Today Samsung announced the Samsung Galaxy S4.
- 4.99" Full HD Super AMOLED display. 1920x1080, 441 ppi with Gorilla Glass 3
- 1.9Ghz Quad-core processor or 1.6Ghz Octa-Core processor.
- Android 4.2.2
- 13 and 2 megapixel cameras
- LTE with support for up to 6 bands (for roaming).
- 16/32/64GB built-in storage which can be expanded with MicroSD cards
- 2600mAh removable battery
- 130g and 7.9mm thin
- physical home, menu and back keys
- available in white or black
The body is now poly carbonate with a special finish on the back.
On the software side, Samsung has some new software features including Samsung Smart Pause. This allows you to pause videos by looking away. It also allows you to scroll the browser by looking and your face and what you're doing with your wrists and scrolls the page up or down.
Both cameras can record pictures or video simultaneously. The camera software allows you to choose frame effects before you take the simultaneous shot.
There's a Dual Video Call feature which allows you chat with both cameras at once (I think this requires Chat-On).
There are 2 shooting modes including a Drama shot (no, it doesn't make your wife look fatter causing more drama). Drama shots snaps up to 100 photos in a 4 second span and then chooses specific pictures to create a shot where the subject appears multi times. It's great for action.
Story Album takes your pictures, puts them into an Album. You can order a physical album if you want.
Group Play allows you to share music, photos, documents and games without having to be connected to the network or a WiFi access point (presumably this is WiFi Direct). There's a cool Share Music feature which lets you play the same music through up to 8 supported phones.
S Translator can translate both text and voice. You can say something to the GS4 English, it will translate it into another Language, hear the respond and translate it into English. Very cool.
Air View allows you to hover over content to preview it without having to open it. This is similar to what you can do with a S-Pen on a Note 2.
S Voice Drive is a car optimized feature which allows you make calls, check messages, etc while you're driving.
Samsung Optical Reader is a OCR program/QR code program. It can translate, call, text message and search.
Samsung WatchON is a fancy name for the IR Blaster which allows you to control your home theater. It can also pull information from an EPG (Electronic Programming Guide, nice).
S Health is software to tell you you're fat using built in sensor. Certain functions will require you to buy accessories which include a S-Band (presumably like a Nike fuel band), heart rate monitor, etc.
The new S4 looks nice but many of the new software features while very cool and snazzy aren't features I'd use in my everyday life. Many of them are very niche like S-Translate, Share Music, etc.
The only one I could see myself using is the Drama Shot feature, WatchON (the IR Blasters) and maybe the driving feature. And all someone would have to do is write software to recreate Drama Shot (I have this on my iPhone already and I'm sure someone made an Android version). Ditto for the driving feature.
Hardware is a evolution of what you have now. With the exception of the IR blasters I'm not sure the GS4 will really allow me to do anything I can't already do with a GS3.
In Canada the Samsung GALAXY S 4 will be available from Bell, Eastlink, Fido, Koodoo, Mobilicity, Rogers, Sasktel, TELUS, Videotron, Virgin Mobile and Wind Mobile in Q2.
In the 'States it will be coming to AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, as well as US Cellular and Cricket.
Who's getting one? Or are you going to keep what you have now or go get a Sony Xperia Z/ZL, HTC One or wait to see what Apple comes out with later?