Lets take a quick look and see which of the features, if any, mentioned in the original Galaxy S4 Wishlist are actually making it into the production version of the Galaxy S4.
Screen. We got the 5″ screen we were all expecting. Ok, Ok, the 4.99″ screen that is. What I wasn’t expecting was for the Galaxy S4 to be the same size or smaller than the Galaxy S3. That is a pleasant surprise. What’s more is we are also getting the 1080 x 1920 pixels that we asked for. Wish. We wished for Gorilla Glass 3 and we got it. Whether or not it’ll save our precious 5″ Galaxy S4 screen from drop breakage is another matter. If you test it, film it and show it!
Connectivity. Yep, LTE will be available on the Galaxy S4 straight out of the gate, as long as your provider supports it too of course. With features like Group Play, Samsung WatchON and Homesync compatibility, it looks like Samsung has made a concerted effort make connectivity on the Galaxy S4 easy and flexible Wish. We’ll have to wait and wee whether or not the new Galaxy S4 features mentioned above work as seamlessly as they ought to.
Battery. The Galaxy S4 will indeed have a juicier battery, a 2600mAh one to be precise. The battery life may also be improved by splitting the processing work between the two sets of 4 cores depending on the intensity of the task at hand. Wish. Wireless charging will be available on the Galaxy S4 too. Wireless power mat accessories have already been spotted. However, it is not completely clear if the Galaxy S4 is capable of charging wirelessly out of the box or if a different battery pack has to be purchased.
Features. What do you know, the 8 core processor rumour was true! Well, for the most part. You may know that only some markets will be getting the 8 core processor and even then, the 8 cores are actually divided into two groups of 4 cores. One set handles the heavier lifting, while the other does the easier stuff. Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 will be pre-installed on the Galaxy S4 as expected. The form factor was a bit of a surprise. I didn’t know how Samsung would be able to revamp the Galaxy design, and in fact they didn’t really revamp anything. The Galaxy S4 is all but identical to the Galaxy S3 at a glance. Wish. I’m not sure if Samsung has delivered on this. They still gave us some rubbish about being “inspired by people”, and I’m not sure there is anything really revolutionary about the Galaxy S4. It WILL however have some interesting new features that I am keen to try out, specifically the new camera software and hardware.
We are just two hours away from Samsung’s Galaxy S4 event. There have been leaks aplenty. All you have to do is check out our earlier posts to get an idea. That’s not it though! IT168 has revealed a slew of information, videos and many many images in relation to the Galaxy S4. I hope something has been left for the launch event! Either way, you can take a look at all the pretty pictures or try your luck with Google Translate and the original post in Chinese RIGHT HERE!
UPDATE: The sizing in the image above is all wrong. The Galaxy S4 is actually smaller than the Galaxy S3 in both width and thickness! Same size in length.
In a mere few hours the Galaxy S4 will be revealed in full. If you aren’t glued to your every gadget news outlet yet, I’m sure you will be soon. Not to insinuate for one minute that you could possibly want to get your news from any other site other than Galaxy S4 tips of course!
But first. Here are a couple of more pre-release leaked videos of the Galaxy S4 and they show us yet another feature which allows you to interact with the screen without even touching it. In some apps you’ll be able to hover your finger over the Galaxy S4 to open a popup. In this first video, skip ahead to the 20th second to see it in action. Hopefully there’ll be some settings that’ll allow the user to decide how quickly the phone responds to this “floating touch”.
In this second video you’ll see Smart Pause in use. My Chinese is VERY rusty, but he certainly does talk about eye-tracking a lot. As you’ll see, when you look away from your Galaxy S4, the video is paused. Kinda nifty. Useful in practice? That is yet to be determined.
Also, who is this guy, and how’s he managed to get his hands on a Galaxy S4!?
Samsung’s has posted the 2nd part of the Galaxy S4 teaser on their Youtube page. Sadly the video, is not much better than the first one. There is only one nugget of information that may be useful. The kid mentions that the Galaxy S4 is his favourite colour. This leads me to question whether or not the S4 will actually be coming out in black and white after all. We had previously suspected that it would be coming out in black and white based on the black and white promotional material pictured here:
Galaxy S4 Billboard Times Square
I can’t think of one kid, other than the token goth maybe, who would say his favourite colour is black, let alone white. Is Samsung just messing with us? OR am I just reading into it far to much? All will be revealed tomorrow!
Last year we saw Samsung go to great lengths to protect the design of the Galaxy S III. They put the Galaxy is other shells to throw us off the scent. It would make sense for Samsung to use similar tactics this year with the Galaxy S4. HOWEVER, there haven’t been nearly as many “sightings” of the Galaxy S 4 this year. MOREOVER, based on the first official photo of the Galaxy S4, and the design of the supposed Galaxy S4 Duo in the video below, I think it is fair to say that the S 4 has been well and truly leaked.
Below is a video claiming to be a Galaxy S 4 Duo leak – a claim that has now become a lot more believable. I find it hard to believe that the Duo would have a vastly different design from the standard Galaxy S4, and indeed the outline above fits the shape of the smartphone in this video. Check it out.
What are your thoughts on the look of the Galaxy S4? I think I made my opinion clear in the last post. It just doesn’t look all that different from the Galaxy SIII which I’ve been carrying around in my for about a year now. I was really hoping for a new piece of pocket candy to wave about with pride.
I’m sure there is something unhealthy about a “grown” man getting this excited about a picture of a smartphone (albeit the Galaxy S 4) that only offers a hint of the handset’s outline. Health issues aside, here you are. Samsung Mobile just tweeted this pic of the upcoming Galaxy S 4. The grand reveal is just 2 days away, and I for one am looking forward to seeing what Samsung has to offer.
I’m obviously a big fan of Samsung’s, and the Galaxy line, but in all honesty, whilst at a first glance, the outline of the Galaxy S 4 was exciting, on second glance I’m a little disappointed. The knowledge that this is the next Galaxy S 4 has sunk in, and I’m more aware now that the shape, so far, looks virtually identical to that of the Galaxy SIII. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t hoping for the Galaxy S 4 to surprise me with a super cool new design. In fact this official picture of the Galaxy S 4 lends credence to this recent post I read on SamMobile.
The Galaxy S4 will be announced in less than 4 days time and so it stands to reason that more and more “leaks” would be popping up and getting us all hyped up and ready for Samsung’s grand reveal. The latest leak is another set screenshots, but these not only reveal some of the Galaxy S4′s specs, but also benchmarks comparing the S4′s performance to other devices including the Nexus 4..
If you take a look at the bar graphs, you’ll see the Galaxy S4 outperforming the other smartphones on the list – leaving them in the dust really. The other interesting point is that this leak confirms the rumour that the Galaxy S4 will be packing 8 cores. Before you start dreaming about running ripped Playstation 4 games on this badboy, it is worth noting that the reason for the 8 cores may well be to improve the efficiency of the battery. It is speculated that 4 of the cores will handle easier tasks, while the other 4 will handle the more demanding tasks you might throw at it.
Now as the leak is a set of screenshots, it is very possible that the information isn’t quite spot on. The data on those screenshots is in reference to the Galaxy S4, but whoever ran the benchmarks is actually running the Nexus 4 themselves so we have to hope that team AnTuTu knows its stuff.
So there pretty believable rumours about the eye-tracking functions of the Galaxy S4 which allows your phone to scroll your screen when you want it without having to lift a finger. Now, some Galaxy S4 screenshots have been leaked which corroborate these claims. You’ll find all of the screenshots here. You’ll see that Smart Stay is still there, but they’ve added Smart Rotation, Smart Scroll and Smart Pause to the list of functions on the Galaxy S4. It is also safe to say that the new features do not simply rely on eye-tracking but head/face-tracking too. The phone will apparently base it’s scrolling speeds on the angle of your face which should be easier to read than the gaze of your eyes.
Last year, Samsung made a pretty bit deal about Smart Stay on the Galaxy S3. This feature enables your phone to “look” up at you and check if you are still paying attention to it and checking the screen. If you are still gazing lovingly at your Galaxy, the screen stays on. If you are not, the screen goes off. While not perfect, there were many times when my Galaxy S3 did realize that I was still reading an article, and remained on – on the whole quite a useful feature.
Now, all rumours point to the fact that Samsung is taking this tech a bit further with the Galaxy S4. If they are to be believed, your Galaxy will be able to do some more advanced eye-tracking to aid with scrolling. So far, it seems that the Galaxy S4 will scroll down long pages when it thinks you’ve reached the bottom of the screen. What will be interesting to see is if this new feature will actually make a helpful difference, or if it will misinterpret your eye movements and become a nuisance instead. What we really want is a brain controlled Galaxy right? Or is that just me. If Samsung has in fact invested a lot of time and money into the eye-tracking tech and software on the Galaxy S4 I certainly hope they have made it capable of more than just scrolling down. It might give me some eye strain, but I wouldn’t be against trying to flip through my Flip Board with the roll of an eye. I also wonder how the Galaxy will avoid draining the battery too quickly when trying to track your eye movement constantly. The Smart Stay option on the Galaxy S3 would only kick in when the screen was close to auto timing-out.