I'm at Radio City Music Hall checking out the Samsung Galaxy S4. Tell me, have you seen the Galaxy S3? Then you've pretty much seen the GS4. There have been a few cosmetic tweaks, and a spec bump, but it's mostly a "Galaxy S 3S."


The screen is probably the biggest upgrade. It's been fitted with a 5-inch, 1080p AMOLED display, and it looks gorgeous. The viewing angles are perfect. As usual with AMOLED, the colors are hyper-saturated, but we're all used to that by now. Sadly this is still Pentile, but the pixels are so tiny I couldn't tell.


The GS4 does look a little more refined than the GS3. The sides have been straightened up, the bezel is smaller, and the dot pattern is nicer looking than the old, texture-less design. It's moderately better-looking, but still recognizable - like a friend who has lost some weight. And It doesn't look nearly as cheap as the back of the GS3.

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The build quality feels about the same as a GS3. Despite Samsung calling it "polycarbonate," the GS4 seems to use the same cheap-feeling, glossy plastic as the Note II and GS3. It might be a little harder, but it isn't hugely different. This isn't a surprise - a Samsung executive had said earlier that they use plastic because it's cheap and easy to manufacture. They did kill the seam-filled plastic band in favor of a metal one, so that's a big improvement.

If the GS3 and Note II's plasticky feel doesn't bother you, you'll be fine with the GS4; if you're comparing it to the competition, you'll be disappointed. The build quality is still miles away from something like the HTC One, the latest crop of Motorola RAZRs, and LG's Nexus 4.


TouchWiz still looks similar to how it looked back in the Gingerbread days on the Galaxy S2, with minor improvements. The fundamentals haven't changed much, but Samsung has packed about a million new features on top of its aging Android skin.


Air View, a feature which lets you hover over the screen, has made the jump from the Note II. There's no stylus this time - the GS4 can detect your finger when it's a short distance away from the screen. Like the Note II, it works, but it's not really used anywhere - you can hover over a Gallery album, video, S planner, or Email (not Gmail) to see a preview, and that's about it.

Samsung came up with a few new ways to scroll, too, called "Air Gestures." You can wave your finger over the front-facing camera or tilt the phone to scroll up and down. They both technically work, but they're both way slower, less precise, and more inconvenient than just scrolling with your finger. I don't get it.


This is "Samsung Hub," a beautifully-designed content store. It carries Games, Music, Video, Books, and Magazines. I didn't have time to comb through the content selection, but it's just very nice looking. Especially when compared to Google's Play Store.

That's it for the GS4. It's mostly a series of minor refinements on the GS3, but nothing that seems groundbreaking. Keep in mind many of these software features will be coming to the GSIII and Note II, so if you're considering upgrading from an older Samsung phone, you might want to wait and see what Sammy will do for you. The two worst parts of the Galaxy S 3 were the plasticky outsides and ugly, dated skin, and it seems like Samsung has done very little to remedy these issues. So if either bothered you, you will still be bothered. If you couldn't care less about build quality and software design, you should be interested in the GS4.

Samsung's latest and greatest should be out sometime in April, on every carrier on earth. We'll let you know when our review unit comes in.

Ron Amadeo
Ron loves everything related to technology, design, and Google. He always wants to talk about "the big picture" and what's next for Android, and he's not afraid to get knee-deep in an APK for some details. Expect a good eye for detail, lots of research, and some lamenting about how something isn't designed well enough.
  • Athishay

    No time to run benchmarks?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

      No internet to download benchmark apps. They invited ~6000 people and set up 1 wifi router.

      • Athishay

        That's just plain evil.

      • Toss3

        Pretty sure they did not want people to run benchmarks, considering 4.2.2. has a slight disadvantage(going by the XZ and Nexus 4).

      • Scott

        Literally only one?

  • chris125

    Larger screen, battery in same footprint as s3 is an achievement in itself especially with the huge bezels many other manufacturers have on their phones.

  • http://twitter.com/Singh_Is_King11 Harit Singh

    I would love to get this, but I'm still pretty happy with my GS3 running AOKP which already is on 4.2.2

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001144455023 Michael J Carroll


    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      1.9Ghz quad-core Qualcomm or 1.6Ghz octa-core Exynos, depending on territory.

      • GraveUypo

        which is supposedly better?

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          It's hard to say right now since the Exynos Octa isn't out yet AFAIK, but they're pretty close - both are excellent. I'm curious about power savings though.

          • Toss3

            In what world is the Adreno 320 as good as the SGX544MP3? Not having run any benchmarks, you take quite a leap of faith saying they are pretty much equal. Pretty sure Samsung had to clock the S600 to 1.9Ghz in order to compete with the A15 at 1.6Ghz, so clock for clock the Exynos 5410 is the faster SoC.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            But we're comparing the 1.9GHz version of the Qualcomm chip, not the 1.6GHz one, are we? Anyway, we don't have enough independent data to make the comparison here.

          • s44

            They clocked the S600 to 1.9 because that's the maximum. ;)

            Anyway, my bet is that Exynos will be both faster at peak (A15) and more power-efficient (A7). We'll see though.

          • yankeesusa

            That is going to be the deciding factor, power savings. I think most people would choose the htc one if battery life was going to be great. But htc has a bad reputation for horrible battery life.

        • http://trapchan.blogspot.com trapchan

          someone did the review (exynos ver.) along with the benchmark. 59+fps on nenamark, 20k+ antutu (slightly higher than HTC One)

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001144455023 Michael J Carroll

        I know, but which one is the US getting?

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          Qualcomm in all likelihood.

  • http://twitter.com/ThePhillipBee Phillip Bee

    2 things that nobody, at least from the 20 sites I frequently visit, has covered thus far if it has lockscreen widgets, the GN2's multi-tasker, or the multi-user. Inquiring minds what to know .. hmm...

    • Daniel C.

      It's a phone on 4.2, so yes to the lockscreen widget, no to the multi user, unless samsung modified it.

      • http://twitter.com/ThePhillipBee Phillip Bee

        I want to assume also however Ive learned not to. Still want to see proof !!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

      It has the Note 2's multi tasker. You can see the little tab in a few screenshots. Like this one: http://cdn.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/nexusae0_wm_IMG_22381.jpg

      Phones don't have multi user.

      I didn't get to play with the lockscreen. Sorry. We don't actually get much time to play with phones at events like this. But, like Daniel C. said, 4.2 has a lock screen widgets and Touchwiz usually has lock screen widgets, so I wouldn't see why not.

      • http://twitter.com/ThePhillipBee Phillip Bee

        Excellent .. Multi-tasker and lockscreen widgets were 2 of the features that I hoped would be supported. Thank you

  • derphammcgee

    this is piss, forreal, i think people would give htc a second chance if the one was on every carrier and was advertised. this is really shitte, who wants the same phone twice in a row

    • Laksamana

      Hmm. This reminds me of phones delivered by a fruit company....

    • http://twitter.com/kstagg Kevin Stagg

      You mean, like iPhone users?

      • http://www.facebook.com/imekp Ketan B. Parmar


    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Omar-Arteaga/100000475154562 Omar Arteaga

      How can I give HTC a second chance if the battery life on my EVO 3D sucks. The One doesn't have removable battery and no SD card slot. Besides The last Samsung phone I owned was the Juke(dumb phone). Right now on the fence between S4 or Note II, I might consider the LG optimus G pro but who knows if is even coming to Sprint.

      • http://www.facebook.com/hotrock85 Robert Firestone

        i have evo 3D right now and tired of battery dying after 3 hours of use. I'm going with the S4

    • acer1096xxx

      How is upgrading from a phone to a phone with completely different specs the SAME phone? Yes, it looks the same. But that's because they want the average consumer to be familiar with the brand. The Galaxy S3 is getting more and more noticeable, so keeping a similar design is smart marketing. Sure, software is similar, but you don't need to revolutionize the OS everytime, especially if the UI on the Galaxy S3 sold well to begin with.

      Secondly, HTC has an awful reputation. So many people I know have completely ditched Android because of a phone they had from HTC in the past (ex. HTC EVO 4G). Granted, HTC isn't by any means bad and definitely deserves recognition, but their marketing is terrible. It really is.

      Like it or not, just be happy people are choosing Android over iOS. That's how I see it. When fighting over the HTC One or the GS4, it's just preference of design; they are both incredible phones.

      • Toss3

        Someone else that gets it. One of the most important things to notice here is that the S4 is the only phone launching with the latest version of Android. That alone is much more important than anything else, as I would not want to trust HTC and Sony with bringing updates to my phone.

        • Kevin

          if interested in latest version of android, best getting a Nexus 4, newer version will be out in a few months and s4 wont get it for a good few months if not more.

          I have nexus 4 as an upgrade from the s2 and it is far far far superior than the s2 in every way and I prefer stock android over touchwiz every day.

          I chose it over the s3 and wouldn't change my mind if went back

          Nothing on this that would make me want to swap my n4 for it. For the record I upgraded my HTC Desire HD for the S2 and to be honest, although it was slower, I still preferred the HTC Desire HD.

          • http://www.facebook.com/Impheatus Eduardo Sandoval Salvatori

            I would have got the N4 if it wasn't so fat and it had a FullHD screen =(
            I really love the AOSP look and the fast updates.
            It was a shame that LG made it and created a hell when distributing it.

    • PCSievers

      By "same phone" you mean "considerably better hardware in every area in a nearly identical phone shell", right?

      And the answer of course is nearly no one who owns a GS3 will upgrade to a GS4, they are still locked into a two year contract with at least a year to go.

  • hush404

    Honestly, to have it come along and not blow the S3 out of the water puts a smile on my face... mostly because I'm in a contract still for my S3 :P This way I can wait to see whey they do going forward after the S4.

    • http://twitter.com/kstagg Kevin Stagg

      I'm right there with ya! Counting the days till the S5!
      Meanwhile, waiting on word from Sony for the release of PS4!

      • hush404

        Same :) I think I can wait till the S5 (or something else) and see whats up then. I also am looking forward to the PS4 :)

    • GraveUypo

      oh yes. exactly. if this thing's best feature is the screen, i'm ok. it's not like i can complain about the one in the s3

    • acer1096xxx

      Haha, I know how you feel. Also, there have been leaks of 4.2.2 on the international galaxy s3 with smart scroll and smart pause, so it looks like we won't miss out on software.

    • armshouse

      It makes sense not to blow the s4 out the water. Most who have the s3 are in contract still but this will tempt the s2 owners. And when the s5 comes out, it'll be sufficiently improved to tempt the s3 owners (I hope!)

    • Patrickl69

      How does this not "blow the S3 out of the water"? It's better in every way! Screen is HD instead of 720p, SOC will be up to twice as fast, hover touch, better camera etc etc.

      It's about the biggest incremental update you can get,

      Still no one needs to update a smartphone every year, This is more aimed at S2 owners who felt the S3 didn't blow that one out of the water ...

      • hush404

        In my eyes, when something is 'blown out of the water', the new product renders the previous a child's toy in comparison. It's true the S4 has better specs, but nothing that makes me feel a NEED to switch up just yet. The S3, IMO, Blew the S1/S2 out of the water.

  • Rodrigost23

    Seems that no manufacture cares about comfort on holding the device, and that's sad. I need to replace my Motorola Atrix (gingerbread, failing touchscreen etc) but I'll have to buy some giant & uncomfortable phone because they don't do stuff with less than 4.5" anymore. :(

    • TY

      And I still don't understand why Samsung insists on using a smooth battery cover. From the photos, it is very likely that the back is still slippery. Why can't they make it really textured, like that of Galaxy Nexus'? Or the SII?

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

        I really miss the T-Mobile S2's faux-leather back.

      • yankeesusa

        agreed. At least they added a metal bezel which should strengthen the phone. If I didn't have a note 2 or didn't have an s3 I would probably get this phone in a heartbeat. I think everyone is waiting to see what the battery life on the htc one is going to be. Most likely people will choose s4 due to battery life. Its amazing how many people are tired of having to plug their phone in a charger after only 4 hours of use. Thats reason I gave up on htc even though their hardware has always been better than samsung, especially this new metal body on the one.

    • nsnsmj

      Comfortably holding a device is a matter of opinion, but anyway, this looks to be a device you'd be interested in.


      • Rodrigost23

        That looks pretty! :)

    • Freak4Dell

      Buy a RAZR i or RAZR M. Show Motorola some love for making small phones with great specs. They will probably be doing another "small" phone this year, too. As a bonus, all of their phones are built a hell of a lot better than Samsung's.

      • Rodrigost23

        I really hope they've changed. I'm a little traumatized by the Atrix, its build quality is not that good and Motorola abandoned it and showed us consumers no respect... :(

    • Patrickl69

      Samsung does. That's why the thing is rounded instead of with sharp edges like the Xperia Z.

  • sri_tech

    I think the best feature of S4 is they maintained almost same physical dimensions even though screen is increased to 5 inches.

    Everything else is boring and gimmicky.

    HTC one is impressive than S4 but sadly this thing will sell more.

    • nsnsmj

      Yeah, it great that they kept the dimensions virtually the same, but Sony absolutely destroys every other 5" display phone with the Xperia ZL, in terms of size. It's smaller than the GS4, GS3, One X, and other similar sized phones.

      • http://www.facebook.com/krystal.moore.16 Krystal Moore

        You meaan the Z? The Xperia Z is Sony's flagship phone, not the ZL. Ughhh, that annoys the crap out of me.

        • http://profiles.google.com/marcusleejh Marcus Lee

          Quite sure @nsnsmj:disqus meant the ZL.

          It plays second fiddle to the flagship Z, but from what I remember it's supposed to be almost exactly the same except that it's non-waterproof and non-dustproof, and more importantly it's smaller in overall dimensions despite having the same screen size.

    • GraveUypo

      to be fair 5 inches is almost the same physical dimensions as 4.8" too. the best part about those .2 inches is the thinner bezel, but aside from that it's not a noticeable difference in size unless you're comparing them side to side.

    • yankeesusa

      Don't know why you say "sady this thing will sell more". The reason it will sell more is because samsung makes a great phone. Battery life is great, software is decent and most of them come with unlocked bootloaders. Yes the htc one looks and feels better but what is the point of it when you may not be able to use the battery for more than couple hours and not be able to swap. Even if the note 2 came with a non removable battery it lasts enough for most people to go a day and not have to charge it till night. The reason this will sell more is because as an overall package its slightly better than the htc one.

      Don't get me wrong though, if the htc one has as good or better battery life than the s4 then I would probably choose htc one but a 2300 compared to a 2600? I doubt it, plus all the boomsound and 1080p screen isn't going to help.

      • TY

        The most battery sucking component of the phone is the screen.

        The HTC One has a 4.7' screen; the Samsung S4 has a 5.0' one.

        Basic mathematics tell you that the area of S4's screen is larger than One's by 1-(5/4.7)^2 =~13.17%.

        Assuming same efficiency, the battery consumption by S4's screen also increases by 13.17%, meaning that it must have at least 10% more battery capacity to have a similar battery life as the One.

        2300mAh x 110% = 2530mAh. The S4 has 2600. Is that much better? Not at all.

        I did not even take into consideration that AMOLED screens are much less energy efficient than LCD ones when viewing most contents, especially webpages which are mostly white. Do not judge simply by numbers. Analyze more carefully.

        • TY

          By the way, don't blindly believe those "fair" battery tests which simply uses 50% brightness as a standard. The 50% brightness for different phones can be dramatically different. Some more reliable tests keep the nit (a brightness unit) a constant.

        • alfuen00

          Your forgetting that s4 uses a octa-core new processor that helps in battery eficiency working only the corea needed for the slow tasks and reserving the full power for intensive tasks, so im sure the battery in s4 is better stronger bigger and will last longer compared with the htc one performance (4 powerfull cores working for 3d games or a simple whatsapp message)

          • TY

            Well firstly calling 4+4 octa-core is quite misleading (so the 4+1 Tegra 3 is penta-core?). Not that it matters much, though.

            Snapdragon chips have their own approach of achieving a balance between efficiency & speed (I believe Android Police had this covered...not quite sure though. Anyway it has something to do with different cores working at different frequencies). Who will the winner at energy efficiency? We shall wait and see.

            Some speculation here. Although when running at maximum speed, 4 A15 cores will suck battery really fast (that's why the A7 cores are there in first place). Snapdragon 600, on the other hand, uses the Krait architecture which should be more efficient than A15. The leaked benchmarks of S4,though, seems to indicate that the maximum potential of Snapdragon 600 & Exynos 5410 are very close. So again, no definite conclusion can be drawn by now.

          • kg215

            btw the galaxy S4 will come with both the octacore and the snapdragon 600. It's funny how you assume the efficiency is better for krait but in terms of performance you say let's wait vs the octa core. If you are going to assume like that, it should be A15 is more powerful than krait but less efficient. I agree we don't know the conclusion until both phones are thoroughly tested, but it more likely that the a15 outperforms krait and krait is more efficient, than krait to be more efficient and just as powerful.

        • yankeesusa

          I have analyzed it carefully. My analyzing is using htc phones for last 4 years and having to carry several batteries to be able to use my phones past 4 hours. Then after being fed up with battery life and dozens of replacements I switched to samsung and haven't had any issues. Sorry but that's my testing. Sorry for not believing htc after they've been horrible for last 4 years. I really don't care about battery tests and what companies say. I go by user reviews and actual freak world trials.

          • On a Clear Day

            Also - this can be considered added to my previous comment.

            I don't buy Sony products because they have - like Apple - a nasty habit of doing everything in their power from initial design to final physical product - of doing everything they can to make certain that their product line is incompatible with everyone else's on the planet so you are forced to buy their accessories at their inflated prices. If you support and like that type of control freak manipulation of you - then that's okay, not my problem, but I will not willingly walk into such a trap.

        • kg215

          Amoled by design uses less energy than LCD, and why are you trying to limit it to web pages with white? Pages with black benefits amoled more, if it's 50% on both amoled is still more efficient. Also the htc battery is not removable AND smaller. Stop trying to make excuses for HTC, it's okay for it to have a smaller battery or a nonremovable one but it loses in both categories.

      • Hasanabbas Rehemtulla

        Wrong. So wrong. They sell more because they spend 10 times more on advertising than even Apple. HTC has no budget for it so they're losing out massively. They've simply shoved this phone in everyone's faces by touting all the useless gimmicky features and then comparing those features with the competition which doesn't have them. Don't get me wrong, it's not terrible. I only bash Samsung this much because I'm so disappointed that they've ruined the design of stock Android which is beautiful.

        • yankeesusa

          You say ruined, I say choices. You don't like it then get a nexus. You say gimmicky I say options. Yes some features never get used but when you learn how to use them things are awesome. I remember the gimmick on the evo 3d but I used that all the time. All I know is I gave htc over 4 years and finally tried someone else after being frustrated with battery life. Samsung may not have aluminum or metal phones but I haven't looked back and htc will really have to prove themselves to get me back. Gimmicks and all samsung has a customer for a long time.

          • http://www.facebook.com/hotrock85 Robert Firestone

            I still use the 3D on my Evo 3D and Im finally upgrading to the S4 when it comes out.

        • Rando guy

          They don't spend 10 times more. They spent about 20% more than apple in 2012. You shouldn't pull numbers out of your arse like that.

      • PhillipCun

        Wrong. Samsung spent $400 million in advertising on the Galaxy brand. They make a great phone, yes. But it's not any better than the competition. The difference is in the marketing. $400 million a year is a LOT OF MONEY in advertising. I'm in advertising and that number is the sole reason why they're the top dog right now.

        • yankeesusa

          Of course marketing helps. But in my case the reason I chose Samsung wasn't due to marketing, it was due to dozens of exchanges from defective htc phones for the past 4 years and from also having horrible battery life. Haven't had one issue with samsung, that's my marketing.

          • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

            Sure, so that's one person. The majority of shoppers however wouldn't even be able to tell you what the hell a HTC is.

        • kg215

          Lol, i'm in marketing and 400 million is a lot of money to spend on marketing=sole reason why they are on top. The logic and (lack of) intelligence of a 6 year old. If anyone could dump a bunch of money into advertising and be on top that way, then why are Sony and Microsoft/Nokia not successful? They both have tons of money and Microsoft has dumped a ton of money into Windows phone/Windows 8. You have to have a good product too, not necessarily the best product out there in every way but a good one.

          • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

            "You have to have a good product too, not necessarily the best product out there in every way but a good one."

            That is, more or less word-for-word, exactly what he said. You need to re-read his post...

      • On a Clear Day

        I've always felt that the build quality and feeling of the HTC phones is really nice. BUT as you so aptly put it - yankeesusa - the sealed battery/life issue among other details not addressed by either HTC with the One X or Sony with its new Experia Z make them non-starters.

        I, personally, do not buy a phone because of its case. I buy a phone because of what it will do; how reliable it will be and the options (and freedom) it affords me to do what I want to do - not what a manufacturer - be it Apple, HTC or Sony - thinks I should be allowed to do - thank you very much.

        I support manufacturers who gravitate to helping me fulfill my goals in this respect, which is why I would buy the S4 over any of the competition.

        As for the case being plastic? The second I get a phone I put a protective case on it that for all practical purposes makes the color, pretty pattern on the case or whatever non-viewable and what it is made of a moot point.

        These devices are tools and those who like to think of them as fashion statements that help let the world know what eminently good taste they as individuals have are, I think, in need of a reality check! lol

    • kg215

      What is more impressive about the HTC one? It has only 2 buttons and mandatory tiles on the home page that is an imitation of windows phone. They both have 1080p screens and the snapdragon 600 underneath. The HTC one also has a smaller non-removable battery and no sd slot. Both should have bootloaders that are easy to unlock but HTC has the s-on/s-off issue so it is worse there too. Both have too much bloat in terms of sense/touchwiz. the HTC one looks nicer imo (and probably feels nicer to hold), but it is not more durable.

      • Bleakvision

        Well, the Samsung has a fake, PenTile 1080p srceen with the same subpixel count as a 720p LCD screen. Add to that the bigger dimensions and you get text that is actually less sharp than on last years Nexus 4 or the One X

  • http://twitter.com/jeffyu412 Jeff Soohoon Yu

    I've been a Galaxy user since Captivate. Used Captivate, S2 and now Note 2. There are some software features that I love on the Note 2, but HTC One's design blowed me away that I rather have HTC One rather than S4.

    I'll buy neither though and wait for Note 3 or even 4 because battery life is too good. Couldn't care less about the ppi because 5.5 inch screen with ~230 ppi > 5.0 inch screen with ~440 ppi

    • http://www.facebook.com/Shinakuma George Millhouse

      your comparison of the ppi for their respective sizes is really off. you think being a half inch bigger but losing almost HALF the ppi is better??

      • wugui

        can your eyes even comprehend those extra pixel?

        • PacoBell

          After seeing the Droid DNA, my answer is an unequivocal "yes". 1080p on 5" is the new golden standard.

        • Rando Guy

          Yea it can. The maximum ppi that can be seen by a human is about 477, we're only now starting to approach that.

    • TY

      Although it is not official yet, you'd better take a look at Moto's X Phone when it comes out. It is rumoured to have a huge battery (like the Maxx).

  • Daniel C.

    Does Air View (finger hovering) work on the desktop versions of web sites? That would quadruple its usefulness.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

      Not sure. Internet is hard to come by in a room with 6000 tech enthusiasts. =/

      I works in the browser though. So my guess would be yes. There's not reason to limit it to mobile sites.

  • spydie

    why do reviewers spend so much time running down a phone for having a plastic back? They ALL do (unless you're a glass-back apple fanboy). They just have different textures, but they are all plastic. Get over it. And Touchwiz... why do you even review samsung if you don't like touchwiz? A lot of people do... I love it... it's better than any other manufacturer skins (can you say M.O.T.O.B.L.U.R???) And it has a lot more functionality than stock android without having to install a new ROM. And no, it's not the old ICS touchwiz... it's been upgraded so much it doesn't look anything like the one you are complaining about. I think it's time for you to go work for Apple, Ron baby....

    • TY

      So you are implying that people who dislike Samsung automatically belong to the Apple side. Seems legit.

    • Mahesh


    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I'll tell you one thing - I don't think the GS4 is a minor refresh (I think it's much more than that), and I love my Note II to death, but I absolutely hate the plastic back coming from the One X+.

      It's flexible and all, but it creaks and flexes like no other, is already badly scratched after a month, again like no other phone I've ever owned, and in general makes the device feel cheaper than it is.

      For some reason, the screen also scratches much easier than other devices. It's my most scratched up device ever, after only a month, and I'm using it the same way as I always have (no case).

      If there's one thing Samsung should have improved, it's the build quality, and it looks like they haven't, or have but only marginally. I'll reserve forming my opinion until I feel it and see the Note III, but so far I'm disappointed in that.

      The rest, however, I'm excited about. The GS4 is a better phone on every level, and I'd get one in a heartbeat if I wasn't spoiled by the Note II.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

        Fanboy! =P

        Actually I'm a little worried about the plastic. It's a tad harder (and therefore more brittle) than their old stuff, and the leaked chinese unit had a really long crack on the back. http://image20.it168.com/picshow/0x0/20130314/2013031400091625722.jpg

        Hopefully it's just a pre-production snafu. But after seeing that picture and feeling it, I'm really curious to see a drop test.

        • Tomi Golob

          Holy ninja Jesus, ouch! That crack is really something... That's innovation!

        • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

          Is that actually a crack? Or a scratch, or hair?

      • UniBroW

        it would be super awesome if Samsung would give the Galaxy series a back like it did to the Nexus 10, feels super awesome

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

      "why do reviewers spend so much time running down a phone for having a plastic back? They ALL do (unless you're a glass-back apple fanboy)."

      Hmm? The HTC One is all aluminum. The Motorola RAZRs are Kevlar. LG uses glass. That statement doesn't line up with reality at all. Sorry.

      Touchwiz looks a lot like iOS, so your Touchwiz love and Apple hate confuses me.

      • http://twitter.com/Konahamarue ElementalXTC

        "Touchwiz looks a lot like iOS, so your Touchwiz love and Apple hate confuses me." I've been screaming this for, like, EVER!!
        Galaxy fan-boys always down Apple fanboys for saying Apple looks the same and hasn't changed, and is too simple when all the while Samsung completely dumbed down Android and made it operable for a 3 year old. They basically Apple-ized Android and get sooooo much credit for being innovative.

      • Toss3

        We still have not seen a high-end phone using any of those materials, without loosing the ability to replace the battery.

        • WelchertC

          False. The Samsung Captivate had a removable metal back that was absolutely awesome, and it was definitely a high end phone for its time. I really wish Samsung would bring that design back... that being said, I also wish Samsung would reverse their glossy plastic trend. I don't have a problem with plastic, but the back on my Infuse, original Note's flip cover, or my GNex, are all much better feeling in the hand seeing as they're all textured.

          And for Christ's sake, can we get over bashing how touchwiz looks like iOS? The only way it does is if you fail to utilize the most beautiful part of Android, customization. Ruin a custom launcher, throw some icon packs on, use some beautiful widgets or UCCW and get over it just like you should. If you keep your phone looking stock, you're missing out on half of the fun.

          • Melissa Peterson

            I think you mean run, not ruin. It wouldn't be very nice to ruin a custom launcher.

          • WelchertC

            Yes, I did mean run, but I typed it up on my phone, and with the length of my comment I could not see or correct my mistake. Thanks disqus

          • s44

            The metal back also killed GPS reception.

            Awesome shape the Cap had though.

          • UniBroW

            metal back won't work with nfc, simply putting aluminum foil between two nfc devices renders it completely useless.

      • closeto2G

        Wow, you think touchwiz looks like iOS? Please tell me, how am I supposed to take you seriously as an android reviewer after that extremely spurious statement?

        • Melissa Peterson

          How does it not look like ios, samsung got in trouble for this blatant copying. The physical non-capacitive home button only further serves that samsung is copying apple. Just take a look at the news from the past two years and don't make such an uneducated comment like that again.

    • Hasanabbas Rehemtulla

      TouchWiz is ugly. You clearly have zero taste in good design.

      • closteto2G

        This comment sounds like it comes from a 14 year old girl, or a flaming homosexual. Which are you?

        • Hasanabbas Rehemtulla

          Wait. Flaming homosexual? I'd like to know what it is about gay people that you think makes them more likely to post a comment like the one I did.

  • TY

    Nonono, I heard from a reliable source that the band is still plastic, just plastic with special treatment to make it feel metallic (think of the "metal" in the Nexus 4 bumper).

  • Matthew Pace

    Got an S3 in early January on my AT&T contract. Was kind of worried that I bought it too late, but I can safely say that I don't think I missed out on too much.

  • http://twitter.com/mrjayviper Jayel Villamin

    "How would people know I upgraded if it looks the same?"

    - Samsung's The Next Big Thing ad

    • Shrome Khanna

      At least this one is bigger than the S3. It's not like people can easily tell the difference between Samsung devices, a lot of my friends mistook my S3 for the Grand.

      • Avi

        It would have been annoying..many mistook my note 2 for the grand..#heartbreak

      • http://www.facebook.com/Impheatus Eduardo Sandoval Salvatori

        S4 is the same size as the S3. It's even thinner.

    • Toss3

      It doesn't look the same, but I cannot argue with someone who clearly has potatoes instead of eyes.

    • http://www.facebook.com/imekp Ketan B. Parmar

      The same way you recognize Version of iPhones in their hands

    • http://www.facebook.com/Impheatus Eduardo Sandoval Salvatori

      The difference is that the ad you are refering was targeted to the iPhone 4S which has the EXACT same body as the iPhone 4.
      The S4 is indeed a small update to the S3, but by no means they're identical.

  • http://www.facebook.com/killer49 Hendrick Vidal

    The galaxy s3 was a completely disappointment, it had dual core, 8mp camera, 1.9mp on the front, the battery is okay not big improvement and you know why is a disappointment, because I'm a gs2 owner and it has the same things, is almost identical, the s4 I'm definitely buying because it's a huge leap from s2 which s3 couldn't make so I'm very disappointing from this article since the real disappointment was s3.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

      If you have an S2 you should definitely upgrade.

      • gauthamns

        I have S but won't upgrade. Cant stand menu button in a 2013 phone.

      • pj

        I use a S2(bought on day one it was launched in India) and i don't see any need to upgrade for now. may be next year i might think of one. S2 still works great runs everything i want(running 4.1.2 for now).

    • Abdul Fatah Shieryar

      I have a s2 and s2 to s4 is a high five :P

  • Jamie

    Date spoilered by DigitalSpy:
    The Samsung Galaxy S4 will be available from April 26 in the UK from the Samsung Experience Store at Westfield Stratford City and all other major operators.

  • Ban-Hammer

    "Pentiles are shitty" should be a thing of the past by now. With pixel densities of over 300 PPI, you're not going to see a pixel unless you hunt for it. They're not as beautiful as IPS panels, but it's just a phone.

    • Toss3

      Pentiles are shitty, but this has a new subpixel layout, and it is not pentile(diamond layout). Not sure if that is any better, but going by the leaked review of the prototype, it can at least display grays correctly.

  • Toss3

    Any reviewer stating that the S4 is a minor refresh based on the design alone should look for a new job. How about new 1080p screen, 2Gb ddr3 ram, Quad A15, SGX544MP3, 13Mpx camera, loads of software enhancements, Android 4.2.2(HTC One ships with 4.1.2), and the list goes on. I blame tech blogs for brainwashing people into fashionistas, thinking that aluminium == great phone.

    • http://twitter.com/Rovex Rovex

      Totally agree. This is almost literally double the S3 in every way, yet thinner, lighter and better looking. It has more features and better hardware on every level, i dont call that a minor update. An extra row of Icons.. THATS a minor update..

      • Bren

        Why do people want a phone that is as thin as a piece of paper and as light as a feather? I want to know that I have a sturdy phone in my pocket... If things keep evolving like they do now I'll be going back to oldschool nokia's...

    • UniBroW

      But the htc ONC has an AWESOME aluminum chassis that I'm going to put in a case anyway, surely that makes up for the horrid button placement and ui that makes me want to stab a pencil through my eye! Don't forget that they give you the choice to void your warranty, free of charge no less ala Asus, to unlock the bootloader and make the phone work the way it should have out of the box...aside from those atrocious buttons that is.

      • Tomi Golob

        LoL, what the heck...

      • John O’Connor

        cases or all else be damned... any reasonable person. iPhone use or Android will put their high end phone in a case. As for HTC the button placement and a few other poor choices will not change regardless of add-ons. I am not saying Samsung is perfect but they have a good concept of cramming as many options and possibilities into a device so that you can pick and choose what you do or do not need or want to use. That does say a lot when it comes down to it

  • DeadSOL

    I don't quite understand the stance of a lot of people on different websites. Yes, the Galaxy S4 is somewhat of a minor update but what did they expect? It's currently got the latest and best hardware available in the market right now. Do people expect Samsung to shell out a phone with a Gigapixel camera and a 4K resolution screen or something?

    Samsung release a Galaxy S phone every year. They try and incorporate the best specs in it every year (apart from their horrible habit of choosing a half year old GPU) and they've done so with the Galaxy S4. What else do people want?

    • Toss3

      In the modern world of mobile technology, technology actually means nothing, it's all about design. This is how phones are ranked: Aluminium > Glass > Poop > Plastic.

  • urbanpitch

    Wait, so is there anything WRONG with the phone thus far at a first glance? I'm on an S2 and thinking of upgrading, this looks like a good phone. And of course I'm going to hack it.

    • Toss3

      There's absolutely nothing wrong with it, in fact it is the single most advanced mobile phone to date, and should be able to compete with other high end phones coming later this year. You can even use it with gloves, so the Lumia 920 is not the only phone with that tech anymore.

      • http://trapchan.blogspot.com trapchan

        Xperia Sola have glove tech thing along with the floating touch since forever ... but Sony ditched it. Stupid Sony, it's entry level feature become Samsung's flagship feature.

      • http://www.facebook.com/krzysztof.gicala Krzysztof Gicala

        I can use my three year old xperia play with gloves.

    • s44

      No. Everyone is jaded, and last year's phones are still fine, that's all.

  • http://www.linuxdistroreview.com/ Bo

    How is it a minor refresh? It has far more screen pixels, 1 GB more of RAM (total of 2GB), a significantly faster CPU/GPU, A15 architecture, 13 MPix camera over 8, and a revamped UI that's not as ugly as TW used to be. Galaxy S IV is a minor refresh as much as GS III was a minor refresh over S II.

    • Toss3

      But you see it went from plastic to plastic, so this means that the phone is the same.

      • http://www.linuxdistroreview.com/ Bo

        Ah true. Also, both can make phone calls. So you're right = same.

        • WestIndiesKING

          Totally with you, just because the phone looks the same people are dis-missing it? The guts are totally upgraded and the display is boss(get over the pentile thing already you cant even see the pixels). I dont plan on getting this phone since im a Nexus till i die kind of guy but this phone is kickass. I like the HTC One but people are already cramming about how horrible the battery life is and the Ultra Pixel stuff seems to be bull.

          • Blake Ourso

            you must not read Android Police much. I only come here b/c of the quick information, but most of their writers just complain about stuff.

            Phone looks sick. New features look sick. "Gimmicks" look sick, too! I have the Note2 and kinda want to be able to to use the entire phone with any pair of gloves on ;)

            As i've said before, and gotten yelled at, HTC = shit phones. Horrible battery life and the things fall apart. 4 people I know, including myself, have had 1 HTC phone and will never get another. Buttons stop working, battery lasts 6 hours (if you use the phone)...it's just junk.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500019603 Nathan Bell

      US version had 2 GB RAM. TW looks exactly the same, like someone vomited a rainbow onto the screen. Oh, nevermind, they removed the black status bar. Blah.

      • http://www.linuxdistroreview.com/ Bo

        US version meaning 10% of the global sales, meaning useless. And TW does not look exactly the same at all, are you blind?

  • http://www.yepiclip.com/ yepi

    I think it's a product that people wait

  • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

    I read that it has an IR blaster....is this true? Does it have software to back it up?

    • s44

      Yes and yes.

  • Andrew

    I love how incredibly bored you sounded in that video. Also how most of the dumb features they added (especially the scrolling) are completely useless, and are literally only there to pad out the new features.

    The pièce de résistance was when you called it a Galaxy S3 at the end.

    I'm so disappointed with this phone. The only OS software I care about is pure Google, so only really amazing hardware can ever lure me away from a Nexus. I badly want an HTC One, but I'm not sure I could cope with Sense. With this... I don't even have to think about it. Last year's model with a slightly bigger screen (as if it wasn't big enough already) with even more ugly Touchwiz? No thanks.

  • NicholasMicallef

    It's quite a bigger jump than iPhone 4-4s/3G-3GS but since most upgrades are in the software and Samsung is going to port every feature they can over the GS III (unlike the iPhones), it's probably not worth an upgrade, I think Samsung already knows this, otherwise they wouldn't be wasting potential sales by offering all the software features to older devices. They seem to be targeting people using phones from other brands (especially apple) as proven by their smart switch feature.

  • drhonk

    I still think S4 would look a lot better without that home button and use soft keys instead.

  • sinjaon

    does it really have gorilla glass 3?? that will decide if ill buy one

  • http://profiles.google.com/talhamid Talha Hamid

    Design wise and software wise, Xperia Z leaves S4 and One in the dust, if not in sheer specs. Throw anything at TW and it will come back uglified and disfigured

  • M.Beg

    S4 the new king of plastic

  • Avi

    Why are all into design all of a sudden?...sure it is plastic...sure it may not be a piece of an airplane...but it promised and delivers the best smartphone experience in terms of software and hardware...and thats what matters....people wanting designs go buy the ancient vertus if they still exist..!

  • http://twitter.com/Defenestratus Defenestratus

    Its plastic so therefore its durable and wont chip or dent or break. In other words, its a phone for people who actually USE their phones and not use it as hand jewelry.

  • Melissa Peterson

    The screenshot of the phone with all the toggles like WiFi, Bluetooth, etc reminds me of an app I came across built by Apocalipsisx today that does the exact same thing.

  • http://twitter.com/Rovex Rovex

    This is almost literally double the S3 in every way, yet thinner,
    lighter and better looking. It has more features and better hardware on
    every level, i dont call that a minor update. An extra row of Icons..
    THATS a minor update..

    Even if it was just a doubling of the S3 with no other changes it would still be the best phone on the market.

    • toshistation

      This. At least there's somebody here who managed to keep his wits about him.

  • http://twitter.com/Rovex Rovex

    'If you couldn't care less about build quality and software design, you should be interested in the GS4.'
    I care about durability and software integrity, that's why i want the S4. Making a fat bloated phone from metal isnt build quality, its cheating. Making one thin and light and durable is build quality.

  • br_hermon

    K, several thoughts.
    1. What was that ever-present white rounded tab on the left side of the screen?
    2. Granted I know that you didn't have a tripod and some shaking is to be expected but still, the S4 camera still looks like it has some terrible wobble / shake. Maybe with some settings that can be improved but your video wasn't a great first impression at all.
    3. Though it seems niche, I really like the hover feature / don't touch the device to interact with it.
    4. The Samsung Hub marks the beginning of the end for the Android/Samsung partnership. While I do agree with others, Samsung won't entirely ditch Android. They'll have a partnership for years to come (even if it might be a diminishing one). BUT The Samsung Hub opens the door for them to start selling content to their users. Build your ecosystem, lock in your users, then make that ecosystem available on Tizen. Mark my words, this is the doorway Samsung is going to use to transition their customer base.
    *On a side note, Samsung has now successfully confused their customer base by giving them two choices where to buy content. "What did I buy, where? And will it follow me when I upgrade from the S4?"

    • PCSievers

      white rounded tab is almost certainly the multi window tab

      hover feature is great on the S Planner on the Note 2 so I presume it is as good on the GS4, I use it a lt and it is the first time I have converted to a built in calender over an alternative third party one like Touch Calender with this being a big part of the reasoning

  • Thorn

    I honestly don't get the complaints about the plastic back or other materials phones use, when the vast majority of consumers will slap an Otterbox or similar onto the phone so it doesn't shatter when they drop it...

  • RitishOemraw

    So Samsung, in another effort to copy Apple, is releasing the Galaxy S3s ?

    Lol, joking on that copying bit of course. But it does kinda feel like the change from 4->4s

  • Peacen1k

    A "minor refresh"? Twice the speed and resolution, bigger battery, and still the same outside dimensions? And quit with the douchy pentile whining already, this screen doesn't suffer from it as noted by several reviewers.

    Did you feel you need to make these comment to be in with the iphone fan press? Do you want to work at the Verge so bad? WTF?

    • didibus

      Agreed, when did tech enthusiasts became fashion enthusiasts. It's like people only care that they upgrade the shell of the phone. Samsung upgraded on all fronts. The components, the screen, the touch screen, the sensors, the camera, they even polished the design of the phone.

      HTC also upgraded an a lot of things, components, camera, sensors, speakers.

      HTC didn't innovate any more then Samsung, but because they came out with a brand new look, people think they did. HTC had a good reason to change the design though, they had to start fresh. Samsung is doing SIV, this is like a new Ferrari When a new Ferrari comes out, it always looks a lot like a Ferrari.

      • Kaostheory

        I give HTC a +1 for fixing one thing that doesn't work on any phone, the speakers. Also give Sony a +1 for waterproof. Nothing new for Sammy just an upgrade.

        • didibus

          I'd give Sammy a +1 for the hover gesture. Have you ever seen another phone where you can hover your finger over without touching the screen and it detects it?

          I also wouldn't be surprised if that feature became standard in the coming years. It has way more potential then stereo speakers and waterproofing. Such a feature has potential in UX never seen before. And if not, it at least fix the problem of websites that uses hover menus.

          • Kaostheory

            I'd give you that if they had it first. Was Sonys idea, was released on the Xperia Sola two years ago.

          • didibus

            Hum, had never heard of the Xperia Sola. Sony always busts out good products and does nothing with them to market or use the features. Well, I hope Sammy makes hover touch a standard. I can see a lot of useful interactions using it.

            Actually, in all fairness, that's a major problem with all of Android's manufacturers, except maybe Samsung. None of them bring out a new feature, and then polish it's uses to make the feature useful and a must have. I do feel it's Google's job to make those happen, since for a feature to be really useful, it must be baked in the OS. I'd say Apple is the only one that get this right.

  • Arcest

    Where does it say is pentile?

  • Zacharylinde1996

    I wish it had built in fm radio

    • http://www.facebook.com/Impheatus Eduardo Sandoval Salvatori

      I think it does. It's not confirmed yet.

  • BigMixxx

    C'mon folks see through what's done here:

    1) Everyone else is REALLY playing catchup to where samsung is, in terms of android. HTC lost a lot of identity with it's one X line and not building one out for every carrier. The One X, then 6 months later the X+, totally disenfranchised everyone the hit with the butterfly. Samsung is using a tried and proven formula for success: wash, rinse repeat

    2) This presentation was not for GS III or Note II owners. It was for iPhone 4s, GS II owners. there are A LOT of them out there who were trapped in the free phone or 2011 cycle of phones. They will be looking, and manufacturers will be providing. Can carriers stop selling that inventory and just call it 'OUT' is the question

    3) Samsung has the cash to produce 'cheap' phones. That will slowly dwindle as time goes on. HTC and LG don't. So they are making big bets and premium products. NExus 4 is REALLY nice, but the Optimus G (same phone on sprint and ATT) is beautiful and comes at a good price. the variations are what killing them. Motorola can pound sand, as Verizon has them by the balls. The uncoupling will take YEARS as the 'DROID' line is what verizon is pushing. DARE to compare the Note II with the Droid DNA....one is a utility (Note II) the other is a phone 2 good cameras (DNA).

    4) Motorla produced a VERY good phone. Infact, If I had to chose a phone, I would have picked a Razr HD or Razr HD Maxx. It felt good. But it's ONLY on verizon (I'm a verizon customer). However, there is NOT much choice. Razr is the higher end build quality, the Atrix is the same as the razr but called something else on another network. And on Sprints network -- what the hell ever it is evo 4*4 kevlar edition -- is not synonymous with RAZR. I expected that device to go on all carriers. Keep the kevlar design -- add a gig of ram, higher quality screen, throw in something from nvidia and finally some nikon optics and let that bitch loose and see what happens.

  • http://twitter.com/Lammjr Lamm

    I'm interested in the CPU/GPU combination. It's getting so close do PC performance that games like Diablo III could easily be ported to a cel phone.

    Better yet, with those specs, 3ds and PS vita emulators become viable, probably Wii emulators too.

    I think we will see a Doom 3 port for this phone as well.

  • toshistation

    Everybody seems to freaking out about two really minor points.

    1) OH NOES IT'S PLASTIC!: Get over it. If you have a brain, you're going to put your $500+ phone in a case anyway, and if you don't then you deserve to have your phone broken. Furthermore, when did aluminum become so SOOOPER AWESOME? Weren't we just making fun of the iPhone 5's aluminum backing because it scratches really easily and then looks like shit? OH, but when HTC does it, suddenly it's a "high build quality." Nice impartiality there, fellas. Plastic is hardly a 'high quality' building product, but since when are we buying phones the same way we buy cars? The 'high quality' android users should be concerned about are the internals--And frankly, a lot of people here seem to have amnesia about HTC's habit of not building their own components. Did any of you ever have an EVO/EVO 3D/Resound/Thunderbolt? If you did, odds are you went into your wireless carrier at *least* once with a manufacturer fault, because, quite simply, they're frankenphones. Samsung, on the other hand, build all of their own components in-house. As a technician at Sprint, I can tell you, I see a helluva lot more EVO 4G LTEs coming in with hardware faults than Galaxy S IIIs. So, plastic? Yeah, it doesn't feel like jewelry. But get over it; you're using the phone as a goddamned dowry.

    2) ARRRGH WHY DID SAMSUNG USE TOUCHWIZ *AGAIN*???: Again, I have to suggest you take a chill pill. Everybody has a different opinion of OEM skins, and there's no accounting for taste, but let's look at the actual facts: Touchwiz brings a huge number of features to android that wouldn't otherwise be available--sure, you can call them gimmicks, but you can bet that 70 million consumers had no problem with those gimmicks when they bought GSIII's. In fact, for a lot of them, those added features (palm-swipe for a screenshot, direct dial, smart stay, tilt-to-zoom) actually increased the value of the phone. And if you hate touchwiz, you should probably hate Sense even more, since it adds less value (Samsung reliably clones and improves any gimmick that HTC puts in their phones) and generally functions less reliably (again, based on my experience as a technician having worked on Sprint android phones for three years). If you hate these OEM skins, one and all--that is, you're an exclusive nexus-buyer--then you're wasting oxygen when you complain about a skin that we absolutely KNEW was going to be on this phone anyway.

    Side note: I have started to notice an elitist attitude amongst nexus enthusiasts that's more than a little irksome; for users who proudly claim their independence from 'bloatware,' and who are 'beholden to no manufacturer' their loyalty to the Nexus line certainly seems to mirror the rabid fanboyism of iPhonies. Nexus users need to start realizing that they're the ambassadors for stock android--their haughty attitudes certainly don't make me want to join that crowd, to say nothing of non-removable batteries (as in the case of the Nexus 4) and a caustic aversion to expandable memory.

    TL;DR: Plastic on a phone is not that big a deal. Or at least 70 million Galaxy S 3 buyers (and 60 million Galaxy S 2 buyers before them) didn't think so. Touchwiz is what it is. You get lots of features, you get slower updates.

    • Geoff Johnson

      Thanks for including the TL;DR

  • Ivan Myring

    Why have octo core. Why not do what Qualcomm has done with the 600 and 800 and have a new chip design that allows each core to run at a different speed or just shut off.

    • http://profiles.google.com/tim.glaser Tim Glaser

      The US variant will have the Qualcomm 600 SoC. Also the Octo core is really a low power quad mated to a high power quad. It's following ARM's concept of big.LITTLE so that is 'why' they did it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/RobJohnson90 Rob Johnson

    So does the black version still look like a manky chinese knockoff?

  • TylerChappell

    Welp, looks like the HTC One > Galaxy S4.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/psycho_maniac_ Jerry Lange

    Am I the only one happy about this phone? My phone is 15 months old. That is why I am happy Been wanting a samsung quad core 5" phone for awhile now

  • King_89

    5 in 1080p vs 4.8 in 720p. for U.S. quad core snap 600 vs dual core snap pro. Int Octa (4 +4) battery saver vs quad something. plus 2gb rom. 13mp cam vs 8 mp. Bunch of LTE radio with roaming ability for travel. 2600 vs 2300 mAh. Those comparing this beast battery vs htc one Amoled is more battery efficient then LCD with micro sd slot, removable batt and unlocked bootloader most likely unless you're on verizon. release across almost all carriers if not all. I'm on gs3 now and i use apex keep all tw feature gimmick or not and customize it. samsung release source asap for the community my old evo 3d still suffering for lack of source. This phone is just a beast. I want it but wont get it cause i don't have any upgrade and still debating if i'm keeping sprint with no lte no wimax and terrible 3g.

  • http://twitter.com/zk0sn1 Nee Austin

    I think the anti-pentile meme is a little tired. On month 15 with a 720p pentile (horrors!) and it bothers me never....It's a non-factor at these PPI.

    I'm not a Samsung fan, but I think it's a half-step more than evolutionary. I don't understand why anyone expected the phone to look differently. The Samsung execs say they build their phones based on mass desirability, which means plastic and ugly home buttons are good enough for the masses. Did the S3 sell like crazy built that way? (plastic) case closed. Blog readers/writers do not have the same expectations as the masses.

    That being said, I decided I'm getting an unlocked HTC One and leaving Big Red (my Verizon LTE is dog slow in central austin, so screw em. I can afford $80/mo but why should I?)

  • http://www.vrdwellersblog.com/ Miles Reiter

    I still don't understand the appeal of all the SAMOLED screens, sure, the colors "pop" but that equates to absolutely terrible color reproduction when compared with something like SLCD on HTC's flagships this year and last.

  • http://friv-2.yepi-yepi.com/ Friv 2

    Assuming same efficiency, the battery consumption by S4's screen also increases by 13.17%, meaning that it must have at least 10% more battery capacity to have a similar battery life as the One.

  • http://www.yepi-yepi.com/ Yepi Friv

    The majority of shoppers however wouldn't even be able to tell you what the hell a HTC is.

  • http://www.kizi800.com/ kizi

    The Galaxy S3 is getting more and more noticeable, so keeping a similar
    design is smart marketing. Sure, software is similar, but you don't need
    to revolutionize the OS everytime, especially if the UI on the Galaxy
    S3 sold well to begin with.

  • http://www.9kizi.com/ 9kizi

    i think samsung is the leader in smartphone

  • http://www.9kizi.com/ 9kizi

    at present , i,m using samsung galaxy s3 and i will buy s4 in someday

  • http://www.y8u.org/ Y8

    You have a special flair for writing and it shows.