Samsung held the big announcement on Thursday, March 14th, to show the Galaxy S IV. Overall appearance was not much of a change. The Galaxy S IV falls in between the current Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note II.
If you want to be one of the first to get your hands on the new Galaxy S IV, well you are going to have to dig down in your pockets, as the 16GB Galaxy S IV Unlocked will start at $729, 32GB will set you back $829 and the 64GB sets you back $929. For the Pre-Order your options for color are going to be Black Mist and White Frost.
Also keep in mind this for a unlocked version which should get you quicker updates vs a carrier subsidized phone that at times takes months for new features or updates to get pushed out. I do have the Amber brown Galaxy S III a unlocked version that has always got updates before carrier subsidized phones got updated features pushed out. So there is a advantage and also you’re not locked into a 2-year contract which is cheaper in the long run.
I am looking forward to the great display on the new Galaxy S IV which will come a 5-inch 1080p super AMOLED display with a pixel density of 441ppi (pixels per inch). Just to compare, the current Galaxy S III has a 720p 4.8in super AMOLED display with 306ppi. This should make text and anything your are viewing pop!
The Galaxy S IV will be running the latest OS, which will be Jelly Bean 4.2.2 running on the Exynos 5 with 8 cores at 1.8GHz, Maili-T658 GPU, 2GB of RAM to help handle that great 5-inch super AMOLED display. This will make anything you capture with the 13 megapixel rear camera and the 2 megapixel front facing camera look its best. Maybe this could be my next point and shoot camera replacement? and don’t forget, the Galaxy S IV will come with Gorilla Glass 3 for that durable glass. That should help you not worry about scuffing up the screen, we hope?
Samsung announced some of the new features that the new upcoming Galaxy S IV will come with. Samsung showed off features as “Air View”. Air View allows using your finger by hovering it roughly 2cm off the screen to preview videos or details inside applications like email and calendars without launching them. This is similar to what you can do with the Galaxy Note II with the stylus, except no stylus needed with Air View. Another featured called Air Gesture, this allows you to scroll up and down while browsing or wave your hand to navigate through your phone or accept a call. This could be a feature that I would use the most. Some other features you will find on the Samsung Galaxy S IV is Optical Reader that allows you to use the camera to take pictures and translate text, business cards, etc.. Share has several function to share with others, but one of the better feature in Share is the ability to share your screen. This is great for business to share any document that you might of made notes too.
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
LTE 800 / 850 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600
136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm (5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 in)
130 g (4.59 oz)
TypeSuper AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.0 inches (~441 ppi pixel density)
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
- TouchWiz UI
Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
microSD, up to 64 GB
16, 32, 64GB storage, 2 GB RAM
HSDPA, 42.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot
Yes, v4.0 with A2DP, EDR, LE
Yes, microUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB On-the-go
13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization, HDR
Yes, 2 MP, 1080p@30fps
Android OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
Exynos 5 Octa 5410
Quad-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A15
PowerVR SGX 544MP
Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
Black Mist, White Frost
- S-Voice natural language commands and dictation
- Smart Stay eye tracking
- Dropbox (50 GB storage)
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
- SNS integration
- MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264/H.263 player
- MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3/FLAC player
- Image/video editor
- Document viewer (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
- Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
- Voice memo/dial/commands
- Predictive text input (Swype)
Li-Ion 2600 mAh battery