Samsung unveils ‘Galaxy S4’ in firm’s battle with Apple


NEW YORK: Samsung unveiled a slim, feature-rich Galaxy S4 on Thursday as its new champion to take on Apple in the fiercely competitive smartphone arena.

The South Korean consumer electronics giant introduced the Galaxy S4 on the stage of New York City’s Radio City Music Hall and said the smartphones would roll out in 155 countries in late April. Pricing was not disclosed.

“For each of us, life is a journey,” said Samsung mobile communications division head JK Shin.

“What we want is a device that can join us on that journey; a companion that helps us experience life in the fullest.”

‘Hardware specs’

Like Apple, Samsung is a hardware company that innovates mainly through software.

But the hardware specs are worth noting. The 5-inch full HD Super AMOLED; 1,920×1,080 screen, at 441 pixels per inch, is both bigger and higher resolution than the iPhone 5, although the HTC One has an equally high resolution — though smaller — (4.7 inch) screen.

Samsung also upped the ante with a faster processor and unlike Apple it lets users expand the phone’s storage (internal storage ranges from 16 to 64 GB) to plug in a MicroSD card for up to another 64GB.

And the phone has a mega-battery. Samsung didn’t say how long the battery will last, but it does have 2,600 mili amp hours,  which is a lot more than the competition.

‘Innovative software & photo features’

The S4 is thinner than its predecessor and weighs just 130 grams despite having a bigger screen and battery.

The smartphone also boasts a “dual camera” function that lets the front and rear-facing cameras be used simultaneously for pictures or videos that combine images of subjects with that of the photographer.

A Group Play function lets S4 handsets close to one another share music, photos, documents or games, or even work in unison as a sound system for a song.

An S Translator feature lets people speak or enter text in one tongue and have it instantly converted to another.

Sensors in the S4 detect when a person looks away from a video and then pauses play until the distraction has passed and eyes are once again directed at the screen.

S4 sensors combined with S Health software enable handsets to be used to track exercise, eating, heart rate and other fitness factors.

The handsets were also designed to measure temperature and humidity to help people “understand what is going on around them.”

Let us know your opinion..

Which smartphone is the one the Galaxy S4 has to beat?

  • Apple iPhone 5
  • HTC One
  • Samsung Galaxy S3
  • Sony Xperia Z
  • Nokia Lumia 920