Samsung Galaxy S4 the most powerful smartphone of the year with Octa core processor was launched in india two months back, it has a 1.4GHz Exynos Quad Core and 1.6GHz Exynos processor each having 4 cores that makes 4+4 = 8 cores. It has Exynos Octa core uses PowerVR SGX 544MP3 which is a newer version of GPU.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Quick Specs
Display Size: 5 inch Full HD Super AMOLED (1920 x 1080) display, 441 ppi
Processor: 1.4 GHz Quad-core + 1.6 Ghz Quad Core = 8 cores
RAM: 2 Gb
Software Version: Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) OS
Dual Sim: No (Its GSM Single SIM )
Camera: 13.0 MP auto focus camera with Flash & Zero Shutter Lag, BIS
Secondary Camera: 2.0 MP front-facing camera
Internal Storage: 16 GB with 8gb available
External Storage: Expandable up to 64GB
Battery: 2600 mAh battery
Connectivity: 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, aGPS, 3.5mm audio jack, But No FM Radio
The S4 box is made up of recycled paper which is a nice move from samsung – the box has Handset, 2600 mAh battery, screen protector preinstalled on the display, nice build quality in ear headphones, extra ear caps, MicroUSB to USB 2.0 cable and a 2 AMP charger.
Quick Hands on Review [Video]
Build Quality, Design and Form Factor
The build quality of S4 is quite good which feels less plastic at least on the edges but again you can’t not override the fact that you feel the plastic at the back cover but it has less glossy ness with a texture design inside a layer on the back cover, but still due to the plastic all around the phone is lighter and does not stop working after many fall attempts. There is not much change in the design it seems to be the same look and feel like the previous galaxy phones but edges on s4 are flat as compared the curved ones on s3 earlier. Being a 5 inch display phone it feels really light to hold in one hand and its not too wide and decently slim to it will go inside the jeans pocket very easily and easy to carry anywhere.
Display, Memory and Battery Backup
The display on the phone is 5 inch Full HD Super AMOLED (1920 x 1080) display, 441 ppi which is really one of the crisp and clear display we have seen, you will not notice any issues on the display as far as viewing angles are concerned, the outdoor visibility of the display is good if not the best which we have seen. The in built memory is 16Gb but only half of that around 8 Gb is available and out of which after preinstalled data and apps around 6 Gb you get for storing pictures, videos and other data like apps, but you also have memory card slot to expand the storage and you cannot install apps on SD card but move some apps from phone memory to SD card. The battery backup is quite good for one day moderate usage, the talktime you get it around 4-5 hours on the device with moderate usage which is quite good.
Software, Benchmarks and Gaming
The software UI running on top of android on this phone is Nature UX UI which is the latest version of Touch Wiz UI which is quite ok and good to use but you can see the phone runs faster on stock UI however you can’t do that unless you root the phone.
Benchmark Scores for Canvas 3D
- Quadrant Standard Edition: 13077
- Antutu Benchmark: 28030
- Nenamark2: 59.8 fps
- Multi Touch: 10 point
Benchmarks and Gaming Review [Video]
13 MP AF Rear and 2MP Front Camera
Sound, Video and Navigation
The quality of sound from the loudspeaker is pretty loud and through the earphones it quite clear with good bass levels. It can play HD videos at both 720p and 1080p without any lag and it can also be used for navigation the device, but the device may become little hot while using it for navigation.
Unboxing and Full Review [Video]
Samsung Galaxy S4 Photo Gallery
Samsung Galaxy S4 Full In Depth Review [Video]
Conclusion and Price
Samsung Galaxy S4 is no doubt of the best smartphone available as if now with the some unique features like Air View, Air Gesture, Smart Scroll, Smart Pause and Smart Stay which may not be available in other smartphones. It has a plastic feel but on the other hand it does give nice durability over time as compared to the cheap android phones out there, performance and gaming is as good as it can be on this phone. It comes for an MRP of Rs. 41,500 INR but you can get it at a lesser price and in case you have a problem with the price you can buy it with EMI on 0% interest as well.