Have you guys seen the Samsung Galaxy S4 launching event last night? Sadly I missed it but from what I heard it was in New York and was amazing. As I awoke in the morning I was so eager to know what are the new specs since it’s one of the most anticipated smartphones on the market today. In Kuwait many of my acquaintances have switched from iPhone to Samsung Galaxy explaining that it offers more minus the restrictions seen in iPhone for far lower price, I still see iPhone as one of the most reliable and smooth-performing smartphones on the market but I was let-down with iPhone 4S and iPhone 5.
Size & Weight: Samsung Galaxy S4 has slightly smaller size than the older Samsung Galaxy S3 measuring 136.1 x 69.8mm and 7.9mm thick (that’s so slim, S3 was 8.6mm thick) and weighs 139 grams (slightly lighter than S3).
Price & Release Date: According to Samsung the release date is April 26 and price will be around $725 (KD250 roughly) which is higher than iPhone 5 price when it was released (I’m talking U.S. price), so expect the price to be higher in Kuwait.
Specs: In my humble opinion the specs is where Samsung Galaxy S4 really shines, we are talking 2GB memory (iPhone 5 has 1 GB) coupled with not only Quad Core processor but 1.6 GHz powerful 8-Cores processor (that’s fast). Storage-wise, it comes in three versions; 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB, they have also enhanced the battery (2,600MAH) compared to 2,100MAH in S3, and this makes sense since they are using potent processor.
Display & Camera: I guess most consumers are tempted by display when deciding on smartphones, the S4 has a big 5″ Super OLED screen with Full HD 1,920 x 1,080 resolution and high 441 ppi (pixels per inch), that’s even higher than BlackBerry 10Z. Personally I’m in love with S4 camera already, we are talking 13 Mega pixels main camera with Auto Focus, Flash and Zero Shutter Lag (according to Samsung), and 2 Mega pixel front camera and Full HD 1080P recording at 30fps (frames per second). Though I’d love to see the quality of the snapshots in low light conditions.
Other Features: Did I say S4 fully support 4G LTE with all frequencies? Hopefully this will resolve the iPhone 5 4G LTE issue because only certain models supported 4G LTE frequency in Kuwait. Samsung said it will initially be available in two colors (White Frost and Black Mist), firmware-wise it will use Android Jelly Bean 4.2.1 which hopefully will be more stable and reliable. The S4 will be using micro sim card.
Shortcomings: I loved every new feature in the S4, but in my opinion the let-down is that Samsung used plastic as the main material for the phone, instead I wish if they used Aluminum-brush to give it a more aesthetic-looking finish but I guess they sought cost-saving and to reduce the weight and increase crush resistance. Also design-wise, it looks virtually similar to the older S3 but generally looks fine. Another downside is the relatively high price tag ($725) which will undoubtedly be higher when it arrives to Kuwait.
Now frankly speaking, would you guys go for this one or HTC One?