Samsung unveils its Galaxy S4 (pictures)

At Samsung's Global Unpacked Event in New York, the Korean phone giant officially debuted its highly anticipated Galaxy S4.

Lynn La
1 of 22 Sarah Tew/CNET

Say hello to the Galaxy S4

Samsung debuted its newest flagship handset, the Galaxy S4, at a New York press event today. Though no price or dates have been announced, the device will be available on several U.S. carriers: AT&T, Cricket, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon.

2 of 22 Sarah Tew/CNET

Better AMOLED screen

The phone's equipped with a 5-inch full-HD Super AMOLED screen with a 1,920x1,080-pixel resolution and 441ppi.

3 of 22 Sarah Tew/CNET

Two different colors

The Samsung Galaxy S4 will come in two colors, black mist and white frost.

4 of 22 Sarah Tew/CNET

Connection information

Features include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and an IR remote sensor.

5 of 22 Sarah Tew/CNET

Info for shutterbugs

Cameras include a 13-megapixel shooter in the back, capable of recording 1080p HD video, and a 2-megapixel camera in the front.

6 of 22 Sarah Tew/CNET

Recording with both cams

One new camera feature is a dual-recording mode, which lets you simultaneously record and take photos with both rear- and front-facing cameras.

7 of 22 Sarah Tew/CNET

Oh, how dramatic

Drama Shot enables the GS4 to take more than 100 shots in 4 seconds, and show them as a collage in one frame.

8 of 22 Sarah Tew/CNET

Get out of here, you

The eraser feature lets users speed up the shutter to take multiple shots, so you can edit the shot to grab the best pics. Nokia and HTC have this already.

9 of 22 Sarah Tew/CNET

Speaking some Babel

S Translator knows nine languages, and can handle speech-to-text and text-to-speech.

10 of 22 Sarah Tew/CNET

Translating many languages

With the optical reader, the GS4 can translate written words. It has 3,000 useful sentences that are embedded. You can communicate even if you don't have a network connection.

11 of 22 Sarah Tew/CNET

Adjusting your phone

Adapt Display automatically adjusts contrast and other factors depending on the light.

12 of 22 Sarah Tew/CNET

What's the story?

Story Album allows you to set up an album based on themes or events. You can add tags on photos or people. Using Blurb, you can use Story Album to create an actual photo book directly from the phone.

13 of 22 Sarah Tew/CNET

HomeSync keeps it together

Seen at MWC 2013, HomeSync allows you to share photos from the phone to other devices like tablets, PCs, and TVs. It also uses a cloud service.

14 of 22 Sarah Tew/CNET

Optimized when driving

When you get in a car, Galaxy S Voice kicks in. It's a simpler UI version optimized for driving. You connect with Bluetooth to the car. Galaxy S4 has a navigation system built in, and S Voice will allow drivers to keep their hands free. It will make calls, send messages, and even check the weather.

15 of 22 Sarah Tew/CNET

Glove-friendly screen

The handset works even when you're wearing gloves, similar to the Nokia Lumia 920.

16 of 22 Sarah Tew/CNET

Consolidating the hubs

The Samsung Hub has a magazine interface, and takes all of the different hubs and integrates them into one place.

17 of 22 Sarah Tew/CNET

With our powers combined

Group Play can turn several GS4s into a stereo surround-sound system. You can adjust the volume of each device, switch to two speakers if there are fewer phones, and share photos with the link up.

18 of 22 Sarah Tew/CNET

Too... many... people!

With dual video calls, you can see the video feed from the rear camera and a picture-in-picture of the person's face.

19 of 22 Sarah Tew/CNET

Don't look away

The GS4 can detect whether you're looking at the phone. If you look away from the phone, the video will pause. When you return, it'll start playing again. When you're reading, you scroll up and down by tilting the phone up and down.

20 of 22 Sarah Tew/CNET

Keeping tabs on health

S Health works in conjunction with a wide array of accessories. It can keep track of your calories burned, act as a body scale and heart monitor, and monitor your sleeping habits.

21 of 22 Sarah Tew/CNET

Accessories galore

One new accessory is the S View cover, which has a slit to show relevant data. There's also pouches, flip covers, and protective cases.

22 of 22 Sarah Tew/CNET

Your life companion

Other specs include a 1.9GHz, quad-core Snapdragon Fusion Pro, or a proprietary 1.6GHz octa-core Exynos 5 Octa (depending on where you live). The handset is powered by a 2,600mAh battery and comes in three different storage capacities: 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB. For a more thorough rundown, check out the link below.

More Galleries

2024 Mazda CX-90 Is Large and In Charge
2024 Mazda CX-90

2024 Mazda CX-90 Is Large and In Charge

52 Photos
2023's Best TV and Streaming Shows You Can't Miss on Netflix, HBO, Disney Plus and More

2023's Best TV and Streaming Shows You Can't Miss on Netflix, HBO, Disney Plus and More

62 Photos
See Samsung's Galaxy S23 Lineup
Samsung Galaxy S23

See Samsung's Galaxy S23 Lineup

10 Photos
Hubble and James Webb Space Telescope Images Compared: See the Difference

Hubble and James Webb Space Telescope Images Compared: See the Difference

12 Photos
Audi Activesphere Is a Transforming All-Terrain EV
Audi Activesphere concept

Audi Activesphere Is a Transforming All-Terrain EV

51 Photos
Yamaha motorcycle and instrument designers trade jobs (pictures)

Yamaha motorcycle and instrument designers trade jobs (pictures)

16 Photos
CNET's 'Day of the Dead Devices' altar (pictures)

CNET's 'Day of the Dead Devices' altar (pictures)

9 Photos