Samsung introduces the Galaxy S 4
Mar 15, 2013 (M2 PRESSWIRE via COMTEX) --
Samsung Electronics today announced the fourth generation Galaxy S smartphone, the Galaxy S 4. Packed full of innovative features and with a super sleek design, the Galaxy S 4 is designed to bring your world together.
The Samsung Galaxy S 4 redefines the way you live; it understands the value of relationships; it believes in the importance of effortless experience, making your life easy and hassle-free; and, it empowers your life, and can even help you take care of your well-being.
New features include:
- 'Dual Camera': so you can take simultaneous photos and videos using both the rear and front cameras, then blend the pictures together - 'Story Album': curates content, such as SNS posts, memos, location and weather information, as well as photos and videos, to create a photo album which is personalised around your timeline of special occasions and events
- 'Group Play': means you can enjoy music, photos and games with those around you, without requiring a Wi-Fi AP or cellular signal
- 'Samsung Smart Pause': so you can control the screen using your eyes
- 'Air View': allows you to hover with your fingers to preview the content of an email, S Planner, image gallery or video without having to open it
- 'Air Gesture': so you can change a music track, scroll up and down a web page, or accept a call with a wave of your hand
- 'S Health' software: empowers your life by keeping you up-to-date with health and wellbeing information through a range of accessories
The real beauty of the phone is its highly crafted design, encompassing a large screen size and battery, and a minimised bezel, all housed in a light (130g) and slim (7.9mm) shape. Slimmer than its predecessors, there's less to hold yet more to see.
Available in two colours - Black Mist and White Frost - at launch, a variety of additional colour options will be available later this year.
Simon Stanford, Vice President of IM division, Samsung Electronics UK & Ireland said: "At Samsung, we are restless about innovation, and are constantly striving to create unique experiences for our customers that will transform their lives. The Galaxy S 4 does just that. We have listened to what consumers around the world want and taken the intuitive technology from the Galaxy S III a step further. Combining this with superior hardware has led us to develop the Galaxy S 4, the ultimate smartphone inspired by our customers."
A rich life is one that's filled with meaningful moments and the Galaxy S 4 is able to capture and share every one of those. The world's first Full HD Super AMOLED display is able to showcase images at their very best, whilst the 5-inch large screen has 441ppi for stunning viewing quality. The Galaxy S 4 also utilises Gorilla® Glass 3*, making it a durable travel companion able to capture all of life's adventures.
Equipped with a 13 megapixel rear camera, the Galaxy S 4 boasts a 'Dual Camera' function that allows both rear and front cameras to take simultaneous photos and videos. When capturing special moments, you can choose from a variety of frame effects which blend the two pictures naturally creating a collage of small and large images. The end result is an exceptional image which blends the subject of the photograph and the setting in a totally different way. Plus, the 'Dual Video' function means you can make and receive group video calls with your friends and family. As well as 'Dual Camera' the device is also equipped with many outstanding shooting modes. These include 'Drama Shot', which allows you to see all the action in one continuous time-lapse and 'Sound & Shot', which uniquely stores sound and voice together as the picture is taken so those special moments are captured in the truest form imaginable, exactly as they happened.
The new 'Story Album' function curates content, such as SNS posts, memos, location and weather information, as well as photos and videos, to create a photo album which is personalised around your timeline of special occasions and events. These unique story albums can be ordered and delivered as an offline photo album through a new partnership with Blurb*, so you can keep those precious moments in physical form to look at and share time and time again.
True Connections - bringing people together
The Samsung Galaxy S 4 enables true connections with the people in your life. It is more than just a personal device that can be enjoyed by one person - it makes the most of your relationships by allowing you to easily share and experience many of life's pleasures together with family and friends, wherever you are.
With its 'Group Play' function, you can enjoy music, photos and games with those around you, without requiring a Wi-Fi AP or cellular signal. This innovative feature enables you to connect directly with others to share, play and co-create content and entertainment instantly. Its 'Share Music' option means you can have the same song playing on multiple phones in sync to create the best party atmosphere.
The Galaxy S 4 brings people closer together by breaking down language barriers. It makes international travel a joy with 'S Translator' providing instant translation, using text or voice translation on applications including email, text message and ChatON. This instant translation is possible both from speech-to-text, and text-to-speech, meaning that you can rely on understanding everything whilst you are abroad.
The Galaxy S 4 supports HSPA+42 Mbps and 4G LTE which means wherever you are in the world, you can rely on perfect connectivity. The LTE version supports up to 6 different band sets which allows it to function in most LTE coverage areas as well as enabling global LTE roaming. Furthermore, TDD/FDD LTE Dual Mode version will be introduced later this year.
Effortless Experience - making everything more convenient
In today's world, we are all looking for smart ways to make life easier and less stressful. The Galaxy S 4 ensures that tasks are effortless with innovative features that detect your face, voice and motions to enable screen control with no need for finger touch activation.
'Samsung Smart Pause' means you can control the screen using your eyes. When you are watching a video, the video pauses when you look away, then it starts right up again when you are back. 'Samsung Smart Scroll' allows you to scroll the browser or emails up and down without touching the screen. It detects your eyes and recognises the movement of your wrist, and then scroll the pages up or down accordingly.
'Air View' allows you to hover with your fingers to preview the content of an email, S Planner, image gallery or video without having to open it. You can even see a magnified view on the internet browser, or a phone number saved in the speed dial on the keypad. With 'Air Gesture', you can change a music track, scroll up and down a web page, or accept a call with a wave of your hand. With 'S VoiceTM Drive' you can activate commands via voice control for optimisation when driving. Once connected with a car Bluetooth, the phone automatically turns into driving mode converting text to speech so you can easily and safely check messages with no need to look at the screen.
'Optical Reader' makes life yet more effortless, by automatically recognising text, a business card or QR code information, and providing useful functions such as translation, call, text message and search.
At home, using 'Samsung WatchON', the Galaxy S 4 will transform into an IR remote to control your home entertainment system including TV, set-top box, DVD player and even air conditioner. In addition, you can enjoy various content including live TV, cable TV and VOD based on the rich information provided by EPG (Electronic Programme Guide).
Empowered Living - taking care of your health and quality of life
The Galaxy S 4 empowers your life by keeping you up-to-date with health and wellbeing information using the new 'S Health' software. The combination of sensors built within the device systematically and automatically monitors your health, surroundings, and so much more to help improve your quality of life. Also, you can easily check your health conditions using food diary, exercise diary and sleep monitor to stay fit and healthy. (Certain functions are enabled by specific accessories.)
To further protect your wellbeing, 'Samsung Adapt Display' provides an optimal viewing experience, customised for each type of application, and 'Samsung Adapt Sound' offers an optimal level and type of sound, personalised for each person, to make the most out of life.
The Samsung Galaxy S 4 will be available from April 26th in the UK from the Samsung Experience Store at Westfield Stratford City and all other major operators. European availability is through globile mobile operators such as Deutsche Telecom, EE, H3G, Orange, Telenor, Telia Sonera, Telefonica, and Vodafone.
For multimedia content, please visit www.samsungmobilepress.com
Notes to editors
Endorsement by Mobile Operators:
Heikki Makijarvi, SVP of Deutsche Telekom
"The new Samsung Galaxy S 4 is impressive. After the extremely successful launch of GALAXY S III, Deutsche Telekom is very proud to launch its successor in Europe. We are happy to work with Samsung to bring a new level of smartphone experience to our customers."
Yves Maitre, SVP Mobile Multimedia & Devices, France Telecom - Orange
"Orange is delighted to be working with Samsung again to deliver a new evolution of smartphones to our customers. We have already rolled out new superfast LTE networks in seven countries in Europe to date, and are committed to launching LTE services across Europe by 2015. This partnership will deliver a rich suite of services to our customers, thanks to its 4G and NFC capabilities, ensuring our customers benefit from great looking products that provide fast and easy access to all of their favourite content wherever they are."
Marieta Rivero, Group Devices Director of Telefonica
"The new Galaxy S 4 is a great device that will suppose a big step forward in the Premium Smartphone category. We are delighted to be partnering to bring this device to market across a number of our global channels" Patrick Chomet, Group Director of Terminals at Vodafone
"Samsung continues to bring devices to market that push the boundaries of what is possible in terms of design, performance and functionality and the Galaxy S 4 will be a valuable addition to Vodafone's portfolio. Vodafone will be offering the Samsung Galaxy S 4 on a range of plans, including Vodafone RED, which will enable customers to make the most of their Galaxy S 4 on our fast and reliable network."
Samsung GALAXY S 4 Product Specifications:
2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE): 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
3G (HSPA+ 42Mbps): 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
4G (LTE Cat 3 100/50Mbps) : up to 6 different band sets(Dependent on market)
5 inch Full HD Super AMOLED (1920 x 1080) display, 441 ppi
1.6 GHz Octa-Core Processor
The selection of AP will be differed by markets.
Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
Main(Rear): 13 Mega pixel Auto Focus camera with Flash & Zero Shutter Lag, BIS
Sub (Front): 2 Mega pixel camera, Full HD recording @30fps with Zero Shutter Lag, BIS
Codec: MPEG4, H.264, H.263, DivX, DivX3.11, VC-1, VP8, WMV7/8, Sorenson Spark, HEVC
Recording & Playback: Full HD (1080p)
Codec: MP3, AMR-NB/WB, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, OGG, FLAC, AC-3, apt-X
Dual Camera: Dual Shot / Dual Recording/ Dual Video Call
Drama Shot, Sound & Shot, 360 Photo, Cinema Photo, Eraser, Night, Best Photo, Best Face,
Beauty Face, HDR (High Dynamic Range), Panorama, Sports
Group Play: Share Music, Share Picture, Share Document, Play Games
Story Album, S Translator, Optical Reader
Samsung Smart Scroll, Samsung Smart Pause, Air Gesture, Air View,
Samsung Hub, ChatON (Voice/Video Call, Share screen, 3-way calling)
S Travel (Trip Advisor), S Voice(TM) Drive, S Health
Samsung Adapt Display, Samsung Adapt Sound
Auto adjust touch sensitivity (Glove friendly)
Safety Assistance, Samsung Link, Screen Mirroring
Samsung KNOX (B2B only)
Google Mobile Services
Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Latitude
Google Play Store, Google Plus, YouTube, Google Talk,
Google Places, Google Navigation, Google Downloads, Voice Search
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (HT80)
GPS / GLONASS
NFC, Bluetooth® 4.0 (LE)
IR LED (Remote Control), MHL 2.0
Accelerometer, RGB light, Geomagnetic, Proximity, Gyro, Barometer
Temperature & Humidity, Gesture
16/ 32/ 64 GB User memory + microSD slot (up to 64GB)
136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm, 130g
* All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.
* Android, Google, Android Beam, Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Latitude, Google Play, Google Plus. YouTube, Google Talk, Google Places, Google Navigation, Google Downloads are trademarks of Google Inc.
* Samsung Galaxy S 4 uses Corning's new Gorilla® Glass 3 with Native Damage Resistance(TM). This cover glass, Corning's newest formulation, enables improved damage and scratch resistance and reduced scratch visibility.
* Blurb, the global creative publishing platform, partners with Samsung to power worldwide book and magazine print production and fulfilment within the Galaxy S 4's new Story Album application. Users of Story Album will now be able to automatically create professional quality print photo books and magazines quickly and seamlessly from their camera phone images.
About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
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