Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy S 4

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Samsung just recently finished up taking the wraps of the Galaxy S 4, and we walked away pretty impressed. While the hardware of the new flagship handset is very powerful on its own, it seems that Samsung took a greater focus on software features this time around, and that’s fine with us.

The handset looks pretty similar to the Galaxy S III, but there’s still a lot to like about the GS4. The 5 inch 1080p Super AMOLED HD display is incredibly vibrant and crisp, making it a very easy on the eyes. Combine this display with a thinner profile, insanely powerful CPU, a larger battery, and more software features than you count, and you have yourself quite the flagship device if you ask us.

In case you missed the finalized list, the Samsung Galaxy S 4 will have the following specs:

  • 5-inch, 1080P 441ppi Super AMOLED display
  • 1.9GHz processor quad-core Snapdragon or 1.6 GHz Octa-Core Eynos Processor
    depending on location
  • 13-megpixel camera, dual camera so you can take video and appear in the video at the same time
  • 2-megapixel front
  • 16GB, 32GB, 64GB storage options
  • microSD, up to 128GB
  •  69.8 x 136.6x 7.9mm
  • 130 grams
  • Android 4.22 Jelly Bean
  • SmartPause that pauses video when you look away
  • SmartTouch that lets you hover your finger above the screen and move the cursor
  • S Translator, 9 languages supported
  • 4G LTE connectivity (up to 100/50Mbps)
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 2,600mAh removable battery

The casing of the Galaxy S 4 feels sturdier than previous handsets we’ve seen from Samsung, but it still has a very plastic feel to it. The casing has an interesting textured-look to it, which almost gives off a denim look. It’s nothing terribly special, but it’s still a nice touch. Just like you’d expect, the GS4 is still a fingerprint magnet, but it still feels pretty nice in the hand.

While many of the features showcased tonight were already rumored for quite some time, the Galaxy S 4 will still undoubtedly kick some serious ass. It has powerful innards and is more sleek than ever. That said, the competition didn’t wait around for Samsung to have all the glory, and most took a preemptive strike earlier in the year. The HTC One, Optimus G Pro, and  Sony Xperia Z are also mighty powerful handsets, and bring a level of competition that Samsung hasn’t seen in the Android world before.

Overall, the Galaxy S 4 may lack the design change that some wanted, but we’re not surprised it retained a similar design of its predecessor. It works, and we don’t have many complaints about it.

What do you think about the Galaxy S 4? Must-have, or were you hoping for something more?

Check out the video and the photos of the Galaxy S 4 event below!

  • Nezar

    It still has those same ugly corners!!!

  • http://twitter.com/ThePhillipBee Phillip Bee

    2 things that nobody, at least from the 20 sites I frequently visit, has covered thus far if it has lockscreen widgets or multi-user. Inquiring minds what to know .. hmm…

  • http://twitter.com/ThePhillipBee Phillip Bee

    2 things that nobody, at least from the 20 sites I frequently visit, has covered thus far if it has lockscreen widgets or multi-user. Inquiring minds what to know .. hmm…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Quintus-Murray/1469036783 Quintus Murray

    THIS PHONE IS GODLY!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Richard Yarrell

    Definitely this is a wonderful device. Much better than the Galaxy S3 no question. Many sales will come to this device.

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