Samsung Unveils Galaxy S4 with 8-Core Processor, 13MP Camera and Software Tricks Galore

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Hey.That_Dude

Galaxy S4 has a price. It's going to be around $650. It says so in their own documents!
https://www.samsung.com/us/register/galaxy-s-4-smartphone/terms-and-conditions.html
For those that don't want to follow the link...
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oh and gfy Maxpc. your spam filter doesn't work so stop forcing it on me.

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TechW

I can honestly say that while the Galaxy S IV hardware specs are great, the included software is nothing but crapware to me. I can't think that I would use any of the new "features" they are adding on to the phone. There are plenty of apps available to customize Android. And I can delete those at any time if I am not using them. I imagine that is not the case with the Samsung included apps if history is any guide.

I'll probably be going with the HTC One. Less crapware and I can shove it off screen if I want and it has quality speakers that I can actually hear. (Yes, I know, it doesn't have a removable battery and an SD Card slot, while those are desirable they are not deal breakers for me)

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DiRTDOG

can you update the video link its dead. says private.

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Zanshi

8 cores is meaningless if the apps can't don't take advantage of it. Why do you think Intel and AMD have such a hard time promoting them? 4 cores for software (as of right now) are more than enough.

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Vano

It's for multitasking! There are no apps right now that would even need multicore phone, unless it does some kind of video converting or 3d rendering, but if you need run several apps simultaneously, the more cores the better.

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bling581

Why are people so concerned about how it looks in plastic? I have an iPhone 4S and my coworker next to me has a GS3. I've looked at it and it feels durable enough. What really matters is the guts inside and how it performs. Crazy Apple fanatics are always worrying about aesthetics and looking cool.

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Opm2

Maybe they like their calls dropped and poor signal quality. Shrouding your antenna in metal may look cool and feel durable, but it rapes your functionality.

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LatiosXT

Why does a cell phone need 8 cores?

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Peanut Fox

I used to think quad core phones were overkill. However, I've noticed that as performance in the devices has increased so has user experience, and the overall quality of the device. Higher resolution screens, more responsive UI, and added features.

Also Samsung's Octa isn't an 8 core processor in the traditional sense. 4 of the Cores are Cortex A15, while the other 4 are low power Cortex A7. The design is based off of ARM's big.LITTLE architecture which is similar to nVida's Tegra 4+1.

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somethingelse

For better sounding phone calls and more responsive email of course! (sarcasm in effect)

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Ninjawithagun

Pulkit - hate to break it to you, but the Samsung S4 is indeed a revolutionary step and NOT evolutionary step in smartphone technology. The Samsung S4 uses a lot of all-new tech that is currently not available in any other device, so how can it only be evolutionary? Stop reading other tech posts and trying to push them off as your own opinion. You are not going to fool Maximum PC readers - we know better! If you paid any attention, you would know that I am correct and that the S4 is the very best phone with the newest generation of technology onboard. I do not foresee the iPhone 5S being able to catch up with the S4...maybe the iPhone 6 will next year, but then by that time the S5 will be out...hahahaha!

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DeltaFIVEengineer

Do Samsung employees have Friday's off?

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Caboose

Like what? The 8-core CPU, IR blaster or the 802.11au tech? The rest is all available in other devices, may not be the current revision, but it's available. And the rest is all software based.

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Peanut Fox

Nokia has had IR blaster's in some of their high end phones in the past, and the new HTC one also has one.

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Vano

They are referring to the available features in one package. Not individually spread out among different devices.

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Caboose

Cool. I wasn't aware.

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bigrigross

Hold the phones. IR LED. Im sold. I dont know how many times I wish I could use my phone as a remote just because I know I wont lose it and it would be pretty darn handy. They need this on more phones.

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Opm2

There are a ton of traffic lights controlled by IR LED lights mounted in emergency vehicles. Never wait at a red light again!

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Khoiboi

I honestly don't like the five inch screen. My coworker broke the screen on his S3 (a single horizontal crack in about the middle) because he put it in his pocket weird and when he sat down, the plastic bent enough for the screen to crack. Larger screen is more room and everything, but it also means a larger and more vulnerable screen to crack and a shorter battery life.

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Ninjawithagun

If your friend (or you) had any common sense, he would have bought a decent case for the phone. I have a Samsung Galaxy S3 in a Otterbox Defender case and have had zero issues with it being damaged in any way. I've sat on it (multiple times), dropped it (a couple times from 4ft onto concrete), and it has yet to exhibit any physical damage. I can guarantee you that if you were to sit on an iPhone 4 or 5 (that has a much smaller screen) without it being in a case, the glass would crack for sure. Be smart and protect your tech devices - INVEST in good protective gear! Common sense goes a long way...if you have any.

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Sparx10

I was thinking of buying this phone but what you said is a little concerning. Perhaps that is why the rumored Motorola X Phone is going to have a flexible 5" screen

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maverick knight

People just need to be careful and mindful of their phones. Countless phones in the past have been victims of careless people drop them on the floor, toilet, pool, bridge, etc. I had a friend who bought a $40 hard plastic cover/case for his S2 and, ironically enough, he cracked the screen at the gym. He had his phone in his pocket (on top of his tight) while doing shoulder press and when he rested the dumbbell on his tight he cracked the screen.

It is not the phone's design fault, it is careless peoples's fault.

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vrmlbasic

How is it ironic that he broke his phone at the gym?

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maverick knight

Its ironic that his $40 case didn't protect the phone after all.

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Ninjawithagun

AGREED! Well stated Maverick!

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vrmlbasic

Only 2,600 mAh battery? My phone has a 3300 mAh battery. Perhaps this phone is more efficient than mine and and can run for a longer duration than can mine, but my phone proves it possible to have a 3300 mAh battery in a phone and this Samsung phone would certainly run for longer had it the 700 mAh capacity it is lacking.

I have qualms about buying a more capable phone which has less battery capacity than my current one.

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Sparx10

I'm guessing you have the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD?

I would have gotten that phone if not for the fact that Motorola doesn't always follow through on promised Android updates on their phones, the fact that the back cover (and by extension, the battery) is non-removable, and the unfortunate decision to not let users unlock the bootloader (yet you can unlock the regular Droid Razr HD)

Anyways, 2600mAh is higher than most if not all phones from 2011, which usually had anywhere from 1700mAh to 2000mAh. For people just coming out of a 2 year contract this is a great upgrade

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vrmlbasic

I have the Razr Maxx, the non-HD version.

I wish that the battery were replaceable, but I'll accept that for the durability provided by the rigid, nigh-unserviceable construction. This phone has withstood somewhat serious abuse, abuse that I've seen do in a Galaxy S2 & a few iPhones. I also don't plan on using this phone forever. I'd like to be able to continually update the battery as it loses capacity (where is our super capacitor tech?...sigh) but I get the feeling that before the battery craps out the phone will be irrelevant: my old Droid Eris has a replaceable battery, but it is so dated that it can do scarcely anything besides phone calls.

2600 mAh is nice, I agree, but with the bulk of this device I wouldn't mind them cramming in a much more capacious battery. I suppose that I could do that myself, if I were to find a 3rd party super-battery, which could work.

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Paper Jam

I got burned by Moto on my last phone by them reneging on the ICS update, but as for the locked bootloader, that falls on the carrier. My current Moto can be unlocked using their website. I went back to Motorola because they still have the best radios and solid build quality.

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anc51699

13MP front camera and 2MP rear camera? Is that a typo? Why on earth does anyone need a front camera to take pictures that big?

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Blaze589

I checked CNET and it is a typo 2MP front and 13MP on the rear.

"Why on earth does anyone need a front camera to take pictures that big?" Sexting maybe? lol

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opulent_rigs

Thanks for pointing it out.

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m31337

Can't wait to take 13 MP shots of my beautiful face!

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limitbreaker

My sony Xperia S can already do that and has a lot less cheap plastic :-) I liked samsung phones for a while but After my Galaxy note i'm never buying their products again.

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Ninjawithagun

No, the Sony Xperia can't do that...12MP camera with only a dual-core CPU and no 4G LTE capability? NO THANKS! And the Xperia uses a lot of plastics too - you just think it's metal. Time for you to upgrade your phone :P

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limitbreaker

I'm sorry, my mistake... I have the Xperia T which does have LTE and a 13mp camera and the casing is of great quality, it's not quad core or water proof like the Xperia z but I settled for a last gen phone because I bought it without a contract.

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tony2tonez

Also software offered is Samsung Knox which is similar to BB Balance. Separation of personal and work OS.

The S Translation sounds similar to BB text, meaning if you switch insert those special character of another language the dictionary changes to that language, so you can have multilingual text message.

The specs sound really nice, i would check out this phone as my contract will be up end of June. Also there were rumors that this could be Samsung last Android device as they are developing their OS Tizen (maybe on the highend).

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Paper Jam

Samsung has made a lot of money and positioned itself as the number one device manufacturer in the world on the back of Android. I can't see Samsung dropping Android "cold turkey", though there has been some talk of discord between them and Google. I looks like both companies are positioning themselves for an eventual split, Samsung with Tizen and Google with Motorola, but both are still peaking right now. I would bet my money on a gradual transition with multiple Android devices yet to be released and a small but growing number of Tizen devices over several years. That way, if Tizen doesn't take hold there is still money being made on the Android side.

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