The Galaxy S 4 has what you’d expect from a new smartphone a bigger screen and a faster processor. But Samsung didn’t want to stop there when it presented the successor to its hit Galaxy S III. It loaded the new phone with a grab-bag of features that don’t come together as a pleasing whole. The new additions could confuse users.
But other than that, it’s hard to point to anything that will set the world on fire in the new phone, revealed Thursday at an event in New York. The S4 has what you’d expect from a new smartphone: a bigger screen and a faster processor. It may prove to be unfortunate that didn’t Samsung stop there when it presented the successor to its hit Galaxy S III, because the smartphone has a grab-bag of features but these don’t come together as a pleasing whole.
The international version of the Samsung Galaxy S IV is going to be powered by the Exynos 5 Octa chipset, which features four Cortex-A15 cores clocked at 1.6GHz, four Cortex-A7 cores running at 1.2GHz and the PowerVR SGX 544MP3 GPU. There will be a second version for some markets, which will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chipset with its 4 Krait 300 cores and Adreno 320 GPU. Both versions will offer LTE connectivity and 2GB of RAM.
Samsung provided reporters with some hands-on time with pre-production units, which revealed the S4 to be, in terms of hardware, a solid successor to the III. The screen is slightly larger, at 5 inches on the diagonal compared to 4.8 inches for the III and 4 inches for the iPhone 5. It sports a resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels, as much as you’d find on a high-definition TV set. This should mean that the resolution chase is over in the smartphone area: the eyes just can’t discern any more pixels on these small screens. Competing top-line Android phones already have the same resolution, so Samsung isn’t breaking new ground here.
You must be logged in to post a comment.