Samsung Galaxy S4 officially announced

Samsung tonight unveiled the successor to its wildly popular Galaxy S III flagship smartphone. The event occurred at 7pm local time at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

The device itself, which in appearance is almost identical to its predecessor, is housed in a durable polycarbonate shell that comes in "Black Mist" and "White Frost".

On the face of the handset a 5" Full HD 'Super AMOLED' screen glares back at you, incorporating 441 pixels per inch (PPI); a full 115ppi more than Apple's iPhone 5.

The unwavering quest for ultimate smartphone processing power Samsung pursues doesn't stop with the Galaxy S IV. The final device, depending on your region, will ship with either a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 or Samsung Exynos 5 processor. Coupled with 2GB of RAM, a roomy 2,600mAh battery and either 16, 32 or 64GB storage (with further compatibility for a microSD card), the S IV is built to be the most powerful Android device on the planet.

'Dualshot' allows users to take a picture with the front and rear cameras simultaneously - so you can finally get the ugly front-facing snap of you taking a picture you've always strived for. With this, you can insert both photos into a myriad of flashy templates Samsung provides. 'Drama Shot' takes multiple photos - 25 per second - and layers them into a continuous image. Samsung's demo showed the annoying young boy from the 'Jeremy' S IV adverts perform a tap dancing routine, after which the device layered shots into an exciting collage.

Samsung's new handset has a 13 megapixel rear-facing camera and a 2MP shooter up at the front, as well as both 3G and 4G mobile connectivity.

The S IV runs Android 4.2.2, the current version of Google's mobile OS, but is barely visible over Samsung's aesthetic alterations.

At an initial glance, the Galaxy S IV won't jump out as a revolutionary device, but its killer specs and smooth new software features are only likely to further the Korean company's lead over other mobile manufacturers.

Source: Mashable | Image: CNET UK

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