The Samsung Galaxy S4 was officially presented. But will it be an upgrade for Samsung Galaxy S3 owners or one that you can set aside for now? Let’s find out.
Assuming that a top-of-the-line mobile phone remains up-to-date for a period of 2 to 3 years, we have to take into account that S3 will be less than a year old at the launch of S4 and with a cheaper value.
Like its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S4 features features a plastic body rather than better-crafted designs such as the HTC One. This gives even a slightly “cheap” feel to the phone. However, clever design improvements have enabled a larger screen in S4. It’s the same height as the S3 Galaxy, a little less wide and almost 1 mm thinner.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 comes in the black and white finishes, while the S3 already has a greater variety. However, more colors are expected to become available over time.
The new phone has an eight-core chip and the old one has 4 cores. It’s a bit more complicated than that though. The S7 Galaxy’s Exynos 5 chip is more like two quad-core processors stuck together: a more basic, dedicated to more basic tasks and a more advanced processor, dedicated to processes and tasks of greater complexity. The idea is that, this way, the S4 manages to save more battery.
But does this mean that the S4 Galaxy is not much more powerful than the S3? It’s basically the same processor, just clocked a bit higher. The biggest difference is that it has twice as much RAM, with 2 GB against 1GB of S3. And that makes a good difference when it comes to running programs with greater fluidity.
It is perhaps the biggest difference between the two models. The central panel technology of the Samsung Galaxy S4 is the same as that seen in its predecessor. Both use AMOLED. But there are some changes in technology. The PenTile array has been altered a bit to help fit all the extra pixels in the new phone. We went from an HD resolution phone to Full HD on a screen of almost 5 inches and a much higher pixel density per inch.
Samsung has introduced a lot of new features with the Samsung Galaxy S4. These include, but are not limited to, air gestures, Smart Scroll, WatchON, S translator, a redesigned camera application and group playback.
These are extra that allow you to interact with the phone without touching the screen, allow you to replace your remote controls with an application, translate emails and texts in time and let scroll through the text by tilting your phone.
However, over time the Samsung Galaxy S3 will have most of these features as well as it is also guaranteed to upgrade to at least Android 5.0.
The Galaxy S4 has a solid camera upgrade. It features a 13 megapixel sensor, representing a major update to the Samsung Galaxy S3 8MP sensor.
In good lighting conditions, the S4 Galaxy should produce photos in more detail than the Samsung Galaxy S3. However, as the sensor size is not much larger than the average smartphone, it will fight in low light conditions just like most phones.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 features a live HDR video mode, however. HDR involves the merging of two exposures, joining the details of both to create a slightly larger and more detailed image. The camera application interface has also undergone positive changes.
Should You Buy The Galaxy S4?
The Samsung Galaxy S4 offers more power, a larger, more detailed screen and a better camera. We also have an infrared sensor that makes it possible to use the device as a remote control for TV sets. However, there are accessories that play the same role in S3.
Most S4 updates will eventually be added to the Samsung Galaxy S3 as they are software updates. And the price in Brazil of more than R $ 2000 is very prohibitive. And we guarantee, with 100% certainty, that this price will decrease already in the first months of sale. For now, it’s an unnecessary update. But who knows closer to the end of the year it does not become a good Christmas present?