Samsung Galaxy S4 specs, release date and price announced

The Samsung Galaxy S4 has been officially announced

Update: Check out our hands-on Samsung Galaxy S4 review

The Samsung Galaxy S4 specs, prices and release date has officially been announced and it looks like it'll be a welcome addition to the Samsung Galaxy range.

Samsung Galaxy S4 – Display

The Samsung Galaxy S4 features a 5-inch screen, with a resolution of 441ppi, making it one of the highest resolution screens around. It's a Full HD Super-AMOLED screen.

Samsung Galaxy S4 – Design

The device is just 7.9mm thin and weighs 130g, so it's really light.

Just like the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3 before it, the Galaxy S4 features a rather plasticky looking polycarbonate case, but with an aluminium surround which adds a more premium feel. The rear plate has an almost glittery finish, like the Google Nexus 4 which adds a touch of class, although we're not sure whether this will look particulalry good in colours other than white and black.

Samsung Galaxy S4 – Internals

The UK version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 will run Qualcomm's Snapdragon 600 processor. 

Android 4.2.2 is the operating system of choice and with a few Samsung tweaks here and there, it's a welcome improvement over the Samsung Galaxy S3's Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS.

Samsung, as mentioned, has added a range of extra Samsung features including the S-Pen-like Air View which allows you to preview and navigate a range of content including SMS messages and pictures without even touching the screen. You just need to hover your finger over an SMS message, for example, and you can view the preview. You can also use this on the lockscreen to see your latest notifications.

The Galaxy S4 also features Air Gesture, allowing you to scroll up and down web pages and forwards and backwards through your browser by sweeping your hand up and down and across the screen above the display. In demos, this looks impressive.

It's a 4G LTE device and offers download speeds of 100MBps and uploads of 50Mbps. There's an infrared LED so you can control your TV and Samsung Watch On.

The main camera is 13-megapixel and the front facing is 2-megapixel. 

The Galaxy S4 will ship with 16GB storage built in with options of 32GB and 64GB. There's a microSD card slot too for some extra space. Infrared gesture and temperature and humidity sensors are packed in too.

To power this all, there's a 2600mAh battery which will certainly keep you going for a while.

LG's Smart Video may have been announced just before the Samsung release, but Saumsung has its own eye-controlled video player in the form of SmartPause. If you're watching a video, simply turn your head away and the Galaxy S4 will pause the video, so if you're distracted, you won't miss a second of video.

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UPDATE 

The Samsung Galaxy S4, thanks to its 1.9GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, has been crowned the fastest smartphone in the world, fending off competition from Apple’s iPhone 5 and the HTC One.

UPDATE

Samsung’s Galaxy S4 will be powered by a Snapdragon 600 chipset when it arrives in the UK, and not Samsung’s 8-core Exynos 5 as was previously reported.

At launch we were told that the UK version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 would run the company’s own 8-core Exynos 5 Octa processor, a point Samsung’s official S4 press release maintained following the handset’s unveiling.

Here’s the official statement via Samsung confirming the switch.

‘Samsung Galaxy S 4 is equipped with a 1.9GHz Quad-core AP or a 1.6GHz Octa-core AP. The selection of AP varies by markets. In the UK the Galaxy S 4 will be available as a 4G device with a 1.9GHz Quad Core Processor.’

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