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At a slightly kitschy Broadway-style event at New York’s Radio City Music Hall, Samsung on Thursday officially lifted the curtain on the latest member of the storied Galaxy smartphone series: the octa-core Exynos 5-powered Galaxy S4.
With all due respect to the Korean electronics giant who was clearly trying to make its first smartphone unveiling on U.S. soil special, all the theatrics at today’s Unpacked 2013 event were not only tedious but unnecessary, as it had very little to tell us that we didn’t already know — what with an unrelenting deluge of rumors that continued until a few minutes before the official unveiling.
The intolerable theatrics aside, here are the specs Samsung confirmed today: 5-inch full HD Super AMOLED display, 1.9 GHz Quad-Core Processor / 1.6 GHz Octa-Core Processor (to vary by market), Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean), 2GB RAM, 16/32/64 GB internal storage, microSD support, 13MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, GPS / GLONASS, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 (LE) and IR LED (Remote Control) and 2,600 mAh battery.
Granted, the Galaxy S4, with its powerful innards, 5-inch full HD display and 13MP camera, is without any doubt a better device than its predecessor, but it’s still nothing more than an evolutionary leap. With most devices sporting more or less similar specs and, thereby, finding it hard to stand out in an increasingly competitive smartphone market, the software is, in many ways, more important than the hardware. Thankfully, the latest Galaxy smartphone, which is scheduled to make its retail debut next month at an as yet undisclosed price, is not short on software innovations.
Here’s a quick rundown of some of the phone’s software innovations (excerpted from the press release):