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The launch of the Samsung Galaxy S4 was one of the most hotly anticipated smartphone releases of the year so far. My time with the device was limited to around 10 to 15 minutes but that was more than enough time to get an initial feel for the new phone.
Hardware-wise Samsung's Galaxy S4 is no slouch and includes an upgraded processor, camera, screen and other internals in comparison to the previous generation Galaxy S3.
Perhaps one of the most striking things about the phone is the 5-inch full 1080p HD Super AMOLED display (441PPI) that immediately grabs attention with its crisp, bright images and colours. Impressively, despite increasing screen size a little from the Galaxy S3, the chassis of the device is more-or-less the same size, meaning it actually wasn't as large in the hand as I had expected.
Samsung's TouchWiz UI is still present, although there have been few changes to it, and the usual sea of Android apps awaits you if you navigate away from one of the home screens. Just because TouchWiz remains largely the same, that doesn't mean Samsung has abandoned the software experience on the phone — it's really here that the South Korean handset maker hopes to stand out.
Other hardware specs of the S4 include a choice of internal storage (16/32/64GB), microSD support and 2GB RAM. It also supports 4G LTE in the 800MHz, 1800MHz and 2.6GHz bands.
The handset is due for release in the UK and some European countries on 27 April at 10AM, Samsung confirmed at its Galaxy S4 World Tour event in London on Tuesday.
Despite packing impressive internals and increasing the screen size, Samsung has managed to keep the profile of the Galaxy S4 down to a svelte 7.9mm.
The overall dimensions of the phone are 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9mm and weighs 130g which actually makes the handset a little bit narrower, thinner and 3 grams lighter than its predecessor, even though it has that larger screen.
One of the headline-garnering features of the S4's new software offerings are the 'touchless' operations such as AirView.
AirView lets you preview the content of an email or text message without opening it or touching the handset.
To use AirView you simply open the messages or email inbox and point at the message you want to preview and it will display it on screen.
The image above shows a preview of an email without needing to open or tap it to view the contents. If you hover your finger over any email attachments it will tell you what kind of attachment it is, for example, an image or document.