A couple days ago Samsung presented at an international event the long-awaited new model of the Galaxy S line, an open secret that many consumers have been waiting for ever since the brand starting experiencing tremendous success a few years ago with its new lines of smartphones and notebooks. Some of its specs include a 5-inch screen, a more powerful processor, and some features exclusive to the device.
Case and Screen
The best of the best is back: it’s bigger, having increased the screen size to five inches, with 441 ppi, a Super AMOLED, and 1920×1080 resolution. The most notable thing is that it is the first to use Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3, with an even more resistant surface than its predecessor.
Even with the bigger screen size, the dimensions of the device are practically unaltered: 136.6 x 69.8mm in size, and a width of 7.9mm, 7 less than the S3 model thanks to a cleaner edge and slimmer border. Even better, it weighs less at just 133 grams. Roughly speaking, in regards to the design, it’s outline is the same but just a bit less rounded, although it is a bit fuller to the touch thanks to its metal edging and backing made of polycarbonate.
This baby houses a beast of a processor – the 1.6 Ghz eight-core Exynos 5 Octa (although there will be a “junior” model with four nuclei at 1.9 Ghz), and the 2 GB of RAM and internal memory of 16, 32, or 64 GB, which are almost indispensable in the high-end devices. All this will be powered by a 2.600mAh battery that promises more than one day of battery life even when using the device intensively.
In regards to extra features, it includes: LTE band 6, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, GPS/GLONASS, HD MDL 2.0 connectivity, microSD slot, and an infrared sensor. It has a rear-facing 13 megapixel camera, with a back light sensor and LED flash, while the front-facing camera is 2 megapixels and capable of recording video at the same native resolution as the screen itself.
The Galaxy S4 will run Android 4.2.2, the latest version of Google’s OS. Among the various new features exclusive to the device that have been drawing a lot of attention is the Smart technology that allows you to control the phone with unique movements. So, it will have a system that allows you to scroll the screen just with your eye movement, and another that is capable of automatically stopping video playback if you take your eyes off the screen. It will also allow you to browse through various different menus on the system without touching the screen or moving your fingers.
It will also have a real-time text-to-speech language translator (S Translator), and a redesigned version of its voice assistant, S Voice, with new features to be used along side the GPS navigator.
Another interesting feature is the Knox service, which allows you to switch between two completely different users on the device, so you can have your work data and contacts on one user account, for example, and your personal content on the other.
Availability and Price
They have estimated that the arrival date will be towards the end of April, around which time you will begin to see different ads promoting the device by the many different major cellphone carriers. That being said, there hasn’t been any official news as to the price, although we know it will have to be adjusted to compete with other devices of the same category, such as the iPhone 5, Lumia 920, Xperia X, and the Nexus 4.