Last year Samsung built on the success of the Galaxy S II by launching the wildly popular Samsung Galaxy S III and ever since many have been thirsty for the Samsung’s next flagship smartphone. Over the past year phones such as the Galaxy Note II have impressed but everyone knew the Galaxy S4 had to be just around the corner and many have eagerly waited for the successor to one of the most popular Android handsets on the market. In recent weeks HTC have raised the bar by announcing the HTC One and many have been desperate to know if Samsung’s latest offering can surpass it.
At a glance the S4 is visually very similar to the S III with a largely identical design but start to look at the hardware upgrades the S4 has received and it becomes clear this is a worthy improvement over its predecessor. The most visually obvious change is the larger 5.0-inch screen that more importantly has seen a big resolution increase, while the S III had a 720p screen the S4 has a 1080p display. This means the Galaxy S4 has just as many pixels as a Full HD television which give is a whopping pixel density of 441ppi.
With an impressive 2GB of RAM the Galaxy S4 should have no problems running out of memory and the incredible eight-core 1.6Ghz processor will make the S4 one of the very fastest handsets on the market. Despite having a 2,600mAh battery and larger screen the S4 is actually lighter and thinner than the Galaxy S III and the rear camera has been bumped up to a 13MP sensor while the front camera is now 2MP. Impressively you can record video on the front and rear cameras at the same time, something people are bound to find some very imaginative uses for.
While things like the styling of the phone are down to personal preference when it comes down to raw specs it looks like the Galaxy S4 is more than a match for its competition and is bound to prove very popular when it’s released globally in late April. With the Galaxy S III now in the most popular phones on Compare and Recycle it looks like many are already preparing to upgrade.