New York - Samsung has officially unveiled the newest iteration of the Galaxy S Series of flagship phones, the Galaxy S 4, in an event at New York City today.
The new device features a faster, Exynos Octa processor running at 1.6GHz made by Samsung that was revealed earlier in CES. The Samsung Exynos Octa utilizes two pairs of four processors - four Cortex-A15 cores for high performance applications and four energy-saving Cortex-A7 for regular usage - to deliver maximum performance without compromising battery life. The Galaxy S 4 will be equipped with 2GB of RAM. The Galaxy S IV will come with a 13-megapixel camera, a bigger, 5-inch full HD Super AMOLED display as well as LTE connectivity. There will also be a cheaper, 1.9GHz quad-core variant of the Galaxy S 4 as well.
The new flagship Android smartphone from the Korean manufacturer improves on their unique Smart Stay system that was unveiled with the Galaxy S III with the new Smart Scroll technology. Also new to the Galaxy S 4 is the Air View feature, which allows users to preview the contents of their email and messages by just hovering their fingers above the touchscreen.
Another feature that's unique to the Galaxy S 4 is the ability of the device to do translations of 9 different languages in real-time. This translation feature includes text-to-speech translation, as well as speech-to-text. The 13-megapixel camera can also take pictures of items in different languages (like menus, books and signs) and translate them back to you.
The Galaxy S 4 is thinner and taller than the previous iteration, with dimensions of 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9mm. It also has a bigger, 2600 mAh battery.
Samsung has said that they will be rolling out the Galaxy S 4 in 155 countries with 327 mobile operators. While there is currently no confirmation whether the Philippines is included in the first phase of the rollout, there is a strong chance that the country will be included.