Samsung Galaxy S4 details released
March 17, 2013 Leave a comment
Unless you were out of this world [such as the International Space Station] or in the jungles in the Amazon rain forest, the Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone was unveiled this past week.
Here are some of the highlights:
body: polycarbonate case
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, 1.9GHz processor
OS: Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2
storage: 16GB, 32GB or 64GB
extra storage: microSD card slot up to 64GB
screen: 5-inch full HD Super AMOLED at 441ppi, Gorilla Glass 3
front-facing camera: 2 megapixels
rear-facing camera: 13 megapixels
camera features: allows users to snap 100 shots in a four second span, capture audio in sync with their image captures, eraser tool that can take out unwanted parts of images
* Group Play allows users to engage with others around them, making it possible to share music, photos, documents and games – no Wi-Fi or cell connection required.
* Share Music lets users have the same song playing on synced phones to create a sort of faux stereo sound.
* S Translator will provide an instant translation via voice or text. It functions in multiple applications including email, text message and ChatON.
* S Voice drive which is Samsung’s version of voice command GPS, which you can activate and control while keeping your hands on the wheel. It connects to the Bluetooth in your car and automatically switches on driving mode, which will convert directions to speech to talk you through your trip.
* S Health is the Galaxy S4’s built in personal health system. The sensors built into the device itself will be able to monitor certain parts of your health and offer feedback in regards to your quality of life. It also has a food diary and sleep monitor.
* Smart features which are the ones that track your eyes to see if you’re looking at the screen. Smart Pause will put a video on pause when you look away to make sure you don’t miss any action on the screen, while Smart Scroll will keep the webpage moving as your eyes reach the top or bottom of the screen.
* Air View allows users to simply hover over things on screen to perform actions. You can browse your pictures by miming a swipe, preview a video by holding your finger over the screen, or accept a call by waving your hand. These aerial gestures make it possible to complete standard tasks without having to physically touch the screen.
* Samsung Optical Reader. This function is capable of recognizing text and QR information and can complete tasks with said information: including translations, placing a call, sending a text, or completing a search. Whatever the scanned information dictates, the phone is capable of doing.
* Samsung WatchON uses infrared to turn the phone into a remote control for anything from your TV to your DVD player or even your air conditioner if you really want – though we don’t suggest watching that.
The Galaxy S4 is expected to be available from all major wireless carriers in Canada [so far MTS is the exception] sometime around mid-May and in the US.