Samsung went to Radio Music Hall tonight to take the wraps off its new signature smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S IV.
As expected, this smartphone is going to have a 5-inch display. Each generation of the Galaxy S series has been larger than its predecessor, and it wasn’t that long ago that this model would have been called a phablet — half phone half tablet. But big handsets have become the norm.
This will have a 1920 x 1080 pixel (Full HD) resolution, with a 441 pixel density. This will be a Super AMOLED, and not surprisingly, Samsung’s latest will support 4G LTE, Wi-Fi a,/b/g, and Bluetooth 4.0.
The Galaxy S IV is going to run Google Android 4.2.1 with 2GB of RAM. This is the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system and a respectable amount of RAM. Samsung is not announcing what processor this handset will include — rumor indicates it will be a 1.8 GHz quad-core.
Buyers will have a choice of 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB of internal storage.
It is going to have a 13 megapixel main camera. There will also be a 2 MP front-facing one.
Samsung’s new flagship smartphone will have a 2600 mAh battery. This will be removable, so users can carry multiple batteries.
Samsung is adding a number of additional features on top of Android. Naturally, these will be exclusive to the Galaxy S IV, and possibly other devices from this company.
A number of features are there to allow the user to control the phone without tuching it. Air gesture will allow people to wave their hand over the screen to scroll up or down. Or users can tilt the device up or down to scroll when they are looking at it. With Smart Pause, if someone is watching a video and looks away, the video will pause.
Another of these is Knox, which will divide the phone up into its personal and business aspects. The business portions will have better than the typical security for Android.
Dual video call will let two people do a video chat using both the front and rear camera simultaneously.
During the announcment tonight, Samsung and its carrier partners did not get very specific about the timing of the release of its new flagship. It’s going to debut in the U.S. at some point in the second quarter of this year.
All of the top carriers in this country will be offering it: AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, and U.S. Cellular have announced that they carry it.
Pricing, however, has not yet been disclosed.