The Galaxy S4 has finally been unveiled in US. This lifts the cover off an eagerly anticipated Android smartphone from Samsung. The design language of the S4 closely follows the S3 and Note 2’s. While it may not be everyone’s favorite (mine personally is the S2’s design), those 2 smartphones of yesteryear did prove immensely popular by selling in millions. The S4, once available, is likely to follow suit.
Pricing has not yet been announced for this phone but availability is expected in late April, just about a month away. Is this phone a good upgrade from your Galaxy S3 or Galaxy S2? Let’s dig into the hardware to find out.
To start off, the Galaxy S4 has 5″ (4.99 according to GSMArena, but its close enough) Super AMOLED screen of Full HD (1080 x 1920) resolution. Internal storage has never been a problem on Samsung’s higher end Galaxy models and this trend continues with 16, 32 and 64GB models available.
The RAM, after remaining the same from S2 to S3, has finally been increased to 2GB. The camera is also another piece of the phone that finally got upgraded from the 8MP shooter in S2 and S3 to a 13MP shooter for S4. If track record is anything to go by, the 13MP shooter in S4 should turn out pretty good. The battery also got a nice boost from a 2100 mAh in the S3 to a 2600 mAh in the S4.
Lastly, but certainly not the least, the S4 will come with 2 different chipsets. One chipset is Samsung’s own Exynos based one which has a total of 8 CPUs, 4 1.6GHz Cortex-A15 and 4 low power 1.2GHz Cortex-A7 cores. At any one time, only 4 cores will be active so technically, it only runs as a quad-core phone and not an octa-core phone. This chipset will come with PowerVR’s SGX 544MP3 which is a tri-core GPU.
The other chipset, which will probably prove to be more popular with custom ROM developers, is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chipset that features a quad-core 1.9GHz Krait 300 and an Adreno 320 GPU.
Anyone eyeing this phone? I’ll be heading over to the US for a month on business and hopefully I’ll get a chance to play with the phone while I’m there. I’m about to get a new phone but it’ll probably not be the S4 though.
What are your thoughts? Get the Nexus 4, the Xperia ZL or the Galaxy S4 (Kraits version)?