March 25, 2013

Samsung’s Galaxy S4 is a big deal (VIDEO)

Samsung's new smartphone might be the biggest thing to come out of South Korea since "Gangnam Style." The Galaxy S4's gargantuan 5" Super AMOLED screen is enough to dwarf the competition and at 1080p and 441 pixels-per-inch, it's pin-sharp -  you won't find a better phone for streaming HD movies around.

The follow-up to the much-loved S3 (the world's most popular Android phone, according to Samsung) has had an upgrade under the surface, too: including an ultra-fast eight-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 2GB of RAM - double its predecessor.

But the real innovations with the Galaxy S4 - and why Apple should start to watch its back - is in two new features: eye-tracking and S Health. The much-vaunted eye tracking uses the front-facing camera to sense when you're looking at that enormous display, pausing videos when you're looking away, for example.

President and head of IT and Mobile Communication Division, introduces Samsung Electronics Co's latest Galaxy S4 phone during its launch at the Radio City Music Hall in New York March 14, 2013.
It can sense your fingers, too - swiping your hand over the screen to answer a call or skip a music track is a neat trick, and useful when your phone rings while you're eating a particularly greasy Meatliquor cheeseburger. The second killer feature, S Health, uses a built-in pedometer to track your movement; think of it as an alternative to Nike's Fuelband but with the addition of useful Android apps. Now we just need to figure out how to fit the thing in our pockets…

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