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Samsung Galaxy S4 review appears ahead of launch

Samsung Galaxy S4 review appears ahead of launch

There seems little doubt this is at least a version of the Samsung Galaxy S4.

A comprehensive review of Samsung's new flagship phone, the Samsung Galaxy S4, has appeared on a Chinese website ahead of its official unveiling tonight.

Seen by many as among the most anticipated mobile phones of this year, the leak will come as a blow to Samsung as it prepares its big reveal at a lavish event in New York.

The extremely comprehensive review was posted by IT168.com and as well as full specs, detailed pictures and several videos of the phone in action, there are screen and camera comparisons to many of its key rivals - the iPhone 5 and Xperia Z - as well as the Samsung Galaxy S3.

As expected, the phone is similar in design to the Samsung Galaxy S3 and features a 5-inch, 1080p AMOLED screen, an 8-core Samsung Exynos processor, a 13megapixel camera, microSD slot and, at least on this early sample, a dual-SIM configuration.

As well as these expected core features the phone also has a similar hover interaction feature as the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Hover your finger over the screen and it will preview pictures or emails, without fully opening them up.

Wireless charging is also included and, although the battery size isn't explicitly shown, the site estimates it to use a 2600mAh unit, which is relatively large - the HTC One has a 2300mAh battery.

The full Samsung Galaxy S4 specs according to IT168 are:
  • Name Samsung Galaxy S4 i9500
  • Screen 4.99inch, 1920 x 1080 Super AMOLED
  • Dimensions 140.1 x 71.8 x 7.7mm
  • Weight 138g
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 5 Octa 5410
  • CPU: Quad-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A15 & quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7
  • Graphics processor PowerVR SGX 544MP3@533MHz
  • RAM 2GB
  • Storage 16/32/64GB + microSD
  • Front Camera 2MP
  • Rear Camera 13MP
  • OS Android 4.2.1+TouchWIz
  • Battery 2600mAh
  • Price £480

The site doesn't mince its words when it comes to criticising some aspects of the phone, with it calling out Samsung on the use of a soft plastic back. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has proven to be fairly resilient despite its plastic construction but many have complained of it not feeling premium, and the suggestion is that will be the case with the S4 too.

The site does, however, point out that its sample is not a final production model. Indeed it's still possible the site is showing a fake model of the phone, but there is little to suggest this is the case.

The Samsung Galaxy S4's predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S3, has been hugely successful, at times outselling the latest iPhone in the course of its year on the market. Just exactly what the Galaxy S4 will feature will be revealed at 11pm tonight (GMT).

So what do you think? With the S3 being probably the most popular phone for Android tinkerers and tech enthusiasts, is the S4 looking like a worthy successor?

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Kovoet 14th March 2013, 19:12 Quote
This I will be getting. Will wait a month or two after the launch to iron out the problems it any.
rollo 14th March 2013, 19:29 Quote
More andriod domanance for Samsung makes me laugh when people actually suggest there's another andriod company outside of them.

Know a few people who want it a lot of people wanting upgrades from sg3 also.

Will prob get this myself.
Tangster 14th March 2013, 19:58 Quote
Still too big. Tell me when a company decides to release a flagship droid phone under 4.5".
andrew8200m 14th March 2013, 20:11 Quote
Finally! Get rid of this iPhone 5! Happy days.. Now for a release date
Guinevere 14th March 2013, 20:33 Quote
Wow it has a 13MP front camera! That's amazing, but are you sure the rear camera is only 2MP?

;)
samkiller42 14th March 2013, 20:45 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Guinevere
Wow it has a 13MP front camera! That's amazing, but are you sure the rear camera is only 2MP?

;)

The return of Myspace?? haha

Sam
KidMod-Southpaw 14th March 2013, 20:59 Quote
I really, really like the sound of this. I think it might be the time to finally get myself a proper phone!
SexyHyde 14th March 2013, 21:34 Quote
Cheap plastic, Touchwiz and a physical menu button (which is holding back some apps from introducing a software button). Ok i can take touchwiz off, but the other two i'm left with. Plus I have a OneX and Nexus 4 the only phones i'd consider now are the Oppo Find 5 and HTC One.
[PUNK] crompers 14th March 2013, 21:43 Quote
1080p is nice but what is that going to do to your battery life? Plus 8 core hmm
October 14th March 2013, 22:02 Quote
Checked a few noteworthy sources, this seems to be the only place reporting this review. Kudos on the scoop! Of a scoop...

Anyway, I'm not due for upgrade til January, much as I like the look of this (on an SII atm) I may as well wait for the SV.
Noob? 14th March 2013, 22:29 Quote
My phone is getting its replacement finally! *Happy Days*. :D
Meanmotion 14th March 2013, 22:43 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Guinevere
Wow it has a 13MP front camera! That's amazing, but are you sure the rear camera is only 2MP?

;)

Haha, oops. Shall fix.
Harlequin 14th March 2013, 23:18 Quote
Harlequin 14th March 2013, 23:24 Quote
441 PPI way above i5
Harlequin 14th March 2013, 23:27 Quote
leak is ofc spot on ;)
KidMod-Southpaw 14th March 2013, 23:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by Harlequin
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDXILsX7_QI&feature=player_embedded#!


direct link ^^ to stream

Broadway shows and bad acting? Just get to the damn phone!

Edit: Actually, they're integrating the phone features in to the shows quite well. I like some of these features!
KidMod-Southpaw 15th March 2013, 00:00 Quote
Well that was brilliant, it's stunning to see how far smartphone innovation has come. I'm definitely getting the SIV.
Harlequin 15th March 2013, 00:18 Quote
all Apple have is suing and the courts - innovation has passed them by when Jobs died.
Neogumbercules 15th March 2013, 00:24 Quote
I'll be getting a Nexus 4 this week. $299 to buy and a no contract plan will save me close to $1500/year. Not even a super phone like this one is enough to get me to stick with one of the big providers $100/month plans.
rollo 15th March 2013, 01:45 Quote
lol

another forum where any andriod post becomes an apple bashing post.

Why dont we discuss Samsung vs Other andriod phones

Samsung 90% of andriod profit vs others 10% total at best hmm.
leexgx 15th March 2013, 06:46 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by SexyHyde
Cheap plastic, Touchwiz and a physical menu button (which is holding back some apps from introducing a software button). Ok i can take touchwiz off, but the other two i'm left with. Plus I have a OneX and Nexus 4 the only phones i'd consider now are the Oppo Find 5 and HTC One.

I like the hardware button and setting button, as the htc one x was the most annoying thing lacking an menu button as it was at the top right of the phone and apps that did not support the soft menu you got an big menu bar at the bottom (I currently have the RAZR maxx so it has the correct buttons, menu and home and the back button in that order , it also has an search button I have never used) the 3 basic buttons should always be there
ok
:) holding the search button fires up google voice to text who knew lol (I always press 123 to get to it)

any way unless htc and other phone makers fix there buttons and stop going silly on small battery
the htc one x is an joke as I owned it for an short time yes it was an fun phone and power full, but battery to small to last more then 2hours screen on time
Harlequin 15th March 2013, 07:29 Quote
interesting to compare this to teh htc one , since teh one is going to be pretty on teh shelves at the same time
[PUNK] crompers 15th March 2013, 08:17 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by rollo
lol

another forum where any andriod post becomes an apple bashing post.

Why dont we discuss Samsung vs Other andriod phones

Samsung 90% of andriod profit vs others 10% total at best hmm.

Most people have been very measured in their response I think. S4 clearly leaves ip5 in the dust in a lot of ways.
SexyHyde 15th March 2013, 09:43 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by leexgx
Quote:
Originally Posted by SexyHyde
Cheap plastic, Touchwiz and a physical menu button (which is holding back some apps from introducing a software button). Ok i can take touchwiz off, but the other two i'm left with. Plus I have a OneX and Nexus 4 the only phones i'd consider now are the Oppo Find 5 and HTC One.

I like the hardware button and setting button, as the htc one x was the most annoying thing lacking an menu button as it was at the top right of the phone and apps that did not support the soft menu you got an big menu bar at the bottom (I currently have the RAZR maxx so it has the correct buttons, menu and home and the back button in that order , it also has an search button I have never used) the 3 basic buttons should always be there
ok
:) holding the search button fires up google voice to text who knew lol (I always press 123 to get to it)

any way unless htc and other phone makers fix there buttons and stop going silly on small battery
the htc one x is an joke as I owned it for an short time yes it was an fun phone and power full, but battery to small to last more then 2hours screen on time

Well I'm ROM'd without sense so I have a menu soft key instead of the multitask soft key with I preferred but is a sacrifice I'm willing to make.

I'm not a fan of the big menu bar in apps, but you need to realize it is there because Samsung refuse to get rid of the hardware button. I prefer the OneX as a physical phone to use as is just so solid. But the nexus 4 is better in the software department. And for some reason the nexus 4 seems wider despite them being almost identical dimensions. I'm constantly placing them on top of each other to check. The screen on the OneX is better than the n4 and sg3 can't wait to see what the one and sg4 screens look like. And whether 1080 on a small screen is noticeable.
yodasarmpit 15th March 2013, 10:00 Quote
Too big for a phone, why not buy a cheap Nokia and carry about a tablet.
SexyHyde 15th March 2013, 10:12 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by yodasarmpit
Too big for a phone, why not buy a cheap Nokia and carry about a tablet.

Nokia 3310 FTW.
rollo 15th March 2013, 10:39 Quote
Think I'd prefer a competitive phone market at the high end.

Nobody wants another intel vs amd style battle where there is only one player and prices are crazy enough most comments on forums suggest they want this.

Htc and nexus are just not there in the publics eyes or they would be outselling the sg3 which was already old.

What I expect this year.

Samsung takes more of androids profits, apple keeps its dominant profit and together they continue to push each other to make better products win win for consumers.

What I would not like to see is apple or Samsung blitz all as that would be bad for consumers and result in intel style pricing on a top end phone.
SexyHyde 15th March 2013, 11:25 Quote
The nexus 4 isn't really in the general public's view. It's stock android is more for developers and enthusiasts.
HTC are realising they need more marketing as their word of mouth approach has reached it's limit of growth. Their phones have the solid build quality of Apple and Nokia which is something Samsung seem to bit be to bothered about.

Samsung are positioning themselves to move over to tizen. They just want to establish their services with their android user base first. As soon as they can get a smooth transition between the two, expect a big tizen push.
Tangster 15th March 2013, 18:27 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by rollo
Think I'd prefer a competitive phone market at the high end.

Nobody wants another intel vs amd style battle where there is only one player and prices are crazy enough most comments on forums suggest they want this.

Htc and nexus are just not there in the publics eyes or they would be outselling the sg3 which was already old.

What I expect this year.

Samsung takes more of androids profits, apple keeps its dominant profit and together they continue to push each other to make better products win win for consumers.

What I would not like to see is apple or Samsung blitz all as that would be bad for consumers and result in intel style pricing on a top end phone.

I'd rather see a competitive midrange or low end.
rollo 15th March 2013, 18:32 Quote
A race to the bottom would break all innovation that we have seen since the original iPhone launch, andriod 2.0 on older phones is awful vs what jellybean does for the system.

sg2 will become bottom of samsungs older range I'd imagine.

Low end is competitive thanks to chinas cheap phones that arrive, can't say I'd personally buy one though.
SexyHyde 16th March 2013, 00:18 Quote
Mid range should be made up of yesterdays top end. I've met a few people that have left iphone for android and have got a galaxy ace, because it resembles the iphone. The last thing we need is more pieces of tat, that look better than they are. I find it hard to talk to these people as rare as they are, if it becomes more common I think i'd turn into angry shouty man when talking about phones.
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