The Samsung Galaxy S4 World Tour 2013 was conducted tonight (April 18) 7pm in Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (it was live on Youtube as well). Just like what Samsung did for their previous “Note” and “S” series, there were other launch events in London, Dubai and various other countries running on the same day. In fact the penetration rate of Samsung Note is pretty high in Hong Kong, I just capture this status from one of my Facebook friend which is self explanatory and I do expect that there will be tons of users upgrading form Samsung S3 or Note II to S4. Find out why I make this conclusion:
Samsung GALAXY S4 World Tour 2013 Hong Kong Full version
1. Hong Kong people are crazy mobile photographers, they love to take photo no matter what they are doing and S4 solves their problems.
“World’s first Full HD SUPER AMOLED display” to showcase images at their very best, a 5-inch large screen with 13 megapixel rear camera, nothing can compare to it for self photo shoot lovers.
“Dual Shot” allows simultaneous picture-taking of both front and rear cameras, that means the user can play around with 2 pictures in 2 different frames – one picture of his/her self portrait and another one is his/her friend from the rear cameras showing on the same screen. With different frame effects the user can literally merge 2 frames into one picture seamlessly. Imagine that you are the one to take the picture for a group of people, you can now “fit your head into the group photo without using Photoshop”. It’s really a great feature for low-end non-technical smartphone users.
The cartoon is really nice to explain “Dual Shot” and all that
“Drama Shot” enables users to see all the action in one continuous time-lapse image which is a very cool photo effect for capturing sports and kids activities.
“Sound & Shot” embeds sounds into a photo (I am not sure if the playback can be done by non Samsung device or not). It seems like those valentine cards playing “I Love You” (remember the movie “Ted”?) when they are being opened. Oh well it’s better than nothing if you cannot a capture video of your previous moment.
“Animated Photo” allows users to take a series of shots, and pick one part of the photo to move while the others stay still.
“Eraser” erases unwanted moving object from your photo and will automatically replace it with the photo background which originally should be there. Another cool one to save the Photoshop effort.
“Eraser” demo with courtesy of unwire.hk
Those Android phones which only got the “Best photos” or “Continuous Shot” feature may have to reconsider what they should do to win customers’ heart in the future.
2. People from peer group may share their interests quickly and easily, the “human centipede” is going to be everywhere.
“Group Play” enables users to enjoy music, photos, documents and games with those around them without requiring a Wi-Fi Ap or cellular signal.
“Share Music” hops up maximum 8 S4 mobile phone to play the same song at the same time. The creative way of using it maybe in Occupy Central……
I am not sure about the distance to get a valid connection but these sharing functions are certainly new thing to learn for the pickup artist.
3. Health is always important and of course if I have 6K (Samsung Galaxy S4 3G or 4G, RSP HK$5,898) to buy a phone, my life should be larger than anything.
“S Health” monitors health, food, exercise, sleep and various other life parameters to improve quality of health and help users to stay fit.
So you don’t need your iPod with Nike running to keep you fit cause Samsung is doing much more than counting the steps.
4. Face detection, voice and motions for screen control are always silly thing to do in front of the crowd but good to have.
“Air Gesture , “Air View” and “Samsung Smart Pause” are hard to explain by words but easier to try on, full-stop
“Samsung Smart Pause” demo with courtesy of unwire.hk
The motions are easy to learn so why not?
5. The old folks are still there.
“Samsung Hub”, “Samsung WatchON”, “Samsung Apps” and “ChatON” are the standard apps on Samsung devices. Soliton with an extra month for free (valued at $49) and AllMag first month free trial (valued at HK$31) are the featured apps from Samsung’s partners.
Sorry about now News, now Sports and B.Duck, they are all gone. Bargaining power is still the key to success (so sad).
Samsung Galaxy S4 Specs
Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
Display: 5″ Full HD Super AMOLED 1920×1080, 441 dpi.
Processor: 1.9GHz quad-core, Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600
Camera: main – 13 megapixel, front facing – 2 megapixel
WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, GPS, GLONASS
Nine sensors: accelerometer, RGB light, Geomagnetic, Proximity, Gyro, Barometer
Temperature, Humidity and Gesture.
Storeage 16GB, 32GB or 64GB (depending on the model), plus microSD slot
Dimensions: 7.9mm thick, 136.6 length x 69.8mm width
Weight: 130 grams.
During the same event Samsung also introduced Galaxy Note 8.0 LTE, as I got a Samsung Note 10.0 for almost a year, it doesn’t ring a bell to me but I do love to have a new LTE device therefore I decided to subscribe one from the telco offers. However the price of it is unknown yet.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Specs
Processor: 1.6 GHz quad-core Exynos
Display: 8-inch WXGA display (1280×800 at 189 ppi)
Operating system: Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
Network: HSPA+ 21Mbps (850/900/1900/2100)
Camera: 5 megapixel (rear), 1.3-megapixels (front)
Video: MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV, DivX (1080p full HD video @ 30 fps)
Audio: MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, AC3, FLAC; 3.5mm headphone jack
GPS: aGPS + GLONASS (3G version)
Connectivity: 802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4 and 5 GHz; WiFi Direct; AllShareCast; Bluetooth 4.0; USB 2.0
Sensors: Accelerometer; Digital compass; Proximity sensor
Memory/Storage: 2GB RAM, 32/64GB storage; microSD card (up to 64 GB)
Dimensions: 210.8 x 135.9 x 7.95
Weight: 338 grams
Battery: 4,600 mAh
S Pen optimized features: S Note, S Planner, e-mail with handwriting integration; Quick Command; Easy Clip; Photo Note; Paper Artist; Air View; Popup Note; Popup Video; Shape Match; Formula Match; Idea Sketch
Sharing Features: AllShare Play; AllShare Cast (Wifi Display mirroring and extension); AllShare Framework
My Own Conclusion
For phones up above the HK$ 6k level there are Sony Xperia Z, BlackBerry Z10 and HTC One around the corner and it’s really a hard battle for Samsung Galaxy S4 to play around with “The Prestige”. Honestly to me Samsung Galaxy S4 is more for fun than for work and it would be good to have as a secondary phone for Facebook Home. I do appreciate the health functions but I am not sure that if I want to carry it jogging in the rain. To be hardware superior (What HTC always address and it is boring indeed) or software delicacy, Samsung has chosen her path and let’s see if the strategy can win customers’ heart.