Feature » SAMSUNG Galaxy S4 I9505 is here!
The complete guide to what you can expect from the follow up to the world’s biggest-selling smartphone
“Crammed with features that redefi what we expect from our smartphones”
It was seen as the most threatening answer the iPhone yet, and as all of those who have hold of Samsung’s much-hyped handset will confirm, there is little in the way of disappointment with the Galaxy S4. With a launch event in New York that many believed was taking on Apple on its own territory the South Korean company pulled a blinder, producing a new device that one survey suggested was on the wish list for a whopping 25 per cent iPhone owners. Although we wouldn’t wish to keep up the Apple comparisons, it is clear how far the Cupertino giant is starting to fall behind – its iPhone 5′s biggest selling point was a larger screen; the underlying operating system largely remained the same. Samsung’s new baby – which will likely outsell Apple’s flagship – packs a five inch l080p screen into a smaller body than its predecessor, the S III. and it is crammed with features that redefine what we expect from our smart phones.
The 13-megapixel camera is one thing (and the ability to use the front and back cameras simultaneously is something we have not seen before), the Translator quite something else, allowing for voices or texts to be translated into nine different languages. Who needs school language lessons now when the words you speak can be translated in real time, mid-conversation? Touch-less tech also featured highly in the S4. You can view items without touching the screen, while new eye-tracking technology, something that was tentatively introduced on the S III, starts to create the impression that your phone is reacting to precisely how you are using it. This could be seen as a gimmick but why not show off cutting- edge tech like this? We’re sure it will have its uses when fingers are mucky. Like something out a sci-fi movie, we have the unproved eye tracker with a twist. Here you can stream a video, then look away and have that film automatically pause until your peepers check out the screen once more. And if you ever want to text without tapping buttons, the voice recognition feature will come in handy. “The phone represents the current top of class in terms of features and software,” says technology analyst Rob Endeiie. “Samsung has now gone the farthest to take over the user experience, almost completely concealing Android. Many of the features, like Apple, only work on the Samsung family of products – the Ul is Samsung’s, and this is intended to create an Apple-like lock in and loyalty with only the Android apps common between phones.” Enderle continues: “The voice features In particular appear stronger than Apple’s offering, but overall, this is the first Android phone that better feature sets for the good of the consumer.
Even if it is a case of. as Samsung show, tying up with third-party companies – users of the S4 can print photos using Blurb and build up printed albums of pictures, for example. It doesn’t matter so much that the S4 is less a reinvention and more an improvement on the S III. The fact is it has an eight-core processor and a larger battery in a slimmer device that also has Group Play for better sharing of music and playing games. Hardware and software is in sync. Features such as the S Health software works well with peripherals that include the S Band, HRM heart monitor and Body Scale so that your device can keep you in shape. And it is secure too. Samsung Knox lets you use work emails, for instance, without worrying the IT manager. Super easy on the eye – the screen has a Full HD Super AMOLED display – it’s a multimedia device that no other can touch. It will also scare the makers of handheld games machines. “Virtually everyone in the addressable market for games will have a phone capable of playing handheld games.” says Michael Pachter. managing director of Equity Research. “The mobile game market should erode the dedicated handhel market by 50 per cent and already has by 30 per cent or so. The success of smartphones is what leads to my negative thesis on Nintendo, as I think that company will see its handheld hardware and software sales decline by 50 per cent or more from their 2008 peak.” But that is not Samsung’s problem and nor is it one for Android. “The S4 has got a lot of innovative software features in it to go with all the expected hardware improvements, plus a few new hardware elements that enable new experiences like the environmental sensors and the IR sensor to enable gesture-based control,” says Charles Golvin, principal analyst at Forrester Research. “I think the S4 will sell very well.”
History of Samsung smart phone models year of 2009-2013
Galaxy : The debut of the Galaxy brand came with this nondescript handset running Android 1.5. ft didn’t leave a lasting impression that’s for sure.
Galaxy Portal ; The second Galaxy also ran Android 1.5. barely skinned, and the front of the phone sported no fewer than seven different buttons.
Galaxy S: Launched mid 2010, the S was heavily influenced by the iPhone’s arrival and proceeded to sell in excess of 24 million units.
Galaxy Ace: The magic of the S rubbed off on the low-end model, with the Ace selling m the millions, especially on PAYG deals.
Galaxy S II: The biggest Android phone of 2011 confirmed Samsung .is a big name. Sold more than 40 million units.
Galaxy Note: Mocked due to its large screen, but Samsung had done its research and the ‘phablet’ sold more than 10 million.
Galaxy III: The point at which smartphones became a two horse race; it was this of the iPhone. Over 40 million sales to date.
Galaxy Note II: The second phablet sold more then five million in its first two months, and prompted the industry to quickly copy it.
Galaxy S4:Building on the success of the S3, the latest Galaxy handset packs cutting edgi hardware and software.
Guide to the Galaxy, What is new in the Galaxy S4?
S Translator It’s not quite real time ABCD translation, but if you speak into your phone It can translate it into another language as soon as you stop talking. Get the person you’re holding a conversation with to do the same and you can understand the response, letting you have a full conversation without language barriers.
Air gestures There are times when you can’t touch your phone to make or receive a call or send a text. When driving or if your hands are full of paint after a decorating session, make use of air gestures and Smart Call Accept.
Air View Similar to Air Gestures, Air View is not unlike the mouse-over effect you’ll be familiar with on your PC. Hover your finger over a specific item and you’ll get a small preview of that item – contact details will be briefly expanded to reveal more information, or thumbnail images will blow up to give you a better look.
Thinner with better processor The S4 is only “7 9mm thick It is 137mm tall and 70mm wide and this is an improvement on the S III, even though the screen an extra third of an inch larger from come to corner. There are two versions of the phone with top-notch processors in both, with the Snapdragon version supporting 4G
Sensitive screen Not quite a first tor smart phones but the extra sensitivity given to the screen to enable the hands-free gestures also means the device can be used when you’re wearing gloves. It’s only a minor point, yet for those of us in colder countries it is likely to become the kind of feature we take for granted.
Dual camera The S4 enables you to capture photos or videos using the rear-facing 13-megapixel camera the two-megapixel front-facing camera. Most interestingly of all can use both at the same, letting the person behind camera appear in those family snapshots after all. Gimmick genius? Only time will tell.
Innovative camera features The camera app is packed with interesting features. The most interesting is Drama Shot, which can shoot a burst of up to 100 images in four seconds, then create a composite of the action shown within them. There’s also Sound and Shot, which adds real audio to still photos, and Story Album a feature that can turn your images. into a rich album of information.
Smart pause The phone knows what your eyeballs are doing. Look away from a playing video and the video pause. Look back again and it will start playing once more.
Smart scroll The S4 recognizes a | how you hold your | device, and the way you are looking at it, and will subsequently scroll text heavy pages accordingly. Coupled with the stay awake feature first introduced on the S III, the device moves into hands-free operation for eBook and webpage reading.
Group Play If you have lots of fronds who own Galaxy S4s you will be able to connect them together the Group Play function. You combine the speakers on multiple devices for vastly improved audio output, or join them for a session of multiplayer gaming online wireless, of course.
Need for speed Will your S4 processor have four or eight cores, and does it matter?
The Galaxy S4 will be available in two different variants, with different processors in each. The 19500 model will feature Samsung’s own Exynos 1.6GHz octa-core processor, while the 19505 will have the 1.9GHz Snapdragon 600 CPU (the same as used in the new HTC One, albeit clocked faster). The octa-core processor is quite interesting, and since more cores have been adopted by spec enthusiasts as a good thing, would appear to be more desirable than the Snapdragon variant.
However, it’s not quite as simple as that. First, the octa-core CPU might actually be more accurately described as a dual quad-core CPU – rather than a straight eight cores – it features four cores for high-power functions and four for low-power usage, with the aim of finding the perfect balance between performance and battery life, so speed improvements over the Snapdragon may be negligible and nonexistent. Secondly, the Exynos processor doesn’t currently support 4G LTE networks, meaning the Snapdragon variant has greater future proofing. The phone will launch initially in the UK with the Snapdragon processor, and be compatible with 4G networks, although it is widely rumoured that the Exynos version will be available in due course.
Most other markets with established 4G networks will also have the Snapdragon offering at launch, with some markets having both. Early benchmark tests of the Snapdragon variant of the S4 put it way ahead of the competition. Primate Labs, the company behind the Geekbench benchmarking software, has analysed the initial tests of the processor and found that it beats all the competition on all platforms by some margin. This includes the iPhone 5 as well as last year’s Galaxy SIll. Primate Labs founder John Poole commented on his company’s blog: “It’s clear that the Samsung Galaxy S4 will be the fastest smartphone available when it is released in April. What’s not clear is how the Galaxy S4 will handle the increased power and cooling requirements that generally come with faster processors.”
Galaxy S4 Screen Test
The Samsung Galaxy S4 features a stunning five-inch, I080p AMOLED display, with a pixel density on a par with the Sony Xperia Z. considerably higher than on the iPhone 5, and bested only by the HTC One, which packs the same resolution into a 4.7-inch panel. However, display aficionados may be disappointed to discover the S4″s screen uses a PenTile matrix, which some argue actually reduces the effective resolution. Where the pixels on a traditional display are created from red. green and blue subpixels. a PenTile display most often uses a red. green, blue, green subpixel arrangement. |ust two subpixels per pixel. The extra green pixels can potentially result in a green bnt on the display, while the presence of a third fewer subpixels could be interpreted as meaning the display technically has a lower resolution than is reported. PenTile displays are used in AMOLED screens for reasons of power and lifespan. Blue subpixels require more power to achieve the required brightness levels, which in turn can reduce their lifespan. Halving their number reduces the amount of power needed, and so ensures they last longer as well Whether this matters now is questionable It is generally agreed that at a pixel density below 230ppi. the PenTile matrix is clearly visible to the eye and is therefore much less desirable. At much denser levels, such as the 441ppi on the S4 you’ll have to look very closely indeed to discern them.
Make your own Galaxy S4 How to get the best new software from the S4 on your phone today
- WHAT IT DOES: With the Dual Camera feature you can shoot with both your front and rear-mounted cameras at the same time, meaning you won’t be cut out of the family album if you’re the one controlling the camera.
- HOW YOU CAN TRY IT: Multi-lens Camera (free). There’s no direct alternative on the Play store for using both cameras together, but an app like Multi-lens Camera offers a very simple way of combining multiple shots into a single image.
- WHAT IT DOES: Scans documents, business cards and the like via the camera and converts the printed word into digital form. An easy way to combine your physical and digital worlds.
- HOW YOU CAN TRY IT: Google Goggles (free).Interacts with the physical world better than any other. Point the camera at text or pictures and it can help you identify them.
- WHAT IT DOES: A suite of tools that help your Galaxy S4 handset monitor your health and fitness. Comes with a range of accessories including a heart rate monitor and even a handy set of scales.
- HOW YOU CAN TRY IT: Instant Heart Rate (free).
- WHAT IT DOES: Hold live conversations with people in various languages. Simply speak into your S4 and S Translator will translate and read aloud your words in one of nine different languages.
- HOW YOU CAN TRY IT: Google Translate (free). Google’s similar app is already well established as an excellent multi-lingual tool. Like S Translator it needs a data connection, but supports 64 languages.
- Drive WHAT IT DOES: Interacts with your in-car Bluetooth Recording..system to give you a fully voice-controlled. Smartphone. Whether for texts or directions, you can go hands-free while on the road.
- HOW YOU CAN TRY IT: Text’nDrive Drive Safely (free, pro version also available). Google Maps Navigation already has a good speech-controlled option as default, while this application helps you compose or listen to text messages while driving.
- WHAT IT DOES: Samsung’s TV remote service incorporates infrared for controlling your viewing habits and may be extended to other equipment in and around your home in future.
- HOW YOU CAN TRY IT: Sky+ (free). There’s no substitute for an infrared port, but if your Sky box is connected to your Wi-Fi router then you can use the Sky-i- apps to record shows, manage your planner and change channels.
This official heart rate monitor straps around your chest while you’re out running and the corresponding app will track your health and fitness as you progress.
A one-piece shell that adds less than 2mn to the thickness of your device. With rubberised edges it helps to protect the phone from the impact of drops and falls.
Body Scale Another S Health related accessory. Teh Body Scale is a set of bathroom scales that Bluetooths your wight to the S4, plotting it in S Health app.
Wireless Charging pad
No cutting edge device it complete without wireless charging capability. Simply rest your S4 on the pad when not in use and it will be fully charged when you need it. There is not single feature in the S4 that you could consider revolutionary when compared tol ast year’s model. Yet when you put all smaller improvement together the screen, the battery, the software, the camera it amounts to a noticeable advancement over the S3. İt should be more than enough to keep the Galaxy in its position as the must-have Android device. And of course, it will mean that the stil excellent S3 will become avaible at even keener prices too ! We can’t get enough Galaxy.
Samsung Galaxy S4 General Properties
|General||2G Network||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900|
|3G Network||HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100|
|4G Network||LTE (market dependent)|
|Status||Available. Released 2013, April|
|Body||Dimensions||136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm (5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 in)|
|Weight||130 g (4.59 oz)|
|Display||Type||Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.0 inches (~441 ppi pixel density)|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 3|
|- TouchWiz UI|
|Sound||Alert types||Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones|
|Memory||Card slot||microSD, up to 64 GB|
|Internal||16/32/64 GB storage, 2 GB RAM|
|Speed||HSDPA, 42.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v4.0 with A2DP, EDR, LE|
|USB||Yes, microUSB v2.0 (MHL 2), USB On-the-go, USB Host|
|Camera||Primary||13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, check quality|
|Features||Dual Shot, Simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization, HDR|
|Video||Yes, 1080p@30fps, dual-video rec., check quality|
|Secondary||Yes, 2 MP,1080p@30fps, dual video call|
|Features||OS||Android OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)|
|Chipset||Exynos 5 Octa 5410|
|CPU||Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A15 & quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7|
|GPU||PowerVR SGX 544MP3|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, temperature, humidity, gesture|
|Messaging||SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS|
|Java||Yes, via Java MIDP emulator|
|Colors||White Frost, Black Mist|
|- Wireless charging (market dependent)|
|- S-Voice natural language commands and dictation|
|- Smart stay, Smart pause, Smart scroll|
|- Air gestures|
|- Dropbox (50 GB storage)|
|- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
|- TV-out (via MHL 2 A/V link)|
|- SNS integration|
|- MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264/H.263 player|
|- MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3/FLAC player|
|- Image/video editor|
|- Document viewer (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)|
|- Google Search, Maps, Gmail,|
|YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa|
|- Voice memo/dial/commands|
|- Predictive text input (Swype)|
|Battery||Li-Ion 2600 mAh battery|
|Stand-by||(2G) / Up to 370 h (3G)|
|Talk time||(2G) / Up to 17 h (3G)|
|Music play||Up to 62 h|
|Misc||SAR US||0.85 W/kg (head) 1.55 W/kg (body)|
|SAR EU||0.42 W/kg (head) 0.54 W/kg (body)|
|Tests||Display||Contrast ratio: Infinite (nominal) / 3.352:1 (sunlight)|
|Loudspeaker||Voice 70dB / Noise 66dB / Ring 77dB|
|Audio quality||Noise -95.9dB / Crosstalk -96.4dB|
|Camera||Photo / Video|
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