Samsung unveils Galaxy S IV, coming in Q2

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Published on March 15, 2013 with No Comments

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Samsung has officially unveiled its latest Galaxy S IV smartphone at its Unpacked event in New York City. The company seems to have taken some cues from Apple as the device looks almost exactly the same as the Galaxy S III, looking more like an upgrade, rather than an all new device. It has squeezed a bevy of features into the small 130g device.

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The 4.99-inch “full HD super AMOLED” display sports a 1080p resolution with 441 pixels per inch, protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3. It runs the latest Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean overloaded with Samsung features on either a Samsung Exynos 5 or Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, depending on the region. It’s loaded with 2GB of RAM and either 16, 32 or 64GB of storage, expandable with a MicroSD and a removable 2,600mAh battery. It’s got the usual connectivity features, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, Cat 3 100/50Mbps LTE, NFC, and also an IR blaster like the HTC One.

As speculated it has a 13-megapixel rear shooter and a 2-megapixel front shooter that has adopted some of the features of the Galaxy Camera, like the on-screen dial and Eraser mode. It’s also got a number of other features such as Dual Camera that simultaneously uses both front and rear cameras, and Drama Shot takes burst shots and overlaps them.

Samsung replaces the S Pen with S Pen-like gestures using your own fingers. With Air View you can hover your finger to preview images or emails without having to open it. Air Gesture lets you control your phone with a wave of your hand, changing music on the fly or scrolling up and down a page. The rumored eye-tracking features are also on board. Smart Pause lets you pause a video by simply looking away and resuming once you look back, while Smart Scroll follows your eye and scrolls through emails or web pages.

An interesting new feature of the device is Samsung’s “S Health” software that uses built-in sensors to monitor your health and surroundings, turning the phone into a full-fledged fitness tracker. The built-in pedometer can track the number of steps you take, while the other sensors can measure the ambient temperature and humidity, feeding all the data into the S Health app. You can also input your meals and measure your caloric intake.

No word on pricing yet, but the phones should arrive internationally in Q2 of this year. We’ll keep you updated when our carriers will be bringing in the Galaxy S IV to the Philippines.