Samsung Galaxy S 4 hardware: What’s new?

Samsung launched the successor to its hugely popular Galaxy S III, the Galaxy S 4 this morning and as expected, it has lived up to most of its high expectations and exceeded some too. At first glance this flagship phone might only look like a bigger version of the Galaxy S III, but there’s much more to it than meets the eye. Let’s have a look at all that is new in terms of hardware on the Galaxy S 4.

Let’s start off with the size and weight of the new phone. At 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9mm compared to the 136.6×70.6×8.6mm on its predecessor, it is actually a bit thinner than before and as we mentioned during in our Hands On feature, the phone can be easily held in one hand. The body now made up of a new polycarbonate body feels a bit more premium and is also lighter than before at 130 grams.

The Galaxy S 4 also sports a bigger 5-inch Super AMOLED 1080p display compared to the 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED 720p display on the Galaxy S III.  If you count the number of pixels that has been crammed into the 5-inch display, it comes up to 441 pixels per inch, which is higher than most of the phones in the market and certainly much higher than the Galaxy S III which had a pixel density of 306ppi. Some might complain about the PenTile pixel arrangement on the S 4, but trust us when we say that at such high resolutions, it doesn’t matter as much. Another new feature on the Galaxy S 4 is the ability to operate the display even when wearing gloves, something that is only yet found on the Nokia Lumia 920.

When talking about brute power, the Galaxy S 4 feels like a classic American muscle car with a 1.6GHz 8-core Exynos Octa 5 CPU and 2GB of RAM under its hood. There is nothing Korean about the fire under its belly. The US version of the smartphone is slightly different in terms of the chipset inside as it uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor instead of the Exynos. This is a far cry from the 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos 4412 Quad Cortex A9 processor on the Galaxy S III. Though at any given point of time only four cores will be used when performing a task, it is still some serious power in hand.

Speaking of photo clicking capabilities, the Galaxy S 4 features a 13-megapixel camera with Auto Focus and zero shutter lag and a 2-megapixel front camera which is capable of recording videos in Full HD at 30fps. Samsung has crammed its cameras with a variety of software like Dual-Shot, Drama Shot, Cinema Shot, Sound Shot, Beauty Shot, Eraser and Story Album. It can also shoot 1080p video. Previously, the Galaxy S III had an 8-megapixel camera.

The Galaxy S 4 will be available in 16GB/32GB/64GB memory variants with microSD card support and has connectivity features like Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, a built-in IR Blaster to use the phone as a remote control and also NFC. In something not seen before on smartphones, the Galaxy S 4 also has a built-in thermometer. The smartphone also has Qi wireless charging capabilities and will be offered with a wireless charging pad. Powering a phone with so much bundled in is a massive 2,600mAH battery which is significantly bigger than the 2,100mAH battery seen on the Galaxy S III.

Samsung says that there will be 3G and 4G versions of the device and later in the year it will even launch a TD-LTE version.