The Samsung Galaxy S4 is being submitted to critical reviews. Already comparison are being made to the Apple iPhone 5.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the Samsung Galaxy S4 press event was last night. As expected, the Galaxy S4 is a larger, albeit thinner, version of the Galaxy S3, with a faster processor and a 1080p 5 inch touchscreen display. The included software has many features, from touchless “hover” controls to facial recognition/eye tracking technology to realtime language translation.
Depending on the market, the Samsung Galaxy S4 features either a 1.9 GHz quad core or 1.6 GHz 8-core processor based on the Exynos 5 Octa chipset which features ARM’s new big.LITTLE technology to increase performance and battery life for its 2600 mAh. Other important hardware specs are the 13MP camera, 2MP forward-facing camera, 2GB internal memory, and 16GB storage (upgradeable).
If you compare the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Apple iPhone 5, the Galaxy S4 has a larger, more detailed screen, faster 4/8 cores versus the iPhone 5’s 1 GHz dual core, a far better camera, newer wireless support (802.11 ac), and NFC (which the iPhone 5 lacks). Never mind the touchless controls and face recognition. The iPhone 5, however, is ever so slightly thinner at 0.3 inches versus the Galaxy S4 0.31 inches, and weighs less, as well. The biggest argument is over whether Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean or the iOS 6 is better, but that’s usually user preference.
So far critical reactions to the Samsung Galaxy S4 have been lukewarm, with Consumer Reports saying that the Galaxy S4 phone “falls short of being revolutionary” in their estimation:
“The Galaxy S 4 may not offer the dramatic leaps we’ve come to expect from each new generation of Samsung smart phone. It does, however, cram a remarkable number of tech-forward features into a relatively svelte package.”
The AP Galaxy S4 review said the phone lacks a “clarity of purpose” but CNET noted that Samsung put so much time into advertising the forthcoming Galaxy S4 that it’d be hard for the product launch to fail:
“In truth, the company could have released anything with the Galaxy S4 moniker, and it still would have garnered impressive sales … doesn’t hurt that the Galaxy S4 happens to be a pretty good phone.”
Perhaps this reaction is why Apple stock share are up two percent today already despite the threat the Galaxy S4 poses to the iPhone 5.
What do you think about the Samsung Galaxy S4 versus the Apple iPhone 5?