The Fresh Samsung Galaxy S4: Everything You Need to Know
- The Gorilla Glass 3. The new Galaxy S4 will be the first to feature the third iteration of the Gorilla Glass, which promises to be 3 times more resistant to scratches and impacts. If the case do happened to get scratched, it will be 40% less visible.
- Eye-tracking Gestures. Besides the Smart Stay feature that dims the light when you look at it, there are also the Smart Pause and Smart Scroll, which utilized the eye-tracking technology that Samsung recently patented. You can ‘pause’ a video as you look away from the screen with the use of the front-facing camera or scroll a page by swiping your hand without touching the screen. You can also use video capture and photo captures simultaneously using both the front and rear cameras.
- The Software. Besides the Google’s Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean mobile OS with Samsung’s custom TouchWiz “Nature UX” GUI; there are tons of toggling options to quickly turn settings on and off, along with toggle for call-blocking mode, Wi-Fi, GPS, and Bluetooth, etc. With the next Android OS, ‘Key Lime Pie’ to open in Google I/O on May 15, a lot of people hoped that Samsung will be the first carrier to fast-track an upgrade.
- The Hardware. Though it comes with the S View cover, an improved version of the Flip Cover, and GamePad; the most highly-anticipated accessory is the wireless charger. At the back of the smartphone is the flat coil packaged that comes with the accessory on top of the phone’s battery. Once you put the back cover back on, all you have to do is put it in the charger station, plug the station to the wall socket and charge your phone.
- The New Image. Though insiders claimed that the prototype shown during its launched was not the smartphone’s final design; its dimension include 5.4 x 2.7 inches, and a total weight of 130g in its 5-inch PenTile RGBG Full HD Super AMOLED screen with 441ppi, which supports HEVC video recording as well.
- Tools and Apps. Several functional tools from Galaxy Note 2 was carried over to the GS4 including the one that allows you to split the screen to interact with two apps. It also features an integrated optical reader that scan QR codes or turn business cards into texts through the S translator; the ChatOn messenger app, embedded into the email where you can chat with 3-way video calling, video calls that make use of the both cameras, and screen-sharing. There is also the Group Play, which connects the owners via NFC or Bluetooth to other Galaxy S4 devices so they can share music, documents, photos, and even engaged in multiplayer games; and the new S Voice Drive, S Memo note and S Health.
- Air View and Gestures. The ‘Hovering’ feature, Air View, replaces the Galaxy Note’s stylus with your digit. Hover your finger to preview video clips or images from your photo gallery, check out email, glance at browser thumbnails, etc. You can also wave or wipe you whole hand in front of the screen to navigate around. Steadily sliding your hand back and forth can advance the browser tabs or photos in the gallery, and scroll up and down the list as well.
- Cameras and Video. If the 13MP is not enough to impress you, the Dual-Shot Mode that allow you to take photos and video from both the front- and rear-facing cameras and combines them into one, just might. You can also use the main camera for your background and use whatever you take from the front-facing camera as your foreground; change the window size and shape on top, and use the new modes like the Sound & Shoot, Drama Shot, Cinema Shot, and Eraser mode.
- Performance. While the international version will have the 1.6Ghz eight-core chipset Exynos 5 Octa silicon, the US version will have the 1.9GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 series processor; with the possibility of LTE roaming in some geographies. It also has 2GB RAM, 64GB internal storage and another 64GB through the microSD slot; with a large 2,600mAh ticker for battery life.