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Samsung Galaxy S4 16GB

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Lighter and slimmer than its predecessor. The 5" touchscreen smartphone is one of the most powerful and advanced phones on the planet.

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Camera quality Screen size Operating system Processor name and model Talk time (up to)
13MP 5" Android Jelly Bean 4.2 1.9GHz quad core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 600 processor Up to 17 hours talk time

Samsung Galaxy S4

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is the ultimate productivity device, designed with the well-connected, multi-tasker in mind, and those that want the latest and greatest tech. You can call a friend, answer the phone, preview and scroll through emails, and control videos without even touching the phone.

The essential tech specs.

Buried inside the S4's body is a 2,600mAh battery giving it impressive battery life of 370 hours of standby and up to 17 hours of talk time. Running Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2, it's also got a top of the range 1.9GHz Snapdragon 600 processor, so it's fast and feature-packed. The 5" Super AMOLED is the most advanced of its type with 1080p HD resolution giving an ultra sharp screen with 441 pixels per inch (PPI). The 13MP rear camera and 2MP front camera are excellent, and with 16GB of built-in memory and a microSD slot for memory cards up to 64GB (cards sold separately), there's loads of space.

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Bigger, better specs, but a smaller body.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is a phone that's been designed to look good from all angles. The styling gives it a premium look, while Samsung has given the phone a larger battery, more features and a bigger screen but kept the body slightly smaller and lighter than the Galaxy S3. The touchscreen is a whopping 5" and uses the latest Super AMOLED technology so it's bright and has fantastic colours. It also uses less power than competing LCD technologies, s is great for batter life. It's a 1080p full HD screen, so it's ultra sharp, perfect for HD videos, photos and browsing the net.

Air View and Air Gesture.

The screen doesn't just look good, it's so advanced you don't even need to touch it. Air View is a feature that means you can control the screen by hovering your finger over it. Hover over emails or images to preview them without opening them, or hover over the time bar in videos to find the exact moment you want to watch. Then there's Air Gesture. Want to skip music tracks? Just wave your hand past the screen. How about scroll a webpage? Just wave downwards. You can even just wave your hand over the S4 to answer calls.

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Control videos and webpages without touching the screen.

Smart Pause works when you're watching videos, either ones stored on your S4 or streamed from the net from sites like YouTube™. Once it's activated, if you look away from the screen, perhaps to talk to a friend or pick up your glass of cola, the video will pause. Look back and it'll start playing again. Then there's Smart Scroll. When you're reading an email or web browsing, your Galaxy S4 can recognise when you're looking at the screen and the angle you're holding it at. Tilt the phone and it'll scroll up or down, making for easy one handed use wherever you are.

Advanced 13MP camera that's packed with features.

Not only does the camera take great shots whether it's day or night, it's full of unique features too. There's Dual Camera that lets you take a photo from the rear camera and the 2MP front facing camera simultaneously and merge them into one image. Sound & shot lets you take a photograph and record sound at the same time, so you've got your snapshot and then a snippet of audio to help you relive the moment. Your Samsung Galaxy S4 can also automatically organise your photos and create albums based on specific events with Story Album. You can even apply themes and choose various layouts, then print the photos and hold the memories in your hand.

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Samsung Galaxy Gear compatible.

When you get Android 4.3 Jelly Bean for your phone, you'll be able to use the Samsung Galaxy Gear with it. This is Samsung's smartwatch, the ultimate convenient gadget. It lets you control your smartphone, check notifications and make calls all from your wrist. You can even send texts with your phone in a bag.

Battery life and operating system

Battery size (in mAh) 2,600 mAh This is the amount of electric charge in the battery of the device, measured in millampere-hours (mAh). In general, the more mAh, the longer your device will last on battery power, although it does depend on usage and the power demands of the device.
Operating system Android Jelly Bean 4.2 The software that runs the phone. Different software has different features and strengths, so it’s best to try out a few to decide which you prefer.
Standby time (up to) 370 hours The maximum length of time the device can remain switched on before the battery needs recharging. Standby time is theoretical and based on lab conditions.
Talk time (up to) 17 hours The maximum length of time you can make a phone call using the device (under ideal conditions) before the battery needs recharging.

Body and screen

Device size 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm

The dimensions (size) in millimetres of the device.

Device weight 130g The weight of the device in grams.
Screen size 5" The size of the main display screen of your device, in inches. The larger the screen, the better it is for movies and web browsing, but it can be more difficult to use.
Screen resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels The resolution of the screen is the amount of pixels used along the length and width of the screen. Along with ppi, it is a good measure of screen detail – the higher the resolution, the more detail there is in the screen.
Screen sharpness 441ppi The ppi (pixels per inch) is a measurement that takes into account the size of the screen and the resolution to give a sharpness rating. It can be compared across devices – the higher the ppi, the sharper the screen is, making it better for high resolution content and reading.
Screen technology Super AMOLED The type of technology that the display uses. Normally this is either LCD or AMOLED, but there are many variations, and each has its advantages. It is best to look at screens in the flesh to see which types you prefer most.
Sim type Micro The type of SIM that is used in the device. This is important as devices only take one type of SIM. If you don’t have the right SIM, it is easy to transfer your number to the correct type.
Touchscreen Yes Touchscreens allow you to control the device by tapping and swiping, navigate menus, access apps and interact with your content.

Call

Voice dialling Yes Begin calls to your friends without typing numbers - just say their name!
Voice recognition Yes Technology that enables your device to be activated and controlled by your voice. The latest devices let you control many features - check the weather, start the camera, make a note – whatever you need.
Frequency band Quad band The number of bands your phone works across. Dual bands will normally only work in your home country and continent, quad bands will work in the Americas.
Speakerphone Yes If this mobile phone has a built-in speaker, you can use it to have hands free conversations or share music with friends. (Dependent on your handset's features).
Works in USA Yes Often known as 'tri-band', this device can connect to mobile networks in Europe and the USA. You'll also need to make sure your UK network offers service in the place you're visiting.

Camera

Camera quality 13MP The amount of megapixels (MP) of the device’s camera. This is a measure of detail, so, as a general rule, the higher the megapixel count, the more detailed photos you’ll get.
Flash type LED The type of flash that is used by the device for taking photos in low light.
Front facing camera 2MP Capture self portraits to use as your profile pics or share with friends. If your device supports video chats you can also use the front facing camera as a handy web cam, for face-to-face calls. Generally, the more megapixels (MP), the better the quality of the images you’ll get.
Video camera quality 1080p full HD The resolution and quality of the video footage that the device’s camera shoots. Generally, the higher the quality figure is, the more detailed the video footage is.

Connectivity

Wi-Fi Yes If your device is compatible with Wi-Fi then you can access the internet via wireless networks, and enjoy broadband-like browsing speeds. Signal strength varies, and you might need a network key.
3G Yes 3G is a wireless technology that transfers data between mobile devices. If you connect to the internet via 3G then you'll enjoy fast browsing and downloading speeds. Costs vary between networks.
4G Yes

With 4G, internet is five times faster than older 3G connections. It’s perfect for streaming videos & music, and web pages load instantly. 4G lets you get the most out of your new phone.
Find out more in our 4G comparison hub.

Bluetooth Yes Bluetooth is a wireless technology that lets your device send and receive media like pictures and songs, as well as connect to accessories like Bluetooth headsets for hands free calling.
Internet data connection Yes The device can connect to the internet without having to first connect to a Wi-Fi connection. The internet data connection covers all data types that are slower than 3G and 4G – check other features to check if this device can connect to the internet at faster speeds.
Mobile hotspot and tethering Yes This allows you to share the internet data connection of your device with other devices, allowing laptops and tablets, among other devices, to access the internet when they would otherwise need to find a Wi-Fi connection.
Other connectivity NFC, DLNA, Infrared The other connectivity technologies that the device supports, allowing it to share to or control other devices.
Positioning A-GPS, GLONASS The technologies that the device can access to update its location and tell apps, like Google Maps or Bing Maps, where the phone is, allowing for accurate navigation.

Music and entertainment

Apps Yes Discover a world of possibilities with downloadable applications on your device.
Music player Yes A music player lets you play music on the device that is stored in the device’s built-in memory.
Radio No A built in app that lets you listen to radio stations on your phone.

Processor and memory

Number of cores Quad core The number of cores in the processor. Each core is the equivalent of a standalone processor.. Some processors have dual or quad cores, and may be better for certain tasks. Generally, the more cores a processor has, the more powerful it is.
Memory card type MicroSD up to 64GB Different devices use different types of memory expansion card, so it’s important you use the correct type. The cards slot into the device and let you boost the amount of memory that is available for music, photos and videos.
Internal phone memory 16GB The amount of memory built into your device for movies, music and other files.
Processor name and model 1.9GHz quad core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 600 processor The full name of the processor that powers the device. If you have a specific need, check the strong points of your device's processor.
Processor speed 1.9GHz The speed of the processor. Generally, the faster the processor speed the more powerful the processor and the faster it process information, making it better for games and complex tasks.
RAM 2GB RAM is the memory used for running programs. Generally, the more RAM, the smoother everything will run, and the more complex apps you can run.

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