Samsung has shown off yet another variant of its Galaxy S4 smartphone -- this time supporting LTE-Advanced networks.
The "Galaxy S4 LTE-A" due to be release this summer, adds new features to the existing flagship smartphone and support for doubled mobile data download speeds on the few networks that support it.
The Galaxy S4 LTE-A's advanced network enables users to experience substantially faster speeds - double today's LTE speeds - by leveraging carrier aggregation, an approach that combines different frequencies and uses them as one.
The phone also comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 2.3GHz quad-core processor and a long-lasting 2,600mAh battery.
The LTE-A version also supports up to Hexa-band, which allows it to function in all LTE coverage areas as well as enabling global LTE roaming.
New features for the South Korean market include ImageON, which analyzes images that users view, then identifies and plays videos related to the image with just one click.
There is also a high resolution Digital Media Broadcasting service that delivers on-the-go consumption of live television programs.
Meanwhile the current 3G version available in Ghana continues to offer users more features than any other handset hardly offers on the market.
The GALAXY S4 has the world’s first Full HD 5-inch Super AMOLED display screen with top class 441 pixels per inch for stunning viewing quality. It is also equipped with a 13 megapixel rear camera and a 2 megapixel front camera, which can both be used simultaneously under the Dual Shot feature.
Some of its other specs include options of 1.9GHz Qaud-Core Processor and 1.6GHz Octa-Octa-Core, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system, 2,600mAh longer battery life, 2GB operating memory, options of 16/32/64GB internal memory, WiFi, a wide range of Google Mobile services and its touch screen is glove friendly, unlike its predecessors.
But the special features which left audience often applauding at the launch include the integrated Samsung Hub, Samsung ChatOn, Samsung KNOX, Dual Camera, Group Play, Sound and Shot, Drama Shot, S Travel, S Translator, Story Album, Smart Pause, Smart Scroll, Air View, Air Gesture, S Voice Drive, Optical Reader, S Health, Adapt Display, and Adapt Sound among others.
The Dual Camera function allows both rear and front cameras to take simultaneous photos and videos. Drama Shot’, allows users to see all the action in one continuous time-lapse, and ‘Sound & Shot’, uniquely stores sound and voice together as a still picture is taken.
These meaningful moments captured in pictures and video can also now automatically be stored in a photo album, with the new ‘Story Album’ function. Content such as SNS posts, memos, location and weather information, as well as photos and videos, is automatically gathered on the phone to create a photo album which is personalised around your timeline of special occasions and events.
With the ‘Group Play’ function, users can enjoy music, photos and games with others around without even requiring a Wi-Fi AP or cellular signal, and ‘Share Music’ option allows users to have the same song playing on multiple phones in sync to create the best party atmosphere.
The GALAXY S4 brings all people closer together by breaking down language barriers. Its ‘S Translator’ provides instant translation for 10 international languages, whether voice or text in email, text message and ChatON. It also translates from speech to text and text to speech.
Samsung Smart Pause enables one to control the screen by where one looks. “When you are watching a video, the video pauses when you look away then it starts right up again when you are back.” ‘Samsung Smart Scroll’ allows one to scroll the browser or emails up and down without touching the screen. It detects your eyes and recognises movement of your wrist and then scroll the pages up or down accordingly.
‘Air View’ allows users to hover with their fingers to preview the content of an email, S Planner, image gallery or video without having to open it. The user can even see a magnified view on the Internet browser, or a phone number saved in the speed dial on the keypad. Meanwhile, ‘Air Gesture’, also make it possible to change the music track, scroll up and down a web page, or accept a call with a wave of your hand.
With ‘S Voice Drive’ one can activate commands via voice control for optimisation when driving. Once connected with a car Bluetooth, the phone automatically turns into driving mode converting text to speech so one can easily and safely check messages with no need to- look at the screen.
’Optical Reader’ makes life yet more effortless, by automatically recognising text, a business card or QR code information, and providing useful functions such as translation, call, text message and search.
The GALAXY S4 empowers your life by keeping you up-to-date with health and wellbeing information using the new ‘S Health’ software.
There is also the Samsung KNOX, which allows one to separate business content from personal content and lock each away from intruders; plus Samsung ChatON which allow sharing of text, voice, pictures and videos during a chat over Wifi.
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