Announced to the world in March ’13, Samsung’s new flagship phone — the Galaxy S4 — only recently got its US shipping dates through various carriers. While AT&T has announced a shipping date of 23rd April, T-Mobile and Sprint will ship it a bit later on 24th and 27th April respectively.
S4 is not a revolutionary upgrade over its predecessor, the S3, but does bring in some new innovative features to the table. Eye scrolling lets you scroll up or down through a page without having to touch the phone. For example, when users read articles and their eyes reach the bottom of the page, the software will automatically scroll down to reveal the next paragraphs of text.
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Smart Pause will pause a running video in case the phone detects your eyes’ gazing away from the screen. Say you are watching The Avengers on your shiny new phone when your Mom walks in to remind you of the pending homework. As soon as you lift your eyes off of the movie to appease your Mom, poof, the video pauses! And finally there is Smart Scroll, that scrolls a page depending on the direction you tilt it in, without touching the screen.
A 5-inch screen, a 13MP camera, Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean), two quad-core CPUs (1.6 GHz Cortex-A15 & 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7), and a powerful GPU (PowerVR SGX 544MP3) does make it an object of desire. But is it worthy enough to make present S3 owners want to upgrade? I don’t think so, as the design and interface essentially remain the same, unless they are going for pure power.
ThinkDigit has reported of an expected launch date of 26th April in India, a date on par with its US equivalent, perhaps because of the huge popularity of Galaxy series of phones in India. In this growing economy, more people can now afford to buy relatively expensive phones, and most global consumer companies know that.