Samsung pulls curtain back on Galaxy S 4

Eye-control, 5-inch screen, 13-megapixel camera, eight-core chip and a host of gimmicks

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Samsung pulls curtain back on Galaxy S 4 The handset’s release will likely invigorate the global struggle for consumers in the premium smartphone segment. (Getty Images)
By  Stephen McBride Published  March 15, 2013

Samsung Electronics yesterday unveiled its fourth-generation Galaxy S smartphone, the Galaxy S 4 to the world’s media at a lavish ceremony at the Radio City Music Hall, New York, US.

Check out our image gallery of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 event.

The world’s leading smartphone maker finally unveiled what will likely be the model to beat in the ongoing smartphone wars, confirming much of the consumer and industry expectations that have surrounded the handset in recent months.

Rumours of a massive screen that appeared consistent with recently leaked photos on Chinese mobile forum, have proven accurate. The S 4 will carry a five-inch (127mm) capacitive 1080p (Full HD), 441ppi, Super AMOLED touch-screen housed in a 0.3-inch (7.9mm) thin chassis, incorporating Gorilla Glass 3 for durability. The handset is also 3g lighter than the S III, weighing in at just 130g.

While Samsung’s own press release notably makes no mention of the S 4’s onboard processor, online media sites report that the device will indeed be powered by the rumoured Samsung-built eight-core Exynos 5 Octa processor, but it will run at 1.6GHz rather than the speculated 1.8. However, for reasons that are not yet apparent, the sites say the US market model will instead pack a basic quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S 4 Pro 1.9GHz chip.

While only shown in colours Samsung refers to as “Mist” and “White Frost” at the event, Samsung said the handset would be available in many more shades at the time of its commercial release.

Check out our image gallery of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 event.

A dual camera allows users to take simultaneous photos and videos using both front and rear lenses and merge the images together using blending frame effects that create a collage of small and large images. The rear-facing camera is 13-megapixels, consistent with market predictions.

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