By Don Tagala, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

March 15, 2013

New York – Hundreds of fans and media from all over the world witnessed the un-packing of the Samsung’s latest flagship wireless gadget, the Galaxy S4

The much awaited smart phone that could possibly be the fastest and smartest of its kind, was unveiled, Broadway-style at the Radio City music hall on Thursday.

“I think it’s not an exaggeration to say it’s probably the most modern phone in the world right now,” said Filipino singer Jim Paredes who attended the launch.

The S4 has been labeled by some techies as the ‘iPhone Killer’, but Samsung President and CEO Gregory Lee said this is not the Korean company’s focus.

“I really can’t speak about anyone of our competitors, and none of my comments are related to any of them, we are just focused on making the best smart phone in the world, and this is it we believe,” said Lee.

At first glance, the Galaxy S4 looks much like its predecessor the Galaxy S3, but the new phone is thinner and lighter and has more features than the older model.

It now has a 5-inch full HD Amoled Screen Display
and has a more powerful processor. The new models now come at 1.9 gigahertz quad core snapdragon or 1.6 gigahertz Octocore Exynos depending on the region it’s being sold.

The built-in memory is also bigger, with 2 gigabytes of ram.

For hard-drive huggers, the S4 will be sold from 16, 32 of 44 gigabytes, with a provision for external disc drives of up to 64 gigs.

The battery life is said to be 20 percent longer than the S3 model.

The main camera is said to be a photographer’s dream. The phone’s back-facing camera boasts shoots with 13 megapixels while the front camera packs 3 megapixels. The camera’s camcorder feature will allow the user to record full high definition videos.

Filipino technology reporter Art Samaniego said all of the S4’s new features will be useful for work and play.

“Spec by spec, feature by features, this seems to be the best smartphone available,” said Samaniego.

“All its features, depending on how a person uses the device, is us useful for daily life.”

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