Galaxy S 4 with Preloaded Visa payWave; New Samsung Hub Content Service Launched

Samsung Galaxy S 4 designed to get you closer to what matters in life and bring your world together with Visa's payWave and Samsung Hub, an integrated multimedia content store launched and accessories.

The fourth generation Galaxy S, the Samsung Galaxy S 4, unveiled today is the world's first device that comes with Visa's payWave preloaded into the embedded secure element, and can be used by both MNOs and banks.

In addition the SIM-based secure element, Samusung says, NFC payments will also be available on a global basis using the embedded secure element.

Also, at the Unpacked, the company has unveiled Samsung Hub, an integrated multimedia content store, which offer a comprehensive media experience, providing music, videos, books, games and learning content within a stunning magazine-style display.

Galaxy S 4 sports a 5-inch full HD super AMOLED 1920 x 1080 display, housed in a 130g, a 7.9mm bezel, Corning's new Gorilla Glass 3, run Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) out-of-the-box, powered by 1.9 GHz Quad-Core Processor / 1.6 GHz Octa-Core Processor, has a 13 megapixel rear camera (that also boasts a 'Dual Camera'function allowing simultaneous use of both front and rear cameras).

Samsung Galaxy S 4 White Frost: Front View

  • available in Black Mist and White Frost.
  • 12 outstanding shooting modes including 'Drama Shot'.
  • 'Group Play' function lets users to connect directly to others without even requiring a Wi-Fi AP or cellular signal to share, play music, view photos, documents and games.
  • S 4 also has features that detect face, voice and motions to enable screen control with no need for finger touch activation.
  • And, 'Samsung Smart Pause' enables you to control the screen by where you look.
  • '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.
  • 'S Voice Drive' lets you activate commands via voice control for optimization when driving.
  • 'Samsung Optical Reader' automatically recognizing text, a business card or QR code information, and provide translation, call, text message and search.
  • 'S Health' software using a combination of sensors built within the device systematically and automatically monitors users health, surroundings and much more to help improve your quality of life.

Samsung notes, Galaxy S 4 will be available from Q2 globally.

Samsung Hub, will let you manage a variety of content across all Samsung's five content services, from a single Samsung Account. Samsung Hub features an integrated search -- when you browse a keyword, the results will show related content from all of the five services at once.

  • WatchON, a Video Discovery service provide a faster and easier way to watch live TV programs and on demand video content while using a mobile device.
  • Samsung Apps provides search functionality for applications in Samsung Apps, which are specialized for Samsung devices, and Google Play, as well.
  • ChatON offers a holistic communication experience by combining fun and creative text messaging with a high quality mVoIP/Video Chatting service.
  • Group Play enables users to experience sharing photos, music, documents and games with their friends wherever they are, without the need for a network environment.
  • List of full software features: Dual-Shot, Sound Shot, Drama Shot, Air Gesture, Air View, S-Travel, S-Health, S-Voice, S-Translator, S-Voice Drive Knox, Smart Scroll, Smart Pause, Group Play, etc.

Samsung Galaxy S 4: Black Mist - front side viewSamsung Galaxy S 4: White Frost - left side view

Samsung Galaxy S 4 : Black Mist - Right side viewSamsung Galaxy S 4: BBlack Mist - Back view

Update 03/15: Samsung has also launched a number of accessories for S 4 including:

Game Pad for Galaxy S4 best fit for screen size up to 6.3 inches comes with NFC Tectile.

GamePad for Galaxy S 4

S Band does the job of the smart watches, with the recording of the number of steps, the burning of calories and the distance traveled between places.

S Band for Galaxy S 4

HRM - Heart Rate Monitor has a real-time heart rate monitoring and the user can control the exercise intensity by checking the heart rate at the same time.

HRM for Galaxy S 4

Body Scale, a Bluetooth-enabled accessory would measure your weight and send the data to the phone through the S-Health 2.0 app, and can support up to 7 users and store the data regularly for all these users in the app.

Galaxy S 4 Body Scale

Extra Battery Kit lets you store and carry extra battery.

Galaxy Extra Battery Kit

S View Cover, Flip Cover, Pouch, & Protective Cover+

S Viewer Cover for Galaxy S 4

Flip Cover for Galaxy S 4

Leather Pouch for Galaxy S 4

Protective Cover+ for Galaxy S 4

Bluetooth Wireless Gaming Controller that connects to S 4 via a Bluetooth connection.

Wireless Charging Pad / Cover for Galaxy S 4

Headset

Headset for Galaxy S 4

Watch the full length Unpacked livestream:

Below is the first official Galaxy s 4 video demostration:

Check out the Galaxy S 4 at a Glance Infographic:

Samsung Galaxy S 4 at a Glance Infographic

Below is a full specification shootout between Galaxy S4 vs. HTC One vs. Sony Xperia Z vs. Apple iPhone 5 vs. Nokia Lumia 920:

Samsung Galaxy S4HTC OneSony Xperia ZApple iPhone 5Nokia Lumia 920
3G/4GHSPA+ and LTEHSPA+ and LTEHSPA+ and LTEHSPA+ and LTEHSPA+ and LTE
Display5.0-inches
Super AMOLED
1920 x 1080
441 ppi pixel density
4.7-inches
Super LCD3
1920 x 1080
469 ppi pixel density
5.0-inches
LCD
1920 x 1080
441 ppi pixel density
4.0-inches
IPS LCD
1136 x 640
326 ppi pixel density
4.5-inches
IPS LCD
1280 x 768
332 ppi pixel density
ProcessorSamsung-made
Exynos 5 Octa 5410
1.6 GHz quad-core
ARM Cortex-A15 cores
1.2 GHz quad-core
ARM Cortex-A7 cores
Qualcomm-made
Snapdragon 600
1.7 GHz quad-core CPU
Krait 300 cores

Qualcomm-made
Snapdragon S4 Pro
1.5 GHz quad-core CPU
Krait cores

Apple-made
Apple A6
1.3 GHz dual-core CPU
Swift cores
Qualcomm-made
Snapdragon S4
1.5 GHz dual-core CPU
Krait cores
GraphicsPowerVR SGX544MP3Adreno 320Adreno 320PowerVR SGX543MP3Adreno 225
RAM2 GB2 GB2 GB1 GB1 GB
Storage16/32/64 GB storage
microSD card slot
32/64 GB storage16 GB storage
microSD card slot
16/32/64 GB storage32 GB storage
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.0
A-GPS
NFC
Infrared
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.0
A-GPS
NFC
Infrared
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
A-GPS
NFC
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
A-GPS
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 3.0
A-GPS
NFC
Camera13 MP rear camera
LED flash
2.0 MP front camera
1080p video recording
4.0 MP rear camera
"Ultrapixels"
LED flash
OIS
2.1 MP front camera
1080p video recording
13.1 MP rear camera
LED flash
2.2 MP front camera
1080p video recording
8 MP rear camera
LED flash
1.2 MP front camera
1080p video recording
8.7 MP rear camera
Carl Zeiss lens
Dual LED flash
OIS

1.3 MP front camera
1080p video recording
BatteryLi-ion 2,600 mAh
Removable
Li-Po 2,300 mAh
Non-removable
Li-ion 2,330 mAh
Non-removable
Li-ion 1,440 mAh
Non-removable
Li-ion 2,000 mAh
Non-removable
Qi wireless charging
Launch OSAndroid 4.2
TouchWiz
Android 4.1
HTC Sense UI 5
Android 4.1
Sony skin
iOS 6Windows Phone 8
Launch DateApril 2013March 2013March 2013September 2012November 2012
Size & Weight7.9 mm thin
130 g
9.3 mm thin
143 g
7.9 mm thin
146 g
7.6 mm thin
112 g
10.7 mm thin
185 g

Samsung has also announced that later this year, it would be launching a Tizen based smartphone, and it rival to Microsoft's Windows Phone platform.

"The Tizen phone will be out in August or September, and this will be in the high-end category ... the device will be the best product equipped with the best specifications," said Lee Young Hee, EVP, Samsung's mobile business.

"Tizen", an open source mobile operating system is being developed with the help of a number of companies, including Samsung, Intel and Sprint.

"The first users will have "thousands" of applications to choose from," Chase Perrin, an official with the San Ramon, California- based Tizen Association, said in an e-mail.

Adding, "Android, among other mobile operating systems, is tightly controlled," Perrinsaid. "As an open-source software platform, Tizen is designed to make it easy to develop for a range of devices."

There currently are no Tizen devices sold globally.

Update 03/19: Reports are surfaced around the upcoming Android 5.0 named 'Key Lime Pie' mobile OS update will only available to a select few versions of Samsung's 'Galaxy' devices.

According to a source among the devices will not see updates beyond Android 4.2.2 includes Galaxy S2, original Galaxy Note, Galaxy S3 Mini etc.

Below is a full list of Samsung's devices (via):