India's No.1 Smartphone provider , Samsung Electronics launched their Flagship device Samsung Galaxy S4 on 26th April in a Grand Launch Event at Infamous "Kingdom Of Dreams" in Gurgaon, New Delhi.
“The GALAXY S4 brings people together, makes everyday living better and sets the standard in mobile innovation” said JK Shin, CEO and Head of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung. Announcing the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S4 in the Indian market, stated Mr. B D Park, President & CEO, South West Asia, Samsung Electronics, “At Samsung, we are committed to innovation and to our consumers .We are always listening to our consumers and innovating to give them products that meet their needs. This has led to the successful introduction of iconic devices like the Galaxy SII, Galaxy SIII, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note 2 and today, we are proud to announce the launch of our flagship device and the much awaited , Samsung Galaxy S4 .”
Following the product unveiling at the Unpacked in New York, Samsung is taking the GALAXY S4 on a World Tour to major global cities. India is one of the select few countries where the Galaxy S4 World Tour is being organized.
The Launch event was very well organized and it was a grand event for a Grand Device from Samsung with the beautiful actress Diana Hayden as MC and amazing performances from Shiamak Dhavar's Dance Troop.
Samsung Galaxy S4:
Samsung Galaxy S4 has the World's First Full HD Super Amoled Display to showcase the images and videos at its best. Its 5 inch large screen has 441 ppi resolution for stunning viewing quality. Galaxy S4 comes with dimensions of 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm and weighs just 130g and its lighter than Galaxy S3 too. Galaxy S4 is equipped with 13 Mega pixel Auto Focus main camera with Flash & Zero Shutter Lag and 2 Mega pixel camera front camera, Full HD recording @30fps with Zero Shutter Lag . There are many amazing features like 'Dual Shot' , 'Drama Shot', 'Sound and Shot', 'Animated Photo' etc., comes as a bonus along with the camera. Galaxy S4 is operated by powerful 1.6 GHz Quad + 1.2 GHz Quad / 1.9GHz quad-core processor, varies according to the markets and backed with 2 GB RAM. Galaxy S4 comes with 16 GB native storage capacity and you can upgrade upto 64 GB using the Micro SD card slot available. Galaxy S4 is powered by latest Android Jelly bean 4.2.2 OS overlay-ed with Samsung's latest improvised touchwiz UI with lot of excellent features like S Health, S Memo, Samsung Smart Pause, Samsung Adapt Display, Samsung Adapt Sound, Chat On, Watch ON, Samsung HUB, Air View, Air Gesture, Group Play, Samsung Apps and lot more. Coming to Battery, Samsung Galaxy S4 is powered by 2600 mAh battery .
Samsung Galaxy S4's design is revamped compared to its predecessors like Galaxy S3, Note II etc., It looks more elegant and slim now and also weighs less compared to Galaxy S3. The silver band around the phone looks very elegant. I absolutely love the newly designed Samsung Galaxy S4. As everyone complains, Galaxy S4's back cover is plastic again , but keeping in mind to reduce the over all weight and with their proprietary design strategies, Samsung has retained the same in S4 too. Also, this time the back cover doesn't have full glossy finishing but has a textured finishing which looks good. There is a power button on the right, volume rocker on the left, 3.5 mm headphone jack up top and Micro USB on the bottom. You can insert the Sim Card, Micro SD card once you peel off the back cover. S4 has a physical home button, with capacitive Back and Menu keys on either side. S4 has 9 Sensors on the device which are Accelerometer, RGB light, Geomagnetic, Proximity, Gyro, Barometer,Temperature & Humidity, Gesture which helps for the plethora of additional software features which are available in the Device.
Performance wise, S4 does a neat job and you won't feel lag while performing any functions or while watching HD movies, playing HD games etc., Thanks to powerful processors and 2 GB RAM available on the device.
There are lot of software features comes with Camera like 'Dual Shot' , 'Drama Shot', 'Sound and Shot', 'Animated Photo' etc., which are developed keeping the day to day requirements of the end users. Though many techies may feel its gimmicky stuff from Samsung, we are sure the end users really are attracted by these and they will be excited to have these features on their phones. Ultimately Samsung's goal is to come up with innovative stuff to the end users which help them in their day to day life. We will come up with detailed review of all these applications once we get a chance to operate the device in detail for long time. Stay tuned for the same.
Air View and Air Gesture:
One of the best thing happened for S4 is Air View and Air Gesture features . Like in Galaxy Note II where we must use a S-Pen to utilize the Air-View feature, here in S4, we can just use our fingers for performing Air-view features, Thanks to the additional sensor which is incorporated in S4. Now you can preview the pictures in Albums without having to open the album , and seek the videos to different positions without actually having to touch the phone, browse through the photos why hovering your hand over the device, preview your emails, messages, calendar notes, FlipBoard headlines etc., We absolutely love this feature of S4.
Empowered Living - Takes Care of Your Health and Quality of Life
The GALAXY S4 empowers your life by keeping you up-to-date with health and well being information using the new ‘S Health’ application. The combination of sensors built within the device systematically and automatically monitors your health, food, exercise, sleep and so much more to help improve your quality of life and help you stay fit and healthy.
As well as monitoring, its ‘Samsung Adapt Display’ provides an optimal viewing experience, customized for each type of application, and ‘Samsung Adapt Sound’ offers an optimal level and type of sound, personalized for each user, to further make the most out of life.
‘Samsung Hub’ provides a single entry for Samsung content services, making it incredibly easy and convenient to use. You can browse through a variety of content across services, be it Video, books, games and learning content as well as purchase and manage content easily, from a single Samsung Account. Samsung Hub features an integrated search -- when you browse a keyword, the results will show related content from all of the services at once.
‘ChatON’ for GALAXY S4 offers a holistic communication experience by combining fun and creative text messaging with a high quality mVoIP/Video Chatting service. You can enjoy high quality video and voice chat with up to two friends on a WiFi and mobile network, as well as easily switching from text chat to video/voice chat and vice-versa. And for the ultimate sharing experience, the ‘Share Screen’ feature enables you to share your phone screen and the ability to control this with a friend during a one-to-one chat, without having to download and upload files to their device.
One of the unique features of Samsung Galaxy S4 is the WatchON that can transform the GALAXY S4 into a universal remote control.
Accessories: The Galaxy S4, true to its promise of presenting infinite possibilities to the user, comes with an impressive range of accessories to enhance convenience, style and functionality.
The consumer gets to chose from three different varieties of covers to drape the Galaxy S4, that too in a multitude of color options - a) The path breaking S View cover with a magnetic strip, that customizes the display window allowing users to take or receive calls without opening the front flap, while also accessing important information like call alerts, alarms, date, time etc. b) Array of classic Flipcovers c) Protective backcovers that also protects the rims providing a firm grip.
Similarly, those seeking enhanced power solutions get to chose from the Wireless charging Pad & Cover combo, or the extended battery kit or the mammoth 9000mAh power pack. The Samsung range of premium headsets and docking stations provide the perfect boosters to your AV experience, while relaxing or on the go.
Price: The Samsung GALAXY S4 is priced at Rs 41,500/- MRP. The Samsung Galaxy S4 comes with a special ‘All-In-One’ tariff plan from Vodafone, for both its post-paid and pre-paid customers. Under this plan, for a single rental, customers will get unlimited Internet, up to 3000 local and STD voice minutes and up to 750 local and national SMS. These exclusive plans will help customers save up to Rs 1000 per month i.e. up to Rs 12,000 in a year. Fair usage policy is applicable for unlimited Internet.
Overall we like this new product from Samsung and we think its worth putting on the money on this device for the fast and powerful performance, excellent camera, Superb display and lot of excellent software features. Hopefully Samsung comes with some metallic finished bodies in their upcoming models to shut the critics who complains about the plastics used in the Samsung Galaxy range of devices.