By Joseph Volpe posted Mar 14th, 2013 at 7:30 PM


Samsung Galaxy S 4 preview a flagship with some familiar roots

You say you want a revolution? Too bad, because this Galaxy smartphone update is just that… an update. Samsung’s newly unveiled Galaxy S 4 is an incremental step up, an evolution less “inspired by nature” and more by last year’s GS III. Don’t believe us? Just take a look at the two handsets side by side to see the overtly obvious heritage. Samsung’s staying the course with the overall design language, though it’s expanded the screen size to five inches — now powered by a Full HD Super AMOLED display with 441 ppi (and yes, it’s still PenTile).

On the inside, it has a processor setup that we’re told will be either an Exynos 5 or Snapdragon depending on the region, along with 2GB of RAM, 16, 32 or 64GB of internal storage, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 2,600mAh battery. Starting to see the bigger picture here? Samsung had a good thing on its hands with the GS III and it’s not willing to compromise much of the tried-and-true with the GS 4. It will launch globally in Q2, with a stateside debut on T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, US Cellular and Cricket. Until then, join us past the break for our detailed first impressions.