Samsung Galaxy S 4 is officially revealed

Posted:  March 15, 2013   By:    57 comments   


UPDATE: Samsung Galaxy S 4 intro video is now available. Watch it over here.

The Samsung has just revealed its Galaxy S 4, its new flagship for 2013. Launched just 10 months from last year’s flagship Galaxy S III, the new S 4 looks pretty much the same with its Nature inspired look and comes in 2 colours – Black Frost and White Mist. Now it makes more sense when Jeremy said it is his favourite colour, refering to his Oreo biscuits.

As you would expect, the Galaxy S 4 comes packed with top notch hardware such as a new 1.6Ghz Octo-Core (8 cores) processor or a 1.9GHz Quad-Core processor (depending on region) which is mated with 2GB of RAM and a choice of either 16GB/32GB/64GB. Us folks in Malaysia would likely to get the Octa-Core 16GB version which can be expanded using microSD.

With Full HD being the rage right now, the Galaxy S 4 comes with a Full HD Super AMOLED display that pushes a resolution of 1920×1080. This gives a rather dense 440ppi (pixels per inch), not the highest currently but it is toughen with Gorilla Glass 3. In addition, the S 4 supports AirView where you can interact with the screen by merely hovering your finger across the glass which is similar to the Floating Touch technology found on the Xperia sola. This also allows the Galaxy S 4 to be usable even while wearing gloves.

The cameras have been upgraded as well and this time they have thrown in a 13MP shooter with Zero Shutter Lag. During the Unpacked event, Samsung has stayed away from emphasizing on the hardware but have put more focus on its software capabilities. New on the Galaxy S 4 is a Dual Camera capabilities where you can record videos with both front and rear cameras. This is rather similar to the LG Optimus G Pro which we have previewed at MWC 2013.

On the Galaxy Note II, Samsung had introduced Photo Notes where you can write additional captions after the shot is taken. Now on the new Galaxy S 4, there’s Sound & Shot which lets you record audio notes before taking a picture. In addition, there are other new features such as Drama Shot and Eraser tool which lets you manipulate Burst shots more extensively.


The Galaxy S 4 is also big in connectivity as well, boasting support for both FDD and TDD 4G LTE technologies with downloads of up to 100Mbps and uploads of 50Mbps. Its Mobile head JK Shin has added that the Galaxy S 4 will be supporting LTE roaming as well. They didn’t share the exact support bands but there are 6 bands in total which varies depending on market. It also comes with NFC and an IR LED that functions as a remote control with Samsung WatchOn.

Dubbed as a Personal Companion, the Galaxy S 4 comes with your typical S Voice and now they have expanded the list to include S Translator (Text to voice, voice to text), S Voice Drive, Smart Scroll, Smart Pause. During the event, they have added that the S 4 is capable of dynamically adjusting both display and audio based on your environment but they didn’t share in detail how this works.

The S 4 also shouts about ease of sharing of content and they have introduced things like Group Play and Share Music which is activated by NFC. Share Music is something rather interesting where you can daisy chain your video/music across multiple S 4 devices to create a louder music environment.

Dimension wise, despite its bigger screen and larger battery capacity of 2,600mAh (300mAh500mAh more than the S III’s 2,100mAh battery), the Galaxy S 4 maintains the exact same height while being slimmer (7.9mm) and lighter (130g) than the previous model. It is also narrower at just 69.8mm (0.8mm less than the S III). This is rather impressive even when compared to other Full HD smart phones from HTC and Sony which comes with smaller battery capacity.

The Galaxy S 4 is the needed upgrade from Samsung to stay relevant and it seems to have the credentials to be the top high-end model for 2013. While they have shown some innovations albeit not entirely new, we can’t help to feel disappointed with its design. The nature look starts to look pretty dated and currently it is being overused even with the latest low to mid range Galaxy and Note 8.0.

As a flagship device that’s launched each year, we would have expected something more, at least something different just as we’ve seen from other smart phone makers that are trying to make a come back. Is Samsung the new Apple? We hope not but the reality is that we would expect the same phone designs for the rest of the year including its Note II replacement. With a growing array of high-end Full HD devices, design and premium materials will be a factor especially with fierce competition such as the HTC One.

Putting design aside, Samsung is still capable of making its competitors sweat with top notching spec, thus leaving no qualms in selling at sheer numbers. In terms of availability, it will be available in 155 countries by end of April which Malaysia should be one of the key countries. Last year, the Galaxy S III took less than a month to reach our shelves since its global announcement. Pricing wise, we would expect it to hover at the same range of RM2,000-RM2,300 region as its former Galaxy flagship models.

You can get the full specifications of the Galaxy S IV here.



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57 Comments for Samsung Galaxy S 4 is officially revealed


Waiting those same-sung fans to say it just a prototype lol


same ol', same ol', samsung.

Where's the creativity in here?


last year Samsung(Galaxy SIII / Note2) really surprised me!
S IV? not really…


4+4 configuration. octo cores is just a marketing gimmick and misleading.


It's like smaller Note 2..-___-


Will it be similar with last year's case? Tons of ppl bashing the design once announced, yet still become the best selling smart phone of the year…


Nokia 3310, still the best phone ever


The side looks like BlackBerry Bold 9900.


People bash Apple when they announced the S models. I wonder what Samsung fans are saying.


S3 + Note2 = S4
No creative in design at all. Boring…


i might be wrong about this, but galaxy SIII houses a 2100mAh battery, while galaxy S4 packs a 2600mAh battery. technically, that's a 500mAh increase, not 300mAh as claimed in your article 🙂

Just my 2cent

samsung and apple all have their pros and cons..if you want the best just get both of them and you will have the best phone. End of story. Just like Nike and Adidas shoes. If i try samsung definitely i would like to try apple someday as well. Both are good products. IT will still sells like hot cake.


Galaxy S4 = Galaxy S3S


Does anyone noticed that Samsung is copying stuff from every phone maker and suddenly people think Samsung is so innovative??? Rojak feature of HTC + LG + iPhone + Sony


4+4 core processor? My pc run smooth with 4-core processer. Why need a lot of core?

Andrew C

t's not the device you use that makes you a dumbass.

It's proclaiming loyalty to a device that makes you a dumbass.


What I can see the differences of SGS4 from SGS3 & SGN2 are IR blaster, quad A7 low power cores and 2 extra sensors. If the quad A7 can power the massive 441ppi 5" screen smoothly and coupled with 2600mAh battery, this phone could last very long. IR blaster would be useful if the sensor has a receiver. Humidity and temperature sensors would be interesting enough if there are apps developed for them and it's niche.


Positive Samsung comments getting lots of thumbs down, negative Samsung comments getting lots of thumbs up. I expect this comment to get as many thumbs downs as well.
Just realized that people who open up these Samsung articles just come to bash and criticize Samsung for their attempt with their S4.

You say the design is so boring since the SIII. Why nobody complains about Apple with their 4 -> 4S? Even their iPhone 5 looks quite a lot like the 4/4S, just with more aluminum and less glass, no stainless steel, and making the phone longer and thinner. The S4 has somewhat a newer design from the SIII, with minimal implementations from the Inspired by Nature design to the newer Life Companion design. Dotted back, different camera placements, smaller dimensions (except height), different home button, different shape, different side strip, etc. Yes, it's quite disappointing, but at least they made a change. Maybe, just maybe, they're doing they only change designs biennially (S & SII / SIII & S4).