Samsung's Galaxy S4 smartphone: By the numbers

Samsung's Galaxy S4 smartphone: By the numbers

Summary: Now that the Galaxy S4 is official, let's take a closer look at where this device fits in the mobile market.


Expectations have been sky high for the Samsung Galaxy S4, almost to unprecedented levels -- at least for any device not coming out of Apple these days.

See also on CNET: Full coverage of Samsung Galaxy S4 launch | Live blog from the Samsung Galaxy S4 event in NYC | Hands-on review


Being that it was unveiled at a grandiose presentation in New York City on Thursday, Samsung executives busy boasting fancy specs.

But based on the numbers alone, the S4 initially looks like a standard upgrade to the "hero phone" that the S3 was for the Korean tech giant when it was released last year.

Nevertheless, let's take a closer look:

  • Full HD, Super AMOLED 5-inch display with 441 pixels per inch
  • Measures 136.5mm long by 70.6mm wide
  • Weighing 130 grams
  • 3G and 4G LTE
  • Supports downloads up to 100Mbps and uploads of 50Mbps
  • 2GB of LPDDR RAM
  • Storage options: 16, 32 and 64GB of internal storage possible
  • Supports up to 64GB of external storage via microSD card
  • 2,600mAh removable battery
  • Two cameras: 13-megapixel on the back and 2-megapixel front-facing camera
  • Can take shoot more than 100 shots in four seconds
  • S-Translator supports nine languages with 3,000 useful phrases ready
  • Will be available with 327 carriers across 55 countries

Samsung reveals the Galaxy S4 (photos)

But what about the numbers we don't know? Perhaps the most important still remains a mystery: the price tag.

In confirming that it will be carrying the S4 starting in Q2, Sprint revealed that pricing will be revealed "in the coming weeks."

Images via CNET

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  • A Better Screen Than Anything Else On The Market

    The headline feature for me is the screen. After all, that's the part you spend most time looking at. And Android had been the platform at the forefront of innovative screen technology-look at the Asus Nexus 7 and the LG Nexus 10. And this--the latest in a line of new 1080p phones with 440dpi-or-better screens.
    • too early to tell

      Until the actual device gets in the hands of experts and the display quality is analysed, it is hard to say it is any good. Screen resolution alone is far from the only metric in screens and the experiment with pentile displays didn't prove to be any good.

      Thing is, all top-model smartphones today are just as good as it gets. Like with PCs, you hardly need anything better and the "quality" difference is in the subtle details, not raw spec.
      • Re: Until the actual device gets in the hands of experts

        This is not the first XXHDPI screen to ship. Others have been out and reviewed for a few months. They really are better than what Apple calls "retina"-class.
  • Need more specs

    I'm less interested in the screen and more in the internal specs. What processor? Speed? How about ports? Does it have built in wireless? 2.4GHz and/or 5GHz? (If it doesn't have wireless, I'm not interested, because of data plan limitations and huge apps needing large downloads.)
    And why are cell phones getting so BIG?! It's a "cell phone" for crying out loud. Like I want to have to carry around something in one hand the rest of my life because there's no belt case for it and it won't fit in any of my pockets.)
    • Bigger IS better

      Phones need to be bigger because they do more than just make calls and send text messages. I recently got a Galaxy Note II and I will never go back to a smaller phone. The size is just right. I have two different cases that fit my belt fine and it also fits in my front shirt pocket. It takes up ALL my front shirt pocket and sticks out, but so what. I can actually SEE things on the screen without getting annoyed. Watching movies, playing games, reading books and magazines, I even connect to our office TS and do things I could never do on an iPhone 5.

      Phones these days are more than just phones.