As most of you may know, Samsung have unveiled their new addition to the S Galaxy line, the S 4. It isn’t a revolution in terms of what the device is capable, but it is still a nice evolution of the device.
The device proudly displays a 441PPI 1080P Super AMOLED screen – that’s a rather whopping 5 inches in size. Because Samsung have been careful with the design of the Galaxy S Iv, this doesn’t effect the comfort of holding the device – luckily. The device is 3 grams lighter than the S3 – weighing in at an impressive 130 grams.
The phone features a 13 MP rear camera – clearing up any confusion on if Samsung would indeed go for more pixels, or a ‘better quality’ 8MP camera. As expected, the front facing camera is a 2MP, capable of recording footage at the magic 1080P30.
The rest of the specs of the SGS4 are fairly beefy – 2GB of ram powers the device. The good news is that there is indeed a micro SD slot – which kills the speculation that Samsung wouldn’t include one to ship higher capacity units. The device will come with either 16,32 or 64GB of storage, which should be plenty enough for most people.
The SoC of the device is a bit of an interesting topic however – it will come in two flavours. The first option, produced by Samsung is the Exynos 5 Octa. The second option is a 1.9GHz quad-core Snapdragon SoC, produced from the folks over at Qualcomm. It’s likely that Samsung have choosen to go with the Snapdragon 600 for the Galaxy s 4 however, this isn’t confirmed as yet. There’s also no confirmation on what region will get what version of the phone.
The Android operating system that the phone will ship with will be Android 4.2.2, and we know that the phone will start appearing on shelves sometime in April (this year). If you’re in the United States of America, T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, Cricket and US Cellular are going to be able to provide you with your shiny new SGS4. Still no word as to other regions as yet.
What about the controller?
Engaget reports perhaps the strangest news about the SGS4 namely a controller that’s going to be available for it. It will be produced officially by Samsung and looks a cross between a Wii U classic controller that has had a child with an Xbox 360 pad. The controller comes with all of the buttons you’d expect – apart from triggers (although there are shoulder buttons). It also has the dual analogue layout of the XBox 360 pad too.
We know that the controller clamps onto the phone – and that it isn’t powered by the phones battery (which isn’t a surprise, due to games already taking a toll on smartphones battery life as is). Instead it draws power from 2XAAA batteries and is connected to the SGS4 via bluetooth. It is also able to connect to a ote 2 and even a Note 8.0. For those wondering about price – you’ll have to wait, it hasn’t been announced as yet!