Finally, after a month’s worth of hype-generation by Samsung, the company has announced its Galaxy S 4. Given the sheer number of leaks that hit the Web this past week, the actual design and aesthetic of the phone comes as no surprise. However, there are a couple of details that are a little surprising, such as Samsung’s decision to equip the Exynos 5 Octa SoC in its latest flagship – though its availability will differ by region.
As a recap, Samsung’s 5 Octa isn’t a true “eight core” as its name implies, but rather a combination of a fast quad-core and a modest quad-core – 1.6GHz and 1.2GHz, respectively. The goal here is to allow the bigger chip to handle the beefier loads, while the smaller one tends to whatever it has to while the phone isn’t doing anything demanding. It’s interesting to see Samsung opt for this SoC in this phone, but the company must hope it will somehow set it apart from the rest – namely where battery-life is concerned.
Other key specs can be seen below:
|Galaxy S 3||Galaxy S 4|
|Processor||Snapdragon S4 1.5GHz||Exynos 5 Octa (1.6GHz/1.2GHz) or
|Display||4.8″ AMOLED 720p (306 ppi)||5″ AMOLED 1080p (441 ppi)|
|Memory||2GB LPDDR2||2GB LPDDR3|
|Camera||8MP Rear, 1.9MP Front||13MP Rear, 2MP Front|
|Connectivity||2/3/4G, LTE Cat 3
|2/3/4G, LTE Cat 3
|Size||136.6mm x 70.6mm 8.6mm (HxWxD)||136.6mm x 69.8mm x 7.9mm (HxWxD)|
The S 4 is 0.7mm thinner than the S 3, 0.8mm wider and exactly the same height. The cameras have been upgraded as well, but the biggest difference will be seen with the rear, being boosted from 8MP to 13MP. Most of the other specs are expected, although it’s important to note the increase in screen density. The S 4′s display bumps up from 4.8″ to 5.0″ and at the same time bumps the resolution from 720p to 1080p. That results in a staggering pixel density of 441 ppi – but one that’s shy of the HTC One’s 468 ppi.
Overall, Samsung’s latest looks quite good, both from a specs and an aesthetics stand-point. All we have to wait on now is for the benchmarks to come out so we can see just how it compares to the HTC One and iPhone 5.