Samsung Announces New Flagship Galaxy S 4 Competitor to Apple's iPhone

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Samsung tonight announced its flagship iPhone competitor, the Galaxy S 4, at an event at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The new smartphone is set to launch in April on all four major U.S. carriers.

    The new phone gets a slight screen size increase to 5" from 4.8", with a 1080p display at 441 pixels per inch (compared to iPhone 5's 326 ppi) that Samsung is calling "Full HD Super AMOLED." The phone also houses 2 GB RAM, a 2600 mAh battery, a micro SD card slot for expanded storage (in addition to the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB variations) and a rear 13-megapixel camera. There is also a front-facing camera that can record 720p video.

    Image via The VergeSamsung has also added a host of software features, including a navigation app called S Voice Drive that works similar to how Siri and Apple Maps do. Other new software features include a translation app, much like Google Translate, "Air Gestures", and new camera modes. The "Air Gestures" allow a user to flick through photos or preview photos without actually touching the phone.

    New camera modes include Cinema Mode, which creates still images with moving backgrounds, Drama Burst, which creates animated GIFs, and Sound and Shot mode, which marries audio to a still photo.

    Gizmodo was one of several outlets that received hands-on time with the Galaxy S 4 before Samsung's event, and noted the prevailing sentiment that the device feels like more of the same as an evolution of the Galaxy S III rather than a major leap forward.
    Samsung did not announce a price for the Galaxy S 4.

    Update: Samsung announced at its media event that the Galaxy S 4 will ship with Android 4.2.2, the latest version of the operating system software. Apple's Phil Schiller had slammed Android and Samsung in a Reuters interview earlier this week, in part by suggesting that the Galaxy S 4 would ship with an outdated version of Android.
    Article Link: Samsung Announces New Flagship Galaxy S 4 Competitor to Apple's iPhone
  2. macrumors 65816

    May 20, 2003
    Screen is specs for specs' sale.
    Other interesting features are available on iOS already through third party apps and accessories.

    Home server looks interesting thought. Apple should have a home cloud server.
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 30, 2011
    wonder how Phil feels about it shipping with Android 4.2.2, lol
  4. macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2012
    the screen is the only thing i like about these phones.
  5. macrumors 68000


    Aug 15, 2011
    Build-quality wise, I am not interested at all. If I were to switch platform right now, I would go with an HTC One.
  6. macrumors 6502


    Dec 29, 2011
    Irvine, CA, USA
    I am very exited for this phone to come out. Apple seriously needs to react to this instead of keep bashing them and lose market share.
  7. macrumors 68000


    Jun 28, 2012
    Sexy. The visual design changes are small, but make a significant difference nonetheless. I wouldn't touch the S3, but this one I would buy. If I wasn't already drooling for the Note 3...
  8. macrumors 6502

    Jan 14, 2006
  9. macrumors 601


    Mar 2, 2012
    Air gestures seems like a very unnecessary feature.
  10. macrumors 65816

    Nov 15, 2010
    Apple is going to have to really innovate with the next iPhone to compete with these impressive Android devices.
  11. macrumors 68000


    May 6, 2011
    This post should prove entertaining, here we go!
  12. macrumors 68020


    Jul 28, 2008
  13. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 30, 2011
    There's nowhere really left to go with phones.

    The revolution is over.

    We're at the "supply chain management" stage of the game until they are superseded by an entirely different form factor.
  14. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 11, 2010
    Apple post Steve is Apple pre-Steve-come-back ....

    It's all downhill from here on out baby (at least in terms of phones, macs are still awesome).
  15. macrumors 65816


    Feb 22, 2003
    Washington, DC
    Did you take a class on writing blurbs for book jackets?

    Maybe I'm ignorant, but I don't know what great features we're waiting for on phones. But then, I'm an old coot who didn't understand why I needed a camera on my phone.
  16. TheHateMachine, Mar 14, 2013
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    macrumors 6502a


    Sep 18, 2012
    Houston, TX
  17. cole01, Mar 14, 2013
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    macrumors 6502

    Dec 29, 2008
    I was kind of enjoying not having any news about the GS4 on the homepage while it lasted...sigh. I understand this is a top iPhone competitor but front page

    P.S. I watched some of the live stream and it was just....odd. Not a fan of the presentation or device at all.
  18. macrumors 6502

    Mar 9, 2012
    Need to read the article, but the design is certainly circa 2005.
  19. macrumors 603


    Dec 31, 2002
    Green and pleasant land
    Sounds like the iPhone 5 launch :confused:
  20. macrumors member

    Aug 4, 2011
    This should have been called the Samsung Galaxy S3s

    Being an avid Samsung fan, this certainly was less than what I expected. I was seriously put off by the complete absence of mentioning a processor, until I realized WHY; because this was an international audience watching. The international version appears to include an 8 core 1.6GHz processor, while here in the US we get a 1.9GHz quadcore. Seriously WTF!?
  21. macrumors 65816

    Sep 16, 2007
    Now waiting for the incremental iPhone 5S in 6 months, still featuring a dual core CPU when the rest of the world has movied on to quad core.
  22. macrumors regular


    Aug 30, 2008
    Costa Rica
  23. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 6, 2008
    bigger screen and battery in a lighter and smaller footprint than the S3.. pretty cool.
  24. macrumors 65816

    Feb 3, 2011
    Seems like a pretty cool device.. Although battery life with all those features will be horrible.

    My s3 that I have (before getting the 5) was brutal with battery when I had all the stuff turned on. S-beam nfc etc. 5 hours is all I got
  25. macrumors 68000

    Jul 3, 2009

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