After weeks of insufferable hype, Samsung finally released its newest phone in the Galaxy line up. Many were hoping for a real game changer, given the build up to the release, but most were left underwhelmed.
GigaOM outlines the smartphone’s new features:
- 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display with 1280 x 720 resolution.
- The phone, made in plastic polycarbonate, measures 136.6mm x 70.6mm x 8.6mm and weighs 133 grams (4.7 ounces).
- 8 megapixel rear camera and 1.9 megapixel front sensor with zero shutter lag. The camera offers a 20 image burst mode and the phone can be unlocked through facial recognition on the front camera. Pics of your friends can be automatically recognized and sent to them.
- The front camera also tracks your eye movement so that the phone knows when you’re looking at it, keeping the display backlit automatically.
- Storage capacity will initially be 16 GB and 32 GB with a 64 GB model to follow. A microSD card slot allows for expansion.
- Samsung’s new 1.4 GHz Exynos quad-core chip paired with 1 GB of memory will power the phone although the chip may be swapped out for others in LTE markets, with availability later this summer.
- Other connectivity features include Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi (with dual-channel bonding for faster speeds), GPS and NFC.
- A new S Voice feature supports voice actions, similar to Siri on Apple’s iPhone 4S.
- The 2100 mAh battery, with a wireless charger option, should last “longer than the average smartphone,” according to Samsung.
- Several DLNA sharing options are enhanced, allowing, for example, the ability to share media from one phone to a group.
- Thanks to the processor and screen, you can watch HD videos in part of the display and multitask on the rest of the screen.
Engadget provides a comparison of all 3 Galaxy phones: