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The Samsung Galaxy S4 promo video gives you the features rundown in little over 4 minutes

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Samsung has posted the first Galaxy S4 promo video on YouTube. As usual the clips goes through the phone’s design, software and hardware perks, and does so with a catchy background music and a patterned background to match the pattern of the smartphone itself.

We get to see Air View, which lets you hover a finger over the screen and get a thumbnail preview pop up. Smart Pause, which can monitor if your eyes move away from the screen and pause a video for you. See the S4 operated with gloves and much more. Read more »

HTC tags the Samsung Galaxy S4 announcement as TheNextBigFlop

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It takes some guts to stand up to the big guy and call his work a flop. And bravery is usually to be admired. But it takes a bit more than bravery to classify the next big thing from the world’s leading smartphone manufacturer (your competitor) as #TheNextBigFlop, unless you are alright with people taking your comment for an arrogant sign of a deeply rooted inferiority complex.

Whatever the reason, HTC, or rather the PR people behind HTC Twitter account did just that by calling today’s Galaxy S4 announcement #TheNextBigFlop. Read more »

We take the Samsung Galaxy S4 camera for a spin, return with samples

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We got the chance to snap a few shots with the Samsung Galaxy S4 camera at the smartphone’s announcement event in New York and are rushing to share them with you guys.

To get the formalities out of the way the Galaxy S4 has a new 13 MP snapper on the back complete with a single LED flash. The camera can produce stills of 4128 x 3096 resolution. There’s autofocus, simultaneous video and image recording, image stabilization among other things. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. HTC One vs. Sony Xperia Z – the 1080p gladiator showdown

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The Galaxy S 4 is now official, and Samsung has set its eyes on the Android throne once again, ambitiously aiming to beat the records set by the Galaxy S III.

The competition for Samsung this year is a lot tougher than it was in 2012, though. Early in the year, Sony unveiled the breathtaking Xperia Z and set up the rules of the 5″ smartphone game. Then came in HTC with the really sllek One, boasting an amazing display and an interesting camera offering. How will the Galaxy S4 stack up?

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Samsung launches a new version of S Health app to take advantage of the Galaxy S4 sensors

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The Galaxy S4 has no shortage of cool new features, but undoubtedly one of the most interesting among them is the updated version of the S Health app the company launched last year.

In its latest version, S Health will be taking advantage of the specialized sensors found in the Galaxy S4, namely the built-in pedometer, temperature and humidity sensors. Read more »

You can watch the Samsung Galaxy S4 announcement event here

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 announcement event ended was minutes ago but you can already relive the glorious moment.

Being the good YouTubers that they are, SAMSUNGmobile have uploaded the video for everyone to watch again and again. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S III – is it worth upgrading?

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With the Samsung Galaxy S 4 aiming to take the throne on which the Galaxy S III once sit, every owner of the former flagship must wonder if the upgrade is worth it.

After all, the Galaxy S 4 looks awfully similar to its predecessor, so is there more to Samsung’s latest flagship than meets the eye? Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S4: shot from every angle by our camera

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The Samsung Galaxy S 4 curtains are now officially open and this means its time to see the company’s 2013 flagship from up close.

Naturally, our cameras are aimed directly at the Galaxy S 4 and all of its 5″ Super AMOLED HD glory. We urge you to go past the break and take a look at all our Galaxy S 4 live photos gathered in one place for your convenience. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S4 gets disassembled, innards pictured

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 is just hours away from going official but we’ve already seen its screen, camera samples, benchmarks, heck we even read a full review.

Now the smartphone has even been given the teardown treatment. With the needed tools on tap and a camera with which to capture every single body part in detail it168 members walked us through the entire process. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S4 camera samples surface, look pretty good

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The Chinese are at it again. The new Galaxy S4 has once again leaked from Chinese site mobile.it168.com, this time in the form of camera samples.

The upcoming Samsung flagship, which is set to be officially announced mere hours from now, has its camera samples compared to the likes of the iPhone 5 and Sony Xperia Z. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S4 early benchmarks come in, Exynos 5 Octa held back by beta software

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By now it’s all but official that the Samsung Galaxy S4 is powered by Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa chipset, featuring 4 Cortex-A15 cores to do the heavy lifting and 4 Cortex-A7 cores, which kick in for less demanding tasks and save power. Thankfully, we were also able to get an idea of its performance thanks to the benchmark tests in the early review that just leaked.

Exynos 5410 Octa employs ARM’s big.LITTLE architecture with its Cortex-A15 CPU quartet clocked at 1.8GHz and theCortex-A7 cores running at 1.2GHz. It certainly looks like a combo ready to be a benchmark champion, but it turns out that its software is unable to keep up with it just yet. Read more »

Rovio releases game based on upcoming Dreamworks movie ‘The Croods’ on Android and iOS

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Rovio, the folks behind the popular Angry Birds franchise, has released a new game based on the upcoming Dreamworks animated movie The Croods.

The game lets you trap, hunt, and tame various fictional creatures on both iOS and Android mobile devices. Read more »

LG announces Smart Video feature, bound to hit the Optimus G Pro as part of a Value Pack upgrade

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LG continues trying to steal Samsung’s thunder ahead of tonight’s Galaxy S IV show and has just announced a new software feature dubbed Smart Video.

Destined to hit the Optimus G Pro, Smart Video works pretty much the same way as the Smart pause feature we saw in thoseGalaxy S IV leaks – videos get automatically paused when you’re not looking at the screen. Read more »

Amazon launches the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 in Europe for 269 euro, slashes US price to $269

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The Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 has been exclusive to Amazon US ever since it was released last September. Fortunately, today Amazon is finally ready to expand the tablet’s availability. As of today, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 is available at Amazon in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Japan.

Another positive change is that the US prices are lower now, down to $269 (16GB) and $300 (32GB). In Europe, the tablet costs €269 and €299. All quoted prices are only valid under Amazon’s Special Offers program. Read more »

HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z quick camera shootout: Is less more?

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HTC One has just arrived at our office and is here to stay for a review. The HTC flagship is supposed to feature some advanced camera tech behind those 4 million+ ultrapixels, so the first thing we did was a quick impromptu shootout.

Unlike most of its competitors, the HTC One bets on fewer, but bigger size pixels on its image sensor, rather than many tiny ones. In theory this should allow it to shoot photos that have less digital noise and more dynamic range. But of course, you have got to remember that when you downsize a say, 13MP photo down to 4MP it also visibly decreases the digital noise.

Anyway, we would refrain from passing a judgement at this stage (we’ll save that for the full-featured review), but here are several comparison shots of the HTC One and the Sony Xperia Z, which has a rather densely packed 13MP camera sensor, featuring one of the smallest pixel sizes currently used in flagship products. Read more »