It has not been much of a secret – given the leaks and Samsung’s obvious marketing for the event – but Samsung has announced its brand new Galaxy flagship, the Galaxy S IV, in its New York “UNPACKED” event today – and will come out at the end of April in many territories.
The device features a stronger and slimmer body at 7.9mm thin, a 5-inch full HD super AMOLED display (which is ridiculous) protected with Gorilla Glass 3, and global LTE support. It will also feature a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, 2GB of RAM and 16/32/64GB of storage plus a microSD card slot. It comes in two colours, white and black.
The Galaxy S IV also features its new Exynos 5 Octa processor, its “eight-core” processor – they are sort of cheating as it has two processors: one that will be used for a processing-intensive activities, and another for lighter tasks.
It has also added new features to its camera, including “Sound and Shoot”,which you can record sound while taking a picture; and dual camera, letting you record and take photos on both cameras at the same time.
TouchWiz gets an update with a whole bunch of features, such as S Translator that provides for instant translation using text or voice, or Air View that lets you hover to preview items like video and images. There is now an optimised version of S Voice for driving, converting text to speech so you don’t need to look at your screen; and a new app called S Health where it will keep up to date with your health and well being.
Carrier-wise: Telstra and Vodafone have confirmed that they are indeed carrying the device on their Facebook pages. Optus has confirmed that they are also stocking it on their network in a statement.