Today, Samsung held a live press conference in New York to unveil their next flagship Android smartphone: the Galaxy S4. The company upholds a reputation for producing popular Android devices. The predecessor to the newly-announced S4 (the Galaxy S3) has been, without a doubt, the iPhone’s biggest rival in the smartphone market, until now. In addition to being powered by the latest version of Android (4.2.2), the S4 is scheduled to launch on 327 carriers in 155 countries within the foreseeable future – the device will be available somtime before the “end of April”.
Additionally, the Galaxy S4 boasts some impressive hardware, featuring a 5-inch Super AMOLED 1920-by-1080 display with a pixel density of 441 ppi (pixels per inch), 2GB of RAM and a 13 megapixel camera. Unfortunatly, yesterday’s rumor regarding the S4′s CPU was accurate; while the international version will sport a Exynos 5 Octa 8-core processor, models intended for US carriers will be powered by a quad-core Snapdragon processor.
Samsung has also crammed a slew of unique features into the latest version TouchWiz for the S4. Smart Pause uses facial recognition to determine when the users is watching media on the device and is capable of intelligently pausing when the user turns their face from the display.
As mentioned in yesterday’s report, the S4 doesn’t make use of eye-tracking technology. Instead, the device features what Samsung calls Smart Scroll, which determines when the user is reading content on the smartphone and utilizes tilt gestures to scroll up or down on a page. According to Samsung, eye-tracking technology simply isn’t reliable enough and it’s hard to implement an accurate system.
The S4 can even interpret waving motions above the display and uses them to perform tasks like scrolling through images and answering phone calls without touching the S4′s screen – the new functionality is deemed Air Gestures. Finally, the Galaxy S4 makes use of Air View (a feature that enables Note II users to hover the S Pen above the device’s display to bring pop up previews of images and videos) with one major difference: the S Pen stylus is no longer needed. That’s right, the S4 can detect when users hover their fingers above the smartphone’s display.
As previously stated, Samsung’s Galaxy S4 will launch sometime toward the end of April for an unspecified price. Stay tuned for additional coverage on the S4, including an in-depth comparison between the upcoming Samsung flagship device and Apple’s iPhone 5.