The Samsung Galaxy S4 (previously referred to as either Project J or Altius is the follow up to the wildly successful S3. It launched March 14th at the Samsung Unpacked Event in New York, and is available to order from O2 Deals today.
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In 2012, the Korean manufacturer yet again managed to double its worldwide mobile phone sales, largely through the popularity of its Galaxy range of smartphones and tablets. To top the bestselling Galaxy S3 and do it all over again was always going to be a mighty challenge - and looking at the result, we have to tip our hats to them.
The specifications for the S4 provide a tantalising glimpse into just where smartphones are going over the next few years. And now with the definitive spec shee released, here at O2 Deals we're pretty confident in reporting that the O2 S4 is going to be something of a departure from its predecessor. Samsung have massively beefed up the super AMOLED screen to an enormous 4.99" full-HD display is at a much higher resolution (an astounding 441 ppi) making it impossible for you to discern individual pixels, and it dwarfs the 306 pixel per inch count found on the S3. There's also an on-screen home button and touch navigational controls.
Design-wise, Samsung look to have stuck true to form, with the all plastic chassis and curved exterior. It comes in misty black and frosted white variants, with either 16GB, 32GB or 64GB internal storage. Other smartphones such as the Nokia Lumia 820 LTE have adopted a unibody design, so it's pleasing to see that Samsung look to have designed the S4 with a removable battery, making those power-hungry users amongst us very happy indeed.
In terms of raw power, the S4 is also providing a huge bump up from the current S3, with 2GB RAM on board. For the UK version, it'll be packing a 1.9GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, which is a marked improvement on the S3's 1.4GHz. For the international version, however, the SIV will have an almighty eight-core Exynos 5410 Octa processor with an ARM-powered PowerVR SGX 544MP GPU at 1.6GHz. This is significantly faster than what we've seen before, and can certainly match upcoming rivals from other manufacturers, such as the recently launched HTC One at 1.7GHz.
The quad-core S4 on O2 in the UK will be clocked faster than the eight core version so you'll still get the major speed boost over the older model. Plus, it comes with the same battery life but without the additional drain on the battery, you're likely to get longer battery life than you would from the 8 core version.
The Galaxy S4 will run on JellyBean 4.2.1, the latest Android OS. Samsung's TouchWiz UI will overlay it, ensuring the sort of familiarity and continuity of experience we've come to expect from Samsung.
The S4's 13 megapixel camera should provide a welcome boost in picture quality when compared to the 8 megapixel camera of the S3. Speaking of cameras - have you heard of Orb technology? It allows you to take 360 degree shots, and the Galaxy S4 is about to introduce you to it. And then of course there's the 2MP front-facing camera for all your video conferencing (and self-portrait) needs.
And there are connectivity options galore, with Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, NFC, GPS, A-GPS, E-Compass, and G-Sensor technology all part of the package. As a sign of the times, the Samsung Galaxy S4 will be 2G, 3G and 4G compatible as standard, doing away with the LTE and non-LTE versions of the past. And did we mention the wireless charging?
In a world where we increasingly use our smartphones to stream live content, download apps and surf the web, additional security wouldn't be a bad idea either. Just as well then that Knox, Samsung's new security suite, will come preloaded onto its newest flagship phone.
Earlier this year Samsung submitted trademark applications for Eye Scrolland Samsung Eye Scrolltechnology, which is an exciting prospect not just for its application to smartphones but other devices such as tablets. So, with this in mind, perhaps the most interesting new flavour in the cake is the Eye-Scrollingtechnology, which enables hands free-scrolling, purely by detecting your eye movements. Face detection technology has been around for some time, but Samsung have taken hands free controls to a whole new level, with motion sensors that detect your eye movements.
Eye Pause will detect when you're not looking at the screen and pause the video you're watching so you don't miss a beat, whileSmart Scroll follows your eye movements as you're reading, and scrolls down for you when you tilt the phone while looking at the screen.
They've added a feature called Floating Touch, where hovering a finger over a screen tile or icon will preview the content underneath, like pictures or recent messages.
Prior to the launch of the SIV, there were whisperings that we could expect to see a more rectangular frame and even a move away from the plastic shell towards aluminium or other premium materials, such as that depicted in the image on your left. Other premium devices such as the iPhone 5 have chosen to go down this route and it remains to be seen whether a plastic chassis will effect the desirability of the S4 - judging by past performance and what we've seen of the device so far, we think not.
Even so, almost all the other information squirrelled together before the official launch proved to be true, and we're certainly happy to see the signature Samsung look prevailing, knowing that there's a whole cave of technological wonders underneath the hood.