cover that has an opening which will let you see the screen and control the phone even while it’s mostly covered by the rest of the case.

Also worth mentioning is that the Galaxy S4 will work with gloves on, without requiring any special gloves to let you control the display in winter.

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Availability

As we have already told you, the Galaxy S4 should hit a variety of markets in late April. The handset will ship in 155 countries, from 327 carriers, but Samsung was not willing to actually reveal any exact launch dates.

Furthermore, the phone doesn’t have an official price yet, but we can tell you it will ship in three capacity versions (16GB/32GB/64GB) and two color options (black and white) initially.

We’ll be back with more details about the Galaxy S4’s launch once we have release dates for various markets.

Comments

  • http://www.facebook.com/saiprabhu30697 Saiprasad Prabhu

    Can You Post The BenchMarks Of hTC One,Samsung Galaxy s4 And Xperia Z

    • MasterMuffin

      All scores in AnTuTu’s top ten are sgs4′s. Nuff said? :)

  • jg

    For me it’s looks like a SII and an SIII combined with upgraded stats

  • naurizofficial

    lol what a surprise. looks the same.

    • William

      So what! Iphones haven’t changed hardly a bit, and wouldn’t change at all, if it wasn’t for Android.

      • http://twitter.com/piyushr21 Piyush

        but have you seen samsung ad that forked apple for having same design , and look now they are doing the same thing.

        • Mikesphoneandtab

          I wouldn’t compare how similar this is to the S3 is to how similar the 4S is to the 5. This is actually a lot more different it’s just that Samsung and Android fans have come to expect drastic changes so when they keep the basic gist of the design style we start screaming “It’s exactly the same.” Apple fans have come to expect the same thing year after year so when the tiniest change happens it is revolutionary.

    • brady

      the industry isn’t like that anymore. the galaxy s4 mentality is software over hardware. the phone looks like the galaxy s3 that was a huge success. .. and always somebody comes along “it looks the exact same *pushes glasses up on nose* “

  • http://www.facebook.com/jawahar01 Jawahar Reddy

    Does it have photo sphere

  • Jun

    WHY ARE THE US VERSIONS ALWAYS WORSE than the rest of the world’s? They had to change the GPU on this one too. And this time it isn’t like the S III THe US version had a extra gig of ram. Now there are no more advantages with the US. It just sucks. (yes I know “apparently” Samsung CPU’s “don’t” work well with LTE)

    • joe barkho

      Pretty sure the 600 will out bench mark the “octa”

      • Aziz Farhi

        I guess current benchmark tests are not able to properly test the new Octacore CPU.. its a combination of 2 different CPUs which is completely new. In real life and everyday usage the new Octa CPU will out perform the 600 easily..

      • SiskoNetwork

        It will.
        the quad core for performance is an A15, it will easily out perform the 600.

    • sunny

      Because asians pay more than what US pays….simple….

      • MasterMuffin

        You know that there are these things called Europe and Australia? Don’t know if it will sell well in Africa and if the Snapdragon is also in Latin America…

        • Aziz Farhi

          I live in Algeria which is in north Africa for those who don’t know, Samsung products sell very well here especially the Galaxy series.. The SIII was a very successful hit here and i can only imagine that S4 will be no difference.

          • MasterMuffin

            I know where Algeria is, it’s pretty big country (I’m not that stupid :)
            Good to know that there aren’t any iSheep in Africa

          • SiskoNetwork

            Galaxy S smartphones sell like hot cakes in the middle east (Qatar) too.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Trent8381 Trent Richards

      The Exynos 5 only uses 4 cores at a time. It is the bigSMALL system using the 1.2 GHz cores for power efficiency and 1.6 GHz cores for high performance. The Snapdragon 600 will likely out perform with it’s 1.9 GHz clock speed.

      • http://www.facebook.com/BJ.van.Beethoven Ben Edwards

        Not necessarily. The Octa is a true A15 architecture so should offer some improvements over the Snapdragon. Plus with the better GPU benchmarks should be better all round.

        In saying that, who gives a sh*t about benchmarks?!

        • http://www.facebook.com/Trent8381 Trent Richards

          I don’t care about benchmarks either. I was simply pointing out that the Octa isn’t necessarily faster than the Snapdragon. I do love my Nexus 10 sporting A15 architecture.

    • CyBrix_21

      It is not worse… They have almost the same performance, and of course the US versions have LTE…

    • CpuKnight

      Yes its cos of that.I think its cos Qualcomm doesnt sell the individual modem by itself until later on so the companies have to use the chipset if they want LTE.This can easily be fixed by doing your own chipset with LTE like Nvidia with their Icera Modems.Damn you Samsung :(

    • http://www.facebook.com/randy.khoo Randy Ashar Khoo

      It just like you say – LTE is based on different tech all over the globe.
      In fact, very few telcos here have LTE.
      The reason for two CPUs help Samsung meet demands better.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Grgman Sandesh Gurung

    wht a surprise it is it look like the s3 haha but still…its the next big thing looking forward to get hands on this

  • Magnetic1

    Since samsung didn’t provide us the ability swap out soc, maybe the Apple’s A7 will.
    I mean come on soc means system on a chip.
    Why can’t we just swap it out for something else?

    • http://www.facebook.com/Trent8381 Trent Richards

      Don’t count on seeing that anytime soon.

  • M.Beg

    S4 the new king of plastic phones

    • http://www.facebook.com/Trent8381 Trent Richards

      Did Samsung kick your dog?

      • M.Beg

        No, Samsung did put a $2 plastic cover on top of my dog and sold it for $1million….fanboys still bought it

        • le_lutin

          You seem like an angry person.

          • M.Beg

            Yes i am angry, how can a company get away with putting a $5 plastic cover made by little Chinese hands and sell it for $600

          • http://www.facebook.com/Trent8381 Trent Richards

            You really get hung up on this plastic. You do realize all phones are plastic on the inside right?

          • M.Beg

            All clowns wear makeup BUT some clowns are better than others. You are the worst clown because you are defending Samsung spending $5 on design and construction of their plastic phones and selling it for $600

        • http://www.facebook.com/Trent8381 Trent Richards

          Never owned a Samsung phone before my GS3 and am certainly no Samsung fanboy. Used HTC phones before and loved then (Incredible and Incredible 2). However my GS3 is the best phone I have had so far and my Nexus 10 beats my Xoom hands down. The plastic just doesn’t bother me.

          • M.Beg

            Trent my friend, you have become a Samsung plastic fanboy and you don’t know it yet. You have sold your soul to evil Korean company who’s workers all have small penis.

          • http://www.facebook.com/Trent8381 Trent Richards

            I am no friend of trolls.

          • M.Beg

            you are a friend of Samsung who make lil kids build a plastic toy phone for you.

          • http://www.facebook.com/Trent8381 Trent Richards

            I am a friend of Android. What phone and tablet do you use?

        • Henry Leon

          Have you heard a rich guy disguising his $1 million diamonds inside a $2 plastic bag? Anybody else who knows won’t care a bit about the bag

          • M.Beg

            The rich man you talk about is not really rich if he is hiding his stuff in plastic bag….a real rich man will make a 24 carats gold box for the diamond

          • http://twitter.com/TheBlackHand2 The Black Hand

            A real “smart” man doesn’t go around whining on websites about things he just doesn’t like and no one cares if he does or not. It’s a phone, get over it.

          • M.B

            If no one cares why are you replying:D

      • Will Williams

        I have a dog.

        • http://www.facebook.com/Trent8381 Trent Richards

          I have 2 :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Childress/1450482750 James Childress

    I like the fact it is nearly the same size as the S3. Only about a half mm longer. This means aftermarket cases that fit the S3 likely will fit the S4.

    • http://www.facebook.com/BJ.van.Beethoven Ben Edwards

      Apart from blocking the flash and speaker.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Childress/1450482750 James Childress

        So make a cutout….not hard with the right tools.

  • http://www.facebook.com/BJ.van.Beethoven Ben Edwards

    So will the Exynos version have 4G capabilities, or is it only the US Snapdragon version that will?

  • Brian Hah

    so many features it’s mind blowing.. starting to think Samsung REALLY knows what it’s doing.

  • Matty-Ice

    It looks like the SII+SIII =SIV update or should i say the Galaxy SIIIs…….. all i’m trying to say is that all the new futures they come out with in this GS4 they could have just put them in the Keylime pie sofware update. Talking about apple 4s to five looking alike big whope!!!!!!!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/Trent8381 Trent Richards

      Software features sure. There are some good hardware improvements too though.

      Nice jump to quad core or octa core depending on your region.
      Same RAM.
      Higher quality screen.
      Higher quality camera.
      Larger screen.

  • http://twitter.com/findmyringsize FindMyRingSize

    Can you add an actual size comparison?
    I want to know how big is this phone…

    Like this one:
    http://yruler.com/SizeViewer/I9500-Galaxy-S-IV/10712

  • Aziz Farhi

    No multiwindow .?

  • Miguel Pengson

    Wow, if the temperature and humidity sensors are accurate, that would be amazing! Tricorder?

  • Rob

    Wow, I would rather only have 3g and use the Octa, then have 4g and barely get a step up from my Galaxy 3S. They should off the international in the US for those of us who don’t mind only 3g but want performance. There are some new features I like but I’m not going to waste my money on a snapdragon 600. Which means I will have to wait until another company comes out with a US version 4g Lte model with true quad core Arm A15.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jose.villar.359 Jose Villar II

    Thats why i go with iphone 5, samsung changes their phone way to much and makes us US buyers look like shiet….I went from s3 to iphone and it just feels exellent the iphone 5 pure materials no plastic the phone is worth 700$

    • Henry Leon

      Oohhh.., it’s a poor setback. Going from Android to iOS is two steps backward.

    • http://twitter.com/TheBlackHand2 The Black Hand

      No phone is worth 700$, they don’t cost a quarter of that to produce. The iPhone does have plastic in it also. It’s about as “pure” as Madonna.

  • Luis Fernando – Brazil

    Air view is nit software!

  • Luis Fernando – Brazil

    Air View is not software!

  • Eduardo Silva

    SE PUEDE ACTUALIZAR EL HARDWARE DE MI GALAXI S4 mini ???? su version es de 1.1.0