Well, the new flagship is out. Most of S3 (and other) users have a dilema : should I upgrade or keep my old gadget (S3) ?

Some basics about S4 (main novelties are bold) :

The “goodies”

  • Quad-band 3G with HSPA; LTE – on both versions
  • 5″ 16M-color 1080p Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with Gorilla Glass 3
  • Android OS v4.2.2 Jelly Bean with TouchWiz UI
  1. Quad-core 1.9 GHz Krait 300 CPU, Adreno 320 GPU; Qualcomm Snapdragon 600
  2. Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A15 & quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7, PowerVR SGX 544MP3 GPU; Exynos 5410
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 13 MP autofocus camera with LED flash,1080p video recording @ 30fps, continuous autofocus and stereo sound
  • 2 MP front-facing camera, 1080p video recording
  • Dual shot and dual video recording, Drama shot, Shot and sound
  • Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct and DLNA
  • 16GB/32/64GB of built-in storage *( see bellow for more info)
  • microSD card slot
  • microUSB port with USB host and MHL 2.0
  • Bluetooth v4.0
  • NFC
  • IR port for remote control functionality
  • Accelerometer and proximity sensor
  • Barometer, thermometer, hygroscope
  • IR gesture sensor for Air gestures
  • Smart gestures: Smart stay, Smart pause, Smart scroll
  • Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • 2600 mAh battery with great endurance
  • 7.9mm thickness
  • Smart volume and Adapt Sound features for the music player

And some “negatives”

  • Design is nowhere near to innovation
  • Hyperglaze finish again nowhere near to competitors (HTC One or Xperia Z)
  • No FM radio
  • After 1st boot all the Samsungs “extras” (Air View, Air Gestures, Smart Stay, Smart Rotate, Smart Scroll, Smart Pause, S Voice) will eat up almost half of promised storage (ex. 16GB version will have around 8.5GB available space)

Now some more detailed data. The S4 came in two main versions; GT-I9500 (Exynos 5 Octa) and GT-I9505 (Snapdragon 600) and also 3rd version GT-I9502, which has dual SIM support.

Samsung claims that both main version are LTE-enabled.