The new rebuild of the Samsung Galaxy S4 fitted with Qualcomm’s high-end Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor and LTE-Advanced connectivity is hitting retailers for pre-order, with barely a peep from the Korean smartphone giant itself.
The new chip is clocked at 2.3GHz while the expanded 4G capabilities mean you can get download speeds at 100Mbit/s. Apart from this, not much seems to have changed – it’s the same proportions and design, the same 16GB of storage, the same 5-inch Super AMOLED 1080p display and the same 13-megapixel camera.
One slightly annoying thing which is the same is Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean – it would have been nice if Samsung rolled it out with 4.3 Jelly Bean already on there. Honestly, Samsung, what were you thinking!?
There is one major change which we’re unsure of though. According to the product listing and pre-order page on mobilefun.co.uk, the new handset features some oddly S4 Active-like features which we haven’t heard of being associated with the reboot before.
At time of writing, it says the phone has been “Redesigned for maximum durability and protection,” and features the S4 Active’s “Aqua Mode” for underwater photography, however, there is no mention of any IP certification for water and dust resistance anywhere. We think this is probably a mistake, so don’t get your hopes up.
You can pre-order the Samsung Galaxy S4 for £649.99.