The Samsung Galaxy S4 features have been revealed in their full glory at the unpacked event in New York yesterday and according to the South Korean manufacturer, it works towards bringing users closer to what matters in life. And saying that the device has managed to leave its fiercely popular predecessor behind, is not an exaggeration at all. So let’s take a look at what the company brings to the table, this time around.
The fourth generation handset’s front panel is graced by a 5-inch Super AMOLED multi-touch display and it goes on to become the first S series phone to render visuals in full HD resolution. In terms of performance, the smartphone can be expected to be better than the rest as it is definitely the foremost to be the proud owner of a processor with 8 cores clocking in a speed of 1.6GHz. But in some markets, it will ditch the octa-core chipset for the common quad core one ticking at 1.9GHz, which is not half bad.
Potential buyers will be glad to know that the OEM has deployed the latest iteration of the Android OS, that is, Jelly Bean 4.2.2 in the smartphone. They will also appreciate the device’s 13MP snapper with attributes such as auto focus, LED flash, a BSI sensor and zero shutter lag and another 2MP camera rests on the front. Both snappers are capable of recording 1080p videos.
There’s Dual Camera mode that enables people to use both the snappers and as many as 8 different ways for combining the pictures clicked simultaneously with the two cameras. And Dual Video Call allows them to keep the back shooter on while making video calls. Apart from these, it brings about 12 shooting modes, one of them being Drama Shot that displays images in one continuous time-lapse.
There’s also something called as Sound & Shot to record the voice and sound while capturing an image to keep the essence of the moment. Besides ensuring high-quality images and videos, the phone also makes certain that these captured memories are stored in the Story Album on the basis of the timeline, geo-tagging details or events. Additionally, the Korean conglomerate has joined hands with Blurb which prints and delivers them if users wish to get offline copies.
Sharing pictures, music, photos, documents, games and more is possible using Group Play, while Share Music comes in handy to play a song in sync on several devices. Translation from one language to the other should not be a problem either, thanks to S Translator which supports both text-to-speech as well as speech-to-text functionalities. Moreover, S Voice Drive works in tandem with the car Bluetooth to activate voice controls when driving.
The device seems to be extremely intuitive as its Smart Pause mode senses when the viewer is looking away from the phone and pauses the video. Smart Scroll, on the other hand, lets people scroll by simply looking up or down at the touchscreen. The handset that can be converted into a remote control using WatchOn, displays a preview of the content when a finger is hovered over it, while a wave of hand is enough to answer a call. Complete with an optical reader, it makes use of S Health to monitor users’ health and even adapts its picture and sound quality for an optimal viewing and listening experience.
So that was an overview of features of the Samsung Galaxy S4, a phone that has definitely set the bars high for all the upcoming gadgets. So are the other companies ready to take up the challenge? Let’s wait and watch.