Samsung Unpacked: Hands on with the Galaxy S4

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Samsung announced earlier the release of their newest Galaxy phone aka the Galaxy S4. Following the presentation at the Unpacked event, the members of the media were given a chance to play with the new flagship handset. The device is a bit lighter and thinner than its predecessor, the Galaxy S III, with 4.6 ounces and 5.38 x 2.71 x 0.31 inches.

Samsung has done a great job increasing the display size to 5 inches (4.8-inches for the S3) with an incredible resolution of 1920 x 1080 and 446 ppi. As you may have guessed, we’re talking about an AMOLED display here, meaning that you will get some really nice and crisp colors.

I was hoping that Samsung would have done something about the build quality and moved from the plasticy texture to an aluminum one.The bezel however has been updated and is now slightly more flat than before.

The Galaxy S4 sports two different types of processors depending on where you live. Folks who live outside of the U.S. will get the Exynos 5 1.6GHz octa-core chipset while those of us who live here in the States will be getting the 1.9GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor due to its compatibility with LTE. In addition, the handset packs 2GB of RAM, 13-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front camera, 16/32/64 GB storage options with up to 64GB of additional room via an SD card and a 2600 mAh battery.

Touchwiz, Samsung’s proprietary Android skin, has also been updated with features like ‘Air Gestures’ which allows you scroll without touching the screen. One of my favorite additions is Smart Pause–it pauses your videos when the phone senses that your eyes aren’t starring at it. Oh, you can now tilt the phone to scroll up and down.

Overall, the Galaxy S4 is a solid Android phone. If you were looking for something revolutionary, this isn’t it. This is basically an updated Galaxy S III which is one of the best selling Android handsets ever. So why change something that was proven to be successful-right, Sammy?

I made a hands-on video (below) without the sound due to how the place was packed and noisy. I was pushed a couple of times, so excuse the quality of the video. If you have any questions, let me know by dropping a line in the comments section below.

Expect a more thorough review once we get our review unit in.