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Taking apart Samsung's Galaxy S4

Posted: 30 Apr 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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On March 14, 2013, 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.

Based on the resounding success of the Galaxy SIII, many in the industry are wondering if Samsung would be able to continue delivering on the technology inside their feature handset. (Click on photos for larger images.)

In this report:

  • Overview
  • Taking it apart
  • Chips that made the cut

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    Immediately noticeable upon removing it from its box is the screen-to-case ratio. It is evident that Samsung has maximised the size of the screen while reducing the size of the bezel around it. Doing so keeps the Galaxy S4 comparable in size and form factor to handsets with smaller screens like the Nexus 4 or the Galaxy S3. Utilising a 5-inch screen featuring Samsung's proprietary Super AMOLED (1080 x 1920 pixels) technology, the edges of the display nearly touch the sides of the phone.

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