Category: Tech / Sci / March 15, 2013 1:48 PM EDT
Samsung premiered its latest flagship phone, the Galaxy S4 in New York on Thursday (March 14), which sports a bigger display and unconventional features such as gesture controls and will spearhead its effort to challenge Apple Inc on its home turf.
The phone is the first in Samsung's highly successful Galaxy S-series to make its global debut on U.S. soil, and represents another bet that consumers prefer larger screens.
The S4 will be available globally in the second quarter. Samsung said all major U.S. service providers will sell the phone but it kept mum on exact dates and prices.
The company was more than willing to share some of the latest Galaxy phone's capabilities.
"Wouldn't it be great if the technology in our hands could place the person taking a picture in the picture as well? What if we can record sound while taking pictures? Wouldn't it be convenient if the smartphone can understand when you want to scroll up and down? Or even pause, simply by looking away from the screen. Consider touch, then reconsider touch. Imagine touch-less interfaces," said Samsung's JK Shin, bragging about the phone's newest features.
Samsung said the Galaxy S4 will sport a bigger 5-inch display than the S3's 4.8 inches. But because the new display will cover more of the phone's surface area, the device itself will be the same length and slightly narrower, thinner and lighter than the previous generation.
"It's slimmer yet stronger," Ryan Bidan, Director of product Marketing of Samsung Telecommunications America said.
"Just look at it side by side with the Galaxy S3, the Galaxy S4 is only 136.6 millimeters long by 69.8 millimeters wide. And at a mere 7.9 millimeters, it's mindblowingly thin, and weighs only a 130 grams. And yet the screen is now a full five inches. In other words, there is less to hold and more to see. And this is full HD super AMOLED screen. It's unbelievably sharp."
The device also has a 13 megapixel camera, compared with the S 3's 8-megapixel camera.
U.S. operators planning to sell the S4 include Verizon Wireless, AT&T Inc, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile USA and smaller operator Leap Wireless.
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