The release of the new Galaxy S4 has certainly been one of the most widely anticipated smartphones since Apple revealed plans for their new iPhone5. But today, the Korean giants unveiled what is rapidly being touted as the contender to Apple’s crown – the Samsung Galaxy S4.
As many rumours that preceded the launch of the new smartphone predicted, this phone’s main feature is the “Smart Scroll” software that analyses the user’s eyes and wrists, enabling them to scroll through web pages, emails and other net content. The Smart Scroll has other features which include “Smart pause”, here the user can pause a video by simply looking away from the screen.
The Galaxy S4 also includes another innovative feature – a dual camera function that allows the user to take pictures using both rear and front cameras, and therefore insert an image of yourself in the same picture that you’re taking of someone or something else. It works by making use of the device’s front and rear cameras simultaneously, and then blending the pictures together. The rear has a 13 megapixel camera, and the front facing camera has a 2 megapixel camera.
The screen measures 5in (12.5cm), weighs 130g, and is 7.9mm thick, making it slightly thinner than the S3, it uses Samsung’s HD AMOLED technology, which allows the screen a resolution of 441 pixels-per-inch. The phone will be available in two colours, white and black.
Other special software include voice-recognition text messaging, language translation software that can recognize upto 9 languages and a unique HomeSync system, which is a way you can store data on a cloud, allowing you to beam a photo across the world to be viewed on the home TV. You can also use the phone on a smart television as your remote device.
The Galaxy S4 will be rolled out across the world at the end of April and in the UK, the networks that have announced plans to offer the device are Vodafone, Three, Orange, T-Mobile and EE. In the U.S., the S4 will be sold by all four of the countries main national carriers – Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile USA, and the smaller companies US Cellular and Cricket will also offer the handset.
There were no confirmations as to the cost of the smartphone, but estimations start at around $200, or around £169.
JK Shin, the executive in charge of Samsung’s mobile communications division, called the new Galaxy S4 a ‘life companion’ that will ‘improve the way most people live every day.’