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Samsung Officially Announces the Galaxy S4

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Finally. No more leaks. No more rumors. No more questions. The Samsung Galaxy S4 is official. After months of anticipation, the “next big thing” has been announced at a live press event in New York City. In years past, Samsung waited until the early summer or late spring to push out their newest Galaxy, but in 2013, March was the right time. 

The Galaxy S4 has a laundry list of specs and features packed into the device to separate it from its predecessor.


  • Processor: 1.9GHz Quad-core processor or 1.6GHz Octa-core processor
  • Memory: 2GB of RAM and 16/ 32/ 64 GB User memory expandable through SDcard slot
  • Display: 5″ full-HD Super AMOLED (1920 x 1080) display, 441 ppi
  • Connections: Hexaband LTE, HSPA+, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, IR controller
  • Battery: 2,600mAh
  • Android 4.2.2

A 13MP camera on the back is complimented with a 2MP shooter on the front and both utilize Samsung’s Dual Camera technology that allows you to take photos and videos with both cameras at the same time. Samsung also threw in other camera software tweaks like the ability to capture sound to go with your photos and the ability to take a series of photos and edit out photobombers in the background. Story Album makes automatic albums of your photos when you travel and gathers them for you, even letting you order a physical copy through Samsung’s partnership with Blurb.

TouchWiz looks more or less the same with a few tweaks here and there to look a bit more simplified. The additions of Smart Pause and and Smart Scroll were not lies either. Smart Pause allows the phone to pause a video when you look away from the screen and Smart Scroll does what it says and scrolls with your eye movements. Air View and Air Gesture we’ve also heard of before, allowing you to scroll and do gestures on the S4 just by hovering your finger over the screen.

No official launch date was announced at the event, but Samsung says that we should expect to get our hands on it sometime within Q2 of this year.


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  • Kerry Davies

    Are people really asking for 5′ phones? Or are they just intrested in these bigger phones because of specs. I really wanted a GS4 but I have zero intrest in a huge ass phone. 4.7 was already big.

  • Bigwavedave25

    Hmm… rounded screen corners? This will be interesting to see in real life how this is executed. Could be fail.
    Edit: N/m you can see it in the earlier videos. Not bad. It won’t look like the press shots, still sharp.

  • Ramon Blake Guthrie

    Any news on Samsungs ‘Orb’ mode or Photosphere on the camera?

  • JetBlue

    Did they ever mention a front facing speaker?

  • Ray T

    I will not buy another Samsung smartphone after owning an S3 for several months. The bluetooth performance is totally unacceptable when compared to my previous MOTO Droids — a feature that is very important in my world. What happened to the “phone” part of “smartphone”.

  • Bionic

    Say hello to my “S-penis”

  • zbx

    I’ll wait for nexus 5

  • bombhills

    Hmmm.. Oppo Find 5 or wait for Nexus…

  • Tyler

    So since you dont need a pen for the sPen features does that mean it has sFinger?

    • Bionic

      im gonna use my dickk and see how that goes

      • Tyler

        dont you mean cock or is that too offensive around here?

        • Bionic

          dickk, cockk, penus, falus, member, one eyed pirate

  • callumshell1

    Camera protrudes 0/10 would not buy.

  • moto

    that one lady had a bog ol booty. good lawd.

  • Bionic

    I will say this much. Motorola/Google better acknowledge the X phone’s existence very soon and start teasing it. If not, they are going to lose a lot of potential customers to Samsung.

    • Futbolrunner


    • It doesn’t really matter because only an extremely small amount of smartphone owners actually check/read all these blogs and rumors. And plus this is a “Galaxy” which is one reason the average Joe would just get it.

      • Bionic

        The problem you are forgetting is word of mouth advertising. A person who reads the blogs and stuff starts hyping the S4 to his friends. Then in April they all purchase the S4. Meanwhile, motorola hasnt even teased the x phone yet, and has lost those customers who might have hung on and waited.

        • That is partially true, but how many times I have said that there is going to be something better, they already KNOW that lol. “There will always be something better” so they just get the new phone and that’s it.

          • Bionic

            i think your argument is valid for about 60% of all Android phone customers. The other 40% read about what is coming and hold out for what they believe is best.

          • You may be in a different situation but the majority of smartphone owners I know have Android phones, and not a single one of them read any of these blogs. Or tech news at all.

          • Bionic

            Oh i agree, my friends rely on me to suggest what is best to them. I cant tell you how many times per year my friends ask me “dude i need a new phone, whats the hot thing right now that would suit my needs”

          • Oh well that definitely happens to me too, since they know I’m into all this news. Just saying they don’t check this news themselves ever lol

        • hkklife

          Same exact thing happened last year. Moto did NOTHING while the S3 came out and clobbered the market. The RAZR HDs arrived late to the market and with worse “hype” specs than the S3 (screen, camera & RAM). Had the RAZR HDs arrived in the May-July timeframe, Moto could have stolen a LOT of Sammy’s thunder.

          • Bionic

            True, but dont forget that was the old moto, still being run the old regime.

  • Bionicman

    yea the presentation was a little cheesy but the features are awesome. This is my next fo sho. love the new camera features, air view, upgraded specs, glove support, temperature, shealth, etc. here is the thing, all you haters cant deny that they are making features that is beneficial for a lot of people. the best part, you can turn them all off if you dont feel like using them.

    i laugh at any suggestion that this is a “GS3S” or a minor upgrade.

    • Agree completely! While it may not be completely reinventing the way we use smart device it si still reinventing the way we interact with smart devices!

  • Mathematician2012

    Galaxy S4 Outshines anything that is out and that is going to come out this year.

  • Benito Wood

    I don’t know what everyone expected. Specs are top of the line. TouchWiz isn’t going away, no matter how ugly we think it is. Not surprised the home button remains. Did anyone really believe samsung would go away from the plastic? really? haha.

  • billy routh

    I cant help but laugh at all you guys hating on it. I guarantee this phone will outsell any other android phone out there and the reason samsung does not use onscreen buttons is because onscreen buttons suck and do nothing but take up screen real estate.

    • Futbolrunner

      Just because it’ll sell more doesn’t make it better. i.e. iPhone

  • Captain Ron 80

    This is business people. You find a successful formula and you stick with it. That’s a respectably sized battery though! 😉

  • David Escalera

    GS 4 Jumped the Shark tonight

    • Caveman

      The Fonz. You must be old! I agree.

  • jbdan

    Really wanted to see something aesthetically different than the S3. Underwhelmed…They’ll sell indeed, but not like the S3 did/does. C’mon googarola I’m lookin’ at you! 🙂

  • eddy

    Not impressed…. that was painful to watch!

  • Kerry Fath

    and begin the countdown to the X phone!

  • BradT

    I swear the screen said “late April” for the release date early in the event. Anyone else see that?

    • C-Law

      yeah i did too

  • bananatroll

    More mass produced, plastastic, south Korean crap.

  • Kerry Fath

    And what in the wild wild world of sports was that all about……seriously wtf?

  • troy studnicka

    You guys are a bunch of whinners, the phone is dynamic. Already tops the S3 which topped every other smart phone out there. Ur loss but I’m sure getting one 🙂

    • rrosotho

      I agree im surprised at how many of you are bashing the Galaxy S4. Its a nice phone with the top of the line specs and people are still complaining. I wasnt expecting a change in design until the S5 comes out.

      • troy studnicka

        Exactly, look at the video phonearena has on it. It’s a pretty sweet looking device. I’d say it’s even more attractive than my S3. I’m happy and I’m getting one.

  • Radgatt

    So how is this phone better than the Note 2?

    • that’s where I’m at…. Wait until June, or upgrade now to note 2….hmmm….that and those “DLXPLUS” sightings on Verizon could be the one… or a new DNA…hmmm…

  • carlisimo

    “A 13MP camera on the back is complimented with a 2MP shooter on the front…”

    Complemented by?

    The phone’s not my cup of tea, but I don’t see any negative changes here so it should do just fine. The Galaxy S and iPhone will probably each outsell each other for half the year now that their release dates are about six months apart, and everyone else will fight for scraps.

  • blake

    happy with my straight from google nexus 4.. No regrets whatsoever 😉

  • Well I’m done. Never again will I buy a Samsung phone. To HTC I go.

  • wireless charging???

  • Chimp98

    What S4?!?! This is just a GS3S!!! Damn it Samsung…now you’re forcing me to go to HTC.

  • Gannicus

    I’ll buy the Galaxy S5 in 2014 when my Verizon contract has ended.

  • Now time to start hype-beasting the X-phone

  • Van Hicks, Jr

    Presentation was horrid, but some of the new features were pretty cool. I like the dual video camera. Can’t wait to get it in a custom rom for my note.

  • Dee Beezy

    Will these features be coming to the Note 2? Will that little kid get braces??? I NEED TO KNOW NOW!!!!

    • Daeshaun Griffiths


      – happy note 2 owner.

      • Mchl496

        They never will come to the old phone. Newer hardware and lazy programming prevents it.

        • Not lazy programming per-se, but ithey are smart enough to know that adding next-gen fetures to current-gen devices immediately reduces their sales due to people not upgrading. However, they will definitely be on the Note 3, and maybe on the Note 2 in its 4.2.2 update (assuming it has one, of course)

  • Verizon

    This is so painful to watch.

    • We meet at last, Verizon.

    • LionStone

      Yes it was, very.

    • nightscout13

      Qualcomm style!

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    Same design. Fine. Samsung continues to impress me with new features and software changes. Dual cameras and the notification bar change are nice.

    Solid hardware too! Nice pictures, good battery, and hopefully a nice screen.


  • Chris

    “how will people know i upgraded if it looks the same?” – Samsung

    • Kram Sacul

      That one really hurts. You’d think they would pay attention to their own commercials.

      • zurginator

        Well to be fair, the 4s is a lot, LOT closer to the 4 than the S4 is to the S3. There are some pretty significant tweaks, it’s just not a total redesign (nor should it be, really).

    • Mchl496

      Because you will brag.

    • Bionic

      bigger screen

  • Futbolrunner

    S-this, S-that.. a bit overplayed for a GS3″S”

  • David Escalera

    Nexus 4 or X-Phone here I come

  • Guest


    • 😐 Wish i hadnt had gone back and deleted that comment to add the picture now.

  • Jroc869, Nexus-Life

    Google/Motorola better step their game up is all I have to say.

  • Vitruvian_Kid

    Now we know how the isheep feel when they have an “s” year iphone release.

    • adbFreedom

      I have no intention of buying this device, but all of the negativity is surprising. This is nothing like the 4s was to the 4. They made the phone with a bigger display, higher resolution, better camera, faster processer, and software enhancements from the last. This would be more like what the 5 was to the 4s. If they ditched the home button, this would have been my next device. Unfortunately, that is what people identify with the galaxy series now and I don’t see it ever going away.

      • lye

        It feels like they sat around brainstorming “interesting feature ideas” while smoking bowls instead of paying attention to what would have actually made phones better.

    • this is kind of funny coming from a company that spent millions on ads trashing other phones for all looking the same.

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      Who loses the remote?
      *raises hand*

      • Tyler

        just means you’ll lose your phone in the couch more 🙂

  • Futbolrunner

    Vivian needs to shut up! That voice is just as annoying as The Nanny on tv.

  • Ron_Swanson


  • Diablo81588

    Can the presentation be any more corny?

  • Yancey

    People sure love to complain about things even though this phone is better than any phone anyone here has

    • Futbolrunner

      I’m sure a lot of these new features can be ported on to a new ROM for a GS3 or Note 2. It’s not worth upgrading to this.

  • Killer4247

    Such a cheesy presentation

  • Inquizitor

    As ugly as ever.

  • Haven’t heard anything in the presentation about the processor. Exynos Octa or Snapdragon 600?

    • andrew galvin

      600 for us octa for international “1.9GHz quad-core processor / 1.6GHz octa-core processor (will differ depending on market)”

  • NyReynolds

    Looks likea bigger S3. bet verizons version ‘s has a locked bootloader like the s3 too.

  • Killer4247

    So many people asked me which phone is best, I said wait a month for the S4. Tomorrow, I will be recommending the HTC ONE/ Droid DNA to multiple people.

  • andrew galvin

    HTC One > Galaxy s4

    • angermeans

      Yes I very much agree

    • C-Law

      gotta disagree. I can’t see any reason to pick the HTC over this

    • C-Law

      larger, removable battery. More storage options. sd card slot. More sensors. Bigger display. Better camera. Some cool camera/video features that might be useful. I still can’t see any reason to pick the One over this

      • Aluminum body that is prettier (sorry, it is…regardless of durability to scratches… looks better)… but yeah..that’s it….. it loses in every other state…

      • Bionic

        i hate to admit it, but i agree.

      • I would hesitate on the “better camera”, as while we now know that the UltraPixel is more gimmick than quality, there’s absolutely nothing that says this new 13 MP sensor is any better than the 4 MP sensor on the HTC.
        Also, some people (myself included) simply do not want a device with a 5″ screen. I have a bad feeling I won’t have much choice over the next year, but I can hope that there are other 4.7″-ish flagships.
        However, the rest of your points are indisputable. As much as I dislike TouchWiz because it looks terrible with Holo-themed software, at least it has some genuinely useful features, while the software on the HTC One was pretty much just bad.

      • Tech Pro

        S4 has many good things but larger is not one of them, otherwise Note 8 will 200% better than S4. Removable battery is a bad thing because build quality and design is bad. External battery pack is much better than removable battery.

        Having a SD card slot is really better. The jury is still out for rest of your claim. Earpiece and home button design is still ugly. It just does not go with the single piece glass at the front.

    • billy routh

      Htc will never catch up with samsung. Sense sucks

      • andrew galvin

        have you used touchwiz?

    • Tim hyppolite

      Lol HTC will never be on samsungs level

    • Bionicman

      umm did you not see the presentationand how the S4’s features clobber what HTC is bringing to the fight?

      • andrew galvin

        you mean the gimmicky crap that i will never use integrated into their terrible UI? yup no interest.

        • Bionicman

          every new phone is going to have features that for some appear gimmicky. hell HTC have some too with their HTC Zoe and Boom Sound. i think you should go with whats best for you. but personally i think most people will be more interested in what Samsung is offering with the S4 as a package (excluding hardware design).

  • nightscout13

    Those actors are so cheesy……Qualcomm style!

  • Killer4247

    This presentation is retarded. We did not tune in to watch another episode of SNL or Modern Family, I want to actually see the darn thing.

  • nightscout13

    This phone has disappointed extremely. I thought we were gonna be WOWed

    • C-Law

      What more did you want? Everything improved from the last phone

      • nightscout13

        not by much. for day-to-day use, there will be minimal seen changes. All that gimmicky software, no one will use it.

  • s23

    On to the X phone, On to the next one, On the HTC One

    • 4n1m4L

      Or glass. I’d settle with glass.

  • nightscout13

    Flashback to CES, Qualcomm Keynote. See the resemblance?

  • “And not a single f**k was given.” -Pewdiepie

  • sac

    not Upgrating to the S4. Lets just wait for Motorola X phone

  • 441 ppi. Shut up and take my money!

  • Dave Hong

    This presentation is horrible. A little too over the top.

    • You’ve never gone to a Broadway Show I take it? I know it was a little over the top, but when you have actors acting well things can get a little cheesy.

    • This is exactly why they succeed, man. Just look at how HTC tried to explain Zoe — sure, we can understand it, but the average Joe? Good luck. I bet the reaction will mostly be “Why do I need it?” Comparing to how Samsung presents the S4. It really doesn’t matter how the features actually work, because they only show the outcomes of the features, not the features themselves. That immediately answers the “Why do I need it” question.

    • matt

      That presentation made the S4 seem cheaper than it already looks.

  • Eric

    This unveiling is so cheesy! Coupled with what we’ve already seen in leaks, I have to say I may have to skip the S4…sad since I’ve had every prior Galaxy S device.

  • skinja99

    The cross hatch pattern on the plastic body looks TERRIBLE.

    • Jon

      It might even look worse than the SGS3.

  • jmasterj

    Does the screen look like it has terrible color balance or is that just the background? Or me?

  • jsingh07

    It looks “corny” like a cheap mid range device. I feel like they didn’t even bother trying. At least when Apple releases the same design its a damn good design not gonna lie. Damn I love my s3 but im just going with HTC on this one.

    • 4n1m4L

      It lowers cost per device. Either the price for consumers is lower which attracts more consumers, or increases profts. Business strategy

      • bombhills

        But what’s in it for me?

        • 4n1m4L


      • jsingh07

        They don’t lower the prices by much so they are just maxing out their profit…how come everyone starts bitching when Apple does it? Its ok for Samsung to do it give out plastic while everyone else gets premium materials (first world problems). I was a huge android fanboy but lately i started looking at things from the outside and damn are we hypocrites.

  • Same look as the S3, same crappy Touchwiz.

    • rodney11ride

      AND same crappy home button…. oh but you can buy a fancy cover for that button… HAHAHAHA

      • Tim hyppolite

        Are you guys really complaining about a home button . you guys are so lame lol

    • billy routh

      Touchwiz is the best android skin out there and the sells numbers prove it. Stock android is plain and boring and cant do half of what touchwiz can.

  • its less curvy…more squared off, and it doesnt have the nature design like the S3 did…

  • They lost me at the physical home button.

    • If you’re going to copy the likeness of another phone and make a ton of money on it why change it.

    • i like the home button 🙂 and i tihnk the 3 key onscreen layout is bad! id rather have menu and back with a physical home button over back home ….and??? resent apps?

    • Tyler Cameron

      I’m fine with a physical hone button, but they are STILL putting a menu button on it! Menu buttons have been obsolete since 4.0. We want a recent apos key -.-

  • rodney11ride

    Sounds like a bunch of GS3 owners commenting with jealousy? lol Too funny.

    • More like a bunch of GS3 owners commenting with apathy

  • Rbq

    Well this is underwhelming

    • New_Guy

      That’s what everyone said about the S3. Aaaand 9million pre-orders and 100 million devices later…..

      • No where near a 100 million sorry

        • New_Guy

          …and no other OEM is anywhere close to Samsung…the point???

  • xFrozenMANGO

    Same design as the GS3..

    • Wongjo

      No, gs3 look better

  • My S3 still feels new. I’ve got no motivation to upgrade to the 4.

  • douchebagger

    This announcement sucks

  • douchbagger

    Not much different than the S3

    • EvanTheGamer

      Instead of ‘douchbagger’, change it to ‘trollbagger’…it’s more fitting.

      • Ibrick

        Is Austin making an appearance?

  • paul_cus

    People expected it to look different?

  • …”Life Companion?”
    Gag me with a spoon.

    • Mchl496

      Its legal in most states except California 😉

  • j__h

    Looks the same as the last one.

  • xFrozenMANGO

    Basically the same design -_-

    • New_Guy

      Yep the same old, underappreciated, multibillion dollar design… the nerve…