Samsung has launched its new Galaxy S4 smartphone which allows users to control its 5in screen using only their eyes. At a lavish, Broadway-themed event in New York, the company also demonstrated the phone’s ability to take two different pictures at once. Analysts widely regard Samsung to be the biggest challenger to Apple’s dominance of mobile products. The Galaxy S4 will be rolled out globally at the end of April.
Dual Camera: so you can take simultaneous photos and videos using both the rear and front cameras, then blend the pictures together
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Story Album: curates content, such as SNS posts, memos, location and weather information, as well as photos and videos, to create a photo album which is personalised around your timeline of special occasions and events
Group Play: means you can enjoy music, photos and games with those around you, without requiring a Wi-Fi AP or cellular signal
Samsung Smart Pause: so you can control the screen using your eyes
Air View: allows you to hover with your fingers to preview the content of an email, S Planner, image gallery or video without having to open it
Air Gesture: so you can change a music track, scroll up and down a web page, or accept a call with a wave of your hand
S Health software: empowers your life by keeping you up-to-date with health and wellbeing information through a range of accessories
The S4 is also light (130g) and slim (7.9mm), with a 5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display that has 441ppi. The Samsung Galaxy S4 is available in two colours – Black Mist and White Frost.
The real beauty of the phone is its highly crafted design, encompassing a large screen size and battery, and a minimised bezel, all housed in a light (130g) and slim (7.9mm) shape. Slimmer than its predecessors, there’s less to hold yet more to see. Available in two colours – Black Mist and White Frost – at launch, a variety of additional colour options will be available later this year.
Simon Stanford, Vice President of IM division, Samsung Electronics UK & Ireland said: “At Samsung, we are restless about innovation, and are constantly striving to create unique experiences for our customers that will transform their lives. The Galaxy S 4 does just that. We have listened to what consumers around the world want and taken the intuitive technology from the Galaxy S III a step further. Combining this with superior hardware has led us to develop the Galaxy S 4, the ultimate smartphone inspired by our customers.”
A rich life is one that’s filled with meaningful moments and the Galaxy S 4 is able to capture and share every one of those. The world’s first Full HD Super AMOLED display is able to showcase images at their very best, whilst the 5-inch large screen has 441ppi for stunning viewing quality. The Galaxy S 4 also utilises Gorilla® Glass 3*, making it a durable travel companion able to capture all of life’s adventures.
Equipped with a 13 megapixel rear camera, the Galaxy S 4 boasts a ‘Dual Camera’ function that allows both rear and front cameras to take simultaneous photos and videos. When capturing special moments, you can choose from a variety of frame effects which blend the two pictures naturally creating a collage of small and large images. The end result is an exceptional image which blends the subject of the photograph and the setting in a totally different way. Plus, the ‘Dual Video’ function means you can make and receive group video calls with your friends and family.
As well as ‘Dual Camera’ the device is also equipped with many outstanding shooting modes. These include ‘Drama Shot’, which allows you to see all the action in one continuous time-lapse and ‘Sound & Shot’, which uniquely stores sound and voice together as the picture is taken so those special moments are captured in the truest form imaginable, exactly as they happened.
The new ‘Story Album’ function curates content, such as SNS posts, memos, location and weather information, as well as photos and videos, to create a photo album which is personalised around your timeline of special occasions and events. These unique story albums can be ordered and delivered as an offline photo album through a new partnership with Blurb*, so you can keep those precious moments in physical form to look at and share time and time again.
True Connections – bringing people together
The Samsung Galaxy S 4 enables true connections with the people in your life. It is more than just a personal device that can be enjoyed by one person – it makes the most of your relationships by allowing you to easily share and experience many of life’s pleasures together with family and friends, wherever you are.
With its ‘Group Play’ function, you can enjoy music, photos and games with those around you, without requiring a Wi-Fi AP or cellular signal. This innovative feature enables you to connect directly with others to share, play and co-create content and entertainment instantly. Its ‘Share Music’ option means you can have the same song playing on multiple phones in sync to create the best party atmosphere.
The Galaxy S 4 brings people closer together by breaking down language barriers. It makes international travel a joy with ‘S Translator’ providing instant translation, using text or voice translation on applications including email, text message and ChatON. This instant translation is possible both from speech-to-text, and text-to-speech, meaning that you can rely on understanding everything whilst you are abroad.
The Galaxy S 4 supports HSPA+42 Mbps and 4G LTE which means wherever you are in the world, you can rely on perfect connectivity. The LTE version supports up to 6 different band sets which allows it to function in most LTE coverage areas as well as enabling global LTE roaming. Furthermore, TDD/FDD LTE Dual Mode version will be introduced later this year.
Effortless Experience – making everything more convenient
In today’s world, we are all looking for smart ways to make life easier and less stressful. The Galaxy S 4 ensures that tasks are effortless with innovative features that detect your face, voice and motions to enable screen control with no need for finger touch activation.
‘Samsung Smart Pause’ means you can control the screen using your eyes. When you are watching a video, the video pauses when you look away, then it starts right up again when you are back. ‘Samsung Smart Scroll’ allows you to scroll the browser or emails up and down without touching the screen. It detects your eyes and recognises the movement of your wrist, and then scroll the pages up or down accordingly.
‘Air View’ allows you to hover with your fingers to preview the content of an email, S Planner, image gallery or video without having to open it. You can even see a magnified view on the internet browser, or a phone number saved in the speed dial on the keypad. With ‘Air Gesture’, you can change a music track, scroll up and down a web page, or accept a call with a wave of your hand.
With ‘S VoiceTM Drive’ you can activate commands via voice control for optimisation when driving. Once connected with a car Bluetooth, the phone automatically turns into driving mode converting text to speech so you can easily and safely check messages with no need to look at the screen.
‘Optical Reader’ makes life yet more effortless, by automatically recognising text, a business card or QR code information, and providing useful functions such as translation, call, text message and search.
At home, using ‘Samsung WatchON’, the Galaxy S 4 will transform into an IR remote to control your home entertainment system including TV, set-top box, DVD player and even air conditioner. In addition, you can enjoy various content including live TV, cable TV and VOD based on the rich information provided by EPG (Electronic Programme Guide).
Empowered Living – taking care of your health and quality of life
The Galaxy S 4 empowers your life by keeping you up-to-date with health and wellbeing information using the new ‘S Health’ software. The combination of sensorsbuilt within the device systematically and automatically monitors your health, surroundings, and so much more to help improve your quality of life. Also, you can easily check your health conditions using food diary, exercise diary and sleep monitor to stay fit and healthy. (Certain functions are enabled by specific accessories.)
To further protect your wellbeing, ‘Samsung Adapt Display’ provides an optimal viewing experience, customised for each type of application, and ‘Samsung Adapt Sound’ offers an optimal level and type of sound, personalised for each person, to make the most out of life.
The Samsung Galaxy S 4 will be available from April 26th in the UK from the Samsung Experience Store at Westfield Stratford City and all other major operators. European availability is through globile mobile operators such as Deutsche Telecom, EE, H3G, Orange, Telenor, Telia Sonera, Telefonica, and Vodafone.