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Samsung's latest much-hyped smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S4, was indeed expected to be, from a design viewpoint, identical to its earlier Galaxy SIII.
twitter-logo Nidhi Singal        Print Edition: May 26, 2013

Samsung Galaxy S4
Price:
Rs 41,500

Samsung's latest much-hyped smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S4, was indeed expected to be, from a design viewpoint, identical to its earlier Galaxy SIII. Even so, looks-wise, it is a disappointment.

However, the five-inch Full HD screen with its crisp and vibrant homescreen redeems the product. The display - 441 pixels per inch - made video watching a delight. The S4 also packs two quad-core processors, clocked at 1.6 GHz and 1.2 GHz, and is paired with a 2GB RAM to offer snappy performance. It runs on the latest version of Android operating system, V4.2. Overlaying the stock Android interface is the latest version of the Samsung TouchWiz user interface.

Then there are features such as Smart Scroll which lets you scroll the page up and down while browsing the web or reading email. The phone is intelligent enough to note your eye position - if you tilt your head slightly, the page goes up or down. Another interesting feature is Smart Pause that pauses a running video if you look away. You turn to the screen again and the video starts playing again. There is also Air Gesture, which enables you to jump to the next image in a gallery of pictures by simply waving above the phone, without touching the display.

The 13 MP camera has a new user interface. The images are great, though they lack sharpness in low light . The device also has a 2600 mAh battery that lasts almost a day with average use.

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