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Teardown: Inside Samsung Galaxy S4

Posted: 02 May 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:smartphone  Android  Galaxy S4 

When the iPhone 5 was released in September, Galaxy S fans scoffed at Apple's latest offering, deriding the product as a feeble attempt at offering what the Galaxy SIII already did months before when it was launched. It was then that the hype for the Samsung Galaxy SIV began in earnest. "Can you imagine what Samsung has up its sleeve for its next handset?" was a familiar refrain in the handset industry, as Samsung had firmly established itself as the innovator of the smartphone market.

Speculations abounded over what the next iteration of the Galaxy S would offer. Flexible screen? Eye-tracking? A new flavour of Android unseen on any other handset? Would Samsung be able to deliver on what was rumoured as the next big thing in smartphones?

On March 14, at a press event in New York City, Samsung officially introduced the Samsung Galaxy S4. Looking to overwhelm their competitors in the smartphone space with an array of features not yet seen before in other handsets, the Galaxy S4 went with the "bigger is better" adage.

Now incorporating a 5-inch OLED display (taking a cue from the success of the Galaxy Note family of hybrid tablet-phones), certain models of the Samsung Galaxy S4 will also incorporate the first processor to utilise eight cores—the Samsung Exynos Octa. Using Android's Jelly Bean 4.2.1 operating system, the Galaxy SIV features some technical firsts such as smarter eye-tracking software, for example Smart Pause and Smart Scroll, and a "hovering" feature that utilises air gestures and finger movement to navigate through the OS.

Die image of the Samsung Exynos Octa

Die image of the Samsung Exynos Octa.

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