The Samsung Galaxy S4 was launched on 14th March, will go to pre-order towards the end of March and deliveries will commence towards the end of April.
After months of rumours about the Samsung Galaxy S4, it finally launched in New York on 14th March in Times Square. You can rely on 3G.co.uk to bring you the latest news on pricing and Ultrafast Mobile data plans as soon as we get the details ourselves. We are currently sourcing a review copy of the smartphone to carry out our Samsung Galaxy S4 Review ready for you.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 will be ready to pre-order on Three as early as the end of March and will be in the shops less than one month later, around the 26th April. The Galaxy S4 on 3 will be compatible with the standard 3G and Ultrafast mobile networks. When Three launch its 4G mobile network which is expected to be in late summer, a 4G enabled version will also be available.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 on 4G will be offered with no additional costs other than those associated with the standard 3G and Ultrafast versions. Initially, there will be two colour versions namely : Black Mist and White frost.
There has been no details on pricing so far, either from Samsung themselves, or any of the UK’s mobile operators, but for Three purposes we would expect the pricing to be in a similar range as for a monthly contract with the Samsung Galaxy 3 Ultrafast. To buy the S4 outright would be more expensive but we foresee a price of under £500.
The new S4 comes with both visual and technical improvements way beyond that of the Galaxy S3. Samsung have been able to make the S4 both lighter and slimmer whilst “massing-up” on the technical capabilities. The smartphone has been toughened up by the addition of new “chrome” sidebars to maintain its strength as the new display has near edge to edge technology.
The handset weighs a modest 130 grams and has slimmed down to only 7.9mm in depth. The surrounding bezel of the S3 has been reduced to make way for the larger 4.99 inch touchscreen display.
The Galaxy S4 comes loaded with Android 4.2.2. ( Jelly Bean ) and has Samsung’s Touchwiz loaded on top of Jelly Bean so Samsung fans will have no problem getting to grips with the S4.
Samsung are leaders in the TV market, so its no surprise to see that the 3 Samsung Galaxy S4 has an IR blaster so you can use your smartphone as a TV remote control. The S4 is compatible with wireless charging via Qi wireless charging but an additional back-plate must be bought.
The S4 comes with a full HD 5 inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and a ppi of 441 compared to the S3’s ppi of 330 so you will definitely see a difference when using the S4 compared to the S3.
The S4’s display screen is made from Gorilla Glass 3 which makes it a pretty “tough-cookie” and when combined with the “chromebars” used for strengthening the shell of the smartphone we see significant benefits over the S3.
The main camera is a 13 megapixel front-facing camera whilst the secondary camera is 2 megapixels rear-facing. One important new feature is the camera’s ability to take video and still photos at the same time using both cameras. You can then combine the two as you like.
Multi-shot mode gets “snappier” as you can now take 100 photos in 4 seconds and if your wondering what to do with them, then Samsung have given us Drama Shot to put them into a “collage” of what you like the best. In addition, there is an Eraser feature which lets you edit out people and things you don’t want to remain in your photos. With Story Album you can combine things like locations and notes
The processor has always been the “backbone” of any smartphone, and this is where things get interesting. The S4 to be sold by Three will come with a lightening-fast Samsung Exynos 1.6GHz processor eight-core processor ( Octa ) with an ARM-powered PowerVR SGX 544MP GPU ( Graphics Processing Unit ). That’s a whole lot of power and it comes made up of four A15 cores and four Cortex A7 cores.
To accommodate the processing power, 2GB of RAM is included along with a choice of 64GB, 32GB or 16GB of on-board memory. This means that there will be 6 different models versions available. These are the Frost White 64GB, 32GB or 16GB versions and the Black Mist 64GB, 32GB or 16GB versions.
Of course you need “juice” to feed all that battery gobbling technology so the S4 comes with a beefed up battery, over the S3, at 2600mAh. Storage is expandable via a microSD slot.
The S4 breaks the mould as you can now control your 3 smartphone via eye detection. The handset features motion sensors which can detect eye movement and control the phone’s play and pause controls and also the scroll up and scroll down functions. This means you can automatically control those functions with your eyes.
Smart Pause and Smart Scroll are the names of the two eye technology features included in the Galaxy S4. Smart Pause will detect if your eyes move away from watching a video and will then automatically pause the video, once your eyes return it will begin again.
Smart Scroll does what it says on the tin, only this time you can scroll a page up or down via eye movement. Air Gestures work by moving around pages etc and answering calls with a wave of your hand. The Eye Technology and Air Gestures can be disabled if you require via the phones settings.
The Galaxy S4 will be available on Three in a standard 3G version or an Ultrafast version. Once, Three launch 4G sometime later in the year there will be a 4G version at no extra cost.
To sum up the Samsung Galaxy S4 comes with a brilliant display, more than enough processing power and a top snapper. The new features take the smartphone to previously unseen levels.
CHECK BACK SOON TO SEE OUR SAMSUNG GALAXY S4 REVIEW.
5 inch Super AMOLED touch-screen (1920*1080 pixels)
69.8 x 136.6 x 7.9mm (130g)
Samsung Exynos 1.6GHz processor eight-core processor
16/32/64GB on-board memory (microSD support)
13 mega-pixel camera / 2 mega-pixel front-facing camera
2600 mAH battery
Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
Black Mist or White Frost
Launching April 2013
Price – Unknown at current time.
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